Waldegrave - the name of an English family, taken from its early residence, Walgrave in Northamptonshire. Its founder was Sir Richard Waldegraace, who was member of parliament for Lincolnshire in 1335; his son, Sir Richard Waldegrave (d. 1402), was speaker of the House of Commons in 1402. One of Sir Richard's descendants was Sir Edward Waldegrave (c. 1517-1561) of Borley, Essex, who was. imprisoned during the reign of Edward VI. for his loyalty to the princess, afterwards Queen Mary. By Mary he was knighted, and he received from her the manor of Chewton in Somerset, now the residence of Earl Waldegrave. He was a member of parliament and chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster. After Mary's decease he suffered a reverse of fortune, and he was a prisoner in the Tower of London when he died on the ist of September 1561. Sir Edward's descendant, another Sir Edward Waldegrave, was created a baronet in 1643 for his services to Charles I.; and his descendant, Sir Henry Waldegrave, Bart. (1660-1689), was created Baron Waldegrave of Chewton in 1686. Sir Henry married Henrietta (d. 1730), daughter of King James II. and Arabella Churchill, and their son was James, ist Earl Waldegrave (1684-1741).
Educated in France, James Waldegrave soon crossed over to England, and undei George I. he declared himself a Protestant and took his seat as Baron Waldegrave in the House of Lords. Having become friendly with Sir Robert Walpole, he was sent to Paris as ambassador extraordinary in 1725, and from 1727 to 1730 he was British ambassador at Vienna. In 1729 he was created Viscount Chewton and Earl Waldegrave, and in 1730 he succeeded Sir Horatio Walpole as ambassador in Paris, filling this post during ten very difficult years. He died on the i ith of April 1741. Much of his diplomatic correspondence is in the British Museum.
James Waldegrave - 1st Earl Waldegrave Date: circa 1738-1740 - painting by:by Gustaf Lundberg - Diplomat; educated in France, he was British ambassador at Paris, 1730-40. Created a Knight of the Garter in 1738. - Educated in France, James Waldegrave embraced Protestantism in 1715 and was made a Lord of the Bedchamber to George I in 1723. Two years later he became the British envoy to Paris. He spent 1727-30 as ambassador to Vienna and then ten years as ambassador to Paris. Created a Knight of the Garter in 1738, Waldegrave is seen here with the ribbon and star of the Order. Dating from his last years of his embassy to Paris, the portrait may be the work of Gustav Lundberg, a Swedish pastellist who worked in Paris from 1717.
His son JAMES, the 2nd earl (1715-1763), was perhaps the most intimate friend of George II., and was for a time governor of his grandson, the future king George III. He was very much in evidence during the critical years 1755-1757, when the king employed him to negotiate in turn with Newcastle, Devonshire, Pitt and Fox about the formation of a ministry. Eventually, in consequence of a deadlock, Waldegrave himself was first lord of the treasury for five days in June 1757. He died on the 28th of April 1763, leaving some valuable and interesting Memoirs, which were published in 1821.
His brother JOHN, the 3rd earl (1718-1784), was a soldier, who distinguished himself especially at the battle of Minden and became a general in 1772. He was a member of parliament from 1747 to 1763. His younger son, William Waldegrave (1753-1825), entered the British navy in 1766, and after many years of service was third in command at the battle of Cape St Vincent in 1797. In 1800 he was created an Irish peer as Baron Rad-stock, and in 1802 he became an admiral. His son, George Granville, 2nd Baron Radstock (1786-1857), followed in his father's footsteps, and was made a vice-admiral in 1851. In 1857 his son, Granville Augustus William (b. 1833), became 3rd Baron Radstock.
Laura (Waldegrave), Countess Waldegrave (1760-1816), Wife of George Waldegrave,
4th Earl Waldegrave by Richard Brookshaw -
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 sth and 6th earls. In 1797 the 6th earl inherited from Horact 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.
Frederick Waldegrave, 9th Earl Waldegrave by Frederick Sargent
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 gih earl.