- George Edgcumbe, 1st Earl of Mount Edgcumbe
Edgcumbe was the second son of
Richard Edgcumbe, 1st Baron Edgcumbeand his wife Matilda, the only child of Sir Henry Furnese, Bart. He initially served in the Royal Navyunder Hawke and Boscawen before becoming Member of Parliamentfor Fowey in 1746 and serving as Clerk of the Council of the Duchy of Lancasterfrom 1747 to 1762. On 10 May 1761, he inherited his brother's barony, and succeeded him as Lord Lieutenant of Cornwallin June. On 16 August 1761, he married Emma Gilbert (the only daughter of John Gilbert, Archbishop of York) and they had one child, Richard.
Lord Edgcumbe was made a Privy Councillor and was appointed
Treasurer of the Householdin 1765, holding the latter office until 1766. He later served as Captain of the Gentlemen Pensioners from 1772 to 1782. In 1781, he was created Viscount Mount Edgcumbe and Valletort. He was appointed Vice-Admiral of Cornwallin 1782, and in 1789, he was granted the further title of Earl of Mount Edgcumbe.
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