James Annesley, 2nd Earl of Anglesey

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James Annesley, 2nd Earl of Anglesey FRS (c. 1645 – 1 April 1690), styled Lord Annesley from 1661 to 1686, was a British peer.

He was the son of Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Anglesey and Elizabeth Altham. He matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford University, on 4 December 1661.

He married Lady Elizabeth Manners, daughter of John Manners, 8th Earl of Rutland and Frances Montagu, on 17 September 1669.[1] They had children:

He died intestate and the administration of his estate in England and Ireland, with a value estimated at £4,000 per annum, was granted to his widow on 6 June 1690.

He was briefly a Whig member of parliament for County Waterford in 1666, after his brother-in-law, Richard Power succeeded in his father's (Irish) peerage.[2] He was elected to the English seat of Winchester in the parliaments of May and October 1679, and again in 1681. He was a Justice of the Peace for Hampshire and Surrey (1674–81), colonel of the Hampshire militia (1675–81), Custos Rotulorum of Hampshire(1675–81) and a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire (1680–81).[2]

On 6 April 1686 Annesley succeeded to his father's peerages of Baron Mountnorris and Earl of Anglesey, in Wales [E., 1661], Baron Annesley, of Newport Pagnel, Buckinghamshire [E., 1661] and Viscount Valentia.[3] [4]

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Lawrence Hyde
Sir Robert Holmes
Member of Parliament for Winchester
1679–1681
With: Sir John Cloberry
Succeeded by
Roger L'Estrange
Charles Hanses
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Marquess of Winchester
Custos Rotulorum of Hampshire
1676–1681
Succeeded by
The Lord Noel
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Arthur Annesley
Earl of Anglesey
1686–1690
Succeeded by
James Annesley
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Arthur Annesley
Viscount Valentia
1686–1690
Succeeded by
James Annesley