Hobart, George (DNB00)

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HOBART, GEORGE, third Earl of Buckinghamshire (1732–1804), eldest son of John, first earl [q. v.], by his second wife, Elizabeth Bristow, was born in 1732, and became a king's scholar at Westminster in 1746. In 1754 he was elected member of parliament for St. Ives, and in 1761, 1768, and 1774 for Beeralston. Hobart was fond of dramatic entertainments, and for a time was a manager of the opera in London. He was made in 1762 secretary to the embassy at St. Petersburg, where his half-brother John, second earl of Buckinghamshire, was ambassador. On 3 Aug. 1793 he succeeded as third earl. In 1797 he became colonel of the 3rd regiment of Lincolnshire militia, and in 1799 colonel in the army. He died on 14 Nov. 1804, at Nocton in Lincolnshire, and was buried in the family vault there. Hobart married on 22 May 1757 Albinia (d. 1816), eldest daughter of Lord Vere Bertie, granddaughter of Robert, first duke of Ancaster, by whom he had four sons and four daughters. Of the sons, the eldest is separately noticed [see Hobart, Robert, fourth Earl of Buckinghamshire]; George Vere (1761–1802) was for some time governor of Grenada; Charles, a lieutenant in the navy, was killed in 1782 in the action with the Comte de Grasse; and Henry Lewis (d. 1845) became dean of Windsor in 1816.

[Gent. Mag. 1804, ii. 1170, 1793, ii. 868; Doyle's Offic. Baronage, i. 373; Burke's Peerage; Welch's List of the Queen's Scholars of … Westminster, pp. 337 sqq.; Le Neve's Fasti, iii. 337.]

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