Ancestors of William Richard Chetwynd 3rd Viscount of Bearhaven,3rd Baron Rathdowne
William Richard Chetwynd 3rd Viscount of Bearhaven,3rd Baron Rathdowne
Birth: Cir 1684 - Bearhaven, Co. Cork, Ireland.
Death: 3 Apr 1770
Burial: in Ashley, Staffordshire
Cause of Death:
Father: John Chetwynd Of Rudge III
Mother: Lucy Roane
Spouses and Children
1. *Honora Baker
Marriage: 3 Jun 1715
1. Sir William Chetwynd 4th Viscount of Bearhaven,4th Baron of Rathdowne
2. Hon Mary Chetwynd
3. Rev. Hon. John Chetwynd
Educated at Westminster School,Westminster,London.
Graduated from Christchurch,Oxford on 8 June 1703.
Envoy to Genoa from 1708 to 1712.
Whig member of Parlamient for Stafford between 1715and 1722.
Lord of the admiralty from 1717 to 1727.
Whig MP for Plymouth from 1722 to 1727.
Tory MP for Stafford from 1734 to 1770.
Under Secretary for State for the North from 1744 to 1746.
Master of the Mint from 1744 to 1769.
His Last Will was dated 22 April 1762 to 20 April 1769.
He succeeded to the title,3rd Viscount Chetwynd of Bearhaven co. Kerry on 21 June 1769.
He succeeded to the title 3rd Baron Rathdowne,co Dublin on 21 June 1767.
William Richard Chetwynd, 3rd Viscount Chetwynd (1684 \endash 3 April 1770) was the youngest son of John Chetwynd (1643\endash 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\endash 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.
H. M. Stephens, 'Chetwynd, William Richard, third Viscount Chetwynd (1685?\endash 1770)', rev. Philip Carter, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, (Oxford University Press, 2004) , accessed 15 Nov 2008.
Burkes' Peerage (1939 edition).