Edward Montagu, Viscount Hinchingbrooke

Lord Hinchingbrooke at age 8

Edward Richard Montagu, Viscount Hinchingbrooke (7 July 1692 – 3 October 1722) was a British Army officer and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1713 to 1722.

Hinchingbrooke was the eldest son of Edward Montagu, 3rd Earl of Sandwich and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of the Earl of Rochester. His mother kept his father, who was generally believed to be insane, much confined, leaving Hinchingbrooke to carry out the public business of his family.

On 12 April 1707, at the age of 14, Hinchingbrooke married Elizabeth Popham (died 20 March 1761), the daughter of Alexander Popham of Littlecote, Wiltshire (a grandson of Alexander Popham). After a tour of the continent in 1708, he was given command of a troop in Sir Richard Temple's Regiment of Horse for the 1709 campaign in Flanders. During this time, Hinchingbrooke was one of the infamous Mohocks, and was arrested for assaulting a watchman in 1712.

In 1713, Hinchingbrooke was elected as Member of Parliament for Huntingdon, for which he served until 1722.[1]

Hinchingbrooke became colonel of the 37th Regiment of Foot in 1717. In March 1722, he was named Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire and in April was returned as MP for Huntingdonshire.[1] However, he died in October 1722, predeceasing his father. He left five children:

His widow later married Francis Seymour.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "MONTAGU, Edward Richard, Visct. Hinchingbrooke (1692-1722), of Hinchingbrooke, Hunts". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 16 August 2018.

Portraits of Edward Montagu, Viscount Hinchingbrooke at the National Portrait Gallery, London

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Edward Wortley Montagu
Francis Page
Member of Parliament for Huntingdon
1713–1722
With: Sidney Wortley Montagu
Succeeded by
Edward Wortley Montagu
Roger Handasyde
Preceded by
Robert Piggott
John Bigg
Member of Parliament for Huntingdonshire
1722
With: John Bigg
Succeeded by
John Bigg
John Proby
Military offices
Preceded by
John Fane
Colonel of Viscount Hinchingbrooke's Regiment of Foot
1717–1722
Succeeded by
Robert Murray
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The 1st Duke of Manchester
Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire
1722
Succeeded by
The 2nd Duke of Manchester