LUMLEY SAUNDERSON, George Augusta (1753-1807), of Glentworth, Lincs. and Sandbeck, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1774 - 1780

Family and Education

b. 22 Sept. 1753, 1st s. of Richard, 4th Earl of Scarbrough, by Barbara, da. of Sir George Savile, 7th Bt., sis. and h. of Sir George Savile, 8th Bt.  educ. Eton 1764-70; King’s, Camb. 1771. unm.  suc. fa. as 5th Earl of Scarbrough 12 May 1782.

Offices Held


Returned for Lincoln on the interest of his father, with the support of the Monsons, Lumley followed in Parliament his uncle, Sir George Savile. On 2 Feb. 1775 he spoke against Lord North’s motion for an address declaring the Colonies in rebellion, and on the 6th seconded Lord John Cavendish’s motion to recommit the proposed address—he ‘expressed himself with modesty, handsomely making his youth a personal plea for his wishing the utmost time for re-consideration on a matter so important’.1 On 22 Feb. he spoke again, in favour of Wilkes’s motion on the Middlesex election.2 After this no further intervention in debate is recorded till 17 Mar. 1778, when, in the debate on William Baker’s amendment for the removal of Administration, ‘Lord Lumley said the people had a right to choose the ministers.’3 As for his attendance, his name appears in 10 out of the 14 extant division lists for the Parliament 1774-80, and every single time he voted with Opposition—which is confirmed by Robinson’s remark in his survey of 1780: ‘Lord Lumley is always against.’ He stood for re-election in 1780, was defeated, and succeeded to the peerage in 1782.  He died 5 Sept. 1807.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Sir Lewis Namier


  • 1. Almon, i. 141.
  • 2. Fortescue, iii. 180.
  • 3. Walpole, Last Jnls. ii. 137.