James Craggs the Younger
James Craggs the Younger PC (9 April 1686 – 16 February 1721), was an English statesman.
Portrait by Sir Godfrey Kneller, c. 1708
|Secretary at War|
|Preceded by||William Pulteney|
|Succeeded by||The Viscount Castlecomer|
|Secretary of State for the Southern Department|
|Preceded by||Joseph Addison|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Carteret|
|Born||9 April 1686|
|Died||16 February 1721(aged 34)|
Craggs was born at Westminster, the son of James Craggs the Elder. Part of his early life was spent abroad, where he made the acquaintance of George Louis, Elector of Hanover, afterwards King George I of Great Britain. In 1713 he became Member of Parliament for Tregony, in 1717 Secretary at War, and in the following year Secretary of State for the Southern Department. Craggs was implicated in the South Sea Bubble, but not so deeply as his father, whom he predeceased, dying on 16 February 1721, aged 34. Among Craggs's friends were Alexander Pope (who wrote the epitaph on his monument in Westminster Abbey), Joseph Addison and John Gay.
James Craggs left an illegitimate daughter, Harriot Craggs, by the noted dancer and actress Hester Santlow. Harriot married firstly in 1726 to Richard Eliot, having nine children including Edward Craggs-Eliot, 1st Baron Eliot and secondly in 1749 to John Hamilton by whom she had a son.
|Parliament of Great Britain|
| Member of Parliament for Tregony
With: Sir Edmund Prideaux, Bt 1713–1720
Charles Talbot 1720–1721
| Secretary at War
The Viscount Castlecomer
| Secretary of State for the Southern Department
The Lord Carteret