ONSLOW, Richard (c.1697-1760).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1727 - 16 Mar. 1760

Family and Education

b. c.1697, 2nd s. of Foot Onslow, M.P., and bro. of Arthur Onslow.  m. (1) 9 Dec. 1726, Rose (d. 8 Feb. 1728), da. and coh. of John Bridges of Thames Ditton and sis. of Anne, who m. Arthur Onslow, s.p.; (2) Pooley, da. of Charles Walton of Little Burstead, Essex, 3s. 1da.

Offices Held

Capt. 11 Ft. 1716, 30 Ft. 1718, 15 Ft. 1721, 1 Ft. Gds. and lt.-col. 1724; col. 1732; col. 39 Ft. 1738-9, 8 Ft. 1739-45; maj.-gen. 1743; col. 1 Troop Horse Grenadier Gds. 1745-d.; lt.-gen. 1747; gov. Fort William 1752-9, Plymouth 1759- d.

Receiver-gen. of Post Office 1720-7; paymaster and accountant of the navy 1732-42.


Arthur Onslow ‘laboured’ for his brother’s ‘advancement and well being’ in the army,1 and Richard’s ‘success and character’ more than answered Arthur’s expectations. Richard Onslow sat for the family borough of Guildford, voted regularly with the court and spoke occasionally, but made no mark in Parliament.  He died 16 Mar. 1760.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke


  • 1. HMC 14th Rep. IX, 501-2.