CARTERET, Robert, Lord Carteret (1721-76).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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14 Dec. 1744 - 1747

Family and Education

b. 21 Sept. 1721, o.surv. s. of John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville, by Frances, da. of Sir Robert Worsley, 4th Bt.. educ. Westminster 1731-8; St. John’s, Oxf. 1738. m. Elizabeth, said to have been a French-woman, s.p. suc. fa. as 3rd Earl, 2 Jan. 1763.

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The only son of the great Lord Carteret, later Earl Granville, Robert Carteret was of weak intellect. An unsuccessful attempt was made to have him adopted as a candidate for Cornwall in April 1744. On 16 Aug. 1744 Horace Walpole wrote to Mann:

About a fortnight ago he was at the Duke of Bedford’s and as much in his few senses as ever. At five o’clock in the morning he waked the Duke and Duchess all bloody and with the lappet of his coat held up full of ears; he had been in the stable and cropped all the horses.

Returned for Yarmouth at a by-election in 1744 he voted with the Administration on the Hanoverians in 1746 but did not stand again. He died 13 Feb. 1776.

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