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Thomas Onslow, 2nd Earl of Onslow (15 March 1754 – 22 February 1827) was an English nobleman and courtier who succeeded to his title in 1814. Originally the Honourable Tom Onslow, he was styled Viscount Cranley from 1801 to 1814. He died in 1827 at his seat, Clandon Park in Surrey.

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Family

Onslow was born at Imber Court, Thames Ditton, Surrey, the eldest son of the then George Onslow.

On 30 December 1776, he married Arabella Mainwaring-Ellerker (d. 1782), by whom he had four children:

He subsequently married, on 13 February 1783, Charlotte Duncombe (d. 1819), née Hale, widow of Thomas Duncombe (d. 1779). They had one daughter:

  • Lady Georgiana Charlotte Onslow (d. 15 May 1829)

Parliament

Onslow entered the British House of Commons for Rye in 1775. In 1784, he left Rye and replaced his father's first cousin, Colonel Onslow, as MP for Guildford upon the retirement of the latter. He continued to represent that constituency until 1806, when he was replaced by his second son, Thomas Cranley.

A supporter of the Foxite Whigs, Onslow was, however, little active in the House of Commons, presenting a petition in 1781 on behalf of a "body of the innholders of England", complaining of the quartering of soldiers upon them. As an associate of the Prince, he was sent to Mrs Fitzherbert to tell her that the Prince had attempted suicide and only she could save his life, and he guarded the door of Fitzherbert's house when she secretly married the prince. However, he later fell out with the Prince, for reasons unknown, voting in favor of Pitt's regency proposal of 1789 and against the abolition of the slave trade in 1796.

Sport

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Cricket

Onslow was an amateur cricketer mainly associated with Surrey and he made 3 known appearances in first-class matches from 1801 to 1808 [1].

Carriage driving

Onslow was an intimate of the Prince of Wales, and was known for his mania for driving four-in-hand. His phaeton, painted black and drawn by "four of the finest black horses in England", was thought by Gronow to have the appearance of an undertaker's carriage.

References

  1. ^ Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volume 1 (1744-1826), Lillywhite, 1862

External sources

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Rose Fuller
Middleton Onslow
Member of Parliament for Rye
with Rose Fuller 1775–1777
William Dickinson 1777–1784

1775–1784
Succeeded by
William Dickinson
Charles Wolfran Cornwall
Preceded by
George Onslow
William Norton
Member of Parliament for Guildford
with Chapple Norton 1784–1790, 1796–1801
George Holme Sumner 1790–1796

1784–1801
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Guildford
with Chapple Norton

1801–1806
Succeeded by
Thomas Cranley Onslow
George Holme Sumner
Political offices
Preceded by
George Onslow
Out-Ranger of Windsor Forest
1792–1827?
Office abolished
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Onslow
Earl of Onslow
1814–1827
Succeeded by
Arthur Onslow

Thomas Onslow, 2nd Earl of Onslow (15 March 1754 – 22 February 1827) was an English nobleman and courtier who succeeded to his title in 1814. Originally the Honourable Tom Onslow, he was styled Viscount Cranley from 1801 to 1814. He died in 1827 at his seat, Clandon Park in Surrey.

Contents

Family

Onslow was born at Imber Court, Thames Ditton, Surrey, the eldest son of the then George Onslow.

On 30 December 1776, he married Arabella Mainwaring-Ellerker (d. 1782), by whom he had four children:

He subsequently married, on 13 February 1783, Charlotte Duncombe (d. 1819), née Hale, widow of Thomas Duncombe (d. 1779). They had one daughter:

  • Lady Georgiana Charlotte Onslow (d. 15 May 1829)

Parliament

Onslow entered the British House of Commons for Rye in 1775. In 1784, he left Rye and replaced his father's first cousin, Colonel Onslow, as MP for Guildford upon the retirement of the latter. He continued to represent that constituency until 1806, when he was replaced by his second son, Thomas Cranley.

A supporter of the Foxite Whigs, Onslow was, however, little active in the House of Commons, presenting a petition in 1781 on behalf of a "body of the innholders of England", complaining of the quartering of soldiers upon them. As an associate of the Prince, he was sent to Mrs Fitzherbert to tell her that the Prince had attempted suicide and only she could save his life, and he guarded the door of Fitzherbert's house when she secretly married the prince. However, he later fell out with the Prince, for reasons unknown, voting in favor of Pitt's regency proposal of 1789 and against the abolition of the slave trade in 1796.

Sport

Cricket

Onslow was an amateur cricketer mainly associated with Surrey and he made 3 known appearances in first-class matches from 1801 to 1808 [1].

Carriage driving

Onslow was an intimate of the Prince of Wales, and was known for his mania for driving four-in-hand. His phaeton, painted black and drawn by "four of the finest black horses in England", was thought by Gronow to have the appearance of an undertaker's carriage.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volume 1 (1744-1826), Lillywhite, 1862

External sources

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Rose Fuller
Middleton Onslow
Member of Parliament for Rye
with Rose Fuller 1775–1777
William Dickinson 1777–1784

1775–1784
Succeeded by
William Dickinson
Charles Wolfran Cornwall
Preceded by
George Onslow
William Norton
Member of Parliament for Guildford
with Chapple Norton 1784–1790, 1796–1801
George Holme Sumner 1790–1796

1784–1801
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Guildford
with Chapple Norton

1801–1806
Succeeded by
Thomas Cranley Onslow
George Holme Sumner
Political offices
Preceded by
George Onslow
Out-Ranger of Windsor Forest
1792–1827?
Office abolished
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Onslow
Earl of Onslow
1814–1827
Succeeded by
Arthur Onslow

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