British Historical Facts, 1688-1760 by Chris Cook

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British historic evidence, 1688-1760

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WILMINGTON, 1ST EARL OF SPENCER COMPTON ( 1673-1743) MP, Eye 1698-1710; East Grinstead 1713-15; Sussex 1715-22; East Grinstead 1722; Sussex 1722-8. Chairman of Committee of Privileges and Elections 1705-10. Speaker of the House of Commons 1715-27; PaymasterGeneral 1722-30. Knight of the Bath 1725; created Baron Wilmington 1728; and Earl 1730. Lord Privy Seal 1730; Lord President 1730-42; First Lord of the Treasury 1742-3. 4 SELECTED HOLDERS OF MAJOR PUBLIC OFFICE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY Oct May Oct Apr Mar Apr Feb Aug Feb Feb Mar Nov Jul May 14 15 15 17 18 21 42 43 46 46 54 56 57 62 E of Halifax E of Carlisle Robert Walpole Earl Stanhope E of Sunderland Robert Walpole 1 E of Wilmington Henry Pelham E of Bath 2 Henry Pelham D of Newcastle D of Devonshire D of Newcastle E of Bute LORD CHANCELLOR 1689-93 93 Mar 00 May 05 Oct 08 Sep 10 Oct 14 Sep 18 May 25 Jan In commission Ld Somers Sir Nathan Wright (Ld Keeper) Ld Cowper In commission Ld Harcourt Ld Cowper E of Macclesfield In commission 1 No office of Prime Minister existed in this period, but it is customary to regard Walpole as the first to wield Prime Ministerial authority.

G. for Carteret, see Granville. Usually only major offices are included. ADDISON, JOSEPH ( 1672-1719) MP, Lostwithiel 1708; Malmesbury 1709-19. Secretary of State 1717-18; previously Under-Secretary of State 1706; secretary to Wharton when Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 1709. Distinguished essayist and poet, contributed to Steele's Tatter 1709-11, and produced with Steele the Spectator 1711-12; contributor to Guardian 1713 and revived Tatter in 1714. BATH, E OF WILLIAM PULTENEY ( 1684-1764) MP Hedon 1705-34; Middlesex 1734-42.

Carried invitation to William III and accompanied him to England. Created Privy Councillor and Viscount Sydney 1689. Secretary of State 1690-1; Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1692-3; Master General of Ordnance 1693-1702. Created an earl 1694; a Lord Justice 1697; Groom of the Stole 1700-2. SHREWSBURY, 1ST D OF CHARLES TALBOT (1660-1718) Accompanied William III to England 1688; Secretary of State 1689-90, 1694-8. Knight of the Garter 1694; accused of complicity in Jacobite intrigues and withdrew temporarily from public affairs.

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