ROSS, Hon. Charles (1721-45), of Balnagowan, Ross.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1741 - 30 Apr. 1745

Family and Education

b. 9 Feb. 1721, 2nd s. of George, 13th Lord Ross of Halkhead [S], by Lady Elizabeth Kerr, da. of William, 2nd Mq. of Lothian [S]. unm. suc. gt.-uncle Gen. Charles Ross to Balnagowan 1732.

Offices Held

2nd lt. Col. Douglas’s regt.of Marines Dec. 1739; lt. and capt. 3 Ft. Gds. 1741.


While still under age Ross, ‘a very handsome young man,’1 was returned for Ross-shire, where he had inherited his great-uncle’s estate. In the division of 16 Dec. 1741 on the chairman of the elections committee, Horace Walpole writes:

Young Ross, son of a commissioner of customs, and saved from the dishonour of not liking to go to the West Indies, when it was his turn, by Sir Robert’s giving him a lieutenancy, voted against us.2

A month later, shortly before Walpole’s resignation, the 1st Lord Egmont heard

that Lord Ross had been sent for up from Scotland to influence his son, Mr. Charles Ross, but Mr. Ross had a very good estate independent of his father.