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Richard 2nd Earl of Mornington Wellesley
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20 JUN 1760 Dangan Castle, Ireland
Garret 1st Earl of Mornington Wesley
Anne Hill
26 SEP 1842 Kingston House, Knightsbridge, England aged 82
8 OCT 1842 Chapel, Eton College, Eton, England
EVENT: [Ireland]

EVENT: [I., 1760]

EVENT: [Great Britain]

EVENT: [I., 1746]

INVEST: Knight, Order of St. Patrick (K.P.)

OFFICE: M.P. for Trim

GRADUATION: Glasgow University||honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.)

, he declined the star and badge of the Order of St. Patrick, made from
the jewels of Tipoo Sahib, offered to him by the army (he was afraid it
might diminsh the prize money he was due)

OFFICE: M.P. for Beeralston

OFFICE: M.P. for Saltash

OFFICE: M.P. for Windsor

OFFICE: M.P. for Old Sarum

OFFICE: Custos Rotulorum for County Meath

INVEST: Privy Counsellor (P.C.) [Ireland]

INVEST: Privy Counsellor (P.C.)

OFFICE: a Lord of the Treasury

OFFICE: a Commissioner for Indian Affairs

OFFICE: Governor of Madras

OFFICE: Governor-General of Bengal|| ||During this period, he effected the
capture of Seringaputam and the complete destruction of Mysore

OFFICE: Chief Remembrancer of the Exchequer [Ireland]

INVEST: Knight of the Crescent of Turkey

OFFICE: Ambassador to the Centra Junta of Spain

OFFICE: Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

INVEST: Knight, Order of the Garter (K.G.)

INVEST: Knight of the Lion and Sun of Persia

OFFICE: Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland||Viceroy

OFFICE: Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland||Viceroy

OFFICE: Lord Steward of the Household

OFFICE: Lord Chamberlain of the Household

In May 1799 he wrote privately to Lord Grenville: "To talk
like Lord Abercorn-you will gain much credit by conferring some high and
brilliant honour upon me immediately. The Garter would be much more
acceptable to me than any additional title, nor would any title be an
object, which should not raise me to the same rank which was given to
Lord Cornwallis." He was greatly vexed at not obtaining a Marquessate of
Great Britain like his predecessor, Lord Cornwallis, but it was explained
to him that the latter was promoted from an Earldom of Great Britain,
while in his case the Earldom was of Ireland. On his retirement from
public life he sought further promotion. Lord Broughton records him
saying to him: "you got 20,000 for me from the Court of Directors; you
ought now to get a dukedom for me from the Queen"

Farington writes "Laurence spoke of Lord Wellesley as having ruined His
fortune by His excessive expenses on Women. With all his abilities He has
so great a share of vanity that at the age of about 53 Laurence has
noticed, when His Lordship sat to him for His Portrait, that his
Lips were painted"

In late life he used to wear his garter, star and ribbon over his
dressing gown

Lord Macauley writes of him in June 1813, "he has made a great and
splendid figure in history, and his weaknesses, though they make his
character less worthy of respect, make it more interesting as a study"

P.E. Roberts writes in 1929 that while no doubt his dispatches from India
were pompous and inflated, but "they were massivley impressive in their
power, their logical force, and their tone of decision... He was an
administrator and ruler of wonderful achievement, and glorious capacity"

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