George Durant (20 November 1731 – 4 August 1780) was a British landowner and politician.
As a young man he had an affair with Elizabeth Lyttleton, the second wife of George Lyttelton, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. To escape the consequent scandal he became a senior clerk in the Army Pay Office and was sent with the Army as paymaster on an expedition to Havana, which was a lucrative posting. On his return as a wealthy man he purchased the village of Tong in Shropshire from the Duke of Kingston in 1764, knocked down the ancient Tong Castle, and built in its place a new house in a unique style based on plans drawn up by Capability Brown.
Between 1768 and 1774 he was Member of Parliament for Evesham. He stood for election again in 1774 but was badly defeated.
He died in 1780 and was buried in St Bartholomew's Church, Tong. He had married Maria, the daughter of Mark Beaufoy, with whom he had a son, also named George, and a daughter.
Tong Castle passed to his son, who proved to be a somewhat lascivious Lord of the Manor.
- DURANT, George (1731-80), of Tong Castle, Salop
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