Willem van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle

Willem van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle

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 an American colonist.

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. [ [http://www.thepeerage.com/p1680.htm Person Page 1680] , "thePeerage." Accessed October 8, 2008.]

On 21 February 1722, he married Lady Anne Lennox, 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:

*George Keppel, 3rd Earl of Albemarle (1724–1772)
*Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel (1725–1786)
*Lt.-Gen. Hon. William Keppel (1727–1782)
*Rt. Rev. Hon. Frederick Keppel (1728–1777)
*Lady Caroline Keppel (1734–?), who married Robert Adair
*Lady Elizabeth Keppel (1739–1768), who married Francis Russell, Marquess of Tavistock

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 Groom of the Stole 1751–1754. In 1725 he was made a Knight of the Bath 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. Willem 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.

Albemarle County, Virginia in the United States is named for him.


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