EDGCUMBE, Hon. George (1720-95), of Mount Edgcumbe, nr. Plymouth, Devon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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30 July 1746 - 10 May 1761

Family and Education

b. 3 Mar. 1720, 2nd s. of Richard Edgcumbe, 1st Baron Edgcumbe, and bro. of Hon. Richard Edgcumbe. educ. ?Eton 1732. m. 6 Aug. 1761, Emma, da. of Rt. Rev. John Gilbert, abp. of York, 1s. suc. bro. as 3rd Baron 10 May 1761, cr. Visct. Mount Edgcumbe 5 Mar. 1781; Earl of Mount Edgcumbe 31 Aug. 1789.

Offices Held

Lt. R.N. 1739, capt. 1744, r.-adm. 1762; c.-in-c. Plymouth 1765-71; v.-adm. 1770, adm. 1778; v.-adm. Cornw. 1782.

Clerk of duchy of Lancaster 1747-62, ld. lt. Cornw. 1761-d.; PC 26 July 1765; treasurer of the Household 1765-66; jt. vice-treasurer [I] 1770-72, 1784-93; capt. of gent. pensioners 1772-82.


George Edgcumbe was returned for Fowey by his father at a by-election in 1746. Re-elected in 1747, he was classed as a government supporter, but seems rarely to have attended owing to his absence at sea. He died 4 Feb. 1795.

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