George Augustus Selwyn (MP)

George Augustus Selwyn (MP)

George Augustus Selwyn (11 August, 1719 – 25 January, 1791) was a Member of Parliament (MP) in the Parliament of Great Britain.

Selwyn was a man who spent 44 years in the House of Commons without being recorded as making a speech. He put his electoral interest, as the person who controlled both seats in Ludgershall and one in Gloucester, at the disposal of the King's ministers (whoever they might be), because he was financially dependent on obtaining (a total of three) sinecure offices and a pension, which offset his expenses of bribing the electorate, and his gambling debts.

He was MP for Ludgershall in 1747–1754 and for the constituency of Gloucester 1754–1780. After he lost his interest in Gloucester, Selwyn was again member for Ludgershall from 1780 until his death in 1791.

He was also elected for the Scottish constituency of Wigtown Burghs in 1768, when he thought he might be defeated at Gloucester. He was the first Englishman to be elected to Parliament by a constituency in Scotland. He chose to retain the English seat.


* George Augustus Selwyn and Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle (c.1770) by Sir Joshua Reynolds is in the possession of the present Earl of Carlisle at Castle Howard, Yorkshire.
* George Augustus Selwyn at the age of fifty-one by Hugh Douglas Hamilton, a pastelle drawn in 1770. This drawing is also in the possession of the Earl of Carlisle at Castle Howard.
* George Augustus Selwyn (1776) by Sir Joshua Reynolds was displayed at the Tate Gallery between 26/May & 18/September 2005


*"History of Parliament: House of Commons 1754–1790", by Sir Lewis Namier and James Brooke (Sidgwick & Jackson, 1964)
* Jesse, John Heneage, "George Selwyn and his contemporaries", London : Bickers & Son, 1882.
* "George Selwyn; his letters and his life", edited by E.S. Roscoe and Helen Clergue, London, 1899.
* Sherwin, Oscar, "A gentleman of wit and fashion: the extraordinary life and times of George Selwyn", New York : Twayne Publishers, (1963).
* "George Augustus Selwyn (1719–1791) and France : unpublished correspondence", edited by Rex A. Barrell, Lewiston, N.Y., USA : E. Mellen Press, (c. 1990).

External links

*" [ George Selwyn: His Letters and His Life] " by Helen Clergue
* [ George Augustus Selwyn] by Sir Joshua Reynolds



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