HILL, Lord George Augusta (1801-1879).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1820-1832, ed. D.R. Fisher, 2009
Available from Cambridge University Press

Constituency

Dates

1830 - 1832

Family and Education

b. 9 Dec. 1801, 5th but 4th surv. s. of Arthur Hill†, 2nd mq. of Downshire [I], and Mary, da. of Hon. Martyn Sandys, 2nd s. of Samuel, 1st Bar. Sandys (she was cr. Baroness Sandys 19 June 1802); bro. of Lord Arthur Marcus Cecil Hill† and Lord Arthur Moyses William Hill*. m. (1) 21 Oct. 1834, Cassandra Jane (d. 14 Mar. 1842), da. of Edward Knight (formerly Austen) of Godmersham Park, Kent, 2s. 1da.; (2) 11 May 1847, her sis. Louisa Knight, 1s. d. 6 Apr. 1879.

Offices Held

Cornet R. Horse Gds. 1817, lt. 1820; capt. 1825; capt. 8 Drag. 1825; a.d.c. to c.-in-c. [I] 1830; maj. (half-pay) 1830; maj. 47 Ft. 1838, ret. 1838.

Comptroller, household of ld. lt. [I] 1833-4.

Sheriff, co. Donegal 1845-6.

Biography

Hill was the youngest brother of the 3rd marquess of Downshire and Lord Arthur Moyses Hill, Member for Down. He entered the army in May 1817, serving initially in the duke of Wellington’s regiment, and transferred to the Royal Irish Dragoons in 1825. At the general election of 1826 he was proposed for Carrickfergus, where Downshire was a minor landowner, but withdrew after a token contest, stating that he had been unaware of the nomination, in favour of the sitting Member Sir Arthur Chichester.1 He evidently served with his regiment on peacekeeping duties in the north of Ireland and in December 1828 he deplored the dismissal of the lord lieutenant Lord Anglesey.2 In April 1830 he became aide-de-camp to Sir John Byng*, commander of the forces in Ireland, but he obtained his majority and joined the half-pay list, 6 July.3 This was with a view to canvassing at Carrickfergus, where a family member was required to head the revived opposition to Lord Donegall’s interest. At the general election he defeated Chichester after a severe contest, surviving a subsequent petition, and was returned as a supporter of Wellington’s administration.4

Hill was listed by ministers among their ‘friends’, but was absent from the division on the civil list that led to their resignation, 15 Nov. 1830, and subsequently followed his brothers in adhering to Lord Grey’s coalition government. He declined to present the Carrickfergus petition for radical parliamentary reform, but voted for the second reading of the reform bill, 22 Mar., and against Gascoyne’s wrecking amendment, 19 Apr. 1831.5 He was again returned for Carrickfergus after another of the Chichesters had failed to push his candidacy to a contest at the general election in May.6 He divided for the second reading of the reintroduced reform bill, 6 July, and steadily for its details. He sided with ministers in their majorities on the Dublin election controversy, 23 Aug., but was listed in the minority for making legal provision for the Irish poor, 29 Aug. He divided for the passage of the reform bill, 21 Sept., and Lord Ebrington’s confidence motion, 10 Oct. He voted for the second reading of the revised bill, 17 Dec. 1831, again for its details, and the third reading, 22 Mar. 1832. He divided for Ebrington’s motion for an address calling on the king to appoint only ministers who would carry the reform bill unimpaired, 10 May, and the second reading of the Irish bill, 25 May. He voted with ministers for the Russian-Dutch loan, 26 Jan., 12, 16, 20 July, and against producing information on Portugal, 9 Feb. 1832.

Hill, who made no known parliamentary speeches, issued an address from Paris, 11 Oct. 1832, in which he boasted of his assiduity in attending on the reform question and announced his retirement on account of ill health. He returned to Ireland in time to assist the return of his brother Lord Arthur Marcus Hill for Newry at the general election of 1832, but apparently never sought to re-enter Parliament himself.7 By 1833 he had been appointed comptroller in the reappointed Anglesey’s viceregal household and he continued in office under his successor Lord Wellesley until the following year.