George Greville, 4th Earl of Warwick

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George Guy Greville, Lord Brooke, as a Child, by John Bradley, c. 1819

George Guy Greville, 4th Earl of Warwick, 4th Earl Brooke (28 March 1818 – 2 December 1893), styled Lord Brooke from 1818 to 1853, was an English Tory politician.


Greville was born in Charles Street, Berkeley Square, London. He was the only child of Henry Greville, 3rd Earl of Warwick, and Lady Sarah Elizabeth Savile, eldest son of John Savile, 2nd Earl of Mexborough.[1] He was educated at St John's College, Oxford, from where he obtained a BA in 1839.[1] He was Member of Parliament (MP) for South Warwickshire from 1845 to 1853, when he succeeded to the peerage.[1] He served as honorary colonel to the Warwickshire Yeomanry cavalry, and as A.D.C. to Queen Victoria.[2]

On 18 February 1852, he married Anne Charteris (1829–1903),[1] daughter of Francis Wemyss-Charteris, 9th Earl of Wemyss. They had four children: Francis (1853–1924), Alwyn (1854–1929), Louis (1866–1927) and Sydney (1866–1927).[2]

He joined the Canterbury Association on 11 February 1850 and was, from the day of joining, a member of the management committee. He died at Warwick Castle on 2 December 1893.[1]


George was also a prolific contributor to the improvements of Warwick Castle during the nineteenth century. He oversaw the redecoration of the castle's Great Hall and domestic apartments after the fire of 1871. The celebrated architect Anthony Salvin was employed to rebuild the hall in the typical Victorian 'Gothic' taste, embellished with stain glass to achieve the effect of a medieval baronial hall. The domestic apartments were also redesigned, with each room assigned a different 'historical' style, typical of the nineteenth century interest in the 'Romantic Interior'. He was thought of as being extremely creative with his designs.

George was also a great collector of arms and armour, most of which was purchased through the legendary New Bond Street dealer and forger Samuel Luke Pratt (1805–1878). Many of the greatest pieces were acquired by Pratt from the dispersed collection of Samuel Rush Meyrick and later sold to Greville. Alongside original pieces Pratt sold the Earl several 'fake' pieces of armour, a practise that was fairly common place of dealers in Antique furniture and arms and armour.

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  1. ^ a b c d e Bain, Rev. Michael (2007). The Canterbury Association (1848-1852): A Study of Its Members’ Connections (PDF). Christchurch: Project Canterbury. p. 37. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Burke, Sir Bernard, (1938 ed) Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage. Shaw, London. p.2519
  • Boase, F., Modern English biography, 6 vols, 1892–1921

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir John Mordaunt
Evelyn John Shirley
Member of Parliament for South Warwickshire
With: Evelyn John Shirley to 1849
Lord Guernsey from 1849
Succeeded by
Evelyn Philip Shirley
Lord Guernsey
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Henry Greville
Earl of Warwick
4th creation
Succeeded by
Francis Greville