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Robert Pitt was born 1680 to Thomas Pitt (1653-1726) and Jane Innes (-1727) and died 21 May 1727 of unspecified causes. He married Harriet Villiers (c1569-1736) 9 July 1703 in Hertingfordbury, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom.


Robert Pitt (1680 – 21 May 1727) was a British politician who sat as Member of Parliament for Old Sarum from 1705, a pocket borough controlled by his family. He was the eldest son of Governor Thomas 'Diamond' Pitt, a businessman who had made a fortune while in India.[1] Governor Pitt built the family's wealth on his acquisition of the Pitt Diamond which he then sold on for a large profit. The diamond was brought into Britain in the heel of Robert Pitt's boot.[2] Unlike the rest of his family, who were Whigs, Robert Pitt became a Tory possibly partly in resistence to his domineering Whig father.[3]

Robert Pitt is best known for being the father of William Pitt the Elder, a British statesmen who led the country three times between 1756–57, 1757–62 and 1766–68. Another son Thomas Pitt was also an MP who sat for Okehampton. He was also brother-in-law to General James Stanhope, through his sister Lucy Pitt. His grandson William Pitt the Younger became Prime Minister in 1783.

Pitt inherited the family estate of Boconnoc following his father's death in 1726. However, he died the next year and the estate passed entirely to his son Thomas Pitt.



Children



Offspring of Robert Pitt and Harriet Villiers (c1569-1736)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Catharine Pitt (c1700)
Anne Pitt (c1702-1781)
Elizabeth Pitt (c1703)
Mary Pitt (c1705-1787)
Thomas Pitt (c1705-1761) 1705 5 July 1761 Christian Lyttelton (c1711-1750) Christian Lyttelton (c1711-1750) Anna-Maria Murray (c1714)
William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham (1708-1778) 15 November 1708 Golden Square, Westminster, England, United Kingdom 11 May 1778 Hayes, Kent, England, United Kingdom Hester Grenville, 1st Baroness Chatham (1720-1803)
Harriet Pitt (c1710-1748)
Ann Pitt (c1710)
(son) Pitt (c1713)
Ann Pitt (c1714-1781)
Elizabeth Pitt (c1716-1770)
Mary Pitt (c1718)














Footnotes (including sources)

References

  1. ^ Black p.1-5
  2. ^ Brown p.15-16
  3. ^ Brown p.17

Bibliography

  • Black, Jeremy. Pitt the Elder. Cambridge University Press, 1992.
  • Brown, Peter Douglas. William Pitt, Earl of Chatham: The Great Commoner. Allen & Unwin, 1978.


Parliament of England
Preceded by
William Harvey
Charles Mompesson
Member of Parliament for Old Sarum
1705–1707
With: Charles Mompesson
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Parliament of England
Member of Parliament for Old Sarum
1707–1710
With: Charles Mompesson 1707–1708
William Harvey 1708–1710
Succeeded by
Thomas Pitt
William Harvey
Preceded by
Robert Eyre
Charles Fox
Member of Parliament for Salisbury
1710–1713
With: Charles Fox
Succeeded by
Charles Fox
Richard Jones
Preceded by
Thomas Pitt
William Harvey
Member of Parliament for Old Sarum
1713–1722
With: Thomas Pitt 1713–1716, 1722
Sir William Strickland 1716–1722
Succeeded by
Thomas Pitt
George Morton Pitt
Preceded by
Christopher Harris
William Northmore
Member of Parliament for Okehampton
1722–1727
With: John Crowley
Succeeded by
William Northmore
Thomas Pitt


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