MANNERS SUTTON, Lord Robert (1722-62), of Kelham, Notts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1747 - 19 Nov. 1762

Family and Education

b. 21 Feb. 1722, 2nd s. of John Manners 3rd Duke of Rutland, bro. of John Manners, Mq. of Granby. unm. suc. on d. of mother to estates of mat. gd.-fa. Lord Lexinton, and took add. name of Sutton 16 June 1734.

Offices Held

Capt. Duke of Kingston’s Lt. Horse 1745-6; lt.-col. Duke of Cumberland’s Drags. 1746-8; col. comdt. 21 Drags. 1760-d.

Gent. of the bedchamber to Prince of Wales 1749-51; master of the harriers and foxhounds 1754-d.


During the 1745 rebellion Lord Robert Sutton (as he was usually styled) commanded a troop of the newly-formed Duke of Kingston’s Light Horse at Culloden. After Kingston’s Horse was disbanded in 1746, he joined the Duke of Cumberland’s Dragoons, was taken prisoner at the battle of Lauffeld in 1747, supped the same evening with Marshal de Saxe, and was exchanged next day.1 Returned unopposed for his county in 1747 as a government supporter, he went over to the Prince of Wales’s party in 1749, deserting the Duke of Cumberland, who used to say ‘that he was never hurt but by the ingratitude of Mr. Townshend and Lord Robert Sutton, whom he had made the greatest efforts to oblige’.2 He died 19 Nov. 1762.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. W. E. Manners, Life of Granby, 17-32; HMC Astley, 373, 378.
  • 2. Walpole, Mems. Geo. II, i. 40.