TALBOT, John Chetwynd (1750-93).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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24 May 1777 - 27 Apr. 1782

Family and Education

b. 5 Jan. 1750, 1st s. of Hon. John Talbot by his 2nd w.; nephew of William, 2nd Baron and 1st Earl Talbot, ld. steward 1761-82.  educ. Eton 1760; Magdalen, Oxf. 1766.  m. 7 May 1776, Lady Charlotte Hill, da. of Wills, 1st Earl of Hillsborough, 2s.  suc. fa. 23 Sept. 1756; and uncle as 3rd Baron Talbot 27 Apr. 1782; cr. Earl Talbot 3 July 1784; suc. to Chetwynd estates in Staffs. on the d. of his mother 20 Jan. 1785.

Offices Held

Ld. of Trade Dec. 1781-May 1782.


Talbot was returned for Castle Rising on the interest of Lord Suffolk, and voted with North’s Administration to the end. There is no record of his having spoken in the House. North in 1778 considered asking him to move the Address, but feared he would decline ‘from observing the marks of dislike towards the present Administration that Lord Talbot has often publicly shown’. In 1780 North suggested him for the office of vice-chamberlain to the Queen, and in 1781 Talbot was appointed a lord of Trade—probably from consideration for his uncle.1 He remained in office until the Board was abolished by the Rockingham Administration in 1782.

In the Lords Talbot voted against Fox’s East India bill and with Pitt on the Regency.  He died 19 May 1793.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke


  • 1. Fortescue, iv. 215; v. 172.