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Halifax, Earl of (GB, 1715 - 1771)


Creation: let.pat. 14 Jun 1715


Extinct: 8 Jun 1771


Family name: Montagu




See Earl of Halifax



George [Montagu], 2nd Baron Montagu later 1st Earl of Halifax, KB PC

only son and heir of Edward Montagu, of Horton, co. Northampton (by his wife Elizabeth Pelham, 1st dau. of Sir John Pelham, 3rd Bt., of Laughton, co. Sussex), elder brother of Charles [Montagu], 1st Earl of Halifax, and 1st son and heir of Hon George Montagu, of Horton, co. Northampton (by his wife Elizabeth Irby, dau. of Sir Anthony Irby), 1st son of Henry [Montagu], 1st Earl of Manchester, by his third wife Margaret Hare, widow of John Hare and dau. of John Crouch, of Cornbury, co. Hertford


bef. 1685

mar. (1)

8 Apr 1706 Ricarda Posthuma Saltonstall (b. c. 1691; bur. spm. 5 Apr 1711), only dau. and hrss. of Richard Saltonstall, of Chipping Warden, co. Northampton, by his wife Silence Parker, dau. of John Parker, of Catesby, co. Northampton

only child by first wife

1. Lady Lucy Montagu (b. c. 1709; d. 7 May 1734), mar. 17 Jun 1728 as his first wife Francis [North], 1st Earl of Guilford, and had issue

mar. (2)

Lady Mary Lumley (b. 14 Dec 1690; d. 10 Dec 1726), 1st dau. of Richard [Lumley], 1st Earl of Scarbrough, by his wife Frances Jones, only dau. and hrss. of Sir Henry Jones, of Aston, co. Oxford

children by second wife

1. Hon George Montagu later Montagu-Dunk, later 2nd Earl of Halifax

1. Lady Frances Montagu (d. 24 Jul 1768), mar. 1739 Sir Roger Burgoyne, 6th Bt., and had issue

2. Lady Anne Montagu, mar. Joseph Jekyll

3. Lady Mary Montagu (d. 23 Jul 1743), mar. 25 Sep 1740 Sir Danvers Osborn, 3rd Bt. MP, of Chicksands Priory, co. Bedford, and had issue

4. Lady Elizabeth Montagu, mar. 1743 Henry Archer MP (d. 1778), 2nd son of Andrew Archer MP, of Umberslade, co. Warwick, by his wife Elizabeth Dashwood, dau. of Sir Samuel Dashwood, Lord Mayor of London 1702

5. Lady Barbara Montagu (d. unm.)

6. Lady Charlotte Montagu, mar. Col James  Johnstone


9 May 1739


14 Jun 1715 Viscount Sunbury, of Sunbury in the County of Middlesex, and Earl of Halifax

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Whig) for Northampton 1705-15; Auditor of the Exchequer 1714-39; suc. his uncle as 2nd Baron Halifax 19 May 1715; Ranger of Bushey Park 1715-39; Privy Councillor 1717; a Lord Justice of the Realm (Regent) 1720; Knight of the Bath 1725


George [Montagu later Montagu-Dunk], 2nd Earl of Halifax, KG PC


6 Oct 1716


2 Jul 1741 Ann Dunk (b. c. 1726; d. 13 Oct 1753), dau. of William Richards later Dunk, of Tongues, Hawkhurst, co. Kent, and niece and hrss. of Sir Thomas Dunk, of Tongues, Hawkhurst, co. Kent


1. Lady Anne Montagu (d. 1761)

2. Lady Frances Montagu (d. 1764)

3. Lady Elizabeth Montagu (d. 1 Jul 1768), mar. 1 Mar 1766 as his first wife her fifth cousin once removed John [Montagu], 5th Earl of Sandwich, and had issue


s.p.m. 8 Jun 1771


Ranger of Bushey Park 1739-71; a Lord of the Bedchamber to the Prince of Wales 1742-44; Master of the Buckhounds 1744-46; Colonel 1745, Major Gen 1755 and Lieut Gen 1759; Chief Justice in Eyre, South of Trent 1746-48; First Lord of Trade 1748-61; Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire 1749-71; Privy Councillor 1748/9 and a Cabinet Minister 1757; Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1761-63; First Lord of the Admiralty 1762; Secretary of State for the North 1762-63 and 1771 and for the South 1763-65; Knight of the Garter 1764; Lord Privy Seal 1770-71


On the death of the 2nd Earl of Halifax the Earldom of Halifax became extinct.


 First written 25 Jun 2005



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