LEVESON GOWER, Hon. John (1740-92).
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Family and Education
b. 11 July 1740, 6th s. of John, 1st Earl Gower, by his 3rd w. Lady Mary Tufton, da. of Thomas, 6th Earl of Thanet, wid. of Anthony Grey, Earl of Harold; half-bro. of Granville, Visct. Trentham. m. 5 July 1773, Frances, da. of Edward Boscawen, 5s. 3da.
Lt. R.N. 1758; capt. 1760; r.-adm. 1787.
Ld. of Admiralty Jan-Apr. 1783, Dec. 1783-9.
Leveson (as he was always called) was connected with Sir Charles Saunders and Augustus Keppel, and served under Keppel in the indecisive action off Ushant in June 1778. Sandwich, first lord of the Admiralty, wrote about him to the King in November 17781 after the controversy had arisen between Keppel and Sir Hugh Palliser:
Though much attached to Mr. Keppel, has kept himself out of all disputes and shown no partiality to either side; has attended closely to the duty of his ship and is perhaps one of the most valuable officers in the King’s service.
Leveson’s opinion of Sandwich is shown in a letter he wrote to William Cornwallis, 27 Feb. 1776:2
As to Lord Sandwich, he never had any decency, and, shocking as it is, yet it is most true that he concealed the account of his son’s death [William Augustus Montagu] two or three days, that it might not stop the amusements and entertainments which he was then making at Hinchinbrooke.