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Arthur Onslow, Richard Onslow, 1st Baron Onslow, William Bromley,
John Smith, Fletcher Norton, 1st Baron Grantley, Sir Thomas Hanmer,
4th Baronet, Charles Wolfran Cornwall, Sir John Cust, 3rd Baronet.
Excerpt: A 1728 portrait of Arthur Onslow by Hans Hysing Arthur
Onslow (1 October 1691 17 February 1768) was an English politician
. He was the elder son of Foot Onslow (died 1710) and his wife
Susannah. Onslow was born in Kensington and educated at The Royal
Grammar School, Guildford and Winchester College and matriculated
at Wadham College, Oxford in 1708, although he took no degree. He
was called to the bar at the Middle Temple in 1713, but had no
great practice in law. When George I came to the throne, Onslow's
uncle Sir Richard Onslow was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer,
and Arthur became his private scretary. When Richard left office in
1715, Arthur obtained a place as receiver general of the Post
Office. He became recorder of Guildford in 1719. His Post Office
position was not compatible with a parliamentary seat, and he
passed it on to his younger brother Richard when he entered
Parliament in 1720 for Guildford . On 8 October 1720, he married
Anne Bridges (1703 1763), daughter of John Bridges of Thames
Ditton, Surrey, and the niece and coheir of Henry Bridges of Imber
Court. His father-in-law died in the mid-1720s, and Onslow came
into the entire estate, which had increased through the addition of
the holding of Ann's sister, who had recently died, considerably
improving his financial circumstances. Onslow made Imber Court in
Thames Ditton his principal seat. Onsl...
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