MONTAGU, Edward (1672-1710), of Lackham House, Lacock, Wilts.
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Family and Education
b. 15 July 1672, 1st s. of James Montagu of Lackham by Diana, da. of Anthony Hungerford of Blackbourton, Oxon. and Farleigh Hungerford, Som.; bro. of James Montagu II*. educ. Christ Church, Oxf. 1690; M. Temple 1692. unm. suc. fa. 1676.1
Montagu’s pedigree offered him considerable advantages: he was the great-grandson of the 1st Earl of Manchester, and his father, James, had not only married into the senior branch of the Hungerfords, among the principal landowners in northern Wiltshire, but also acquired substantial property, including land at Chippenham and Norton Bavant, Wiltshire, as well as the ancient Lackham House, from his father-in-law, Robert Baynard†. Having reached his majority, Montagu was thus well placed in 1698 to win a seat at Chippenham, only two miles from Lackham. On a list subsequent to the comparative analysis of the old and new Parliaments of September 1698, his political identity was queried. However, as a kinsman and protégé of Lord Halifax (Charles Montagu*), he was probably a Court Whig, and he was marked as a member of the Junto interest on an analysis of the House in 1700. In January 1701 he again stood for Chippenham, where Halifax believed he would be ‘safe’, and was also put up for Malmesbury by Lord Wharton (Hon. Thomas*) at Halifax’s request. He won neither seat and did not stand for Parliament again. He died in 1710 but was apparently not buried in the family vault at Lacock.2