Person:Willem van Keppel (1)

Willem Anne van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle
d.22 Dec 1754 Paris, France
  1. Willem Anne van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle1702 - 1754
  • HWillem Anne van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle1702 - 1754
  • WLady Anne Lennox1703 - 1789
m. 1723
  1. George Keppel, 3rd Earl of Albemarle1724 - 1772
  2. Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel1725 - 1786
  3. William Keppel1727 - 1782
  4. Frederick Keppel1728 - 1777
  5. Lady Elizabeth Keppel1739 - 1768
Facts and Events
Name Willem Anne van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 5 Jun 1702 Whitehall, London, England
Marriage 1723 Englandto Lady Anne Lennox
Death[1][2] 22 Dec 1754 Paris, Franceage 52 - died suddenly
Reference Number? Q4019904?
Burial[2] London, EnglandSouth Audley street
  1. 1.0 1.1 Willem van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.

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    Lieutenant-General Willem Anne van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle KG, KB, PC, ADC (5 June 1702 – 22 December 1754) was a British diplomat and courtier.

    Willem was born on 5 June 1702 at Whitehall Palace, London, the son of the 1st Earl of Albemarle and was baptised on 16 June 1702 in St Martin-in-the-Fields with Queen Anne as one of his godparents.

    On 21 February 1722, he married Lady Anne Lennox (24 June 1703 – 20 October 1789), a daughter of the 1st Duke of Richmond (and a granddaughter of King Charles II through an illegitimate line), at Caversham, Oxfordshire (now Berkshire) and they had six children:

    Willem fought in the Battle of Dettingen in 1743, was Colonel of the 29th Regiment of Foot 1731–1733 and Coldstream Guards from 1744 and 1754, fighting in the Battle of Fontenoy in 1745 and the Battle of Culloden in 1746.

    From 1722–1751 he was a Lord of the Bedchamber to George I and George II, and Groom of the Stole 1751–1754. In 1725 he was made a Knight of the Bath (KB) but resigned that honour in 1750 to become a Knight of the Garter. At its creation in 1739, he was a founding Governor of the Foundling Hospital in London. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1751.

    He died on 22 December 1754, aged 52 in Paris, France and was buried on 21 February 1755 in Grosvenor Chapel on South Audley Street, London. Nancy Mitford remarks that given his love of all things French, it was perhaps a blessing that he died before the Seven Years' War broke out. The French in turn admired his love of life- " Albemarle aimait son plaisir "- and his wit- when a rapacious mistress admired the beauty of the stars he replied that unfortunately he was unable to buy them for her.

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Tyler, Lyon Gardiner. Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography. (New York, New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co., c1915), 1:61.

    Keppel, William Anne, second Earl of Albemarle and titular governor of Virginia from the death of George Hamilton, Earl of Orkney, 1737, to his own death in 1754, son of Arnold Joost Van Keppel, first earl, and his wife Geertruid Johanna Quirina vander Duyn, was born at Whitehall, June 5, 1702; was baptized at the Chapel Royal, Queen Anne being his godmother, (hence his name Anne); was educated in Holland and on his return to England (as Viscount Bury) was appointed August 25, 1717, captain and lieutenant of the grenadier company of the Coldstream Guards. In 1718 he succeeded to his father's title and estates, and in 1722, at his family seat in Guelderland, entertained the Bishop of Munster. In 1725 he was made Knight of the Bath; in 1727 aide-de-camp to the king; and November 22, 1731, was appointed to the colonecy of the 29th Foot, then at Gibraltar, which he held until May 7, 1733, when he was appointed colonel of the third troop of Horse Guards. he was made governor of Virginia in 1737, a brigadier-general July 1739, major-general February, 1742, and was transferred to the colonelcy of the Coldstream Guards in October, 1744. He went to Flanders with Lord Stair in 1742, and was a general on the staff at Dettingen, where he had a horse shot under him, and at Fontenoy, where he was wounded. He commanded the first line of Cumberland's army at Culloden, and was again on the staff in Flanders and present at the battle of Val. At the peace of 1748 he was sent as ambassador extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Paris, and was appointed commander-in-chief in North Britain, and in 1749 was made Knight of the Garter. The year after he was made groom of the stole and a privy councillor, and in 1752 was one of the lords justices during the king's absence in Hanover. In 1754 he was sent back to Paris to demand the liberation of some British subjects detained by the French in America, and died in Paris suddenly December 22, 1754. His remains were brought over and buried in the chapel in South Audley street, London. Albemarle married, in 1723, Lady Anne Lennox, daughter of Charles, first duke of Richmond, and by her had eight sons and seven daughters.

    Albemarle Sound in North Carolina, Albemarle parish in Sussex county, Virginia, and Albemarle county in the same state, were named in his honor.