Edward Villiers (c.1620 - c.1689) MP

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Nicknames: "Governor", "Knight Marshal of the Household"
Birthplace: Brooksby, Leicestershire, England
Death: Died
Managed by: Heather (Fachet) Bond
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About Edward Villiers

From Darryl Lundy's Peerage page on Edward Villiers:


Sir Edward Villiers was baptised on 15 April 1620.[2] He was the son of Sir Edward Villiers and Barbara St. John.[2]

He married, firstly, Lady Frances Howard, daughter of Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk and Elizabeth Home.[1]

He married, secondly, Martha Love on 25 February 1683/84.[2]

He died circa July 1689.[2] He was buried on 2 July 1689.[2]

Sir Edward Villiers was invested as a Knight in 1680.[2]

He held the office of Governor of Tynemouth Castle.[2] He held the office of Knight Marshal of the Household.[1]

He lived at Richmond, Surrey, England.[2]

Children of Sir Edward Villiers and Lady Frances Howard

  • 1.Anne Villiers+ d. 30 Nov 16883
  • 2.Elizabeth Villiers+ d. 19 Apr 17332
  • 3.Katherine Villiers 2
  • 4.Colonel Henry Villiers+ d. 18 Aug 17072
  • 5.Barbara Villiers+ d. 19 Sep 17084
  • 6.Henrietta Villiers+ d. 1 Feb 1719/201
  • 7.Mary Villiers+ d. 17 Apr 17532
  • 8.Edward Villiers, 1st Earl of the Island of Jersey+ b. c 1656, d. 25 Aug 17111


  • 1.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 293. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2.[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, page 2096. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • 3.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 456.
  • 4.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume III, page 188


From the English Wikipedia page on Edward Villiers:


Sir Edward Villiers (1620 – 2 July 1689), the fourth son of Sir Edward Villiers and Barbara St. John, half-nephew to George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham. Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, considered him to be a man of "dilligence and dexterity" and referred to him as "honest Ned".

He became a colonel, having served against the Scots in 1640 and he was wounded at the First Battle of Newbury in 1643. He was also employed to carry confidential dispatches and served under Sir Richard Willys as governor of Newark before Lord John Belasyse was appointed in his place.

After the end of the First English Civil War, he was implicated in a plot to assist the escape of the Duke of York (the later James II) but was not convicted and took no part in the Second English Civil War and lived abroad, 1649 to 1652.

Marriage and Family

He married Frances Howard, herself the youngest daughter of Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk and Elizabeth Hume. They had the following children:

  • 1. Anne Villiers (d. 30 November 1688) married William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland (1649–1709) on 1 February 1678
  • 2. Katherine Villiers married firstly Louis James le Vasseur, Marquis de Puissar (d. 1701) on 20 July 1685. She married secondly William Villiers (d. 7 September 1723) son of George Villiers, 4th Viscount Grandison of Limerick and Lady Mary Leigh, in 1702.
  • 3. Henry Villiers (1658 - 18 August 1707). Father of Henry Villiers (d. 1753) and Catherine Villiers (d. 1764), who married John Craster, Esq. on 17 January 1727.
  • 4. Mary Villiers (d. 17 Apr 1753) married William O'Brien, 3rd Earl of Inchiquin, son of William O'Brien, 2nd Earl of Inchiquin and Lady Margaret Boyle, in April 1691.
  • 5. Henrietta Villiers (1653 - 1 Feb 1720) married John Campbell, 2nd Earl of Breadalbane and Holland, son of John Campbell, 1st Earl of Breadalbane and Holland, and Lady Mary Rich, on 23 May 1695. They had one son and two daughters.
  • 6. Barbara Villiers (1654-1708) married John Berkeley, 4th Viscount Fitzharding of Berehaven (1650-19 December 1712) They had two daughters.
  • 7. Elizabeth Villiers (1657 - 9 April 1733) married George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney (1666-1736/37) on 25 November 1695.
  • 8. Edward Villiers, 1st Earl of Jersey (1656–1711) married Barbara Chiffinch, daughter of William Chiffinch, on 17 December 1681. They had one son and one daughter.

He married Martha Love on 25 February 1683/84.


Royalist Conspiracy in England 1649-1660, David Underdown, Yale University Press, 1960, pages 81 to 82.

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Sir Edward Villiers, Knight Marshal of the Household's Timeline

April 15, 1620
Brooksby, Leicestershire, England
April 15, 1620
Brooksby, Leicestershire, England
Age 30
Age 33
Age 34
Probably Richmond, Surrey, England
Age 35
Richmond, Surrey, England
Age 49
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Age 59
February 25, 1684
Age 63
July 2, 1689
Age 69