MONTAGU, Hon. William (c.1720-57), of Waresley Park, Hunts.
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b. c.1720, yr. s. of Edward Richard Montagu, Visct. Hinchingbrooke, and grandson of Edward, 3rd Earl of Sandwich. educ. ?Westminster Apr. 1728 aged 7. m. 13 Nov. 1749, Charlotte, da. of Francis Naylor, formerly Blundell, of Offord Darcy, Hunts., s.p.
Lt. R.N. 1740, capt. 1745.
William Montagu, a naval officer of some distinction, received his first command in the West Indies in May 1744 but was soon unjustly put under arrest for seven months by Commodore Charles Knowles, from whom he obtained damages in a civil suit in 1752. On his release he was made a post captain, 23 May, carrying home the news of the capture of Louisbourg, 27 June 1745, for which he received a grant of £500 in August.1 Three months later he was brought in by his brother, Lord Sandwich, at a by-election for Huntingdonshire, being classed as a ‘New Ally’ in 1746. On 3 May 1747 he took a prominent part in Anson’s victory off Finisterre. Before the general election of July 1747, Sandwich ‘upon some quarrel he has with his brother Capt. Montagu ... determined to drop him, though the gentlemen had agreed to choose him for the county’.2 Consequently he could not stand again, though Sandwich later ‘intended to propose [him] at Huntingdon in case of early vacancy’ and asked his cousin Edward Wortley to bear him in