MOLYNEUX, Charles William, 8th Visct. Molyneux [I] (1748-95), of Croxteth Hall, Lancs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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23 July 1771 - 1774

Family and Education

b. 11 Oct. 1748, o.s. of Hon. Thomas Joseph Molyneux of Croxteth Hall by Maria, da. of James Leverly of London, wid. of (1) Joseph Griffin of Beckmarsh, Warws. and (2) John Errington of Beaufront, Northumb., he was gd.-s. of William, 4th Visct. Molyneux [I].  educ. St. Omer.  m. 3 Dec. 1768, Lady Isabella Stanhope, da. of William, 2nd Earl of Harrington, 1s.  suc. fa. 1756; uncle as 8th Visct. 30 Mar. 1759; cr. Earl of Sefton [I] 30 Nov. 1771.

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Molyneux was educated as a Roman Catholic, but conformed to the Church of England in 1769. A little later he began to take part in politics; Sir William Meredith wrote to the Duke of Portland on 20 Oct. 1769:1

Lady Molyneux has taken the county captive, though they have some ground to recover that they lost by coming with Sir George and Lady Warren to Manchester. He seems pretty clear of Lord Strange, but attached to the Duke of Grafton.

About the same time North recommended him to the King for promotion in the Irish peerage.2

At the by-election of 1771 no member of the Stanley family was available to contest the county, and Molyneux was returned unopposed. He voted with Government over Wilkes, 26 Apr. 1773, and on the motion to make Grenville’s Act permanent, 25 Feb. 1774, but there is no record that he ever spoke in the House. In 1774, when Lord Stanley had come of age, Molyneux did not stand. He offered himself for the county in 1784, but withdrew.

Molyneux had a house at Twickenham where Horace Walpole was a frequent visitor, yet he is only mentioned occasionally in Walpole’s letters.  He died 31 Jan. 1795.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke


  • 1. Portland mss.
  • 2. Cal. Home Office Pprs. 1770-2, p. 35.