oungest son of Francis, sixth Earl of Lincoln, and rose to distinction in the British navy.
In 1732 he was commissioned a commodore and governor of Newfoundland.
In September, 1743, he was appointed governor of the colony of New York, and retained that office ten years. His administration was a tumultuous one, for his temperament and want of skill in the management of civil affairs unfitted him for the duties.
He was unlettered; and being closely connected with the Dukes of Newcastle and Bedford, he was sent to New York to mend his fortune.
In his controversies with the Assembly he was ably assisted by the pen of Dr. Cadwallader Colden, afterwards lieutenant-governor of the province.
His chief opponent was Daniel Horsmanden, at one time chief-justice of the colony.
After violent quarrels with all the political factions in New York, he abandoned the government in disgust, and returned home in 1753.
He became governor of Greenwich Hospital — a sinecure.
In 1745 he was vice-admir