Lord Robert Montagu

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The Right Honourable
Lord Robert Montagu
Lord Robert Montagu, Silvy.jpg
Vice-President of the
Committee on Education
In office
19 March 1867 – 1 December 1868
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Earl of Derby
Benjamin Disraeli
Preceded by Hon. Henry Lowry-Corry
Succeeded by William Edward Forster
Personal details
Born 24 January 1825 (1825-01-24)
Melchbourne, Bedfordshire
Died 6 May 1902 (1902-05-07) (aged 77)
South Kensington, London
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) (1) Ellen Cromie
(2) Elizabeth Wade
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge

Lord Robert Montagu PC (24 January 1825 – 6 May 1902), was a British Conservative politician. He served as Vice-President of the Committee on Education between 1867 and 1868.

Background and education[edit]

Montagu was born at Melchbourne, Bedfordshire[1] the second son of George Montagu, 6th Duke of Manchester by his first wife Millicent, daughter of Robert Bernard Sparrow. William Montagu, 7th Duke of Manchester, was his elder brother.[2] He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, and graduated with an MA in 1849.[3]

Political career[edit]

"A Working Conservative"
As depicted by "Ape" (Carlo Pellegrini) in Vanity Fair, 1 October 1870

Montagu sat as Member of Parliament for Huntingdonshire from 1859 to 1874[4] and for Westmeath from February 1874 until he retired in 1880.[5] He held office under the Earl of Derby and Benjamin Disraeli as Vice-President of the Committee on Education from March 1867 until the fall of the government in December 1868[6] and was sworn of the Privy Council in 1867.[7] He was an advocate of protectionist policies.[8] He was a member of the Carlton Club and the Athenaeum Club.[citation needed]


Montagu married firstly Ellen Cromie, born in 1825, daughter of John Cromie, at Dublin on 12 February 1850. They had four children although their first son, John, died as a child. Ellen died aged 32 on 11 July 1857 at Portstewart, County Londonderry. Montagu remarried in London on 18 October 1862 to Elizabeth Wade (Holton, Suffolk, 15 May 1839 – London, 29 December 1908), daughter of William Wade of Holton, Suffolk, and had six more children. This second marriage scandalized society, since the former Betsy Wade had been a housemaid when Montagu met her.[9] Montagu died 6 May 1902[1] at 91 Queens Gate, South Kensington, London[10] and was buried in Kensal Green Cemetery.[11] He was survived by his wife, three children and one grandson.


  1. ^ a b van de Pas, Leo. 'Descendants of Henry VIII, King of England', Worldroots.com Retrieved 13 April 2005 Archived 15 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ thepeerage.com Lord Robert Montagu
  3. ^ "Montagu, Lord Robert (MNTG845LR)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ leighrayment.com House of Commons: Horncastle to Hythe
  5. ^ leighrayment.com House of Commons: West Lothian to Widnes
  6. ^ "No. 23234". The London Gazette. 29 March 1867. p. 1979. 
  7. ^ leighrayment.com Privy Counsellors 1836-1914
  8. ^ Pearce, Charles T. Essay on Vaccination. London: Bailliere, 1868.
  9. ^ Watt, George. The Fallen Woman in the Nineteenth-Century Novel. New Jersey: Barnes and Noble, 1984, pg. 63.
  10. ^ Illustrated London News, 28 June 1902
  11. ^ "Notable people buried in Kensal Green Cemetery", Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery. Retrieved 13 April 2005 Archived 16 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward Fellowes
James Rust
Member of Parliament for Huntingdonshire
1859 – 1874
With: Edward Fellowes
Succeeded by
Edward Fellowes
Sir Henry Pelly, Bt
Preceded by
Hon. Algernon Greville
Patrick James Smyth
Member of Parliament for Westmeath
With: Patrick James Smyth
Succeeded by
Timothy Daniel Sullivan
Henry Joseph Gill
Political offices
Preceded by
Hon. Henry Lowry-Corry
Vice-President of the Committee on Education
Succeeded by
William Edward Forster