Robert Nugent , (Earl Nugent)

Robert Nugent , (Earl Nugent)

b: 1709
d: 14 OCT 1788
Biography
From annotations in Ann Mendell's copy of the Chaplin and Skinner family book:

Lady Nugent's Journal, Black, London:

Introduction: The first Earl Nugent acquired through marriage with rich widows a large fortune..... This talent of his caused Horace Walpole to invent the term 'Nugentize' to describe the action of would-be imitators. By his first wife, a daughter of the 4th Earl of Fingal, he had Edmund who pre-deceased him. His second wife, Anne Craggs "a fat ugly dame," on her third marriage brought him great wealth, including Gosfield in Essex, £100,000, but no children. His third wife, Elizabeth Drase, also brought him a large fortune.

28 September 1805: Take leave of Madame Du Pont soon after 8, and proceed as fast as possible to Lillies, where we arrived before 4, having given the little ones their dinners on the road. Dinner at 6, and as they had prepared for me, and insisted upon my remaining for the night, made up my mind, and put the children to bed at 8. There are now five generations in this house: Colonel Nugent, his mother and grandmother, his daughter and her daughter, all eating, drinking and talking, the old folks enjoying themselves quite as much as the young ones.

Mr Robert Nugent, one of the party(?) orators against the Marriage Act (Essex Quarterly Review vol 6, p228) was ... the MP for Aylesbury.


From the Chaplin and Skinner Family book, section on the Nugents:

"Earl Nugent to Colonel Nugent.

Gosfield, Ocr. 5th, 1785·

My dear Cousin,
Altho' I have not writ to you as often as I ought to have done, I certainly thank'd you for your fine Present to my daughter, and informed you of the legacy of Five hundred pounds bequeathed to you by the late Lord Lyttleton, nor was I tardy in promising the best recommendation to General Goddard in your favor. I was happy to find it had the effect I wished for, and that you deserved everything by your Behaviour that he could do for you. I have communicated a copy of the extract you sent to me, dated the 25th of March last, to Mr. Pitt, concealing your name lest the Company should be offended at any thing contained in it.
Lord Buckingham and my daughter, who are now Marquis and Marchioness of Buckingham, together with their only son, Earl Temple, are with me. They are very happy, and by consequence make me so. We live much together, and my happiness is increased by my two grandsons - one a Lieutenant-Colonel* and the other a Post-Captain** near half-way up the List. They are in every thing
beside just as I could wish them. You know my sister Margaret, so I need say nothing of her more than that she is in good Health and Spirits. Mine are much better than the few enjoy, who like me are within a few weeks of their seventy-seventh year, and being retired out of Parliament and Office I have the better chance of passing what remains of my long life in ease and quiet.
I shall be rejoiced in seeing you, Mrs. Nugent, and your children settled here on a decent competence acquired by laudable means, more than if you were a Nabob with ill-gotten Thousands. Present them with my affectionate compliments, in which all this family join. I am, dear Cousin,
Youur affectionate and obedient servant,
CRAGGS NUGENT

Edward Nugent, Esqre, Bombay

* Afterwards Field Marshal Sir George Nugent, Bart., M. P. for Bucks for many years, who died on 11th March, 1849, at the age of 92.
**Afterwards Admiral Charles Edmund Nugent, who died on 7th January, 1841, at the age of 85. He was the Senior Admiral of the Navy at the time his brother the Field Marshal was the oldest General Officer in the Army - a coincidence without precedent." From Horace Walpole’s Letters:

1741 Christmas Eve. You know we have heard of Mrs Nugent Newsham’s mother, she went the other morning to Lord Chesterfield to beg he would encourage Mr Nugent to speak in the house; for that really he was so bashful, she was afraid his abilities would be lost to the world. I don’t know who has encouraged him, but so it is that this modest Irish converted Catholic does talk a prodigious deal of nonsense in behalf of English liberty.

From same, 1742 Jan 7: Then Mr Nugent has had a great deal of wits till within this week; but he is so busy and so witty that even his own party grow tired of him. His plump wife who talks of nothing else, says he entertained her all the ways on the road with repeating his speeches.

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Facts
  • 1709 - Birth -
  • 14 OCT 1788 - Death - ; the house of Major O'Donnel in Dublin at the age of 79
  • Nobility Title - Earl
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Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Michael Nugent
Birth
Death
Marriageto Mary Barnewell
FatherEdmond (or Edward) Nugent
Mother?
PARENT (F) Mary Barnewell
Birth
Death
Marriageto Michael Nugent
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
FMargaret Nugent
Birth
Death
MRobert Nugent , (Earl Nugent)
Birth1709
Death14 OCT 1788the house of Major O'Donnel in Dublin at the age of 79
Marriage1757to Elizabeth Drase
Marriageto Amelia Plunkett , Lady
Marriageto Anne Knight
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Robert Nugent , (Earl Nugent)
Birth1709
Death14 OCT 1788 the house of Major O'Donnel in Dublin at the age of 79
Marriage1757to Elizabeth Drase
Marriageto Amelia Plunkett , Lady
Marriageto Anne Knight
FatherMichael Nugent
MotherMary Barnewell
PARENT (F) Elizabeth Drase
Birth
Death
Marriage1757to Robert Nugent , (Earl Nugent)
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
MEdmund Nugent
Birth
Death
Marriageto ?
FMary Elizabeth Nugent
Birth
Death16 MAR 1812
Marriage16 APR 1775to George Nugent Temple Grenville
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Robert Nugent , (Earl Nugent)
Birth1709
Death14 OCT 1788 the house of Major O'Donnel in Dublin at the age of 79
Marriage1757to Elizabeth Drase
Marriageto Amelia Plunkett , Lady
Marriageto Anne Knight
FatherMichael Nugent
MotherMary Barnewell
PARENT (F) Amelia Plunkett , Lady
Birth
Death
Marriageto Robert Nugent , (Earl Nugent)
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
MEdmund Nugent
Birth
Death26 APR 1771
Marriageto Maria Courtland Skinner
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Robert Nugent , (Earl Nugent)
Birth1709
Death14 OCT 1788 the house of Major O'Donnel in Dublin at the age of 79
Marriage1757to Elizabeth Drase
Marriageto Amelia Plunkett , Lady
Marriageto Anne Knight
FatherMichael Nugent
MotherMary Barnewell
PARENT (F) Anne Knight
Birth
Death
Marriageto Robert Nugent , (Earl Nugent)
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
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