GRENVILLE, Richard (1678-1727), of Wotton, Bucks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1715 - 1722
1722 - 17 Feb. 1727

Family and Education

b. 23 Mar. 1678, 1st s. of Richard Grenville of Wotton by Eleanor, da. of Sir Peter Temple of Stantonbury, Bucks. m. (lic. 25 Nov. 1710) Hester, 2nd da. of Sir Richard Temple, 3rd Bt., M.P., of Stowe, Bucks. and sis. of Sir Richard Temple, 4th Bt., M.P., afterwards 1st Visct. Cobham, of Stowe, to whose peerage she suc. 1749 when she was cr. Countess Temple, 6s. 1da. suc. fa. 1719.

Offices Held


Grenville (pronounced and often spelt 'Greenville'), married the favourite sister of Sir Richard Temple, afterwards Lord Cobham, whose peerage was entailed on her and her sons. At George I’s accession he was adopted as the Whig candidate for Buckinghamshire on a compromise with the Tories, but eventually stood down in favour of Richard Hampden,1 by whom he was returned for Wendover, voting with the Government in every recorded division except on Lord Cadogan. In the next Parliament he represented Buckingham on the interest of Lord Cobham. On his death, Cobham virtually adopted his children, ultimately settling his whole estate on the eldest, Richard, thus uniting the estates of Wotton and Stowe.2

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. Verney Letters of the 18th Cent. i. 317-20; Earl of Buckinghamshire's mss 40/46, Bucks. RO.
  • 2. Grenville Pprs. i. 422 seq.