Henry Waldegrave, 1st Baron Waldegrave

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The Lord Waldegrave
English Ambassador to France
In office
Preceded byBevil Skelton
Succeeded byThe Earl of Portland
Comptroller of the Household
In office
Preceded byThe Lord Maynard
Succeeded byThe Lord Wharton
Personal details
Henry Waldegrave

Died24 January 1689(1689-01-24) (aged 27–28)
(m. 1683)
Children3, including James

Henry Waldegrave, 1st Baron Waldegrave (1661 – 24 January 1689) was an English peer and Jacobite supporter.

Early life[edit]

He was the son of Sir Charles Waldegrave, 3rd Baronet and Eleanor, Lady Waldegrave (née Englefield), a daughter of Sir Francis Englefield, 2nd Baronet.[1]


Hever Castle

Waldegrave inherited his father's title, becoming 4th Baronet Waldegrave, of Hever Castle, in about 1684.[2] As a result of his marriage, he was raised to the peerage as Baron Waldegrave, of Chewton, Somerset, in 1686.[3]

He became Comptroller of the Household in 1687 and continued in this office at the King's court-in-exile at Saint-Germain-en-Laye, until his death in 1689.[4] In 1688, he was appointed to succeed Bevil Skelton as the English Ambassador to France,[5] serving until 1689.[6]

Personal life[edit]

On 29 November 1683, he married Henrietta FitzJames (1667–1730), an illegitimate daughter of King James II and his mistress, Arabella Churchill (sister of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough). He had three children:[4]

Lord Waldegrave died on 24 January 1689. After his death, his widow married Piers Butler, 3rd Viscount Galmoye.[4]


Through his son James, he was a grandfather of James Waldegrave, 2nd Earl Waldegrave, John Waldegrave, 3rd Earl Waldegrave, and Lady Henrietta Waldegrave (who married Lord Edward Herbert, a son of the 2nd Marquess of Powis; and secondly, John Beard (a singer at Covent Garden).[4] He was also a 7th great grandfather of Diana, Princess of Wales, first wife of Charles III.


  1. ^ Weir, Alison. Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), p. 262.
  2. ^ Lashmore-Davies, Adrian; Goldie, Mark (10 September 2020). The Unpublished Letters of Henry St John, First Viscount Bolingbroke Vol 5. Routledge. p. 1393. ISBN 978-1-000-16206-6.
  3. ^ Walkling, Andrew R. (25 August 2016). Masque and Opera in England, 1656-1688. Taylor & Francis. p. 55. ISBN 978-1-317-09970-3. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d e Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003, volume 3, page 4033, and volume 2, page 1866.
  5. ^ Corp, Edward T. (2004). A Court in Exile: The Stuarts in France, 1689-1718. Cambridge University Press. pp. 110–111. ISBN 978-0-521-58462-3. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  6. ^ Gonthier, Ursula Haskins (30 September 2015). Montesquieu and England: Enlightened Exchanges, 1689–1755. Routledge. p. 74. ISBN 978-1-317-31377-9. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  7. ^ Stephen, Sir Leslie; Lee, Sir Sidney (1903). Dictionary of National Biography. Smith, Elder. p. 1352. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  8. ^ Dod, Charles Roger Phipps (1854). "The" Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage, of Great Britain and Ireland: For ... ; Including All the Titled Classes. Whittaker And Company. p. 664. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
Political offices
Preceded by Comptroller of the Household
Succeeded by
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by English Ambassador to France
Title next held by
The Earl of Portland
Honorary titles
Preceded by Lord Lieutenant of Somerset
Succeeded by
Preceded by Custos Rotulorum of Somerset
Peerage of England
New creation Baron Waldegrave
Succeeded by
Baronetage of England
Preceded by Baronet
(of Hever Castle)
c. 1684–1689
Succeeded by