RODNEY, George (1753-1802).
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Family and Education
b. 25 Dec. 1753, 1st s. of Sir George Bridges Rodney by his 1st w. educ. Harrow 1766-7;1 Grand Tour 1773. m. 10 Apr. 1781, Anne, da. and coh. of Hon. Thomas Harley, 9s. 1da. suc. fa. as 2nd Baron Rodney 24 May 1792.
Ensign 3 Ft. Gds. 1773, lt. and capt. 1777, capt. and lt.-col. 1783; ret. 1792.
In 1780 Rodney was returned unopposed for Northampton on the interest of his uncle Spencer, Lord Northampton, as a stop-gap for his cousin Charles, Lord Compton, then a minor. In Parliament he constantly supported North’s Administration till its fall; voted for Shelburne’s peace preliminaries, 18 Feb. 1783; for Fox’s East India bill, 27 Nov. 1783, and both in Robinson’s list of January 1784 and Stockdale’s of 19 Mar. appears as a supporter of Pitt’s Administration. His only reported speech was on 5 June 1782 when, Fox moving a new writ for Westminster, he confirmed that his father intended to accept a peerage. Rodney did not stand in 1784, nor apparently at any other time.
He died 2 Jan. 1802.
Ref Volumes: 1754-1790
Author: Mary M. Drummond
- 1. Ex inf. D. Spinney, Esq.