FANSHAWE, Robert (1740-1823), of Stone Hall, nr. Plymouth.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1784 - Jan. 1790

Family and Education

b. 4 Jan. 1740, 2nd s. of R.-Adm. Charles Fanshawe by Elizabeth, da. of Sir John Rogers, 2nd Bt., of Blackford, Devon. m. 5 Dec. 1769, Christiana, da. of John Gennys of Whitleigh Hall, Devon, 3s. 9da.

Offices Held

Lt. R.N. 1759; cdr. 1762; capt. 1768.

Commr. of Plymouth dockyard 1790-1815.


Fanshawe was returned for Plymouth on the Admiralty interest as a supporter of Pitt. His only known votes were with Pitt on the Regency; no speech by him is recorded. He vacated his seat on being appointed commissioner of Plymouth dockyard. James Gardner in his Recollections describes Fanshawe as ‘one of the first seamen in the navy, and one of the bravest officers that ever did honour to the service, a rigid disciplinarian, and to sum up all, a tight hand of the watch, as the saying is’.1

Fanshawe died 4 Feb. 1823.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke


  • 1. Navy Rec. Soc. xxxi. 197-8.