The Duke of Manchester
Kimbolton Castle, Huntingdonshire in 1880, seat of the Dukes of Manchester
|Governor of Jamaica|
|Monarch||George III |
|Sir Eyre Coote|
1827 - 15 November 1830
|Monarch||George IV |
|George Canning |
The Viscount Goderich
The Duke of Wellington
|Lord Frederick Montagu|
|The Duke of Richmond|
|Born||21 October 1771|
|Died||18 March 1843 (aged 71)|
|Spouse(s)||Lady Susan Gordon |
|Children||8, including George|
|Parents||George Montagu, 4th Duke of Manchester|
Manchester was the eldest surviving son of George Montagu, 4th Duke of Manchester, and Elizabeth, daughter of Sir James Dashwood, 2nd Baronet. He was educated at Harrow and then served in the British Army, achieving the rank of colonel in 1794.
In 1788 he succeeded his father to his titles and the Kimbolton Castle estate in Huntingdonshire.
Manchester was Governor of Jamaica from 1808 to 1827. During his term, he oversaw the implementation of the abolition of the Slave Trade in the colony. In 1815 he dealt with the aftermath of the Port Royal fire and the devastation of Jamaican plantations by a hurricane.Manchester Parish in Jamaica was named after him, while the capital of Mandeville was named after his son, Viscount Mandeville.
After his return to Britain Manchester served as Postmaster General between 1827 and 1830 (succeeding his younger brother Lord Frederick Montagu). He was also Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire between 1793 and 1841.
The Duchess Susan caused a social scandal by eloping with one of her footmen. According to The Complete Peerage, "it is mentioned in the Memoirs of a Highland Lady, under date 1812, that 'the Duchess had left home years before with one of her footmen.' Lady Jerningham wrote, 6 September 1813: 'the Duchess of Manchester is finally parted from her husband, her conduct becoming most notoriously bad'". Having become a social outcast, Susan died at Eaton, Edinburgh, in August 1828, at age 54.
Sir Eyre Coote
| Governor of Jamaica
Lord Frederick Montagu
| Postmaster General
The Duke of Richmond
The Duke of Montrose
| Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire
The Earl of Sandwich
|Peerage of Great Britain|
| Duke of Manchester