NASSAU, Richard Savage (1723-80), of Easton, Suff.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1747 - 1754
1774 - 17 May 1780

Family and Education

b. 1 June 1723, 2nd s. of Frederick Nassau de Zuylesteyn, 3rd Earl of Rochford, by Bessy, illegit. da. of Richard Savage, M.P., 4th Earl Rivers. educ. Westminster 1734-9. m. 24 Dec. 1751, Anne (d. 9 Mar. 1771), da. and h. of Edward Spencer of Rendlesham, Suff., wid. of James, 5th Duke of Hamilton [S], 2s. 1da.; (2) name unknown (d. 18 Oct. 1773).1

Offices Held

Groom of the bedchamber Jan.-Oct. 1760; clerk of the Green Cloth (£1,018 p.a.) Jan. 1771-d.


Nassau was returned for Colchester as a government supporter in 1747 on the interest of his brother, the 4th Earl of Rochford, who had inherited the Essex estates of the Rivers family through his mother.2 He did not stand in 1754 but reluctantly allowed himself to be returned as a stop-gap in 1774. He died 17 May 1780.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Gent. Mag. 1773, p. 526.
  • 2. Essex Rev. li. 75-76.