James Grimston, 2nd Earl of Verulam

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James Walter Grimston, 2nd Earl of Verulam (20 February 1809 – 27 July 1895), known as Viscount Grimston from 1815 to 1845, was a British peer and Conservative politician. He was the eldest son of James Walter Grimston, 1st Earl of Verulam, and Lady Charlotte Jenkinson. He succeeded his father as 2nd Earl of Verulam in November 1845.

In 1860, The Times noted that Grimston was one of only three to hold peerages in all three Kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland.[1]


Lord Verulam married Elizabeth Joanna Weyland, daughter of Richard Weyland, in 1844. They had six children:

Lord Verulam died in July 1895, aged 86, and was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son James.

Politics and business[edit]

Verulam was elected to the House of Commons for St Albans in 1830, a seat he held until 1831, and then represented Newport, Cornwall from 1831 to 1832 and Hertfordshire from 1832 to 1845. The latter year Verulam succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords. He later served in the first two administrations of the Earl of Derby as a Lord-in-Waiting (government whip in the House of Lords) in 1852 and from 1858 to 1859. Between 1845 and 1892 he also held the honorary post of Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, in succession to his father.

Grimston owned property in Jamaica, and following the abolition of the slave trade, between 1836 and 1837 he was associated with claims of £7,359 18s 4d in compensation for the loss of 376 slaves.[2]


Verulam played first-class cricket as a right-handed batsman (RHB). He was mainly associated with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), making 21 appearances from 1830 to 1849. In contemporary scorecards to 1845, he was given as Lord Grimston.[3]

Several members of his family were first-class cricketers too: three of his brothers Edward, Robert and Francis all played, as did his nephews Walter Grimston and Lord Hyde.


  1. ^ The Times, 9 February 1860; Peers of the Three Kingdoms.
  2. ^ http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/person/view/46379
  3. ^ Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volumes 2–4 (1827–1854), Lillywhite, 1862


  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Christopher Smith
John Easthope
Member of Parliament for St Albans
With: Charles Tennant
Succeeded by
Sir Francis Vincent
Richard Godson
Preceded by
Jonathan Raine
Sir Henry Hardinge
Member of Parliament for Newport, Cornwall
With: Sir Henry Hardinge
Constituency abolished
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Sir John Saunders Sebright
Nicolson Calvert
Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire
With: Sir John Saunders Sebright 1832–35
Nicolson Calvert 1832–35
Abel Smith 1835–45
Rowland Alston 1835–41
Granville Dudley Ryder 1841–45
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Abel Smith
Granville Dudley Ryder
Thomas Plumer Halsey
Political offices
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The Lord Camoys
Honorary titles
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The Earl of Verulam
Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire
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The Earl of Clarendon
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Walter Grimston
Earl of Verulam
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James Walter Grimston