MONTAGU, Matthew (1762-1831), of Manchester Sq., London

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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4 May 1786 - 1790
1790 - 1796
1806 - 1812

Family and Education

b. 23 Nov. 1762, 2nd s. of Morris Robinson by Jane, da. of John Greenland of Lovelace Manor, Kent, nephew of Matthew Robinson Morris and Charles Robinson.  educ. Harrow 1775; Trinity, Camb. 1780.  m. 9 July 1785, Elizabeth, da. and h. of Francis Charlton, 6s. 7da. Took name of Montagu in accordance with the wish of his aunt Mrs. Elizabeth Montagu 1776;  suc. to her estates and those of her husband Edward Montagu 1800; and bro. as 4th Baron Rokeby [I] 21 May 1829.

Offices Held


Montagu was returned for Bossiney by Lord Mount Edgcumbe. Pitt had intended to recommend Henry Lawes Luttrell, but Mount Edgcumbe was ‘loudly called upon to name a candidate’ and not having heard from Pitt named Montagu.1

Yet Montagu proved a faithful follower of Pitt. On 23 Jan. 1787 he seconded the Address, and, in reference to the French commercial treaty, ended his speech with a panegyric on Pitt:2‘Exalted as is the glory of Lord Chatham, amidst the trophies of war, not less should be the rank of his son in the annals of peace.’ On which Wraxall comments:3 ‘It might have been thought that such a panegyric, when aided by time and circumstances, formed no bad foundation for an English peerage’; which was apparently Montagu’s ambition.

He died 1 Sept. 1831.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke


  • 1. Mount Edgcumbe to Pitt, 26 Apr. 1786, Chatham mss.
  • 2. Stockdale, x. 7.
  • 3. Mems. iv. 377-9.