LEVESON GOWER, John (1774-1816), of Bill Hill, nr. Wokingham, Berks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1796 - 1802

Family and Education

b. 25 June 1774, 1st s. of Hon. John Leveson Gower*, and bro. of Edward Leveson Gower*. educ. Harrow 1786-90. m. 27 Dec. 1796, Isabella Mary, da. of Philip Bowes Broke of Broke Hall, Suff., 2s. 3da. suc. fa. 1792.

Offices Held

Ensign, 1 Ft. 1791; lt. 19 Ft. 1792; capt. 9 Ft. 1793; lt.-col. 63 Ft. 1794, 2 Ft. Gds. 1797, 31 Ft. 1799, brevet col. and a.d.c. to the King 1800; col. 10 batt. reserve 1803; maj.-gen. 1805 (half-pay), lt.-gen. 1812.


Leveson Gower, after seeing service in the West Indies 1793-6, was returned for Truro on the interest of his mother’s brother George, 3rd Viscount Falmouth. In his one Parliament he supported ministers when present;1 no speech by him is known. He subsequently concentrated on his profession and was second in command to Gen. Whitelock in the unsuccessful expedition to Buenos Aires in 1807.2 He died 14 Sept. 1816.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: R. G. Thorne


  • 1. C. Aspinall-Oglander, Admiral’s Widow, 153, 168, 181, 190. He served in Ireland 1798-9 and in Holland afterwards. He was ‘in town for Parliament’ in Jan. 1801.
  • 2. Brougham mss, Brougham to Grey [Nov. 1807]; Add. 37887, f. 57.