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George Parker, 4th Earl of Macclesfield

George Parker, 4th Earl of Macclesfield PC (24 February 1755 – 20 March 1842), styled Viscount Parker between 1764 and 1795, was a British peer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1777 and 1795.

The Earl of Macclesfield

Arms of Parker.svg
Arms of Parker, Earls of Macclesfield: Gules, a chevron between three leopard's faces or[1]
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
In office
1804 – 15 November 1830
MonarchGeorge III
George IV
William IV
Prime MinisterHon. William Pitt the Younger
The Lord Grenville
The Duke of Portland
Hon. Spencer Perceval
The Earl of Liverpool
George Canning
The Viscount Goderich
The Duke of Wellington
Preceded byThe Lord Pelham
Succeeded byThe Marquess of Clanricarde
Personal details
Born24 February 1755 (1755-02-24)
Died20 March 1842 (1842-03-21) (aged 87)
Spouse(s)Mary Frances Drake (d. 1823)


Macclesfield was the son of Thomas Parker, 3rd Earl of Macclesfield, and Mary, daughter of Sir William Heathcote, 1st Baronet.[2]

Political careerEdit

Macclesfield was returned to Parliament for Woodstock in 1777, a seat he held until 1784, and later represented Minehead between 1790 and 1795. In 1791 he was sworn of the Privy Council and appointed Comptroller of the Household, which he remained until 1797. In 1795 he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords. From 1804 to 1830 he held office as Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard under eight different prime ministers.[3]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in November 1818.[4]


Lord Macclesfield married Mary Frances, daughter of Reverend Thomas Drake, in 1780. She died in January 1823. Macclesfield died in March 1842, aged 87, and was succeeded in the earldom by his younger brother, Thomas.[2]

Canal and ParkEdit

Lord Macclesfield was a director of the Regent's Canal from 1812 and its chairman from 1816. He was appointed as a Commissioner of the Crown Estate Paving Commission in August 1824. As Chair of the canal company he saw it through its most testing times as a variety of problems and obstacles had to be surmounted before the canal could be opened in 1820.


  1. ^ Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.723
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ "PARKER, George, Visct. Parker (1755-1842)." History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Lists of Royal Society Fellows 1660–2007". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Skynner
William Eden
Member of Parliament for Woodstock
With: William Eden
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Dashwood, Bt
Francis Burton
Preceded by
John Fownes-Luttrell
Robert Wood
Member of Parliament for Minehead
With: John Fownes-Luttrell
Succeeded by
John Fownes-Luttrell
Thomas Fownes Luttrell
Political offices
Preceded by
Hon. Dudley Ryder
Comptroller of the Household
Succeeded by
Lord Charles Somerset
Preceded by
The Lord Pelham
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Clanricarde
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Marlborough
Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire
Succeeded by
The Duke of Marlborough
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Parker
Earl of Macclesfield
Succeeded by
Thomas Parker