William Gage, 2nd Viscount Gage
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William Gage, 2nd Viscount Gage
William Gage, 2nd Viscount Gage

William Hall Gage, 2nd Viscount Gage (6 January 1717/18 - 11 October 1791) was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1744 and 1780 when he was raised to the peerage as Baron Gage. He was equerry to the Prince of Wales.

Firle Place from rear

William Hall Gage was born to Thomas Gage and his wife Benedicta Maria Theresa Hall on 6 January 1717/18 and christened 31 January 1717/18 at Westminster St James, Middlesex.[1] He was educated at Westminster School.

From 1744 Gage served five terms as Member of Parliament representing the Seaford borough of Sussex. As eldest son, he succeeded his father to the title Viscount Gage on 21 December 1754. He served as Paymaster of Pensions from 1755 through 1763 and later from 1765 until 1782 when Parliament dissolved the office. On 3 February 1757 he married Elizabeth Gideon, the daughter of Sir Sampson Gideon.[2] They lived at Firle Place in Firle, Sussex.

In 1780, Gage was created Baron Gage in the Peerage of Great Britain with remainder to heirs male. His wife died 1 July 1783.[3] Since he had no heirs male, he was again ennobled as Baron Gage of Highmeadow in the Peerage of Great Britain in 1790, but this time with special remainder to the heirs male of his brothers. Gage died 11 October 1791.[4]

Family

William Gage's younger brother, Thomas Gage, was Commander-in-Chief of British forces at the beginning of the American Revolution. Thomas's son Sir William Hall Gage served as Admiral of the Fleet in 1862.

Gage died childless in 1791 and was succeeded by Henry Gage, 3rd Viscount Gage, the eldest son of his brother Thomas.

See also

References

  1. ^ Church of England, Westminster St Jame (Middlesex) Parish Register, vol. 2 (1699-1723), n.p., baptism of William Hall Gage, 31 January 1717/18.
  2. ^ "GAGE, William Hall (1718-91), of Firle, Suss. and High Meadow, Glos. ". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "William Hall Gage, 2nd Viscount Gage", thepeerage
  4. ^ "Gage, Viscount (I, 1720)", cracroftspeerage
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir William Gage, 7th Bt
William Hay
Member of Parliament for Seaford
1744-1747
With: William Hay
Succeeded by
William Hay
William Pitt
Preceded by
William Hay
William Pitt
Member of Parliament for Seaford
1754-1780
With: William Hay 1754-1755
James Peachey 1755-1768
George Medley 1768-1780
Succeeded by
John Durand
John Robinson
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Thomas Gage
Viscount Gage
1754-1791
Succeeded by
Henry Gage
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Baron Gage
(of Firle)
1780-1791
Extinct
Baron Gage
(of High Meadow)
1790-1791
Succeeded by
Henry Gage


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