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Ralph Montagu, 1st duke of Montagu
baptized December 24, 1638, London, England
died March 9, 1709, London
also called (1684
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"His elder brother, Edward Montagu, had been appointed Master of the Horse to the queen consort. However, in May 1664 he was dismissed for squeezing her hand when leading her to her coach. He then enlisted on the Earl of Sandwich's ship and was killed in August 1665 in a sea battle with the Dutch near Bergen in Norway. As he was unmarried this made Ralph Montagu heir to the family's estate and the title of Baron Montagu of Boughton.
Ralph Montagu had been educated at Westminster School and he, too, became Master of the Horse to the queen consort from 1665 to 1678. "
Footnote from Grammont
Ralph Montagu, second son of Edward, Lord Montagu. He was master of the horse to the queen, and, in 1669, was sent ambassador extraordinary to France; on his return from whence, in January, 1672, he was sworn of the privy-council. He afterwards became master of the great wardrobe, and was sent a second time to France. He took a very decided part in the prosecution of the popish plot, in 1678; but on the sacrifice of his friend, Lord Russell, he retired to Montpelier during the rest of King Charles's reign. He was active at the Revolution, and soon after created Viscount Monthermer, and Earl of Montagu. In 1705, ne became Marquis of Monthermer, and Duke of Montagu. He died 7th March, 1 709, in his 73rd year, leaving behind him the character of a very indulgent parent, a kind and bountiful master, a very hearty friend, a noble patron of men of merit, and a true assertor of English liberty.
Ralph, second son of Edward, second Lord Montagu of Boughton. He was ambassador to France in 1666, 1669, 1676, 1677-78, and was created Earl in 1689, and Duke of Montagu in 1705; he died March 7th, 1709.
brother: Edward Mountagu (Ned) http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/670/
sister: Lady Harvey http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/3143/
brother-in-law: Sir Daniel Harvey http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/5180/
father: Edward Mountagu (2nd Lord Mountagu of Boughton) http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/972/
uncle: Sir William Mountagu http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/563/
Ralph's father and Sir Edward Mountagu ("my Lord," Earl of Sandwich) were first cousins.
MONTAGU, RALPH, first Duke of Montagu (1638?-1709), son of Edward Montagu, second baron Montagu of Boughton; master of the horse to the Duchess of York; ambassador extraordinary to Louis XIV, 1669; purchased the mastership of the great wardrobe, 1671; privy councillor, 1672; again ambassador extraordinary to Louis XIV, 1676; unsuccessfully intrigued for the post of secretary of state; being denounced by the Duchess of Cleveland, returned to England without permission, to find himself struck out of the privy council (1678) and superseded as ambassador; negotiated with the French ambassador, offering to procure Danby's fall within six months; his papers seized; produced two letters, which were voted as sufficient ground for Danby's impeachment, 1678; escaped arrest after the dissolution of parliament, 1678; unsuccessfully endeavoured to get Monmouth declared Prince of Wales; retired to France, 1680; succeeded as Baron Montagu, 1684, and returned to England on the accession of James II; took up William's cause at the revolution; privy councillor and created Viscount Monthermer and Earl of Montagu, 1689; the mastership of the wardrobe restored to him; several lawsuits concerning the Albemarle property caused by his marriage with Elizabeth Cavendish, widow of Christopher Monck, second duke of Albemarle, 1692; became Marquis of Monthermer and Duke of Montagu, 1705.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.
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