William Chetwynd, 3rd Viscount Chetwynd

William Richard Chetwynd, 3rd Viscount Chetwynd (1684 – 3 April 1770) was the youngest son of John Chetwynd (1643–1702) and thus younger brother of Walter Chetwynd, 1st Viscount Chetwynd and John Chetwynd, 2nd Viscount Chetwynd. He succeeded to their Irish peerage under a special remainder.

He was educated at Westminster School (c.1698–1702) and Christ Church, Oxford. In 1706, he became secretary to his elder brother John on his appointment as British envoy to Savoy at Turin, and in 1708 became British Resident at Genoa, whence he was recalled in 1712.

In 1715, he was elected Member of Parliament for Stafford, holding the seat until 1722. He held office as a junior Lord of the Admiralty being elected for Plymouth in 1722, but lost both his place and his seat in 1727, having voted with his friend Viscount Bolingbroke. He re-entered Parliament for Stafford in 1734, retaining the seat for the rest of his life.


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Henry Vernon
The 1st Viscount Chetwynd
Member of Parliament for Stafford
With: The 1st Viscount Chetwynd
Succeeded by
Thomas Foley
John Dolphin
Preceded by
Sir John Rogers
Hon. Pattee Byng
Member of Parliament for Plymouth
With: Hon. Pattee Byng
Succeeded by
Arthur Stert
George Treby
Preceded by
Joseph Nightingale
The 1st Viscount Chetwynd
Member of Parliament for Stafford
With: Thomas Foley 1734–1738
The 2nd Viscount Chetwynd 1738–1747
John Robins 1747–1754
William Richard Chetwynd 1754–1767
John Crewe 1765–1768
Richard Whitworth 1768-1770
Succeeded by
William Neville Hart
Richard Whitworth
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
British Resident at Genoa
Succeeded by
Government offices
Preceded by
Richard Arundell
Master of the Mint
Succeeded by
Charles Sloane Cadogan
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
John Chetwynd
Viscount Chetwynd
Succeeded by
William Chetwynd
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