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Charles WATSON-WENTWORTH

English Charles WATSON-WENTWORTH

British Whig statesman, most notable for his two terms as Prime Minister of Great Britain

Source :  Jacques CHANIS

Born: on May 13, 1730 in South Yorkshire, England
Died: on July 01, 1782 in Wimbledon, London, England


Biography

A descendant of the 1st Earl of Strafford, Lord Rockingham was brought up at the family home of Wentworth Woodhouse near Rotherham in South Yorkshire. He was educated at the Westminster School. During the Jacobite rising of 1745 Rockingham's father made him a colonel and organised volunteers to defend the country against the "Young Pretender". 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". 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".

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