UPTON, John Henry, 2nd Baron Templetown [I] (1771-1846), of Castle Upton, co. Antrim.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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Constituency

Dates

15 Aug. 1803 - 1812

Family and Education

b. 8 Nov. 1771, 1st s. of Clotworthy, 1st Baron Templetown [I], and bro. of Hon. Arthur Percy Upton* and Hon. Fulk Greville Howard*. educ. Palgrave Suff.; Eton 1787-8; R. mil. acad. Berlin. m. 7 Oct. 1796, Lady Mary Montagu, da. of John Montagu, 5th Earl of Sandwich, 4s. 3da. suc. fa. as 2nd Baron Templetown [I] 16 Apr. 1785; cr. Visct. Templetown [I] 13 Feb. 1806.

Offices Held

Commdt. Templepatrick vols. 1803.

Biography

Reports reached England in 1793 that Templetown had married Miss Rietz, a natural daughter of the King of Prussia, at Berlin; but it was apparently her mother he quixotically proposed to and he called himself a bachelor when he married Lady Mary Montagu in 1796.1 Soon afterwards he proceeded to Ireland full of benevolent intentions towards his tenantry there. He voted for the Union and at that time declined a step in the peerage. He was there ‘on his country’s service’ when his brother-in-law Lord Hervey, now Earl of Bristol, named him as his successor to his seat for Bury in 1803, so his brother canvassed for him.2

Templetown is not known to have spoken in debate. Nor, until 1806, did he leave any record of opposition; he was listed a supporter of Pitt by the Treasury in September 1804 and July 1805. On 14 Oct. 1805 Lord Hawkesbury, his patron’s brother-in-law, recommended him to the viceroy for promotion in the Irish peerage, explaining that Templetown had regretted his refusal in 1800 and that both Lord Sidmouth and Pitt acknowledged his claims. He became only a viscount. He voted against the Grenville ministry, both on Ellenborough’s seat in the cabinet and on the repeal of Pitt’s Additional Force Act, 3 Mar., 30 Apr. 1806. The former vote accorded with Lord Bristol’s line, but did he know that Bristol had decided to support ministers on the latter? Nevertheless he voted against the Portland ministry on Brand’s motion, 9 Apr. 1807, and remained in opposition thereafter. Writing to Lord Grenville about Templetown’s claims to a representative peerage in 1810, Bristol gave credit to the ‘handsome manner