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William Craven, 1st Earl of Craven

Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Death: June 30, 1825 (54)
England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Craven, 6th Baron Craven and Lady Elizabeth Craven
Husband of Louisa, Countess of Craven
Father of William Craven, 2nd Earl of Craven; Hon George Augustus Craven; Hon Frederick Keppel Craven and Louisa Elizabeth Frederica Craven
Brother of Keppel Richard Craven; Maria Molyneux, Countess of Sefton; Honorable Arabella Craven of St John and Honorable Henry Augustus Berkeley Craven

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About William Craven, 1st Earl of Craven


Major-General William Craven, 1st Earl of Craven (28 September 1770 – 30 July 1825) was a British soldier.


Craven was the eldest son of William Craven, 6th Baron Craven, and succeeded his father as seventh Baron Craven in 1791. He served in the Army and achieved the rank of major-general. In 1801 he was created Viscount Uffington, in the County of Berkshire, and Earl of Craven, in the County of York. The earldom was a revival of the title held by his 17th-century kinsman and namesake William Craven, 1st Earl of Craven.

Craven later served as Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire from 1819 to 1826. He mostly resided at Coombe Abbey, near Coventry in Warwickshire and occasionally at Hamstead Marshall in Berkshire. He is not entirely forgotten — Harriette Wilson begins her famous memoir, "I shall not say why and how I became, at the age of fifteen, the mistress of the Earl of Craven."

Craven married Louisa Brunton in 1807. He died in July 1825, aged 54, and was succeeded in his titles by his son William.

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William Craven, 1st Earl of Craven's Timeline

September 1, 1770
Greater London, England, United Kingdom
August 18, 1809
Age 38
August 15, 1810
Age 39
April 11, 1812
Age 41
May 11, 1814
Age 43
June 30, 1825
Age 54
England, United Kingdom