John Manners, 8th Earl of Rutland

John Manners, 8th Earl of Rutland (10 June 1604  29 September 1679), was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 until 1641 when he inherited the peerage.


Manners was the son of Sir George Manners of Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, son of Sir John Manners. His mother was Grace Pierrepont daughter of Sir Henry Pierrepont (MP).[1] The 8th earl was the great-grandson of Thomas Manners, 1st Earl of Rutland. He was admitted at Queens' College, Cambridge, in spring 1619 and was awarded MA in 1621. He was admitted at the Inner Temple in November 1621. In 1632 he was High Sheriff of Derbyshire.[2]

In April 1640, Manners was elected Member of Parliament for Derbyshire in the Short Parliament.[3] In 1641 he inherited the earldom on the death of his second cousin George Manners, 7th Earl of Rutland on 29 March. He was a moderate Parliamentarian and took the covenant in 1643. In 1646 he was Chief Justice in Eyre, North of Trent.[2]

After the Restoration, Lord Rutland became Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire on 14 February 1667 and held the post to 7 July 1677.[2]

Lord Rutland died aged 75 and was buried at Bottesford, Leicestershire.[2] He was succeeded in the earldom by his son John, who would become the first Duke of Rutland.[4]


Manners married Frances Montagu, daughter of Sir Edward Montagu, 1st Baron Montagu of Boughton, in 1628. They had seven children:



Parliament of England
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Derbyshire
With: Sir John Curzon
Succeeded by
Sir John Curzon
Sir John Coke
Legal offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Arundel
Justice in Eyre
north of the Trent

Succeeded by
The Marquess of Newcastle
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Loughborough
Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire
Succeeded by
The Earl of Rutland
Peerage of England
Preceded by
George Manners
Earl of Rutland
Succeeded by
John Manners

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