MANNERS, John (1730-92), of Grantham Grange, Lincs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1754 - 1774

Family and Education

b. 27 Sept. 1730, 1st illegit. s. of Lord William Manners. M.P. (2nd s. of John, 2nd Duke of Rutland), by Corbetta, da. of William Smyth, apothecary, of Shrewsbury.  educ. Westminster 1741-7.  m. 4 Sept. 1765, Lady Louisa Tollemache, da. of Lionel, 4th Earl of Dysart [S], sis. and h. of Wilbraham Tollemache, and later Countess of Dysart 9 Mar. 1821, 4s. 6da.  suc. fa. 1772.

Offices Held

Housekeeper at Whitehall 1756- d.


Manners was treated by Lord William Manners as his lawful heir, and in 1754 successfully contested Newark, his father’s old seat, on the Rutland interest. Dupplin classed him as ‘pro’ with other members of the Manners family. On 4 Dec. 1755 Lord William wrote to his sister, Lady Katherine Pelham, widow of Henry Pelham, that he was anxious for an appointment for his son: ‘some notice being taken of a young man on his first appearance in the world, may be of great consequence to him hereafter’. On 22 Dec. he wrote that he was obliged to the Duke of Newcastle for the offer made to Mr. Manners but thought that among several employments yet to be filled up there might be something more suitable such as the office of paymaster of pensions, then vacant.1 Manners did not obtain that office, but in June 1756 was made housekeeper of the palace at Whitehall. In 1761 he was returned unopposed for Newark. He does not appear in Henry Fox’s list of Members favourable to the peace preliminaries, December 1762. In the autumn of 1763 Jenkinson classed him as ‘pro’. Rockingham, July 1765, also classed him as ‘pro’, but he voted against the repeal of the Stamp Act, 22 Feb. 1766. He voted with Administration on the land tax, 27 Feb. 1767, and appears in Newcastle’s list, 2 Mar. 1767, as ‘Administration’.

In 1768, when the Manners seat at Grantham seemed likely to become vacant, John Manners was put forward by his father who had in 1766 purchased the manor and soke of Grantham with a view to establishing his own interest in the borough. This nomination, however, was opposed by the influential Cust family, and by Lord Granby who told Sir John Cust that John Manners would be the last person he should think of recommending to Grantham.2In fact the vacancy did