Romney Sedgwick

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Richard Romney Sedgwick (29 May 1894 - 20 January 1972)[1] was a British historian, civil servant and diplomat.[2] He was the elder son of Professor Adam Sedgwick, 1854-1913, and Laura Helen Elizabeth Robinson.[3] He married Mana St David Hodson, daughter of Professor T.C.Hodson,[4] in 1936; they had one son and one daughter.[5]

Sedgwick was educated at Weestminster School and Trinity College Cambridge. He became a Fellow of the College in 1919.[6]

His work for The History of Parliament showed that the Whig versus Tory dichotomy survived in the reigns of George I and George II.[7]

Eveline Cruickshanks wrote a book on the Tories and the Jacobite Rising of 1745 and said: "My greatest debt is to the late Romney Sedgwick, a staunch Whig, whose wit and erudition I greatly admired, for a series of discussions, heated at times, but, as I well know, much enjoyed on both sides".[8]

Works[edit]

  • ‘The Inner Cabinet from 1739 to 1741’, English Historical Review 34 (1919), pp. 290–302.
  • John, Lord Hervey, Some Materials towards Memoirs of the Reign of King George II (editor, 3 volumes, 1931).
  • ‘Sir Robert Walpole 1676-1745: The Minister for the House of Commons’, Times Literary Supplement (24 March 1945), pp. 133–134.
  • The House of Commons 1715-1754 (editor, 2 volumes, 1970).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Who's Who 1948, London : A. & C. Black, 1948, pg.2486; The Times (London, England), Monday, Jan 24, 1972; pg. 14; Issue 58383
  2. ^ Who's Who 1948, London : A. & C. Black, 1948, pg.2486
  3. ^ Who's Who 1948, London : A. & C. Black, 1948, pg.2486; Dictionary of National Biography 1912-1921, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1927, pg.488
  4. ^ Who's Who 1948, London : A. & C. Black, 1948, pg.2486
  5. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/mana-sedgwick-distinguished-public-servant-804560.html
  6. ^ Who's Who 1948, London : A. & C. Black, 1948, pg.2486.
  7. ^ J. C. D. Clark, Revolution and Rebellion. State and Society in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Cambridge University Press, 1986), p. 151.
  8. ^ Eveline Cruickshanks, Political Untouchables; The Tories and the '45 (Duckworth, 1979), p. vi.