William Montagu, 2nd Duke of Manchester

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William Montagu, 2nd Duke of Manchester, KB (April 1700 – 21 October 1739) was the son of Charles Montagu, 1st Duke of Manchester.

He married Lady Isabella Montagu, daughter of John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu, on 16 April 1723.[1]

He was made a Knight Companion of the Order of the Bath (KB) in 1725.[2]

He died in 1739, aged 39, childless and his titles passed to his brother, Robert Montagu. Prior to his death the Duke was involved with the establishment of a new charity in London which would work to save children abandoned by their parents due to poverty and miserable conditions. The charity became known as the Foundling Hospital and its royal charter, naming the Duke of Manchester one of its founding governors, was awarded only four days prior to the duke's death.

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1700–1722: Viscount Mandeville
  • 1722–1725: His Grace The Duke of Manchester
  • 1725–1739: His Grace The Duke of Manchester KCB


  1. ^ A. P. W. Malcomson (2006). The Pursuit of the Heiress: Aristocratic Marriage in Ireland 1740-1840. Ulster Historical Foundation. p. 59. ISBN 978-1-903688-65-6. 
  2. ^ "p5143". The Peerage. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Viscount Hinchingbrooke
Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire
Succeeded by
The Duke of Manchester
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Charles Montagu
Duke of Manchester
Succeeded by
Robert Montagu