Edward Watson, Viscount Sondes

Edward Watson, Viscount Sondes (3 July 1686 – 20 March 1722) of Lees Court, Sheldwich, Kent, and Park Place, London, was a British Whig politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1708 and 1722.

Watson was the eldest son of Lewis Watson, 1st Earl of Rockingham and his wife Catherine Sondes, daughter of George Sondes, 1st Earl of Feversham. He matriculated at Merton College, Oxford on 1 June 1703, aged 16[1] and travelled abroad to Germany in 1707.[2]

Watson arrived back from Germany in 1708, in time to be elected as a Whig Member of Parliament for Canterbury at the 1708 British general election. He proposed a motion on 25 January 1709 for an address to the Queen that she should consider remarrying. He also supported the naturalization of the Palatines. He was appointed to a committee to draft a bill to limit the time allowed for public mourning, since this was felt to be having an adverse effect on Canterbury’s silk trade. He also voted for the impeachment of Dr Sacheverell and possibly in consequence he lost his seat at the 1710 British general election. He was returned unopposed as MP for New Romney at a by-election on 20 April 1713. Following his father's elevation as Earl of Rockingham in 1714, he was styled Viscount Sondes. In 1718, he went over to the Opposition and in 1719 he was appointed a Gentleman of the Bedchamber to the Prince of Wales.[3]

Watson died in 1722, predeceasing his father by 2 years. He married Catherine Tufton, eldest daughter of Thomas Tufton, 6th Earl of Thanet in 1709, and had three sons and a daughter:

In 1729 his widow and her four sisters became co-heiresses to the Barony of Clifford. The abeyance was terminated in 1734 for the third sister Margaret, wife of Lord Lovel, but following her death without surviving issue in 1775 the barony was restored in favour of Viscount Sondes' grandson Edward Southwell, 20th Baron Clifford.

References

  1. Foster, Joseph. "Wasborow-Wesley in Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714 pp.1577-1600". British History Online. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  2. "WATSON, Hon. Edward (1686-1722), of Lees Court, Sheldwich, Kent, and Park Place, London". History of Parliament Online (1690-1715). Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  3. "WATSON, Edward (?1686-1722)". History of Parliament Online(1715-1754). Retrieved 24 January 2018.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Henry Lee
John Hardres
Member of Parliament for Canterbury
17081710
With: Thomas D'Aeth
Succeeded by
John Hardres
Henry Lee
Preceded by
Robert Furnese
Walter Whitfield
Member of Parliament for New Romney
17131722
With: Robert Furnese
Succeeded by
Robert Furnese
David Papillon
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