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tinct; but was revived in 1794, in the present peer, who had previously been ennobled by the title of Baron Westcote of Ireland.

Lieut. General Sir Richard Lyttelton, by P. Battoni, fifth son of Sir Thomas; was early in life placed in the situation most likely to prove advantageous to those who have a turn for military affairs, being appointed page of honour to Queen Caroline; and regularly rose from an ensigncy in the Guards to the rank of lieut. -general, enjoying the offices of master of the jewel-office, governor of Minorca and Guernsey, and the dignity of a knight of the Bath. He married Rachael Powager Duchess of Brdgewater. Obiit 1770.

George Lord Lyitelton, by West, eldest son of Sir Thomas, was early initiated in the busy scene of politics, and distinguished himself in a violent opposition to Sir Robert Walpole. On the downfall of that great minister, Lyttelton reaped the advantage of his opposition, and in 1744 was nominated cofferer and privy-counsellor; and the following year made chancellor of the exchequer. In 1757 he retired from public life with a peerage. He has obtained a place in Johnson's 'Lives of the Poets,' though the biographer acknowledges, that if his poems be not to be despised, they can hardly