DARBY, George (c.1720-90), of Newton, Hants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1780 - 1784

Family and Education

b. c.1720. m. (1) 1768, Mary (d. 5 Apr. 1773), da. of Sir William St. Quentin, 4th Bt., 2s.; (2) sis. of Richard Jackson wid. of Thomas Bridges.

Offices Held

Lt. R.N. 1742; capt. 1747; r.-adm. 1778; v.-adm.1779; c.-in-c. Western squadron 1780-2.

Ld. of the Admiralty 1780-Mar. 1782.


Brought in on the Admiralty interest at Plymouth in 1780, Darby felt politically bound to Lord Sandwich, to whose favour he owed his professional advancement. He voted steadily in support of North’s ministry, against Shelburne’s peace preliminaries, 18 Feb. 1783, and for Fox’s India bill, 27 Nov. 1783. As an adherent of the Fox-North opposition, he lost his seat at the general election of 1784.

Darby died 26 Mar. 1790.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: I. R. Christie