The re-emergenge of a Tory-court party : peers of the Bloomsbury Gang and founders of modern British conservatism
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. John L. Gordon, Jr.
Dr. John R. Rilling
Dr. W. Harrison Daniel
From October 1768 to April 1784, the "Bloomsbury Gang," a political faction of intermarried, aristocratic families dedicated to conservative principles and patriotic sentiments, led the re-emergence of a Tory-Court party that developed into the modern Conservative party in Great Britain. These leaders founded a party of "Conservative Whigs" that was not ruled by, but worked in cooperation with, the monarch and his allies for almost three decades. In so doing, political opportunists such as the Duke of Bedford and the Lords Gower, Sandwich, and Weymouth, restored the English two-party system through which they maintained their dominance of eighteenth-century British society and governance.
Corkern, Matthew Thomas Locy, "The re-emergenge of a Tory-court party : peers of the Bloomsbury Gang and founders of modern British conservatism" (2001). Master's Theses. 644.