William Montagu, 7th Duke of Manchester

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The Duke of Manchester, 1860

William Drogo Montagu, 7th Duke of Manchester KP (15 October 1823 – 22 March 1890), known as Lord Kimbolton from 1823 to 1843[1] and as Viscount Mandeville from 1843 to 1855, was a British peer and Conservative Member of Parliament.

Biography[edit]

William Montagu was born at Kimbolton Castle in 1823. He was the eldest son of George Montagu, 6th Duke of Manchester. His mother was Millicent Sparrow, daughter of Brig. Gen. Robert Bernard Sparrow of Brampton Park, Huntingdonshire.[1]

He was MP for Bewdley 1848–1852 and Huntingdonshire 1852–1855.[1]

He joined the Canterbury Association on 27 May 1848. It was Edward Gibbon Wakefield's unfulfilled hope that Lord Mandeville would emigrate to New Zealand and be the aristocratic leader in the colony. However Lord Mandeville and his grandmother, Lady Olivia Sparrow, did buy 500 acres (200 ha) of land between them in Riccarton. Mandeville North near Kaiapoi is named after Lord Mandeville.[1]

He succeeded to the dukedom on the death of his father in 1855, inheriting the family seat of Kimbolton Castle in Huntingdonshire.

Private life[edit]

Kimbolton Castle (1880), the former family seat of the Dukes of Manchester

He had an illegitimate son with Sarah Maria Morris[citation needed]. When Sarah was 8 months pregnant, the Montagu Family had her married off to Samuel Palmer on 4 March 1850[citation needed]. When the child was born on the 10 May 1850, he was named William Edward Palmer. William Edward Palmer married Emma Prentice on 24 December 1873 at Harrold, Bedfordshire.

William married Countess Luise Friederike Auguste von Alten on 22 July 1852. They had five children:

In 1877, he was created a Knight of the Order of St Patrick. He died on 22 March 1890 in Italy at the Hotel Royal, Naples.[1]

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1823–1843: Lord Kimbolton
  • 1843–1848: Viscount Mandeville
  • 1848–1855: Viscount Mandeville MP
  • 1855–1877: His Grace The Duke of Manchester
  • 1877–1890: His Grace The Duke of Manchester KP

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Bain, Rev. Michael (2007). The Canterbury Association (1848–1852): A Study of Its Members’ Connections (PDF). Christchurch: Project Canterbury. pp. 60–61. Retrieved 22 September 2012.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Ireland
Member of Parliament for Bewdley
18481852
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Winnington, Bt
Preceded by
Edward Fellowes
George Thornhill
Member of Parliament for Huntingdonshire
18521855
With: Edward Fellowes
Succeeded by
Edward Fellowes
James Rust
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Montagu
Duke of Manchester
1855–1890
Succeeded by
George Victor Drogo Montagu