Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham

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The Marquess of Rockingham

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Prime Minister of Great Britain
In office
27 March 1782 1 July 1782
Monarch George III
Preceded by Lord North
Succeeded by The Earl of Shelburne
In office
13 July 1765 30 July 1766
MonarchGeorge III
Preceded by George Grenville
Succeeded by William Pitt the Elder
Personal details
Born(1730-05-13)13 May 1730
Wentworth, Yorkshire, England
Died1 July 1782(1782-07-01) (aged 52)
Wimbledon, Surrey, England
Resting place York Minster
Political party Whig
Mary Bright(m. 1752)
Parents Thomas Watson-Wentworth, 1st Marquess of Rockingham
Ann Hatton
Alma mater St John's College, Cambridge
Arms of Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, KG (Watson in 1st and 4th quarters, Wentworth in 2nd and 3rd) Coat of arms of Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, KG, PC, FRS.png
Arms of Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, KG (Watson in 1st and 4th quarters, Wentworth in 2nd and 3rd)

Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, KG, PC, FRS (13 May 1730 – 1 July 1782), styled The Hon. Charles Watson-Wentworth before 1733, Viscount Higham between 1733 and 1746, Earl of Malton between 1746 and 1750 and The Marquess of Rockingham in 1750 was a British Whig statesman, most notable for his two terms as Prime Minister of Great Britain. He became the patron of many Whigs, known as the Rockingham Whigs, and served as a leading Whig grandee. He served in only two high offices during his lifetime (Prime Minister and Leader of the House of Lords), but was nonetheless very influential during his one and a half years of service.

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Early life: 1730–1751

A descendant of the 1st Earl of Strafford, Lord Rockingham was brought up at the family home of Wentworth Woodhouse near Rotherham in Yorkshire. He was educated at Westminster School. [1] During the Jacobite rising of 1745 Rockingham's father made him a colonel and organised volunteers to defend the country against the "Young Pretender". [2] :3 Rockingham's sister Mary wrote to him from London, saying the King "did not doubt but that you was as good a colonel as he has in his army" and his other sister Charlotte wrote that "you have gained immortal honour and I have every day the satisfaction of hearing twenty handsome things said of the Blues and their Collonel". [2] :3 The march of the Jacobite army into northern England caused the Wentworth household to flee to Doncaster and Rockingham rode from Wentworth to Carlisle to join the Duke of Cumberland in pursuit of the "Young Pretender". Rockingham did this without parental consent and Cumberland wrote to Rockingham's father, saying that his "zeal on this occasion shows the same principles fix't that you yourself have given such strong proofs of". [2] :3 Rockingham wrote to his father that Cumberland "blamed me for my disobedience, yet as I came with a design of saving my King and greatly palliated my offence". [2] :3 Rockingham's mother wrote to his father: "Though I hope you won't tell it him, never any thing met with such general applause, in short he is the hero of these times, and his Majesty talks of this young Subject, in such terms, as must please you to the Drawing Room [3] no two people talk together, but he makes part of the discourse". [2] :4

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford English earl and politician

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Wentworth Woodhouse country house in the village of Wentworth, South Yorkshire, England

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In April 1746 Rockingham's father was made a marquess (remaining the only marquess in the British peerage for quite some time) and Rockingham himself assumed the courtesy title of Earl of Malton. These honours came about due to the patronage of Henry Pelham. [2] :4 At this time Rockingham was travelling across Europe under the tutorship of George Quarme, as his father had decided against sending him to Cambridge. [2] :5–9 [4] During his stay in Rome, Rockingham noted that amongst Englishmen Whigs outnumbered Jacobites four-to-one and there were "no Persons of rank about the Pretender" and that "the vile spirit of Jacobitism" was greatly declining. [2] :8 When in Herrenhausen, Hanover Rockingham met George II and made an impression: the King told Rockingham's uncle Henry Finch that he had never seen a finer or a more promising youth. [2] :9 In September 1750, two months before his father's death, he was raised to the Peerage of Ireland in his own right as Baron Malton and Earl Malton.

A marquess is a nobleman of high hereditary rank in various European peerages and in those of some of their former colonies. The term is also used to translate equivalent Asian styles, as in Imperial China and Imperial Japan.

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Early political career: 1751–65

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A young Rockingham

On 13 May 1751 (his 21st birthday), Rockingham inherited his father's estates. The rents from the land in Yorkshire, Northamptonshire and Ireland gave him an annual income of £20,000 (equivalent to £2,883,946in 2016). [5] He also controlled both of the borough parliamentary seats of Malton and one seat for the single-member borough of Higham Ferrers (Northants), along with twenty-three livings and five chaplaincies in the church. [2] :10 In July he was appointed Lord Lieutenant and custos rotulorum of the West Riding in Yorkshire, Lord Lieutenant of York city, and custos rotulorum of York city and county. In 1751–52 Rockingham joined White's, the Jockey Club and the Royal Society. [2] :10

Malton, also called New Malton, was a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of England in 1295 and 1298, and again from 1640, then of the Parliament of Great Britain from 1707 to 1800 and of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 to 1885. It was represented by two Members of Parliament until 1868, among them the political philosopher Edmund Burke, and by one member from 1868 to 1885.

Higham Ferrers was a parliamentary borough in Northamptonshire, which was represented in the House of Commons from 1558 until 1832, when it was abolished by the Great Reform Act. It was one of the very small number of English boroughs in that period which was entitled to elect only one rather than two Members of Parliament.

Custos rotulorum is a civic post which is recognised in the United Kingdom and in Jamaica.

Rockingham's maiden speech was on 17 March 1752 in support of the Bill which disposed of Scottish lands confiscated in the aftermath of the Jacobite rising of 1745. He wanted the lands cultivated by people "employed in husbandry & handicrafts" who repudiated "plunder, rapine & rebellion". He said "the highlanders have remained in their ancient state, prolific, bold, idle, & consequently hives of rebellion". He compared his favoured policy with the policy which his ancestor Lord Strafford had used in Ireland. Rockingham's speech was not well received, with Horace Walpole criticising him for venturing into "a debate so much above his force". [2] :11 Rockingham's uncle William Murray, the Solicitor-General, believed him to be poorly educated so he employed Quarme as Rockingham's tutor again. Rockingham was for four months to study Demosthenes for oratory, to learn the histories of the Assyrian, Persian, Greek and Roman empires along with modern history. Murray wanted Rockingham to take after Sir Walter Raleigh. [2] :11

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William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield 18th-century British judge

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Charles Watson-Wentworth married Mary Bright (pictured) in 1752 Mary Bright.jpg
Charles Watson-Wentworth married Mary Bright (pictured) in 1752

In 1752, Rockingham was appointed Lord of the Bedchamber to George II and married Mary Bright. [6] In 1753 the Rockingham Club was formed, containing the first Rockingham Whigs. Rockingham hired James Stuart, of whom he was a patron, [7] to paint portraits of William III and George II for the club rooms. The club held monthly meetings and a list written in June 1754 showed it had 133 members. [2] :20 In 1755 the King appointed him to the honorary office of Vice Admiral of the North. [2] :21 During a French invasion scare in 1756 Rockingham raised a volunteer militia at his own expense and when rioting broke out against Army enlistments Rockingham restored order without the use of military force in Sheffield. The Secretary at War, Lord Barrington, wrote to him: "You are the only instance of a Lord lieutenant's exerting the civil authority upon these occasions". [2] :21 Rockingham asked in 1760 to be made a knight of the Order of the Garter and the King consented.

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In 1760, George II died, and his grandson ascended the throne as George III. Rockingham was allied to the Duke of Newcastle and his supporters, whilst the new King had a favourite in Lord Bute. Rockingham believed that Bute and his supporters wanted to take "the whole Administration & Government of this country into their hands" and wanted Newcastle to resign now before he would be inevitably disposed of. Rockingham believed that the revolution in British politics since George III's accession was harmful to the country, since it removed the Whigs from their ascendancy which had settled the constitution and secured the House of Hanover on the British throne. Rockingham wrote to Newcastle:

...without flattery to your Grace, I must look and ever shall upon you and your connections as the solid foundations on which every good which has happened to this country since the [Glorious] Revolution, have been erected. ... What a medley of government is probably soon to take place & when it does what an alarm will ensue! [2] :37

Rockingham resigned as Lord of the Bedchamber on 3 November 1762 in protest at the King's policies and other Whigs associated with the Duke of Newcastle did the same. [2] :43–44 The next month the King removed Rockingham from the office of Lord Lieutenant of the West Riding, Lord Lieutenant of the city and county of York, as custos rotulorum of the North and West Riding, as custos rotulorum of the city and county of York and as Vice Admiral of York and county. [2] :45

Over the next several years, Rockingham gradually became the leader of those of Newcastle's supporters who were unwilling to reconcile themselves to the premierships of Bute and his successor, George Grenville.

Prime Minister: 1765–1766

The king's dislike, as well as Grenville's general lack of parliamentary support, led to his dismissal in 1765, and, following negotiations conducted through the medium of the king's uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, Lord Rockingham was appointed Prime Minister. [8] Rockingham recovered the honours of which he had been deprived in 1762. Rockingham appointed his allies Henry Seymour Conway and the Duke of Grafton as secretaries of state. Also at this time, Edmund Burke, the Irish statesman and philosopher, became his private secretary and would remain a lifelong friend, political ally and advisor until Rockingham's premature death in 1782.

Rockingham's administration was dominated by the American issue. Rockingham wished for repeal of the Stamp Act 1765 and won a Commons vote on the repeal resolution by 275 to 167 in 1766. [2] :113 However Rockingham also passed the Declaratory Act, which asserted that the British Parliament had the right to legislate for the American colonies in all cases whatsoever.

However, internal dissent within the cabinet led to his resignation and the appointment of Lord Chatham as Prime Minister (the Duke of Grafton was appointed First Lord of the Treasury, one of the few cases in which those two offices were separate).

Opposition: 1766–1782

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Lord Rockingham painted by Joshua Reynolds in 1768

Rockingham spent the next sixteen years in opposition. He was a keen supporter of constitutional rights for colonists.

Rockingham wrote to Edmund Burke on 14 February 1771: "I fear indeed the future struggles of the people in defence of their Constitutional Rights will grow weaker and weaker. It is much too probable that the power and influence of the Crown will increase rapidly. We live at the period when for the first time since the Revolution, the power and influence of the Crown is held out, as the main and chief and only support of Government. If not exert now, we may accelerate the abject state to which the Constitution may be reduced". [9] On 24 May 1771 Benjamin Franklin arrived from the Rectory of Thornhill, where he had stayed with the Rev. John Michell, vicar to Rockingham's kinsman, fellow leading politician and keen advocate of colonists' rights Sir George Savile. [10] Rockingham wrote to Augustus Keppel on 3 November 1779, saying that he believed the war against America could not be won, that the government was corrupt but not unpopular, and that the longer this continued the greater the danger to the liberties and the constitution of Britain: "Perhaps a total change of men and measures, & system in the Government: of this country might have effect on the councils of some foreign countries...who might think that it was no longer a Court system to combat, but that the whole nation wd; united & make the utmost efforts". [11]

Rockingham was recruited to hunt down the Cragg Vale Coiners. He had thirty Coiners arrested by Christmas Day 1769.

Prime Minister: 1782

In 1782 he was appointed Prime Minister for a second time (with Charles James Fox and Lord Shelburne as Secretaries of State) and, upon taking office, pushed for an acknowledgement of the independence of the United States, initiating an end to British involvement in the American War of Independence.

Due to rising unemployment, in this second premiership, Rockingham's administration saw the passage of Gilbert's Act, the Relief of the Poor Act 1782, after 17 years of opposing Thomas Gilbert's ideas, this saw the creation of unions of civil parishes, later officially called unions under Gilbert's Act, to provide outdoor relief and set up workhouses. [12]

Paul Langford has claimed that the Rockingham administration "represented a landmark in constitutional history. The ministerial changes of 1782 involved a more extensive upheaval among office-holders than any since 1714, virtually replacing one administration with another drawn from opposition". [13]

Rockingham's second term was short-lived, for Lord Rockingham died fourteen weeks later at the beginning of July from an Influenza epidemic. He was replaced as Prime Minister by Lord Shelburne, who was more reluctant to accept the total independence of America and proposed a form of Dominion status, however by April 1783 succeeded in securing peace with America and this feat remains his legacy. [14]

Rockingham was buried in York Minster in Yorkshire. [15]


Rockingham's estates, but not his marquisate, passed to his nephew William Fitzwilliam, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam. Burke wrote to Fitzwilliam on 3 July 1782: "You are Lord Rockingham in every thing. ... I have no doubt that you will take it in good part, that his old friends, who were attached to him by every tie of affection, and of principle, and among others myself, should look to you, and should not think it an act of forwardness and intrusion to offer you their services". [2] :383 On 7 July 150 supporters of Rockingham met at Fitzwilliam's house and decided to withdraw support for Lord Shelburne's administration. The old Rockingham party fragmented, with Fox and the Duke of Portland leading a coalition of Whigs. The Whig party further split over the French Revolution, with Burke writing to Fitzwilliam on 4 January 1797: "As to our old friends, they are so many individuals, not a jot more separated from your Lordship, than they are from one another. There is no mutual affection, communication, or concert between them". [2] :385

The Whig historian Thomas Babington Macaulay was an admirer of Rockingham and his Whig faction:

They were men worthy to have charged by the side of Hampden at Chalgrove, or to have exchanged the last embrace with Russell on the scaffold in Lincoln's Inn Fields. They carried into politics the same high principles of virtue which regulated their private dealings, nor would they stoop to promote even the noblest and most salutary ends by means which honour and probity condemn. Such men were Lord John Cavendish, Sir George Savile, and others whom we hold in honour as the second founders of the Whig party, as the restorers of its pristine health and energy after half a century of degeneracy. The chief of this respectable band was the Marquess of Rockingham, a man of splendid fortune, excellent sense, and stainless character. He was indeed nervous to such a degree that, to the very close of his life, he never rose without great reluctance and embarrassment to address the House of Lords. But, though not a great orator, he had in a high degree some of the qualities of a statesman. He chose his friends well; and he had, in an extraordinary degree, the art of attaching them to him by ties of the most honourable kind. The cheerful fidelity with which they adhered to him through many years of almost hopeless opposition was less admirable than the disinterestedness and delicacy which they showed when he rose to power. [16]

Places named after Lord Rockingham

Cabinets of Lord Rockingham


  The Marquess of Rockingham *13 July 1765 (1765-07-13)30 July 1766 (1766-07-30) Whig
Lord Chancellor   The Earl of Northington 16 January 1761 (1761-01-16)30 July 1766 (1766-07-30) Whig
Lord President of the Council   The Earl of Winchilsea 12 July 1765 (1765-07-12)30 July 1766 (1766-07-30) Whig
Lord Privy Seal   The Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1765 (1765)1766 (1766) Whig
Chancellor of the Exchequer   William Dowdeswell 16 July 1765 (1765-07-16)2 August 1766 (1766-08-02) Whig
Secretary of State for the Northern Department   The Duke of Grafton 12 July 1765 (1765-07-12)14 May 1766 (1766-05-14) Whig
  Henry Seymour Conway 23 May 1766 (1766-05-23)20 January 1768 (1768-01-20) Whig
 Henry Seymour Conway12 July 1765 (1765-07-12)23 May 1766 (1766-05-23) Whig
Secretary of State for the Southern Department  The Duke of Richmond 23 May 1766 (1766-05-23)29 July 1766 (1766-07-29) Whig
First Lord of the Admiralty   The Earl of Egmont 1763 (1763)1766 (1766) Whig
Master-General of the Ordnance   The Marquess of Granby 1763 (1763)1770 (1770) Independent
Minister without Portfolio   HRH The Duke of Cumberland 1765 (1765)1766 (1766) Independent


  The Marquess of Rockingham *27 March 1782 (1782-03-27)1 July 1782 (1782-07-01) Whig
Lord Chancellor   The Lord Thurlow 3 June 1778 (1778-06-03)7 April 1783 (1783-04-07) Independent
Lord President of the Council   The Lord Camden 27 March 1782 (1782-03-27)2 April 1783 (1783-04-02) Whig
Lord Privy Seal   The Duke of Grafton 1782 (1782)1783 (1783) Whig
Chancellor of the Exchequer   Lord John Cavendish 27 March 1782 (1782-03-27)10 July 1782 (1782-07-10) Whig
Secretary of State for the Home Department   The Earl of Shelburne 27 March 1782 (1782-03-27)10 July 1782 (1782-07-10) Whig
  Charles James Fox 27 March 1782 (1782-03-27)5 July 1782 (1782-07-05) Whig
First Lord of the Admiralty   The Viscount Keppel 1782 (1782)1783 (1783) Whig
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster   The Lord Ashburton 17 April 1782 (1782-04-17)29 August 1783 (1783-08-29) Independent
Master-General of the Ordnance   The Duke of Richmond 1782 (1782)1783 (1783) Whig





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George Grenville
Prime Minister of Great Britain
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William Pitt the Elder
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The Earl of Halifax
Leader of the House of Lords
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Lord North
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Preceded by
The Earl of Huntingdon
Lord Lieutenant of the West Riding of Yorkshire
Succeeded by
Earl of Surrey
Preceded by
The Earl of Holderness
Custos Rotulorum of the North Riding of Yorkshire
Succeeded by
The Earl Fauconberg
Vice-Admiral of Yorkshire
Title next held by
The Duke of Leeds
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Watson-Wentworth
Marquess of Rockingham
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Earl Malton

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