LEGGE, Hon. Edward (c.1710-47).

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

Family and Education

b. c.1710, 5th s. of William Legge, 1st Earl of Dartmouth, by Lady Anne Finch, da. of Heneage Finch, M.P., 1st Earl of Aylesford; bro. of George Legge, Visct. Lewisham, and Hon. Henry Legge. unm.

Offices Held

Entered navy 1726, lt. 1734, capt. 1738.


In 1747 Edward Legge’s brother Henry wrote to his patron, the Duke of Beford, who as 1st lord of the Admiralty had recently appointed Edward to the command of a squadron in the West Indies, and now was proposing to bring him into Parliament on the Admiralty interest at Portsmouth:

The least return the Legges can make for the many instances of partiality they have received from your Grace, is to do all in their power to make the effects of that favour as little troublesome to their benefactor as possible; and for my own part I can see no objection to the declaring Ned a candidate for Portsmouth since your Grace is so kind as to see none to accepting of him in that light yourself.1

Edward was duly returned on 15 Dec. but a few days later news arrived from the West Indies that he had died on 19 Sept.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. 4 Aug. 1747, Bedford, mss.