The Roll of Freemen of Portsmouth 1573-1928

A List of the Honorary Members of the Corporation of Portsmouth, from 1700 to 1834
Peers, Nobles and others, being Burgesses
[Information derived from "Roll of Freemen of the Borough of Portsmouth" published by WH Barrell Ltd.]


As John Somers he distinguished himself
as Counsel in defence of the seven
Bishops at their memorable trial in 1688.
Was Attorney-General in 1692 ; Lord Keeper
of the Privy Seal in 1693, and
subsequently Lord High Chancellor.
Had a seat at the Treasury Board in 1692 ;
was instrumental in founding the Bank
of England in 1694, and was rewarded
by William with the office of Chancellor
of the Exchequer. Invented and first
introduced Exchequer Bills, 1696.
Subsequently created Baron Halifax.
Brother of the Duke of Marlborough.
Vice Admiral of Hampshire.
Had been a gentleman of the Bedchamber to
William III.
An Admiral of the Royal Navy.
" Surveyor of Her Maties. Ordnance."
" One of the Commrs. of her Maties.
Transport Service.
" One of the Commrs. of her Maties. Victualling."
" Rear Admiral of the Blew."
Rear Admiral of the Red ; created Viscount
Torrington in 1721 ; First Lord of the
Admiralty 1733.
Rear Admiral of the White.
Secretary to Vice Admiral Sir George Rooke.
Earl Granville in 1744.
" One of the six Clerks of the High Court of Chancery."
At the Revolution of 1688 he deserted
James and joined the forces of the
Prince of Orange. Was in high favour
with William, but treasonably betrayed
Irish secrets to James, for whose restoration
he plotted. Was created Duke of
Marlborough by Queen Anne in 1702.
" One of the Commrs. of the sick and wounded seamen."
Bishop of Rochester.
Died at Lisbon, 1735.
" L'Admirall of Holland."
" A Commissioner for transportation of Her Majesty's Forces."
Created Marques of Tichfield in 1716,
succeeded as Duke of Portland 1721.
Formerly Earl Mulgrave ;
created Duke of Buckingham 1703.
Eldest son of the Duke of Bolton.
Bishop of Winchester. Was one of the seven
Bishops sent prisoners to the Tower of London
by James II. in 1688, for disputing the legality
of the " Declaration of Indulgences."
Admiral of the Blue.
Rear Admiral of the Red, and comptroller of the Navy.
The 2nd Duke, died 1714.
Governor of Portsmouth.
Succeeded to the Throne as George II.
Created Duke of Wharton in 1717, by
George I., but turned papist, joined
the Pretender ; was a volunteer in the
Spanish Army before Gibraltar in 1727,
and died in a Monastery in Spain in 1731.
Admiral, R.N.
" Vice Admiral of Great Brittaine, and Captaine
General of the Narrow Seas "
Rear Admiral and Governor of
Greenwich Hospital.
" General of His Maties. Land Forces, and
Governor of the Isle of Wight."
Son of Charles 2nd. Duke of Bolton.
Subsequently the 2nd Duke of Richmond.
Admiral, R.N.
Admiral, R.N.
A General in the Army.
2nd Earl (of second creation), died 1754.
Vice Admiral of the " Blew."
Rear Admiral of the " Blew."
" Surveyor General of His Maties. Ordnance."
Governor of Gibraltar, where he died in 1730.
Secretary of State. Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1743.
Admiral, R.N.
"Commissioner at his Maties. Dockyard."
An Admiral ; son of the Duke of St. Albans.
Was a General in High Command in Marlborough's Wars. Governor of Portsmouth.
Master of the Horse 1727-34.
" Lord High Chancellor of Great Brittaine."
" Rear Admiral of the White Squadron."
M.P. for Portsmouth in 1737.
A Lord of the Admiralty.
Created Earl of Portsmouth in 1743.
Master of the Buck-hounds.
Baron of the Exchequer.
Rear Admiral.
Comptroller of His Majesty's Navy.
Was Constable of Windsor Castle.
A General in the Army, created Earl Delawarr in 1761.
Lord Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer.
" Vice Admiral of the Blue Squadron."
The victor at Culloden. Son of George II.
Lord High Chancellor, 1736.
Rear Admiral of the Blue.
Governor of Portsmouth.
Vice Admiral of the Red.
Rear Admiral of the Blue.
Rear Admiral of the Blue.
Rear Admiral of the Red.
Rear Admiral of the Blue.
Successively a Lord of the Treasury, a Lord of the
Admiralty, and Lord President of the Council.
Rear Admiral of the White.
Vice Admiral of the White.
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1756.
"Commissary General of the Musters, and Chief
Muster Master of all His Majesty's Forces in Great Britain."
Vice Admiral of the Blue ; created Baron Anson
1747, and First Lord of the Admiralty in 1751.
Rear Admiral of the Blue
Rear Admiral of the Blue. Shot by
order of a Court-martial at Portsmouth 1757.
Defeated French Fleet off Belle Isle, Oct. 14th,
1747, and superseded Byng in command
of Fleet against the French, 1756 ; gained
a victory over French Fleet in Queberon Bay 1759.
A Lieut : General in the Army, and Master General
of the Ordnance in Ireland. Created Duke
of Leinster 1766. Married a daughter of the Duke
of Richmond.
First Lord of the Admiralty, 1748-51.
A Lord of the Admiralty in 1746. Chancellor
of the Exchequer in 1761 ; and Treasurer
of the Navy in 1762.
Comptroller of his Majesty's Navy.
Secretary to the Admiralty.
An Admiral R.N.
The 3rd Duke, Secretary of State in 1766.
Brother of the above Duke. Born 1737.
Governor of Portsmouth.
Sixth and last Duke : died 1794.
Created Earl of Clarendon 1776.
Governor of Portsmouth.
A Rear Admiral ; brother to George III.
Also a brother to George III.
Also a brother to George III.
Governor of Portsmouth.
Was also Earl of Cardigan. Governor of
Windsor Castle.
Vice Admiral, and First Lord of the Admiralty.
Governor of Portsmouth, and M.P. for the
Borough. Son of Viscount Galway.
A distinguished Admiral. Created Viscount in 1782.
Son of the Earl of Albermarle.
Son of Admiral Lord Hawke.
Rear Admiral of the Blue ; Post Admiral at
Portsmouth 1786 ; a Lord of the Admiralty
in 1788: created Viscount Hood on 1st June,
1796. He married a daughter of Alderman
Linzee of Portsmouth, who was created,
27 March, 1795, Baroness Hood of Catherington,
in the Peerage of England.
Lord Lieutenant of the County of Wilts.
  A General in the Army.
Son of George III.
Third son of George III. Subsequently
  King William IV. Lord High Admiral.
Admiral of the Fleet, & General of Marines
Hereditary Prince of Wirtemberg.
Grand Master of H.S.H. Frederick
Prince of Wirtemberg's Household.
Chamberlain of ditto.
Created Viscount in 1801 ; and in 1821
Admiral of the Fleet.
Fourth son of George III., father of Her
Majesty Queen Victoria.
First Lord of the Treasury 1783. Secretary
of State 1794 to 1801.
An Elder Brother of the Trinity House, and a
  Privy Councillor.
Rear Admiral.
Seventh son of George III.
Son of the Duke of Gloucester, and a
grandson of George III.
Subsequently Prince Regent, and ascended
the Throne as George IV.
Fifth son of George III.
Vice Admiral of the Blue.
Lord High Chancellor.
Son of Earl Grey ; a Captain, R.N.,
and a Commissioner of His Majesty's
Dock-Yard. Created a Baronet in 1814.

Name &c.
John, Lord Somers, Baron of
Hon. Charles Montague Lord Halifax
Col. George Churchill
Charles, Duke of Bolton
John, Lord Delaware
Archibald, Lord Hamilton
William Bridges, Esqre.
Samuel Harrison, Esqre.
Capt. William Wright
John Leake, Esqre.
George Byng, Esqre.
Thomas Mikes, Esqre.
Hugh Corry, Esqre.
John, Lord Granville
John Suffield, Junr.
John, Duke of Marlborough
Charles Morley, M.D.
The Rt. Rev. Thomas Spratt
Charles, Earl of Peterborough
and Monmouth
Philip Van Almond
Thomas Coleby, Esqre.
Henry, Earl Rivers
Henry, Viscount Woodstock
John, Duke of Buckingham
Charles, Marques of Winchester
The Rt. Rev. Sir Jonathan Trelawney
Sir John Norris
Sir Charles Wager
William, Lord Pawlet
Henry, Duke of Beaufort
William, Lord North and Grey
Philip, Earl of Chesterfield
His Royal Highness George,
  Prince of Wales
Philip, Duke of Wharton
George Delavall, Esqre.
James, Earl of Berkley
Matthew, Lord Aylmer
William, Earl of Cadogan
Nassau, Lord Powlett
Charles, Earl of March
Edward Hopson, Esqre.
James Mighell, Esqre.
William Anne, Lord Albermarle
The Rt. Rev. Thomas, Bishop of
The Rt. Rev. Richard, Bishop of
Francis Hoasier, Esqre.
Sir George Walton, Knt.
John Armstrong, Esqre.
David, Earl of Portmore
Hon. Henry Pelham, Esqre.
John Balchen, Esqre.
Richard Hughes, Esqre.
Lord, Vere Beauclerk
John, Duke of Argyle and Greenwich
Richard, Earl of Scarborough
Peter, Lord King, Baron of Ockham
Charles Stewart, Esqre.
Harry, Lord Pawlet
John Wallop, Viscount Lymington
Charles, Earl of Tankerville, K.T.
Hon. Sir William Thompson
Nicholas Haddock, Esqre.
Richard Haddock, Esqre.
John, Duke of Montague
George, Earl of Cardigan
John, Baron Delawarr
Hon. James Reynolds
The Rt. Rev. Benjamin,
  Bishop of Winchester
Edward Vernon, Esqre,
His Royal Highness William,
  Duke of Cumberland
Philip, Earl Hardwick
Sir Chaloner Ogle
Lieut. Gen. Philip Honeywood, K.B.
Thomas Mathews, Esqre.
James Stewart, Esqre.
Sir Charles Hardy, Knt.
Thomas Davers, Esqre.
William Martin, Esqre.
Daniel, Earl of Winchelsea and
Henry Medley, Esqre.
William Rowley, Esqre.
John, Duke of Bedford
Thomas Gore, Esqre.
Hon. George Anson
Hon. Peter Warren
Hon. John Byng
Sir Edward Hawke, K.B.
James, Earl of Kildare
  and Baron Ophaly
John, Earl of Sandwich
William, Viscount Barrington
Savage Mostym, Esqre.
John Cleveland, Esqre.
Vere, Lord Vere
Charles, Duke of Richmond
Lord George Henry Lenox
Lieut.-Genl. Henry Hawley
Harry, Duke of Bolton
Thomas, Lord Hyde
James, Lord Tyrawley
His Royal Highness Edward, Duke of York
His Royal Highness William Henry,
  Duke of Gloucester
His Royal Highness Henry Frederick
  Duke of Cumberland
Hon. Edward Harvey, Esqre.
George, Duke of Montague
Edward, Lord Hawke
Lieut.-Genl. Robert Monckton
Augustus, Viscount Keppel
Martin Bladen, Lord Hawke
Samuel, Lord Hood
Henry, Earl of Pembroke
His Royal Highness Frederick,
  Duke of York and Albany
His Royal Highness William Henry,
  Duke of Clarence
Richard, Earl of Howe
His Serene Highness Frederick Henry
Count Zeppelin
Baron de Gorlitz
John, Earl St. Vincent
His Royal Highness Edward,
  Duke of Kent
William Henry, Duke of Portland
George John, Earl Spencer
Sir Robert Calder
His Royal Highness Adolphus
  Frederick Duke of Cambridge,
His Royal Highness, Prince William of
His Royal Highness George Augustus
Frederick, Prince of Wales
His Royal Highness Ernest Augustus,
  Duke of Cumberland
Cuthbert Collingwood, Esqre.
Thomas, Lord Erskine
Hon. George Grey

There then follows a gap in the records to 1896 during which time the Municipal Corporations Act was passed (1835) heralding a significant decrease in the numbers of Freemen created. It is also worth noting that the Freemen from 1835 onwards received the honour because of their deeds rather than through patronage.

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