LEVESON GOWER, Hon. Baptist (?1703-82).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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Family and Education

b. ?1703, 4th s. of John Leveson Gower, M.P., 1st Baron Gower, by Lady Catherine Manners, da. of John, 1st Duke of Rutland; bro. of Hon. Thomas and William Leveson Gower. educ. Westminster, May 1717, aged 13; St. John’s, Camb. 22 Apr. 1720, aged 16. unm.

Offices Held

Ld. of Trade, 1745-9.


Baptist Leveson Gower was returned as a Tory for Newcastle-under-Lyme on his family’s interest. He consistently voted against the Government till his brother, Lord Gower, joined the Administration in December 1744, when he was appointed a lord of Trade, resigning in June 1749. He became a member of the Duke of Bedford’s circle, joined White’s, and in 1751 went into opposition with Bedford, parting company with Lord Gower. He absented himself from the division on the Saxon subsidy, which Bedford opposed, in January 1752.1

He died 4 Aug. 1782.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Add. 32726, f. 84.