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Strafford, Earl of (GB, 1711 - 1799)


Creation: let.pat. 29 Jun 1711


Extinct: 6 Aug 1799


Family name: Wentworth













Thomas [Wentworth], 3rd Baron Raby later 1st Earl of Strafford, KG PC

2nd but 1st surv. son and heir of Rt Hon Sir William Wentworth, of Northgate-head, Wakefield, co. York (by his wife Isabella Apsley, dau. of Sir Alan Apsley, Treasurer of the Household to King James II), 1st son and heir of Sir William Wentworth, of Ashby, co. Lincoln (by his wife Elizabeth Savile, dau. of Thomas Savile, of Northgate-head, Wakefield, co. York), younger brother of Thomas [Wentworth], 1st Earl of Strafford, and 2nd son of Sir William Wentworth, 1st Bt., by his wife Anne Atkins, dau. of Robert Atkins, of Stowell, co. Gloucester


17 Sep 1672


6 Sep 1711 Anne Johnson (b. c. 1684; d. 19 Sep 1754), dau. and hrss. of Sir Henry Johnson, of Bradenham, co. Buckingham, and Teddington, co. Bedford, by his first wife Anne Smithson, dau. and hrss. of Henry Smithson


1. Hon William Wentworth, later 2nd Earl of Strafford

1. Lady Ann Wentworth (bur. 28 Feb 1797), mar. 28 Apr 1733 Rt Hon William Conolly MP, of Castletown, co. Kildare, and had issue:

1a. Rt Hon Thomas Conolly MP, of Castletown, co. Kildare (dsp. 27 Apr 1803), mar. 1758 Lady Louisa Augusta Lennox, 3rd dau. of Charles [Lennox], 2nd Duke of Richmond, by his wife Lady Sarah Cadogan, 1st dau. and cohrss. of William [Cadogan], 1st Earl Cadogan

1a. Catharine Conolly (dsp. 4 May 1771), mar. 23 Feb 1754 as his first wife Ralph [Gore], 1st Earl of Ross

2a. Anne Conolly (d. 1806), mar. 5 Mar 1761 George Byng MP, of Wrotham Park, Barnet, co. Middlesex (b. 1735; d. 9 Nov 1789), 1st son and heir of Hon Robert Byng, Paymaster of the Navy and Governor of Barbados (by his wife Elizabeth Forward, dau. and cohrss. of Jonathan Forward, contractor of transports), 7th son of George [Byng], 1st Viscount Torrington, and had issue:

1b. George Byng MP, of Wrotham Park, Barnet, co. Middlesex (b. 17 May 1764; dsp. 10 Jan 1847), mar. Harriet Montgomery, 5th dau. of Sir William Montgomery of Magbiehill, 1st Bt., by his second wife Anne Evatt, dau. of Humphrey Evatt, of Mount Louise, co. Monaghan

2b. Maj William Byng (b. 5 Oct 1770; d. 1795)

3b. Robert Byng (b. 21 Dec 1773; d. 1829)

4b. Lt Gen Sir John Byng GCB, later 1st Earl of Strafford

1b.Anne Elizabeth Byng (d. 1847)

2b.Caroline Byng

3b.Frances Byng (d. 1851)

3a. Harriet Conolly, mar. as his first wife Rt Hon John Staples MP, 1st son and hr. of Rev Thomas Staples, Rector of Derryloran (by his wife Grace Houston, dau. of John Houston, of Castle Stewart, co. Tyrone), 3rd son of Sir Robert Staples, 4th Bt. MP, of Lissan, co. Tyrone, and had issue

4a. Frances Connolly (dsp. 31 Aug 1817), mar. 2 Jun 1765 William [Howe], 5th Viscount Howe

5a. Caroline Connolly (d. 26 Jan 1817; bur. at Blickling, co. Norfolk), mar. 24 Sep 1770 as his second wife John [Hobart], 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire, and had issue

2. Lady Lucy Wentworth, mar. 1747 as his first wife Field Marshal Sir George Howard KB, of Bookham, co. Surrey, and had issue

3. Lady Harriet Wentworth (d. 12 Apr 1786), mar. 26 Dec 1743 Henry Vernon, of Hilton Park, co. Stafford (b. 13 Sep 1718), 1st son and heir of Henry Vernon, of Hilton Park, co. Stafford, by his wife Penelope Phillips, 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Robert Phillips, of Newton Regis, co. Warwick, and had issue


15 Nov 1739


29 Jun 1711 Viscount Wentworth, of Wentworth Woodhouse and of Stainborough in the County of York, and Earl of Strafford, with a special remainder, failing heirs male of his body, to his only surviving brother Peter Wentworth in like manner

suc. by



Page of Honour to the Queen 1687; Cornet in Lord Colchester's Regiment of Horse 1688; campaigned in Scotland 1689 and later in Flanders until 1697 ; Major, 1693; a Groom of the Bedchamber 1695-1701/2; suc. his 1st cousin once removed as 3rd Baron Raby and 4th Baronet of Woodhouse 16 Oct 1695; Col, Royal Regiment of Dragoons 1697-1715, serving in Flanders under Marlborough 1702; Brig General 1702/3, Maj General 1703/4 and Lieut General 1706/7; Envoy 1701, Envoy Extraordinary 1703-05 and Ambassador Extraordinary to Berlin, 1705-11; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to The Hague 1711-14; Privy Councillor 1711-14; Ambassador Plenipotentiary to the Congress of Utrecht 1711; Elder Brother of the Trinity House 1712 and Master of the Trinity House 1713; First Lord of the Admiralty 1712-14; Knight of the Garter 1712; a Lord Justice of the Realm (Regent) 1714; the House of Commons resolved 1715 that he should be impeached of high treason for his share in the Treaty of Utrecht and Articles of Impeachment were presented to both Houses of Parliament but no further action was taken after 1716; a Tory in his politics and not known to be a Jacobite sympathiser yet was cr. 5 Jan 1721/2 Duke of Strafford by the titular King James III


William [Wentworth], 2nd Earl of Strafford


bef. 27 Mar 1722


28 Apr 1741 Lady Anne Campbell (b. c. 1720; d. 7 Feb 1785), 2nd dau. and cohrss. of John [Campbell], 2nd Duke of Argyll, by his second wife Jane Warburton, dau. of Thomas Warburton, of Winnington, co. Chester


s.p. 10 Mar 1791

suc. by

1st cousin once removed



Frederick Thomas [Wentworth], 3rd Earl of Strafford


25 Feb 1741/2


17 Sep 1772 Elizabeth Gould (mar. (2) 28 Nov 1803 as his second wife William Churchill, of Henbury, co. Dorset; d. 1 May 1811), 3rd dau. of Thomas Gould, of Frome Billet, co. Dorset, by his wife Mary Freke, dau. of William Freke, of Hinton St Mary, co. Dorset


s.p. 6 Aug 1799


Ensign, 1st Foot Guards 1760; Lieut and Capt 1768; retired 1773


On the death of the 3rd Earl of Strafford the Earldom of Strafford became extinct.


 First written 25 Jun 2005



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