George. James Welbore Agar Ellis / LORD DOVER
The Right Hon. George James Welbore Agar Ellis, Baron Dover, Of Dover, In The County Of Kent; A Privy Councillor; A Trustee Of The British Museum, And Of The National Gallery ; A Commissioner Of The Public Records; President Of The Royal Society Of Literature; A Director Of The British Gallery; M.a., F.r.s., And F.s.a.
If length of days were to be commensurate with personal merit, the life of Lord Dover would have been one of no ordinary duration. Amiable and exemplary in all his private relations, an upright, zealous, and intrepid supporter of his political opinions, he will long be regretted by his family and his friends. His elegant accomplishments as a man of society, and his various and extensive attainments as a man of letters, were such, that it would be difficult to find, in the whole range of English gentry and nobility, a personage who will be so severely missed. He possessed in his family, and fortune, and character, every motive which can make existence desirable ; but he had discharged his various duties, both domestic and social, so conscientiously and honourably, that, short as his life has been, it has been long enough to establish a reputation which there are few men, past or present, who having lived to the greatest age, would not be proud to enjoy.
The name of Ellis was remarkably distinguished among those whom the political changes of the Revolution of 1688 brought into action ; for of six sons of the Rev. John Ellis, who died November 3d, 1681, the eldest was John, a secretary to the Revenue Commissioners under James II., and afterwards Comptroller of the Mint and Under Secretary of State to William III.; the second was Sir William Ellis, who, following the fortunes of the exiled Stuarts, was Treasurer and Secretary of State to the Prince, yet died a protestant at Rome; the third was Philip, a Jesuit of much influence at the court of James, and, finally, Romish Bishop of Segni, in Italy; the fourth, Welbore, was Protestant Bishop of Meath, and the direct founder of the present noble house; and the fifth and sixth were in the professions of medicine and the law.
The John Ellis to whom these six sons were born traced his ancestry to the Conquest; from the date of which event they had been settled at Kiddall Hall, in the county of York: he was rector of Waddesclon, Suffolk ; and married to Susanna, the daughter of William Welbore, Esq., of Cambridge. Welbore, their fourth son, having received the most liberal education, and taken the degree of D.D., was, after various church preferments, ordained Bishop of Kildare, in 1705, and in 1731 translated to the sea of Meath, where he died about two years afterwards. He was a member of the Privy Council; and left by his lady, Diana, daughter of Sir John Briscoe, of Amberley Castle, Sussex, and spau^ daughter of Nicholas Earlof Banbury, two surviving children; namely, a son, Welbore, and a daughter, Anne.
Welbore rose to high 'consideration in the state, and filled many offices of great trust and responsibility. In 1749, he was a Lord of the Admiralty; in 1755, Vice-Treasurer of Ireland; in 1763, Secretary at War; in 1765 and 1770, again Vice-Treasurer of Ireland; and in 1782, Secretary of State. Having discharged the duties of these important stations in a manner which signally entitled him to honourable reward, he was, in 179t, created a peer, as Lord Mendip, of Mendip, in the county of Somerset, with remainder, he having no issue, to the issue male of his sister Anne, by her marriage with Henry Agar, Esq.