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Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Sandwich (3 January 1647/48 – 29 November 1688) was born in Hinchinbrooke, Huntingdonshire, England to Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich and Jemima Crew. He was styled Viscount Hinchingbrooke from 1660 until his accession in 1672. He married Lady Anne Boyle, daughter of Richard Boyle, 2nd Earl of Cork and Elizabeth Clifford, 2nd Baroness Clifford. They had three children Edward Montagu, 3rd Earl of Sandwich, Richard Montagu and Elizabeth Montagu. Anne died in 1671.
In 1681, he was to be appointed Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire upon his return from abroad, but he never took up the office, which was exercised successively by Robert Bruce, 1st Earl of Ailesbury and Thomas Bruce, 2nd Earl of Ailesbury. The 1st Earl also exercised for him, in the same fashion, the office of Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire in 1685, but the appointment was rescinded after Ailesbury's death the same year.
His father's biographer described him as "a steady, not very robust young man, who would never set the Thames alight." Samuel Pepys, who was a cousin, gives a favourable picture of Edward in his famous Diary. His regard was not, apparently, damaged by the revelation that Edward had tried to make Pepys' wife Elizabeth Pepys his mistress: "to the distress of his own lady". This episode aside, Edward's brief marriage to Anne seems to have been happy enough: his mother had a warm regard for her daughter-in-law.
|Parliament of England|
Sir Francis Vincent, Bt
|Member of Parliament for Dover
With: George Montagu
Sir Edward Spragge
|Peerage of England|
|Earl of Sandwich