1st Baronet and diplomat. Resident in Florence and created a baronet on 3 March 1755, having been made a Knight of the Bath in 1748. In February 1737, he was appointed as secretary to Charles Fane, the British Minister at Florence. He served as British diplomatic representative to the Grand Dukes of Tuscany for the rest of his life. In the course of his long diplomatic career, he was Chargé d'affaires in 1738-1740; Minister between 1740 and 1765; Envoy Extraordinary from 1767; and finally Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from 1782 until his death.