William Villiers, 3rd Earl of Jersey

English peer and politician

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The Earl of Jersey
Earl of Jersey
In office
1721–1769
Preceded by William Villiers, 2nd Earl of Jersey
Succeeded by George Villiers
Viscount Grandison
In office
1766–1769
Preceded by John Villiers (1st creation)
Succeeded by George Villiers
Personal details
Born
William Villiers
Died 28 August 1769
Nationality English
Spouse(s) Anne Russell, Dowager Duchess of Bedford
Children Frederick William Villiers, Viscount Villiers, George Bussy Villiers, 4th Earl of Jersey
Occupation Politician
Coat of arms of the 3rd Earl of Jersey at Middleton Stoney church, impaled with the arms of Egerton, his in-laws
Portrait of Anne by Godfrey Kneller

William Villiers, 3rd Earl of Jersey, 6th Viscount Grandison, PC (died 28 August 1769) was an English peer and politician from the Villiers family.

Life[edit]

Middleton Park c. 1830

He was the son of William Villiers, 2nd Earl of Jersey.[1] Among other achievements, Villiers was a founding Governor of the Foundling Hospital, a charity which received its royal charter on 17 October 1739 to operate an orphanage for abandoned children in London.

On 23 June 1733, he married Anne Russell, Dowager Duchess of Bedford (c. 1704/1709 – 1762). She was the daughter of Scroop Egerton, 1st Duke of Bridgewater, and widow of Wriothesley Russell, 3rd Duke of Bedford. They had two sons, but only one survived them:

He commissioned the building of the previous Middleton Park, in Middleton Stoney, Oxfordshire.

References[edit]

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  1. ^ Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke’s Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke’s Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003. Page 2096.
  • thepeerage.com. Retrieved 5 September 2009: William Villiers, 3rd Earl of the Island of Jersey
Legal offices
Preceded by

Justice in Eyre
south of the Trent

1740 – 1746
Succeeded by

Peerage of England
Preceded by

Earl of Jersey
1721 – 1769
Succeeded by

Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by

Viscount Grandison
1st creation
1766 – 1769
Succeeded by

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