George Montagu, Esq; at twenty years of age, was elected a burgess for the town of Huntington, to that memorable parliament which met at Westminster, 3 Novem. 1640; and after the restoration of King Charles II. by the interest of the Earl of Sandwich, was chosen one of the barons of the Cinque Ports of Dover, in the room of the said Earl, on his taking his seat in the House of Peers. Mr. Montague was also returned for the port of Dover, to the parliament which met at Westminster, 8 March 1661, which was continued by several prorogations and adjournments for 17 years, 8 months, and 17 days, being dissolved on 24 Jan. 1678-9. He was seated at Horton in Northamptonshire; and after succeeding his brother the honourable Henry Montagu, Esq; in his place of master of St. Catharine's hospital near the Tower, departed this life at Manchester-house in Channel-Row, Westminster, in the 59th year of his age, on 19 July 1681, and was buried in the church of St. Catharine's, on Saturday the 23d of the same month.
---Peerage of England. A. Collins, 1756.
The Hon. George Montagu MP was a half-brother of Gen. Edward Montagu, Earl of Manchester, and well-known to his cousin, Admiral Edward Montagu. For more information, see
There were 14 Montagus in Parliament between 1660 and 1690, and the biographer admits there is some confusion in the official records as to which Montagu said and did what.
On 6 April, 1668 Pepys is invited to lunch, and he describes George and Elizabeth Irby Montagu's family this way:
"Yet he is a fine gentleman, truly, and his lady a fine woman; and, among many sons that I saw there, there was a little daughter that is mighty pretty, of which he is infinite fond: ..."
Montagu's Parliamentary bio says George married Elizabeth Irby on 21 May 1645 at St. Margaret's, Westminster. She was the daughter of Sir Anthony Irby MP of Whaplode, Lincs. They had 7 sons (2 died before George in 1678) and 4 daughters.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.