GREVILLE, Hon. Algernon (c.1677-1720), of Knowle, Warws. and Dean Street, London

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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4 Dec. 1699 - 1700
Dec. 1701 - 1705

Family and Education

b. c.1677, 4th but 1st surv. s. of Fulke Greville†, 5th Baron Brooke, of Beauchamps Court, Warws. by Sarah, da. of Francis Dashwood of London, merchant and alderman, and sis. of Sir Francis, 1st Bt.*, and Sir Samuel*; bro. of Hon. Dodington*, Hon. Francis* and Hon. Robert Greville*.  educ. Magdalen Coll. Oxf. matric. 22 June 1694, aged 17.  m. 24 Dec. 1711, Mary, da. and coh. of Ld. Arthur Somerset (s. of Henry Somerset†, 1st Duke of Beaufort, and bro. of Charles Somerset, Mq. of Worcester*), 1s. 2da.1

Offices Held

Ent. RN 1693, capt. 1703, half-pay by 1713.2


Initially commissioned in the navy in 1693, Greville may have owed his further advancement to Admiral Sir George Rooke*, an acquaintance of Greville’s father. He was returned for Warwick on the family interest at the by-election in December 1699 brought about by the death of his elder brother Robert. In 1700 Lord Brooke settled on Algernon, as the next eldest of his sons, the manors of Knowle in Warwickshire and Sawley in Yorkshire which Robert had held for life. Since Greville continued to pursue his naval career during his time in the Commons, it is unlikely that he paid much attention to his parliamentary duties. References to ‘Mr Greville’ in the Journals are more likely to mean his eldest brother Francis. Algernon stood down in the first election of 1701, but was returned again, unopposed, at the second. It is possible that he was not so committed a Tory as his brothers. Analysing the returns to the Parliament of December 1701, Lord Spencer (Charles*) went so far as to conclude that Greville’s election had been a Whig ‘gain’, while Robert Harley* on the other hand classed him as a Tory. He was seen as a probable opponent of the Tack in a forecast prepared on 30 Oct. 1704 and was also included among the Members whom Harley wished to be lobbied. It is not clear how Greville actually behaved in the division on 28 Nov.: the published list of the vote shows him supporting the Tack, while another annota