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Grandison, Earl (I, 1767 - 1800)


Creation: let.pat. 19 Feb 1767


Extinct: 14 Jul 1800


Family name: FitzGerald-Villiers later Mason-Villiers




See Earl Grandison



Lady Elizabeth FitzGerald-Villiers, suo jure Viscountess Grandison later suo jure Countess Grandison

only dau. of John [FitzGerald-Villiers], 1st Earl Grandison, by his wife Frances Cary, sister of Lucius Henry [Cary], 6th Viscount of Falkland, and only dau. of Edward Cary, of Caldicote, co. Monmouth



mar. (1)

12 Jun 1739 Aland John Mason, of Waterford, Member of Parliament for co. Waterford 1749-59 (d. 26 Mar 1759)

only surv. child

1. Hon George Mason later Mason-Villiers, later 2nd Earl Grandison

mar. (2)

15 Feb 1763 Maj Gen Charles Montague Halifax


29 May 1782 (bur. at Youghal, co. Cork)


v.p. 10 Apr 1746 Viscountess Grandison, of Dromana in the County of Waterford, with remainder to the heirs male of her body

19 Feb 1767 Viscountess Villiers and Countess Grandison, with a similar remainder

suc. by

son by first husband


suc. her father in the Dromana estates 14 May 1766


George [Mason later Mason-Villiers], 2nd Earl Grandison, PC


13 Jul 1751


10 Feb 1772 Lady Gertrude Seymour-Conway (b. 9 Oct 1750; dspm. Sep 1793), 3rd dau. of Francis [Seymour-Conway], 1st Marquess of Hertford, by his wife Lady Isabella FitzRoy, 2nd dau. of Charles [FitzRoy], 2nd Duke of Grafton

only child

1. Lady Gertrude Amelia Mason-Villiers, suc. her father in the Dromana estate 1800 (b. 28 Mar 1778; d. 30 Aug 1809), mar. 1 Jul 1802 Lord Henry Stuart (b. 7 Jun 1777;  d. 19 Aug 1809), 5th son of John [Stuart], 1st Marquess of Bute, by his first wife Hon Charlotte Jane Hickman-Windsor, 1st dau. and cohrss. and event. sole hrss. of Herbert [Hickman-Windsor], 2nd Viscount Windsor, and had issue:

1a. Henry Stuart later Villiers-Stuart, of Dromana, co. Waterford, later 1st Baron Stuart de Decies

2a. Capt William Stuart later Villiers-Stuart, Member of Parliament for Waterford (b. 21 Aug 1804; d. 7 Nov 1873), mar. 1 Jun 1833 Catherine Cox (d. 14 Sep 1879), dau. and eventual hrss. of Michael Cox, of Castletown, co. Kilkenny, and had issue

3a. Charles Stuart later Villiers-Stuart (b. 11 Sep 1808; dsp. 19 Dec 1871), mar. Nov 1830 Elizabeth Smollett, dau. of Rear-Admiral John Rouet Smollett RN, of Bonhill

1a. Gertrude Amelia Stuart later Villiers-Stuart (d. 1826)


s.p.m. 14 Jul 1800 (bur. at Dromana, co. Waterford)


took the additional name of Villiers by Royal Licence 1771; Member of Parliament (Tory) for Ludlow 1774-80; Privy Councillor [I] 1785


On the death of the 2nd Earl Grandison all his titles became extinct. The estate of Dromana. co. Waterford, i.e. "the Decies", passed to the 2nd Earl's only child, Lady Gertrude, and then on her death in 1809 to her eldest son, Henry Villiers-Stuart, who was created Baron Stuart de Decies on 10 May 1839.


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