Bernard Granville (MP died 1701)

For other people with the same name, see Bernard Granville (disambiguation).

Bernard Granville (4 March 1631 - 14 June 1701) was an English MP for several Cornish constituences.[1]

He was born the 4th son of Sir Bevil Grenville (1596–1643) of Stowe, Cornwall, a Royalist soldier and MP for Cornwall who had been killed at the Battle of Lansdowne. His elder brother was John Granville, 1st Earl of Bath.

Bernard was educated at Angers Academy and became a courtier, holding a number of public offices. These included Underkeeper of St James Park for life from 1660, Gentleman of the Bedchamber to the Duke of Gloucester (1660), Groom of the Bedchamber to King Charles II from 1672 to 1688, joint surveyor and receiver of green wax fines (1678–79), Master of the Swans (1683–92) and comptroller-general of wine licences (1685–90). In 1675 he was appointed envoy extraordinary to Florence, Genoa and Savoy. He had a London house in Birdcage Walk and also purchased an estate at Apps Court in Surrey.

He was elected an MP for Liskeard in 1661, after which he was returned almost continuously as MP for a series of Cornish constituencies; ( Launceston, 1679, Saltash, 1681, Plymouth, 1685, Saltash, 1689, Launceston, 1690 and Lostwithiel, 1695.

Granville died in 1701 and was buried at Lambeth. He had married Anne, the daughter and heiress of Cuthbert Morley of Hawnby, Yorkshire which brought him several Yorkshire properties. They had 3 sons and 2 daughters. His eldest son Bevil was an English soldier who served as Governor of Pendennis Castle in Cornwall and as Governor of Barbados. His second son George was made Baron Lansdowne. His third son Bernard (c.1670–1723) was a British politician, MP for Camelford and Fowey.


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