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William Legge, 1st Earl of Dartmouth

The Right Honourable
William Legge
Earl of Dartmouth
Secretary of State for the Southern Department
In office
1710–1713
Preceded by The Earl of Sunderland
Succeeded by The Viscount Bolingbroke
Lord Privy Seal
In office
1713–1714
Preceded by John Robinson
Succeeded by The Marquess of Wharton
Personal details
Born 1672
Died 1750
Spouse(s) Anne Finch
Education Westminster School
Alma mater King's College, Cambridge
Religion Church of England

William Legge, 1st Earl of Dartmouth (1672-1750) was Lord Privy Seal from 1713 to 1714.

Life

He was the only son of Westminster School. He subsequently went to King's College, Cambridge, where he graduated M.A. in 1689.[1]

In 1702, he was appointed a member of the William. Another son of the first earl was Henry Bilson-Legge, who later served as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

In politics he was a moderate; though himself a Tory, he was prepared to work with moderate Whigs. He earned the regard of Robert Harley, another believer in moderation; Dartmouth in return remained a loyal friend after Harley's downfall.[3] He also had the confidence of Queen Anne, who praised him as "an honest man."[4] As a Minister, though far from brilliant, he earned a reputation for competence and hard work. He was also noted for discretion; foreign ambassadors complained that it would be easier to get information from a brick wall than from Dartmouth. In private life his fondness for laughing at his own jokes led to his nickname "the Jester".[5]

Family

He married, in July l700, Lady Anne Finch, third daughter of Heneage, first earl of Aylesford; they had six sons.[1] The Dartmouth family lived at Sandwell Hall (since demolished) in the Sandwell Valley.

References

  1. ^ a b Barker 1892.
  2. ^ "London, Sept. 6". The Newcastle Courant: with News Forreign and Domestick ( 
  3. ^ Hamilton, Elizabeth. "The Backstairs Dragon- a life of Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford. Hamish Hamilton: London, 1969
  4. ^ Gregg, Edward. Queen Anne (2nd ed.) Yale University Press, 2001
  5. ^ Hamilton, The Backstairs Dragon
Attribution

Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Sunderland
Secretary of State for the Southern Department
1710–1713
Succeeded by
The Viscount Bolingbroke
Preceded by
John Robinson
Lord Privy Seal
1713–1714
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Wharton
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Somerset
Senior Privy Counsellor
1748–1750
Succeeded by
The Viscount Bolingbroke
Peerage of England
Preceded by
George Legge
Baron Dartmouth
1691–1750
Succeeded by
William Legge
Peerage of Great Britain
New title Earl of Dartmouth
1711–1750
Succeeded by
William Legge

 

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