MARSHAM, Sir Robert, 5th Bt. (1685-1724), of the Mote, Maidstone.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1708 - 22 June 1716

Family and Education

b. 17 Sept. 1685, o.s. of Sir Robert Marsham, 4th Bt., M.P., by Margaret, da. and h. of Thomas Bosville of Eynsford, Kent. educ. St. John’s, Oxf. 1701. m. 19 Aug. 1708, Elizabeth, 1st da. and coh. of Adm. Sir Clowdisley Shovell, M.P. (‘dowry £15,000 and £20,000 more at her mother’s death’), 4s. (3 d.v.p.) 4da. suc. fa. 26 July 1703; cr. Baron Romney 22 June 1716.

Offices Held

Lt.-gov. Dover castle 1717-d.


Marsham, whose father had represented Maidstone in four Parliaments, was himself returned there on his family’s interest for the fourth time in 1715. A staunch Whig, he was appointed in April 1715 to the second committee set up by the Commons to inquire into the late peace and the conduct of the late Tory ministry. One of the earliest peers created by George I, he is said to have paid £5,000 for his title.1 He died 28 Nov. 1724.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: A. N. Newman


  • 1. HMC Egmont Diary, iii. 260.