Richard Grenville was born 23 March 1678 in Wotton House, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom to Richard Grenville (1646-1719) and Eleanor Temple (c1650-1729) and died 17 February 1727 of unspecified causes. He married Hester Temple, 1st Countess Temple (c1685-1752) 1710 in Stowe, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom.

Richard Grenville (1678–1727) was a British politician who sat as Member of Parliament for Buckingham and Wendover.

He was born the son of Richard Grenville and Eleanor Temple. His country seat was at Wotton in Buckinghamshire.

He was Member of Parliament for Wendover, Bucks (1715-1722) and for Buckingham (1722 to 1727).

He married Hester Temple, Countess Temple, daughter of Sir Richard Temple, 3rd Baronet. He is best known as the father of five brothers who all served in parliament:

His second son, George Grenville, rose to become Prime Minister between 1763 and 1765. A daughter Hester Grenville went on to marry William Pitt who also became Prime Minister. Two of his grandchildren William Pitt the Younger, and William Grenville also rose to serve as Prime Minister.


Offspring of Richard Grenville and Hester Temple, 1st Countess Temple (c1685-1752)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple (1711-1779)
George Grenville (1712-1770) 14 October 1712 Westminster, England, United Kingdom 13 November 1770 London, England, United Kingdom Elizabeth Wyndham (bef1731-1769)
James Grenville (1715-1783)
Henry Grenville (1717-1784) 11 September 1717 22 April 1784 Margaret Eleanor Banks (-1793)
Thomas Grenville (1719-1747)
Hester Grenville, 1st Baroness Chatham (1720-1803) 8 November 1720 England, United Kingdom 2 April 1803 William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham (1708-1778)


  • Johnson, Allen S. A prologue to revolution: the political career of George Grenville (1712–1770). University Press of America, 1997.
  • Lawson, Phillip. George Grenvile: A Political Life. University of Manchester Press, 1984.

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