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Waldegrave, George

WALDEGRAVE, GEORGE, 4th Earl Waldegrave (1751-1789), the eldest son of the 3rd earl, was a soldier and a member of parliament. His sons, GEORGE (1784-1794) and JOHN JAMES (1785-1835), were the 5th and 6th earls. In 1797 the 6th earl inherited from Horace Walpole his famous residence, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, but his son, GEORGE EDWARD, the 7th earl (1816-1846), was obliged in 1842 to sell the valuable treasures collected there. His wife, Frances, Countess Waldegrave (1821-1879), a daughter of the singer John Braham, was a prominent figure in society. He was her second husband, and after his death she married George Granville Vernon Harcourt of Nuneham Park, Oxfordshire, and later Chichester Fortescue, Baron Carlingford.

The 7th earl was succeeded by his uncle William (1788-1859), a son of the 4th earl, and in 1859 William.'s grandson, WILLIAM FREDERICK (b. 1851), became the 9th earl.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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