Born 8 December 1708, the fourth son of Major John Hanbury, of Pontypool. He was educated at Eton. He was god-son to Charles Williams of Caerleon, who had fled abroad after killing his cousin, William Morgan of Penrhos, in a duel, and had amassed a great fortune in Smyrna. Charles Williams had been aided in returning to this country by John Hanbury, and by his will, dated 7 August 1717, he left the bulk of his fortune to Hanbury, to be held by him or one of his sons and their male heirs, the possessor for the time to take the name of Williams. Charles Williams died in 1720 at the age of 86. His will did not specify any particular son, but it was probably understood that it should be his god-son. With the legacy John Hanbury bought Coldbrook Park and other property valued £22,725, and invested £44,700 in various mortgages and securities. This was settled in 1732 on his fourth son, Charles, who thereupon adopted the name of Williams. Charles Hanbury Williams married, on 1 July 1732, Frances, daughter of earl Coningsby.
Charles Hanbury Williams wrote much satirical verse, and Horace Walpole professed to believe him the greatest poet of his generation. In 1746 he began the series of diplomatic missions for which he is best known. His mind became unbalanced in 1759, and he died, possibly by his own hand, on 2 November, and was buried in Westminster Abbey. The Coldbrook estate thereupon passed to his brother, George Hanbury, who, in turn, adopted the name of Williams.
Published date: 1959
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