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Cumberland, Duke of (GB, 1726 - 1765)


Creation: let.pat. 27 Jul 1726


Extinct: 31 Oct 1765


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The Royal Arms of Great Britain as borne by King George II but without the inescutcheon over the Hanoverian quarter, and overall a Label of three points Argent charged on the centre point with a Cross Gules


On a Coronet composed of two Crosses Pattée and two Strawberry Leaves alternating with four Fleurs-de-lis a Lion statant guardant Or crowned with a like Coronet and differenced with a Label of three points as in the Arms


The Royal Supporters differenced with a like Coronet and Label



HRH Prince William Augustus, 1st Duke of Cumberland, KG PC

2nd son King George II by his wife Wilhelmina Charlotte Caroline, dau. of John Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach


15 Apr 1721


31 Oct 1765


27 Jul 1725 Baron of Alderney, Viscount of Trematon, in the County of Cornwall, Earl of Kennington, in the County of Surrey, Marquess of Berkhampstead, in the County of Hertford, and Duke of Cumberland


Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg from birth; KB 1725; Knight of the Garter 1730; Maj General 1739, Lieut General 1743, Captain-General of the Army 1745-57; wounded at Dettingen 1743 and in command at the Battles of Fontenoy 1745 and Culloden 1746; Colonel of the Coldstream Guards 1740-42, of the 1st Foot Guards 1742-57 and of the 15th Dragoons 1746-49; Privy Councillor 1742; Chancellor of the University of St Andrew's 1746-65 and of the University of Dublin 1751-65; Ranger of Windsor Park Forest and Great Park 1746-65 and of Cranborne Chase 1751-65; a Lord Justice of the Realm (Regent) 1755


On the death of Prince William Augustus the Dukedom of Cumberland became extinct.




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