MANNERS, Lord Robert (?1717-82), of Bloxholm, Lincs.
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b. ?1717, 8th s. of John, 2nd Duke of Rutland, by his 2nd w. Hon. Lucy Sherard, da. of Bennet, 2nd Baron Sherard [I]. m. 1 Jan. 1756, Mary Digges of Roehampton, Surr., 3s. 2da.
Ensign 2 Ft. Gds. 1735, lt. 1740; capt. and lt.-col. 1 Ft. Gds. 1742; col. 1747; lt.-gov. Hull 1749- d.; col. 36 Ft. 1751-65; maj.-gen. 1757; lt.-gen. 1759; col. 3 Drag. Gds. 1765- d.; gen. 1771.
Lord Robert Manners had the support of Government (and probably also of the corporation) throughout his parliamentary career, and his appointment as lieutenant-governor must have strengthened his position. He was Member for 35 years and survived five contested elections—a remarkable achievement in so open a constituency.
He did not belong to the Manners group, but supported each successive Administration except that of Rockingham (he voted against them on the Anstruther election and the repeal of the Stamp Act). North in 1781 wrote of the ‘steady, constant, uniform, and zealous part Lord Robert has always maintained in the House of Commons on behalf of Government’.1
The Public Ledger in 1779 described him as ‘a venerable old man [he was then abou