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Rochester, Earl of (E, 1652 - 1681)


Creation: let.pat. 13 Dec 1652


Extinct: 12 Nov 1681


Family name: Wilmot




Argent on Fess Gules between three Eagles' Heads erased Sable as many Escallops Or


A Demi Panther rampant guardant Argent pellettée Flames issuing from the mouth and ears proper ducally gorged Gules


Dexter:  an Unicorn Argent;  Sinister:  a Panther guardant Argent pellettée Flames issuing from the Mouth and ears proper ducally gorged Gules





Henry [Wilmot], 1st Baron Wilmot later 2nd Viscount Wilmot later 1st Earl of Rochester, PC

3rd but only surv. son and heir ap. of Charles [Wilmot], 1st Viscount Wilmot, by his first wife Sarah Anderson, 4th dau. of Sir Henry Anderson, Sheriff of London 1601-02


26 Oct 1613

mar. (1)

21 Aug 1633 Frances Morton (b. 1600; d, bef. 7 Jan 1644/5), dau. of Sir George Morton, of Milborne St Andrews and Clenston, co. Dorset, by his wife Catherine Hopton, dau. of Sir Arthur Hopton, of Witham, co. Somerset

children by first wife

1. Hon Charles Wilmot, styled Viscount Wilmot (dvp. betw. 1652 and 1657)

mar. (2)

c. 1644 Anne Lee (b. 6 Nov 1614; widow of Sir Francis Henry Lee, 2nd Bt., of Quarrendon, co. Oxford, and Ditchley, co. Oxford; bur. 18 Mar 1695/6 with both her husbands at Spelsbury, co. Oxford), only dau. of Sir John St John, 1st Bt., of Lydiard Tregoze, co. Wiltshire, by his first wife Anne Leighton, 1st dau. and cohrss. of Sir Thomas Leighton, of Feckenham, co. Worcester, Governor of Jersey, by his wife Cecilia/Elizabeth Knollys, sister of William [Knollys], 1st Earl of Banbury, and 3rd dau. of Sir Francis Knollys KG, by his wife Mary Carey, sister of Henry [Carey], 1st Baron Hunsdon, and only dau. of William Carey, Esquire of the Body to King Henry VIII (by his wife Lady Mary Boleyn, mistress of King Henry VIII and elder sister of Lady Anne Boleyn, suo jure Marchioness of Pembroke, herself second wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I, 1st dau. and cohrss. in her issue of Thomas [Boleyn], 1st Earl of Wiltshire and 1st Earl of Ormonde), 2nd son of Sir Thomas Carey, of Chilton Foliat, co. Wiltshire, by his wife Margaret Spencer, 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Sir Robert Spencer, of Spencercombe, co. Devon, by his wife Lady Eleanor Butler, widow of James [Butler], 5th Earl of Ormonde, and 1st dau. and cohrss. of Edmund [Beaufort], 1st Duke of Somerset

children by second wife

2. Hon John Wilmot, later 2nd Earl of Rochester


19 Feb 1657/8


v.p. 29 Jun 1643 Baron Wilmot, of Adderbury in the County of Oxford

13 Dec 1652 Earl of Rochester

suc. by

son by second wife


Capt of a Troop of Horse in the Dutch service 1635-37; Commissary-General of the Horse and a member of the Council of War 1640; Member of Parliament for Tamworth 1640; imprisoned in the Tower of London and expelled from the House of Commons for his part in the Army Plot 1641; fought in the Battle of Edgehill for the King 1642; Lieut General of the Horse 1643; suc. his father as 2nd Viscount Wilmot betw. Jun 1643 and Apr 1643 and Joint Lord President of Connaught; in command at the Battles of Roundway Down 1643 and Cropredy Bridge 1644, after which he was captured but allowed to retire to France; a Gentleman of the Bedchamber to King Charles II 1649; Privy Councillor 1650; returned to England with the King and fought at Worcester 1651; returned to France with the King; Envoy to the Duke of Lorraine 1652, to the Diet of the Empire 1652, to the Elector of Brandenburg 1654 and to Denmark 1655; Col of a Regiment of Foot 1656


John [Wilmot], 2nd Earl of Rochester


10 Apr 1647


29 Jan 1666/7 Elizabeth Malet (bur. 30 Aug 1681), dau. and hrss. of John Malet, of Enmore, co, Somerset, by his wife Hon Unton Hawley, dau. of Francis [Hawley], 1st Baron Hawley


1. Hon Charles Wilmot, later 3rd Earl of Rochester

1. Lady Anne Wilmot, mar. (1) Henry Bayntun MP, of Bromham, co. Wiltshire (bapt. 17 Nov 1664; d. 1691), and (2) Hon Francis Greville (dvp. 11 Oct 1710), 1st son and heir ap. of Fulke [Greville], 5th Baron Brooke, and had issue by both husbands

2. Lady Elizabeth Wilmot (b. 1674; d. 1 Jul 1757), mar. bef. 11 Jul 1689 Edward [Montagu], 3rd Earl of Sandwich, and had issue

3. Lady Malet Wilmot (bapt. 6 Jan 1675/6; d. 13 Jan 1708/9), mar. 18 Aug 1692 John [Vaughan], 1st Viscount Lisburne, and had issue


26 Jul 1680

suc. by



a volunteer with the Fleet 1665-66; a Gentleman of the Bedchamber 1665/6-80; Capt of a Regiment of Horse 1666; King's Gamekeeper for Oxfordshire 1667/8 ; Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset 1672; Ranger and Keeper of Woodstock Park 1674


Charles [Wilmot], 3rd Earl of Rochester


2 Jan 1670/1


12 Nov 1681


On the death of the 3rd Earl of Rochester his titles became extinct


 First written 3 Apr 2003



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