John Monson, 1st Baron Monson

The Right Honourable
The Lord Monson
Member of Parliament
for Lincoln
In office
Preceded by Sir John Tyrwhitt, Bt
Succeeded by Charles Hall
Personal details
Born 1693
Died (1748-07-29)29 July 1748
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Margaret Watson
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford,

John Monson, 1st Baron Monson PC (c. 1693  18 July 1748), known as Sir John Monson, 5th Baronet, from 1727 to 1728, was a British politician.


He was the son of George Monson of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, and Anne, daughter of Charles Wren of the Isle of Ely. He matriculated from Christ Church, Oxford, on 26 January 1708. On 4 April 1722, he was returned to the House of Commons for the city of Lincoln, and was re-elected on 30 August 1727.[1]

He was appointed a knight of the Bath on 17 June 1725, when that order was reconstituted by George I. He succeeded in the family baronetcy, in March 1727, on the death of his uncle Sir William. On 28 May of the following year he was created a peer, with the title of Baron Monson of Burton, Lincolnshire. In June 1733, Monson was named captain of the band of gentlemen pensioners, and in June 1737 was appointed first commissioner of trade and plantations. In this office, he was confirmed when the board was reconstituted in 1745, and he continued to hold it till his death. On 31 July 1737, he was made a privy councillor.[1]

Monson died on 20 July 1748, and the Duke of Newcastle, in a letter to the Duke of Bedford, dated 12 Aug. 1748, condoles with him upon 'the loss of so valuable a man and so amiable a friend,' and Bedford in reply uses similar expressions of regret.[1]


He married Lady Margaret Watson, youngest daughter of Lewis Watson, 1st Earl of Rockingham, on S April 1725; they had three sons: John, 2nd baron Monson (see below) ; Lewis Thomas, who assumed the name of Watson, and was created Baron Sondes in 1760 ; and George Monson.[1]



 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Norgate, Gerald le Grys (1894). "Monson, John (1693-1748)". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography. 38. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 


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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir John Tyrwhitt, Bt
Richard Grantham
Member of Parliament for Lincoln
With: Sir John Tyrwhitt 1722–1727
Charles Hall 1727–1728
Succeeded by
Charles Hall
Sir John Tyrwhitt, Bt
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl FitzWalter
President of the Board of Trade
Succeeded by
The Earl of Halifax
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Baron Monson
Succeeded by
John Monson
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
William Monson
(of Carleton)
Succeeded by
John Monson
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