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