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2nd Viscount Gradison William Villiers, 2nd Viscount Grandison

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Death: September 30, 1643 (28-29)
Battle of Newbury
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Edward Villiers, Kt. and Barbara Villiers
Husband of Hon. Mary Bayning
Father of Barbara Villiers, 1st Duchess of Cleveland (Royal Mistress of Charles II)
Brother of Anne Villiers; Eleanor Villiers; George Villiers, 4th Viscount Grandison; Sir Edward Villiers, Knight Marshal of the Household; Barbara Villiers and 3 others

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About William Villiers, 2nd Viscount Grandison

  • 'William Villiers, 2nd Viscount Grandison of Limerick1
  • 'M, #105608, b. 1614, d. 30 September 1643
  • Last Edited=27 Apr 2011
  • 'William Villiers, 2nd Viscount Grandison of Limerick was born in 1614.3 He was the son of Sir Edward Villiers and Barbara St. John.1 He married Hon. Mary Bayning, daughter of Paul Bayning, 1st Viscount Bayning of Sudbury and Anne Glemham, on 31 October 1639.1 He died on 30 September 1643, from wounds received in action.1
  • ' He succeeded to the title of 2nd Viscount Grandison of Limerick, co. Leitrim [I., 1621] on 30 December 1630.1 He was invested as a Knight in 1638.1 He fought in the English Civil War, as a Royalist.1 He fought in the Siege of Bristol on 26 September 1643.1
  • 'Child of William Villiers, 2nd Viscount Grandison of Limerick and Hon. Mary Bayning
    • 1.Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland+4 b. 17 Nov 1640, d. 9 Oct 1709
  • Citations
  • 1.[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 2095. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • 2.[S3409] Caroline Maubois, "re: Penancoet Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 2 December 2008. Hereinafter cited as "re: Penancoet Family."
  • 3.[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 VI, page 72. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 4.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume III, page 91.
  • From: http://thepeerage.com/p10561.htm#i105608
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  • Viscount Grandison of Limerick, is a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created in 1620 for Sir Oliver St John, the Lord Deputy of Ireland, with special remainder to the male issue of his niece Barbara, wife of Sir Edward Villiers, elder half-brother of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, Christopher Villiers, 1st Earl of Anglesey and John Villiers, 1st Viscount Purbeck. In 1626 he was also created Baron Tregoz in the Peerage of England, with normal remainder to the heirs male of his body. St John was the descendant and namesake of Oliver St John, whose elder brother Sir John St John was the ancestor of the Barons St John of Bletso and the Earls of Bolingbroke. Moreover, St John's nephew Sir John St John, 1st Baronet, of Lydiard Tregoze, was the ancestor of the Viscounts Bolingbroke and the Viscounts St John. On Lord Grandison' death in 1630 the barony of Tregoz became extinct as he left no male heirs. He was succeeded in the viscountcy according to the special remainder by 'William Villiers, the eldest son of Barbara and Sir Edward Villiers'.
  • 'William was a supporter of King Charles I and died of wounds received at the Battle of Bristol in 1643. His daughter the Hon. Barbara Villiers, became the mistress of King Charles II and was created Duchess of Cleveland in 1670. Lord Grandison had no sons and was succeeded in the viscountcy by his younger brother, the third Viscount'. He died childless and was succeeded by his younger brother, the fourth Viscount. On his death the title passed to his grandson, the fifth Viscount. He was the son of Brigadier-General the Hon. Edward Villiers (d. 1693), eldest son of the fourth Viscount. In 1721 Lord Grandison was created Earl Grandison in the Peerage of Ireland. However, he left no surviving male heirs and the earldom became extinct on his death, while he was succeeded in the viscountcy by his second cousin William Villiers, 3rd Earl of Jersey, who became the sixth Viscount Grandison. Lord Jersey was the great-grandson of Sir Edward Villiers, fifth son of Barbara and Sir Edward Villiers. See the Earl of Jersey for further history of the viscountcy. .....
  • Viscounts Grandison; First creation (1620)
    • Oliver St John, 1st Viscount Grandison (c. 1560–1630)
    • 'William Villiers, 2nd Viscount Grandison (1614–1643)
    • John Villiers, 3rd Viscount Grandison (d. c. 1661)
    • George Villiers, 4th Viscount Grandison (c. 1617–1699) (maternal grandfather of Pitt the Elder)
    • John Villiers, 5th Viscount Grandison (1692–1766) .....
  • From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viscount_Grandison
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  • Viscount Bayning, of Sudbury in the County of Suffolk, was a title in the Peerage of England. It was created on 8 March 1628 for Paul Bayning, 1st Baron Bayning. He had already been created a Baronet, of Bentley Parva in the County of Essex, in the Baronetage of England on 24 September 1611,[1] and Baron Bayning, of Horkesley in the County of Essex, on 27 February 1628, also in the Peerage of England. He was succeeded by his son, the second Viscount. On his early death in 1638 the titles became extinct.
  • The substantial Bayning estates in Essex and Sussex devolved on the Honourable Anne Bayning, daughter of the first Viscount. In 1674 the viscountcy was revived in favour when she was made Viscountess Bayning, of Foxley in the County of Berkshire, for life, in the Peerage of England. She was the wife of firstly Henry Murray, Groom of the Bedchamber to Charles I, and secondly of Sir John Baber. The life peerage became extinct on her death in 1678. The Bayning title was revived once again in 1797 in favour of the Viscountess Bayning's great-great-grandson Charles Townshend, who was made Baron Bayning in the Peerage of Great Britain. See this title for more information.
  • The Honourable Elizabeth Bayning, daughter of the first Viscount, married Francis Lennard, 14th Baron Dacre, and was created Countess of Sheppey for life in 1680. 'The Honourable Mary Bayning, daughter of the first Viscount, married William Villiers, 2nd Viscount Grandison, and was the mother of Barbara, Duchess of Cleveland, mistress of Charles II'.
  • Viscount Bayning (1628)
  • Paul Bayning, 1st Viscount Bayning (1588–1629)
  • Paul Bayning, 2nd Viscount Bayning (1616–1638)
  • Viscountess Bayning (1674)
  • Anne Baber, Viscountess Bayning (1619–1678)
  • See also
  • Baron Bayning
  • Duke of Cleveland
  • References
  • 1.^ George Edward Cockayne Complete baronetage Volume 1 1900
  • Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source?][better source needed]
  • From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viscount_Bayning
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  • Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland, Countess of Castlemaine, also known as Lady Castlemaine (27 November [O.S. 17 November] 1640[1] – 9 October 1709) was an English courtesan and perhaps the most notorious of the many mistresses of King Charles II of England, by whom she had five children .....
  • Born Barbara Villiers at the parish of St. Margaret's, Westminster, London, she was the only child of the '2nd Viscount Grandison, William Villiers (a half-nephew of the 1st Duke of Buckingham), and his wife, Mary Bayning, heiress of the 1st Viscount Bayning. On 20 September 1643, her father died in the English Civil War from a wound sustained at the Battle of Newbury while fighting for the Royalists. He had spent his considerable fortune on horses and ammunition for his Cavalier regiment; his widow and daughter were left in straitened circumstances. Shortly after Lord Grandison's death, Barbara's mother the Lady Mary remarried to Charles Villiers, 2nd Earl of Anglesey, a cousin of her late husband'.[3]
  • Upon the 1649 execution of King Charles I, the impoverished Villiers clan ....
  • From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Villiers,_1st_Duchess_of_Cleve...
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William Villiers, 2nd Viscount Grandison's Timeline

London, United Kingdom
November 17, 1640
St. Margarets, Greater London, England (United Kingdom)
September 30, 1643
Age 29
Battle of Newbury