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George Templer Jane Templer nee Paul
George, born 1755, the 4th son of James Templer.
George was educated at Westminster, (King’s Scholar 1770) and joined the Bengal Civil Service, about 1775 in Calcutta. He married in Calcutta, in 1781 Jane Paul of West Monkton, Somerset, who had arrived in the HEICS ship ‘Haleswell’, in which later George’s brother Charles Bickford Templer was drowned on the coast of Dorset 8th January 1786.
By about 1785, George had made a fortune supplying elephants to the HEIC and returning to England he bought Shapwick House near Bridgewater, Somerset.
In 1790 he became M.P. for Honiton, which seat he held until 1796, in spite of a challenge against his election in 1790, alleging bribery & corruption. The appeal was dismissed, although the petition was held not "Frivolous or vexatious."
About 1800 he sent off a letter offering to buy the nearby Cossington Estate, which his friend the Rev. Hobbs forgot to post, thereby losing the chance.
Instead with five friends, Edwards, Smith, Middelton, Johnson & Wedgewood (of Josiah fame), he founded the Middlesex Bank in London. In an unlucky moment about 1816, the Bank insured a fleet of merchantmen who were wrecked of the coast of Portugal. The ’Bank failed and were taken over by Messrs Coutts.
There still remain in the Templer family a miniature of him in 1789, his silver gilt cup and a large Armorial China service with his crest & Coat of Arms. On the failure of the Bank he returned to India, was offered a seat on the Supreme Council and became Commercial Resident of Jungapore, where he died and was buried in 1819, after, like his father, an eventful life.
His eldest son Rev. George Henry (1782 to 1849) was for many years Vicar of Shapwick, his 2nd son John William (1794 to 1873) served for 33 years in the Bengal Civil Service. His 3rd son Rev. Janes Acland was for many years Vicar of Puddletown, Dorset, all his sons being educated at Westminster. His only daughter Sophia Ann (1788 to 1808) married her 1st cousin Sir William Templer Pole Bart, of Shute near Heniton, Devon.
George's second son, John William, married on 18th June in Calcutta, Charlotte Wintle, second daughter of James Wintle of the Bengal Civil Service.
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