Lord George Lennox

General Lord George Henry Lennox (29 November 1737 – 25 March 1805) was a British Army officer and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1761 to 1790.

Lord George Lennox
George Lennox
Lord George Lennox, by George Romney
Born 29 November 1737
Died 25 March 1805 (aged 67)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank General
Commands held 33rd Regiment of Foot
Battles/wars Seven Years' War
Spouse(s) Lady Louisa Kerr

Early life

He was the second son of Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond, and was a great-grandson of King Charles II of England. He was a brother of the famous Lennox sisters.

Military career

From 1758 to 1762 George Lennox was the Colonel of the 33rd Regiment of Foot. In 1757 a second battalion (2nd/33rd) of the 33rd Regiment had been raised. In 1758 this battalion became an independent regiment, the 72nd Regiment of Foot. At that time his elder brother Charles Lennox had been the Colonel of the 33rd and was then appointed Colonel of the new regiment. George Lennox took command of the 33rd Regiment (1st/33rd).[1] At the beginning of May 1758 the 33rd Regiment was stationed in Blandford, Dorset and was then moved to the Isle of Wight to take part in an attack on the French coast at St Malo on 5 May in the Seven Years' War. On 1 August both Brothers Regiments (33rd & 72nd) were involved in a highly successful raid on Cherbourg, which resulted in the destruction of 30 French ships, and the capture of 200 guns and rockets, plus a number of French Regimental Colours and a large quantity of booty. After this raid George Lennox and the 33rd Regiment remained inactive, garrisoned on the Isle of Wight on internal security duties.

On 29 December 1762, he was appointed Colonel of the 25th Regiment of Foot, which he commanded until his death. On 16 February 1784, he was appointed Constable of the Tower of London.

Parliamentary career

He was the Member of Parliament for Chichester from 1761 to 1767 and for Sussex from 1767 to 1790. He was succeeded in the latter seat by his son.[2]

He was appointed a member of the Privy Council in 1784.

Later life

In 1772 he was elected Mayor of Chichester.[3]

Family

Emilia Charlotte Lennox, by John Hoppner
Emilia Charlotte Lennox (John Hoppner)

Lord George Lennox married Lady Louisa Kerr, daughter of William Kerr, 4th Marquess of Lothian in 1759, and they had four children:

Despite the Hanoverian side taken by his father, George made an arranged marriage for his own son Charles with the heiress of Clan Gordon, a notable Jacobite family.

Ancestry

Ancestors of Lord George Lennox
16. Charles I of England
8. Charles II of England
17. Henrietta Maria of France
4. Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond
18. Guillaume de Penancoët, Seigneur de Kérouaille
9. Louise Renée de Penancoët de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth
19. Marie de Ploeuc de Timeur
2. Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond
20. Robert Brudenell, 2nd Earl of Cardigan
10. Francis Brudenell, Lord Brudenell
21. Anne Savage
5. Anne Brudenell
22. Thomas Savile, 1st Earl of Sussex
11. Frances Savile
23. Anne Villiers
1. Lord George Lennox
24. William Cadogan
12. Henry Cadogan
25. Elizabeth Roberts
6. William Cadogan, 1st Earl Cadogan
26. Hardress Waller
13. Bridget Waller
27. Mary (Elizabeth) Dowdall
3. Sarah Cadogan
28. Joan Munter
14. Jan Munter
29. Margaretha Geelvinck
7. Margaret Cecilia Munter
30. Hendrick Trip
15. Margaretha Trip
31. Cecilia Godin

References

  1. ^ History of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment (page 41), Brereton / Savoury, ISBN 0-9521552-0-6
  2. ^ "LENNOX, Lord George Henry (1737-1805), of West Stoke, Suss." History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  3. ^ "List of Mayors" (PDF). Chichester City Council. Retrieved 8 May 2016.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Page
Hon. Augustus Keppel
Member of Parliament for Chichester
with John Page

1761–1767
Succeeded by
John Page
William Keppel
Preceded by
John Butler
Thomas Pelham
Member of Parliament for Sussex
1767–1790
With: Thomas Pelham 1767–1768
Richard Harcourt 1768–1774
Sir Thomas Spencer Wilson 1774–1780
Thomas Pelham 1780–1790
Succeeded by
Thomas Pelham
Charles Lennox
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Henry Erskine, Bt
Colonel of the 25th Regiment of Foot
1762–1805
Succeeded by
Hon. Charles FitzRoy
Preceded by
The Earl Waldegrave
Governor of Plymouth
1784–1805
Succeeded by
The Earl of Chatham
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl Cornwallis
Constable of the Tower
Lord Lieutenant of the Tower Hamlets

1784
Succeeded by
The Earl Cornwallis

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