SEYMOUR CONWAY, Hon. Robert (1748-1831).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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15 May 1771 - 1784
1784 - 1790
7 July 1794 - 1807
1807 - 1820

Family and Education

b. 20 Dec. 1748, 3rd s. of Francis, 1st Earl of Hertford, and bro. of Francis, Visct. Beauchamp, and of Hon. George, Henry, Hugh, and William Seymour Conway.  educ. Eton 1760-5.  m. (1) 15 June 1773, Anne (d. 29 Nov. 1804), da. of Peter Delmé, M.P., sis. of Peter Delmé, 1s. 4da.; (2) 2 May 1806, Anderlechtia Clarissa, da. of William, 4th Visct. Chetwynd [I], s.p.

Offices Held

Jt. clerk of the Crown King’s bench [I] 1790-1830, sole 1830- d.

Ensign 40 Ft. 1766; lt. 2 Irish Horse 1766, capt. 8 Drag. 1770; maj. 3 Irish Horse 1773; lt. 3 Ft. Gds. and lt-col. 1775; served in America as a.d.c. to Gen. Clinton 1780-1; ret. 1782.


Seymour Conway’s behaviour in Parliament followed the family pattern: he supported North’s Administration, opposed Shelburne and supported the Coalition; and does not appear to have spoken in the House. His seat at Wootton Bassett was bought in 1784 from Henry St. John, who was managing the borough for his brother Lord Bolingbroke. He voted for Sir Elijah Impey’s impeachment, 9 May 1788, and against Pitt’s Regency proposals.

He died 23 Nov. 1831.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke