NEWLAND, George (?1692-1749), of Gatton, Surr.
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Family and Education
b. ?1692, 4th s. of Sir George Newland, M.P., of Smithfield, London by Rebecca, da. of Edward Turgis, London merchant; bro. of William Newland. educ. St. John’s, Oxf. 26 July 1709, aged 17, demy, Magdalen 1711-20, fellow 1720-38, reader in moral philosophy 1727-31, D.C.L. 1729, vice-pres. 1733. unm. suc. bro. 1738.
Professor of geometry, Gresham Coll. London 1732-d.; gov. St. Bartholomew’s, Bridewell, and Bethlehem Hospitals 1738-d.
On Newland’s appointment to the professorship of geometry at Gresham College, Hearne, the Oxford antiquary, commented:
I think his being a citizen’s son gave him some title preferable to others, ceteris paribus. It is a genteel sinecure, and no wonder a learned man did not get it, the citizens of London being friends to little else but trade.1
Succeeding to his brother’s estates, he was returned for Gatton, voting consistently with the Opposition. Shortly before his death the 2nd Lord Egmont in his electoral survey described him as ‘a strong Jacobite’. After his death intestate, 22 Oct. 1749, his heirs procured a private Act in 1751, under which the manor of Gatton was sold to Sir James Colebrooke for £23,000.2