Wills Hill [1st Marquis of Downshire]

1718-1793; MP Warwick, 1741-56; succeeded as second Viscount of Hillsborough, Ireland, 1742; privy councillor, Ireland, 1746; Irish earl, 1751; comptroller and treasurer to Goerge II, 17454-56; Baron Harwich, 1756; president of board of trade and plantations, 1763-65; and 1766; joint postmaster-general, 1766-68; sec. of state for colonies, 1768-72; for northern department, 1779-82; harsh policy towards America; attacked Junius; created marquis, 1789; recommended union with Ireland. ODNB

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