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Grenville, George

SHIELD: Vert, on a cross argent five torteaux.

SOURCE/NOTES & CREDITS: Illustration for background and the text adapted from the Wikipedia article on George Grenville and backed up by “Burke’s General Armory”, page 427, top entry in left hand column, the entry having to do with Baron Grenville, of Wotton-under-Bernewood, co. Buckingham; extinct 1834.
This Baron Grenville was the son of George Grenville, sometime prime minister 1763-1765. So, we know the tinctures are correct.

Tom Clark, a metal detection enthusiast swept device over a muddy sheep field near Aylesbury, Bucks, when he stumbled upon the seal ring. He brushed off the dirt and picked out the name of 'Grenvil' engraved around the edge. He immediately linked it to Grenville Manor, the ancestral home of the Whig MP George Grenville and his family. Further research established that the ring originally belonged to this former Prime Minister George Grenville who served from 1763 to 1765.

George Grenville born on 14 Oct 1712 was a British Whig statesman who rose to the position of Prime Minister of Great Britain. Grenville was born into an influential political family and first entered Parliament in 1741 as an MP for Buckingham.

When he was Prime Minister, England was in terrible debt due to the Seven Years War. George III appointed him to solve this problem. In due course a number of acts to raise taxes were enacted including the infamous Stamp Act which enraged American colonists. Grenville was sacked in 1765 by George III and the Stamp Act repealed in 1766. But the damage was done Americans remained unhappy and this led to the American Revolution of 1775-1783.

George Grenville retired into obscurity and died on 13 Nov 1770.

Interesting his son, William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville, was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1806 to 1807.

The artwork is an interpretation of John Hamilton Gaylor.

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