MONTAGU, Hon. Charles (c.1658-1721), of Belford, Northumb. and Durham.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Feb. 1701
Dec. 1701

Family and Education

b. c.1658, 5th s. of Edward Montagu I, 1st Earl of Sandwich, and bro. of Edward Montagu Visct. Hinchingbrooke, Hon. Oliver Montagu and Hon. Sidney Wortley Montagu. educ. St. Neots g.s. (Mr Matthews); Trinity Coll. Camb. 1677; M. Temple 1677; Lincoln, Oxf. 1682. m. (1) 3 Sept. 1685, Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Francis Forster of Belford, 1s; (2) Sarah, da. of John Rogers, merchant, of East Denton, 2s. 1da.1

Offices Held

Freeman, Durham 1683; constable, Durham Castle 1684-1715; v.-adm. co. Dur. 1685-?90, lt.-col. of militia ft. 1685-?90; spiritual chancellor, Durham dioc. 1687-90; alderman, Durham by 1687-?d.; sheriff, co. Dur. 1687-1709, dep. lt. July 1688-?90; commr. for assessment, co. Dur. and Northumb. 1690; seneschal, Durham 1690-1709; j.p. co. Dur. and Northumb. by 1701-?15.2


Montagu was appointed constable of Durham Castle and spiritual chancellor of the diocese by his uncle, Bishop Crew. He was returned for the city to James II’s Parliament, in which he was probably entirely inactive. He accepted the Revolution and regained his seat as a court Whig in 1695. He died at Breda and was buried at Barnwell All Saints on 29 June 1721. His son sat for Chippenham from 1708-10 and for Camelford from 1715-22 as a Whig.3

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Authors: Gillian Hampson / Geoffrey Jaggar


  • 1. E. G. H. Montagu, Hinchingbrooke, 18; VCH Hunts. ii. 65; New Hist. Northumb. i. 229, 392.
  • 2. Surtees, Dur. iii. 295; iv. pt. 2, p. 23; Hutchinson, Dur. i. 549, 565; ii. 256; J. Spearman, Inquiry into Ancient and Present State of Durham (1729), 33; Durham Univ. Lib. Mickleton Spearman mss 2/21v, 201; 8/69-72; C. E. Whiting, Nathaniel, Lord Crewe, 145-6, 208.
  • 3. Collins, Peerage, iii. 464; Barnwell par. reg.