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MySource Obituary of William Montagu, 5th Duke of Manchester
Year range 1768 - 1843
Surname Montagu
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Type Obituary
Publication The Gentleman's Magazine; XX:89
Obituary of William Montagu, 5th Duke of Manchester. (The Gentleman's Magazine; XX:89).
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THE DUKE OF MANCHESTER, March 18, At Rome, in his 72d year, the Most Noble William Montagu, fifth Duke of Mancheseter (1719), eight Earl of Manchester (1626), Viscount Mandeville, and Baron Montagu of Kimbolton (1620).

His Grace was born Oct. 21, 1768, the second son of George fourth Duke of Manchester, by Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Sir James Dashwood, Bart. His elder brother, George Viscount Mandeville, died on the 24th Feb. 1772: and he succeeded his father in the dukedom whilst still under age, on the 2d Sept. 1788.

In his youthful years he was principally distinguished as a first-rate waterman on the Thames. He was also Colonel of the Huntingdonshire militia, which had been previously commanded by his father.

His Grace was appointed Governor of Jamaica at the beginning of 1808, and sailed thither in the Guerrier frigate on the 23d of January.

Subsequently, in Aug. 1827 he was appointed Postmaster-General. He was Lord Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of Huntingdonshire for many years, but resigned, in consequence of his indifferent health, last year, when the Earl of Sandwich was appointed his successor. By his death, a pension of 2,928#L reverts to the Crown, which he enjoyed on the abolishment of the office of Collector of the Customs. He was a staunch Conservative in politics, but took little or no part in public affairs for many years past, and has for the last three years been obliged to repair to Italy for the winter, in order to have the advantage of a milder climate.

His Grace married, on the 7th Oct. 1793 Lady Susan Gordon, third daughter of Alexander fourth Duke of Gordon, and by that lady, who died on the 26th Aug. 1828, he had issue two sons and six daughters: 1. Lady Jane, who died in 1815 in her 19th year; 2. Lady Elizabeth, married in 1819 to Colonel Thomas Steele; 3. the Most Hon. Susan Marchioness of Tweeddale, married in 1816 to George, present and eighth Marquess of Tweeddale, Governor of Madras, and has a very numerous family, of whom two are the Countess of Dalhousie and the Marchioness of Douro; 4. the Most Noble George now Duke of Manchester; 5. Lord William Francis Montagu, who married in 1830 Emily third daughter of James Dupre, esq.; 6. Lady Georgianna-Frederica, married in 1823 to Evan Baille, esq.; 7. Lady Caroline-Catharine, married in 1828 to John Hales Calcroft, esq. M.P. for Wareham; and 8. Lady Emily, who died in 1827 in her 21st year.

The present Duke is a Commander R.N. and was M.P. for Huntingdonshire from 1826 to 1837. He was born in 1799, and married in 1822 Millicent, daughter and heir of the late General Robert Bernard Sparrow, and niece to the Earl of Gosford; by whom he has issue William-Drogo now Lord Mandeville, two other sons, and one daughter.