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Sir Roger Gresley, 8th Baronet (27 December 1799 – 12 October 1837) was an English Tory politician who represented the constituency of South Derbyshire.

Gresley was the son of Sir Nigel Bowyer Gresley, 7th Baronet and his second wife Maria-Eliza Garway, daughter of Caleb Garway, of Worcester. He succeeded his father who died on 26 March 1808.

Gresley was a well known London dandy[1] and is said to have gambled away much of his fortune, having to sell most of his assets to remain solvent. In 1827 he sold Sir Nigel Gresley's Canal which his grandfather had built in connection with his mining interests.

Gresley stood for parliament at Durham in 1830 and was elected but unseated. He was equally unsuccessful at New Romney in 1831, although he made a couple of speeches in parliament.[2] Eventually he won a seat at South Derbyshire in 1835 which he held until his death in 1837.

Gresley married Lady Sophia Catherine Coventry, daughter of George William Coventry, 7th Earl of Coventry and Peggy Pitches, on 2 June 1821. The marriage was commemorated in a poem by a friend John Taylor.[3] They had no surviving children and the baronetcy passed to a kinsman Sir William Gresley. His widow remarried to Sir Henry des Voeux, Baronet and vicar of Stapenhill-cum-Caldwell. She died at 39 Berkeley Square, London, in 1875 and was buried with her second husband in the churchyard at Caldwell.

Publications

  • Sir Philip Gasteneys: A minor Henry Colburn, 1829.

References

  1. ^ Mary Elizabeth Braddon The Parks of London Belgravia, 1868
  2. ^ Hansard 1803-2005
  3. ^ John Taylor, Anacreon Poems on Various Subjects, Published by Payne and Foss, 1827
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Henry Hardinge
Michael Angelo Taylor
Member of Parliament for Durham
with Michael Angelo Taylor

1830
Succeeded by
Michael Angelo Taylor
William Chaytor
Preceded by
Arthur Hill Trevor
William Miles
Member of Parliament for New Romney
with William Miles

1831
Succeeded by
William Miles
Sir Edward Dering, Bt
Preceded by
Hon George Venables-Vernon
The Lord Waterpark
Member of Parliament for South Derbyshire
with Sir George Harpur Crewe

1835–1841
Succeeded by
Sir George Harpur Crewe
Francis Hurt
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Charles Abney-Hastings, Bt
High Sheriff of Derbyshire
1826
Succeeded by
Edward Sacheverell Chandos-Pole
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Nigel Bowyer Gresley, 7th Baronet
Baronet
(of Drakelowe)
1818–1844
Succeeded by
Sir William Nigel Gresley, 9th Baronet
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