John Selwyn (1688–1751)

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John Selwyn
Born 20 August 1688
Died 5 November 1751
Nationality English
Occupation English politician
Known for Member of Parliament of

Colonel John Selwyn (20 August 1688 – 5 November 1751) was an English Army officer, courtier and Member of Parliament.

He was the eldest son of Lt.-Gen. William Selwyn, M.P., of Matson, Gloucestershire, from whom he inherited Matson House when his father died in 1702 whilst Governor of Jamaica.

He was commissioned into the Army in his infancy, rising to the rank of Colonel of the 3rd Regiment of Foot in 1711.

After serving as clerk of the household to Prince of Wales (1716-18) he was appointed Groom of the Bedchamber to the Prince of Wales (1718–27), continuing afterwards (1727–30) when the latter became King George II. Selwyn was also Receiver General and comptroller of customs (1721–27), Mayor of Gloucester (1727 and 1734), treasurer of the Queen’s Household (1730–37), paymaster of marines (1747–48) and treasurer to the Prince of Wales from 1751 to his death.

He was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Truro 1715 – February 1721, for Whitchurch 1727–1734 and for Gloucester 1734 – 5 November 1751.[1]

He died in 1751. He had married Mary, the daughter of Gen. Thomas Farrington of Chislehurst, Kent and had 2 sons and a daughter.


  1. ^ Members Constituencies Parliaments Surveys (2014-04-17). "SELWYN, John (1688-1751), of Matson, Glos". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Hare
William Collier
Member of Parliament for Truro
With: Spencer Cowper
Succeeded by
Spencer Cowper
Thomas Wyndham
Preceded by
John Conduitt
Thomas Farrington
Member of Parliament for Whitchurch
With: John Conduitt
Succeeded by
John Conduitt
John Selwyn
Preceded by
Benjamin Bathurst
Charles Selwyn
Member of Parliament for Gloucester
With: Benjamin Bathurst
Succeeded by
Benjamin Bathurst
Charles Barrow
Military offices
New regiment Colonel of John Selwyn's Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Richard Lucas
Preceded by
The Duke of Argyll
Colonel of Prince George of Denmark's Regiment
Succeeded by
The Earl of Forfar