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Encyclopedia > Francis Dashwood, 15th Baron le Despencer

Francis Dashwood, 15th Baron le Despencer (December, 1708 - December 11, 1781) was an English rake and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (1762-1763) and founder of The Hellfire Club.

He was born in London, and educated at Eton College where he became associated with William Pitt the Elder. Orphaned at age 16 he went on a grand tour of Europe in 1726.

For his activities in the Hellfire Club he was in his day widely regarded as being involved in devil worship.

Fictional references

In The Illuminatus! Trilogy Dashwood is mentioned as one of the original five leaders of the Illuminati.

Preceded by:
The Viscount Barrington
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Succeeded by:
George Grenville

Preceded by:
John Fane
Baron le Despencer
Succeeded by:
Thomas Stapleton



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