Russell Manners (MP)

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Russell Manners (c. 1771 – 16 January 1840)[1] was an English Whig[2] Member of Parliament (MP), notable for being successfully divorced by his wife Catherine. He was the son of Russell Manners and Mary Rayner.[citation needed]

Manners married Catherine Pollok, by whom he had one son: Russell Henry Manners (1800–1870).[citation needed]

At the 1806 general election he was returned without a contest as an MP for Grantham,[2] but served only one year in the House of Commons[1] and did not contest the 1807 general election.[2]

After leaving Parliament, he went to Prince Edward Island, and afterwards to Edinburgh.[citation needed] There, in 1813, his wife was able to divorce him, under Scots law, for desertion and adultery, a course not available to her in England. She later married Sir Thomas Stepney, 9th Baronet.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b c Stooks Smith, Henry. (1973) [1844-1850]. Craig, F. W. S., ed. The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 199. ISBN 0-900178-13-2. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Thoroton
Sir William Earle Welby, Bt
Member of Parliament for Grantham
With: Thomas Thoroton
Succeeded by
Thomas Thoroton
Sir William Earle Welby, Bt