GRANVILLE (GRENVILLE), Bevil (1665-1706).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Family and Education

b. 3 Mar. 1665, 1st s. of Bernard Granville, and bro. of Bernard Granville, and George Granville, 1st Baron Granville of Bideford. educ. Trinity Coll. Camb. 1677; academies at Paris 1682-5. unm.Kntd. 28 May 1686; suc. fa. 1701.1

Offices Held

Capt. Earl of Bath’s regt. (later 10 Ft.) 1685, maj. 1687, col. 1693-1703; gov. Pendennis Castle 1696-1703, Barbados 1703-6; maj.-gen. 1704.2

Master of the swans 1692-d.3

Freeman, Portsmouth 1686; j.p. Cornw. by 1701-d.4


Granville was returned unopposed for Fowey in 1685, on the interest of Lord Bath, his uncle, who had become recorder of the borough under its new charter. Though doubtless a Tory, he left no certain trace on the records of James II’s Parliament. He became an army officer, and was knighted in the camp on Hounslow Heath in 1686. At the Revolution he was sent to Jersey to bring over the garrison to William of Orange. He disarmed the Papists on the island, and was returned for Lostwithiel in 1690 as a government supporter. Though he later moved with his uncle into opposition for a time, his military career did not suffer, and he signed the Association in 1696. Queen Anne made him governor of Barbados, but he died on the return voyage from the colony on 15 Sept. 1706.5

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: J. S. Crossette


  • 1. Westminster City Lib., St. Martin in the Fields par. reg.; E. Handasyde, Granville the Polite, 10.
  • 2. Luttrell, iii. 491; iv. 33; v. 175.
  • 3. N. F. Ticehurst, Mute Swan in England, 65.
  • 4. R. East, Portsmouth Recs. 368.
  • 5. R. Granville, Granville Fam. 407, 409; HMC Bath, i. 121.