Manuscripts and Special Collections

Biography of George Edmund Milnes Monckton-Arundell, 7th Viscount Galway (1844-1931)

George Edmund Milnes Monckton-Arundell, C.B., was the only son of George Edward Arundell Monckton-Arundell, 6th Viscount Galway. He was educated at Eton from 1858-63, and at Christ Church College, Oxford, where he took a degree in law and modern history in 1866.

Between 1872 and 1885 he was the Conservative M.P. for North Nottinghamshire. He succeeded his father as 7th Viscount Galway in 1876. On 4 July 1887 he was created Baron Monckton of Serlby, Nottinghamshire, in the peerage of the United Kingdom, and from then on sat in the House of Lords.

The 7th Viscount took many of the local positions usual for an aristocratic landowner of his rank, serving as a magistrate and Deputy Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire, and as an Alderman and Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council. He was the Colonel-Commanding of the Notts (Sherwood Rangers) Yeomanry from 1882 to 1904, and was aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria, Edward VII and George V from 1897-1920.

He took a keen interest in fox-hunting. He hunted at Oxford, and succeeded his father as Master of the Grove Hunt from 1876. He retired as Master in 1907 but continued to allow Serlby to be used as kennels for the Hunt. He published a guide to mastership of hounds under the title A Pack of Foxhounds in 1925.


He married in 1879 Vere (d 1921), only daughter of Ellis Gosling of Busbridge Hall, Surrey, and had:

  • George Vere Arundell Monckton-Arundell (1882-1943), later 8th Viscount Galway
  • Violet Frances Monckton (1880-1930), m in 1904 Lt-Col. Geoffrey Henry Julian Skeffington Smyth, altered name by deed poll to fitzPatrick 1938

Archive Collections

  • Correspondence relating to the 7th Viscount and Viscountess Galway is present in the second and third accruals of Galway papers (Ga C and Ga 2) held in Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham
  • Title deeds, settlements, estate and legal papers relating to the 7th Viscount's ownership of his estates are also part of the Galway papers

Published sources

  • There do not appear to be any published works about the 7th Viscount Galway

Manuscripts and Special Collections

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