George Lamb (politician and writer)

The Hon. George Lamb MP (11 July 1784 – 2 January 1834) was a British politician and writer.[1]

The youngest son of Peniston Lamb, 1st Viscount Melbourne, and his wife Elizabeth, and the brother of William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, Frederick Lamb, 3rd Viscount Melbourne, and Emily Lamb, Countess Cowper, he was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated MA in 1805.[2]

On 17 May 1809, he married Caroline Rosalie Adelaide St. Jules, the illegitimate daughter of William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire, by his mistress (and eventual second wife) Lady Elizabeth Foster. The Lambs had no children and it was speculated that the marriage was never consummated.

He became a barrister at Lincoln's Inn, and was Member of Parliament for Westminster from March 1819 to March 1820, and for Dungarvan from 1822 until his death. He served in Earl Grey's administration as Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department from 1830 until his death.

His comic opera Whistle for it was produced in 1807, and his adaptations of Timon of Athens in 1816. His most important work, a translation of the poems of Catullus, was published in 1821.


  1. Burke, Bernard (1866). A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire. Harrison. pp. 312–313. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  2. "Lamb, George (LM802G)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Francis Burdett
Samuel Romilly
Member of Parliament for Westminster
With: Francis Burdett
Succeeded by
Francis Burdett
John Cam Hobhouse
Preceded by
Augustus Clifford
Member of Parliament for Dungarvan
Succeeded by
Ebenezer Jacob

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