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Robert Manners

Birthdate: (24)
Death: April 23, 1782 (24)
Immediate Family:

Son of General John Manners, Marquess of Granby and Frances Seymour Manners of Granby
Brother of Frances Anstruther; Charles Manners, 4th Duke of Rutland; John Manners, Lord Roos; Catherine Manners and Caroline Manners
Half brother of Anne (Manners) Manners-Sutton and George Manners

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About Captain Lord Robert Manners

Captain Lord Robert Manners (6 February 1758 – 23 April 1782) was an officer of the Royal Navy and nobleman, the second son of John Manners, Marquess of Granby and Lady Frances Seymour.

Educated at Eton, he entered the Royal Navy in 1772. As the son of one of the greatest soldiers of the time, and grandson of a duke, he expected rapid advancement in rank. However, Lord Sandwich, the First Lord of the Admiralty, resisted his promotion to lieutenant until he had served for six years, as regulations demanded. He was so promoted on 13 May 1778 aboard HMS Ocean, and saw action in July at the First Battle of Ushant. He was moved to Victory, flagship of Admiral Keppel, on 17 September 1778.

Shortly after his promotion to lieutenant, Manners again began to appeal to the Admiralty for preferment. He was moved into Alcide on 15 July 1779, in the fleet of Admiral Rodney, then bound for Gibraltar. The urgings of the other Lords of the Admiralty, who reminded Sandwich of the political danger to himself and the North Ministry should they arouse the enmity of the Manners family, finally wore him down, and he wrote to Rodney on 8 December, asking him to contrive a promotion for Manners. Rodney lacked Sandwich's reservations about Manners, who proved a talented officer despite his ambition. The day after the Battle of Cape St. Vincent (17 January 1780), he promoted Manners captain and made him flag-captain of Resolution under Sir Chaloner Ogle, newly promoted commodore. In March, he was returned as Member of Parliament for Cambridgeshire in absentia in a boisterous contest, but would never take his seat.[1]

Resolution returned to England after Cape St. Vincent, and went out to North America with Admiral Graves. Under Admiral Rodney, Manners took her to the West Indies; Ogle was promoted rear-admiral and returned home during this period. Resolution went north to fight in the centre at the Battle of the Chesapeake (5 September 1781), and then returned to the West Indies with Rear-Admiral Hood to fight at St Kitts in January 1782.[1]

At the Battle of the Saintes (12 April 1782), Resolution was in the centre of the line and saw heavy action. During the battle, one of Manners' arms was broken, and both legs wounded, one so severely as to require amputation. Being of a strong constitution, it was hoped he might survive, and he was sent back to England aboard the frigate Andromache. However, tetanus set in, and he died on 23 April 1782 and was buried at sea.[1] A painting of his death, titled Lord Robert Manners Mortally Wounded, on board the Resolution in the memorable Engagement between Admiral Rodney & Count de Grasse, in the West Indies, the 12th of April 1782. was made for George Frederick Raymond's History of England, and is currently held by the National Maritime Museum[2]


  • 1.^ a b c Laughton, J. K. (2004). "Manners, Lord Robert (1758–1782)". In Christopher Doorne. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press.,. Retrieved 12 October 2006.
  • 2.^ "National Maritime Museum / Collections Lord Robert Manners Mortally Wounded, on board the Resolution in the memorable Engagement between Admiral Rodney & Count de Grasse, in the West Indies, the 12th of April 1782.". Retrieved 10 November 2008.

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  • 'Captain Robert Manners was born in 1758.1 He was the son of John Manners, Marquess of Granby and Lady Frances Seymour. He died on 12 April 1782, killed in Lord Rodney's action.
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  • General John Manners, Marquess of Granby PC, (Kelham, 2 January 1721 – 18 October 1770, Scarborough), British soldier, was the eldest son of the 3rd Duke of Rutland. As he did not outlive his father, he was known by his father's subsidiary title, Marquess of Granby. He is probably best known today for being popularly supposed to have more pubs named after him than any other person - due, it is said, to his practice of setting up old soldiers of his regiment as publicans when they were too old to serve any longer.[1] .....
  • He had two illegitimate children by an unknown mistress:[8]
    • George Manners (c. 1746–1772)
    • Anne Manners, married John Manners-Sutton, her first cousin
  • He married Lady Frances Seymour (1728–1761), daughter of Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset on 3 September 1750. They had six children:
    • John Manners, Lord Roos (29 August 1751 – 2 June 1760, London)
    • Lady Frances Manners (1753 – 15 October 1792)
    • Charles Manners, 4th Duke of Rutland (1754–1787)
    • Lady Catherine Manners, died young
    • 'Lord Robert Manners (1758–1782)
    • Lady Caroline Manners, died young
  • From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:,_Marquess_of_Granby
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February 6, 1758
April 23, 1782
Age 24