Peniston Lamb (1770–1805)

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Peniston Lamb (1770–1805) (John Smart Junior, 1805)

The Honourable Peniston Lamb (3 May 1770 – 24 January 1805) was a British politician.


Lamb was the eldest son of Peniston Lamb, 1st Viscount Melbourne, and Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Ralph Milbanke, 5th Baronet. Prime Minister William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, Frederick Lamb, 3rd Viscount Melbourne and the Hon. George Lamb were his younger brothers. Due to their mother's numerous love affairs, only Peniston is likely to have been Lord Melbourne's son.

Political career[edit]

Lamb was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Newport in 1793, and held the seat until 1796.[1] He was elected as MP for Hertfordshire in 1802, a seat he held until his death three years later.

Personal life[edit]

Peniston Lamb had an affair with the much older Mrs. Sophia Musters née Heywood (1758–1819).

Lamb died of tuberculosis in January 1805, aged 34, unmarried without children.[2]


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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
The Viscount Melbourne
The Viscount Palmerston
Member of Parliament for Newport, Isle of Wight
1793 – 1796
With: The Viscount Palmerston
Succeeded by
Edward Rushworth
Jervoise Clarke Jervoise
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Plumer
The Viscount Grimston
Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire
With: William Plumer
Succeeded by
William Plumer
William Baker