He joined the Army, appointed Ensign, 1st Regiment of Foot Guards, 8 Jun 1775. Promoted Lieutenant and then Captain, 2 Apr 1778, in the same Regiment. Promoted to Major, 85th Regiment of Foot, 30 Aug 1779. Lieutenant Colonel of the 88th Regiment on 4 Oct 1780 and then Lieutenant Colonel of the 45th Regiment on 19 Jan 1782. Returned to the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards, as Captain of Guards, 6 Jun 1783 and appointed Colonel in the Army, 18 Nov 1790. He served as Colonel of 31st Regiment and then served as Major General in Toulon and south of France, promoted 26 Oct 1793. He was Governor of Scarborough castle, 13 Aug 1796. Promoted Lieutenant General, 1 Jan 1801.
He served as MP for Totnes, 1784-1790 and then MP for Scarborough between 1790 and 1794.
He was Secretary of State for the Foreign Department between 1805 and 1806 and First Lord of the Admiralty between 1807 and 1810.
He succeeded his brother as 3rd Lord Mulgrave of New Ross (Peerage of Ireland) on 10 Oct 1792.
He was created Baron Mulgrave of Mulgrave on 13 Aug 1794 (peerage of Great Britain).
He was created Viscount Normanby and Earl of Mulgrave on 7 Sep 1812.
He died 7 Apr 1831.
They had four sons and five daughters. One only of the latter survived childhood.
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