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MANNERS, Lord Robert (c.1717-82), of Bloxholm, Lincs.
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b. c.1717, 8th s. of John Manners, M.P., 2nd Duke of Rutland, being 3rd s. by his 2nd w. Lucy, da. of Bennet Sherard, M.P., 2nd Baron Sherard [I], sis. of Bennet Sherard, M.P., 1st Earl of Harborough; bro. of John Manners, Mq. of Granby (b.1696), Lord Sherard and Lord William Manners. m. 1 Jan. 1756, Mary Digges of Roehampton, Surr., 3s. 2da.
Ensign 2 Ft. Gds. 1735, lt. 1740; capt. and lt.-col. 1 Ft. Gds. 1742; col. and a.-d.-c. to George II 1747; col. 36 Ft. 1751-65; maj.-gen. 1757; lt.-gen. 1759; col. 3 Drag. Gds. 1765-d.; gen. 1771.
Lt.-gov. Hull 1749-d.
Lord Robert Manners, an army officer who served in Flanders during the war of the Austrian succession, was the brother-in-law of Henry Pelham, to whose recommendation he presumably owed his return in 1747 for Hull, where he was a stranger. Appointed lieutenant-governor of Hull in 1749, he retained his seat, with the support of the Government, for 35 years. He died 31 May 1782, aged 64.