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ITS MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT.                       49
the constitution in Church and State and for their inviolable loyalty to a deserving Master." He was re-elected to office in the next Parliament and held the position for 13 years. He was subsequently Paymaster-General of the Forces and Treasurer of Chelsea Hospital. On January 11th, 1728, he was raised to the peerage as Baron Wilmington and in 1730 was made Lord Privy Seal and advanced to the dignity of Viscount Pevensey and Earl of Wilmington. He was next made Lord President of the Council and a Knight of the Garter. He was one of the Lords Justices during the King's absence in Hanover and was also one of the Governors of Charter House. On the accession of George II. he was named by the King as Prime Minister, but,he did not take this office until February 11th, 1742, holding it until his death on July 4th, 1743. He died unmarried and all his honours became extinct, his estates passing to his nephew, James Compton, fifth Earl of Northampton, and subse­quently to the Dukes of Devonshire. He was owner of the house in this town in which Mr. George Bankin, the lawyer, lived and sold it to Lord Geo. Sackville.
1714-5, Jan. 28th. Spencer Compton and John Conyers. 1721-2, March 21st. Spencer Compton and John Conyers.
John Conyers died while still Member for East Grin-stead and a new writ was issued on March 22nd, 1724.
1727, Aug 19th. Richard, Lord Viscount Shannon, and Henry, Lord Viscount Palmers ton.
Viscount Shannon was the second holder of this title. He was a grandson of Francis, fourth son of Richard Boyle, commonly called " The great Earl of Cork." He died in 1740, when the title of Viscount Shannon became extinct.
Henry Temple, born in 1673, was the first Viscount Palmerston. His father was Speaker of the Irish House of Commons and his great grandson, the third and last Viscount Palmerston, the famous Prime Minister and statesman of the early years of Victoria's reign. This M.P. for East Grinstead, when only seven years old, was made, with Luke King, Joint Remembrancer of the Court
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