Etching by B Wilson and J Basire, after a painting by B Wilson. Savile (1726-1784) is portrayed here with plans marked 'The Calder Navigation', Halifax. This is a reference to his 'Letter of Sir George Savile, Bart. on an attempt made to interfere with the Aire and Calder navigation in the year 1772'. Savile was the only son of Sir George Savile (d 1743), of Rufford, Nottinghamshire. He entered the House of Commons as member for Yorkshire in 1759. He was a liberal and backed moves to relieve the restrictions on Roman Catholics and Protestant disenters. He also defended the action of the American colonists. He refused office and resigned his seat in parliament in 1783. He died unmarried in London on 10 January 1784.
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