Edward Watson, Viscount Sondes
Edward Watson, Viscount Sondes (3 July 1686 – 20 March 1722) of Lees Court, Sheldwich, Kent, and Park Place, London, was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1708 and 1722. .
Watson was the eldest son of Lewis Watson, 1st Earl of Rockingham and his wife Catherine Sondes, daughter of George Sondes, 1st Earl of Feversham. He matriculated at Merton College, Oxford on 1 June 1703, aged 16 and travelled abroad to Germany in 1707.
Watson arrived back from Germany in 1708, in time to be elected as a Whig Member of Parliament for Canterbury at the 1708 general election. At the 1710 general election, he lost his seat. He was elected MP for New Romney at a by-election on 20 April 1713. Following his father's elevation as Earl of Rockingham in 1714, he was styled Viscount Sondes. In 1718, he went over to the Opposition and in 1719 he was appointed a Gentleman of the Bedchamber to the Prince of Wales.
Watson died in 1722, predeceasing his father by 2 years. He married Catherine Tufton, eldest daughter of Thomas Tufton, 6th Earl of Thanet in 1709, and had three sons and a daughter:
- Lewis Watson, 2nd Earl of Rockingham, no issue
- Thomas Watson, 3rd Earl of Rockingham, no issue
- Edward Watson, no issue
- Katherine Watson, married Edward Southwell and had issue.
In 1729 his widow and her four sisters became co-heiresses to the Barony of Clifford. The abeyance was terminated in 1734 for the third sister Margaret, wife of Lord Lovel, but following her death without surviving issue in 1775 the barony was restored in favour of Viscount Sondes' grandson Edward Southwell, 20th Baron Clifford.
- "WATSON, Hon. Edward (1686-1722), of Lees Court, Sheldwich, Kent, and Park Place, London". History of Parliament Online (1690-1715). Retrieved 12 December 2018.
- "WATSON, Edward (?1686-1722)". History of Parliament Online(1715-1754). Retrieved 24 January 2018.
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