MONSON, John (?1692-1748), of Burton, Lincs.
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Family and Education
b. ?1692, 1st s. of George Monson of Broxbourne, Herts., bro. of Charles and George Monson. educ. Ch. Ch. Oxf. 26 Jan. 1708, aged 15. m. 8 Apr. 1725, Lady Margaret Watson, da. of Lewis Watson, M.P., 1st Earl of Rockingham, 3s. K.B. 27 May 1725. suc. fa. 1726, uncle Sir William Monson, 4th Bt., as 5th Bt. 7 Mar. 1727; cr. Baron Monson 28 May 1728.
Capt. of gent. pensioners 1733-4; P.C. 21 July 1737; ld. of Trade 1737-d.
Monson, whose family had been settled in Lincolnshire since the fourteenth century, was returned for Lincoln on his family’s interest in 1722. He was among the first to be made a knight of the Bath when that order was revived in 1725. In 1727 he inherited the title and Lincolnshire estates of his uncle, carrying an interest for one seat at Lincoln. Created a peer in 1728, he was appointed to the board of Trade, which under his administration was noted for its inactivity.1 On his death, 20 July 1748, the Duke of Newcastle, wrote to Henry Pelham:
The King has lost a most honest and useful servant, his country a most disinterested Member, and all that knew him intimately a most valuable friend, and we in particular, a most affectionate one. My own loss is greater than anybody’s.2