Walter Devereux, 5th Viscount Hereford

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Sir Walter Devereux (1578 – ca. 1658) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1614 and 1624 and became the 5th Viscount Hereford, a peer in the peerage of England.

Devereux was the son of Sir Edward Devereux, 1st Baronet of Castle Bromwich Hall and his wife Catherine (née Arden) Devereux and the grandson of Walter Devereux, 1st Viscount Hereford. He succeeded his father in 1622 as 2nd Baronet and succeeded his first cousin twice removed, Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex in 1646 as the 5th Viscount Hereford.

He was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Stafford in 1614. In 1621 he was elected MP for Marlborough, in 1624 MP for Worcestershire and in 1625 MP for Worcester.[1] He served as High Sheriff of Worcestershire in 1625. When Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex died in 1646, Devereux inherited his Hereford Viscountcy, but not the Earldom of Essex, which became extinct. He was named by the Lords as Lord Lieutenant of Monmouthshire in 1646 and a member of the Radnorshire militia committee in 1648.[2]

Devereux married twice, firstly, Elizabeth Baspole, daughter of Robert Baspole and secondly, Elizabeth Knightley, daughter of Thomas Knightley. With the latter he had three sons:

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
George Craddock
Arthur Ingram
Member of Parliament for Stafford
1614
With: Thomas Gibbs
Succeeded by
Matthew Craddock
Richard Dyott
Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Marlborough
1621-1622
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Lyttelton
Sir Samuel Sandys
Member of Parliament for Worcestershire
1624
With: Sir Thomas Lyttelton
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Lyttelton
William Russell
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Robert Devereux
Viscount Hereford
1646–1658
Succeeded by
Leicester Devereux
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Edward Devereux
Baronet
1622-1658
Succeeded by
Leicester Devereux