John Waldegrave, 3rd Earl Waldegrave
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John Waldegrave, 3rd Earl Waldegrave (28 April 1718 – 22 October 1784) was a British politician and soldier.
Waldegrave was the youngest son of the 1st Earl Waldegrave. He joined the 1st Regiment of Foot in 1735, rising to the rank of Captain in 1739. He became a Lieutenant-Colonel in the 3rd Regiment of Foot in 1743 and fought in 1745 at the Battle of Fontenoy, where he was wounded.
Seven Years' War
He became a Member of Parliament (MP) for Orford in 1747 and for Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1754. He nevertheless continued his military career alongside his political one, becoming a Major General in 1757 and fighting at the Battle of Minden in 1759. he became a Lieutenant-General that year and fought at the Battle of Warburg in 1760. He later became a full General in 1772.
Waldegrave was a Groom of the Bedchamber from 1760–63 and upon the death of his elder brother James Waldegrave, 2nd Earl Waldegrave without male heirs in 1763, Waldegrave inherited his titles and estates, including the family seat at Chewton Mendip.
He died in 1784. On 7 May 1751, he had married Lady Elizabeth Leveson-Gower, a younger daughter of the 1st Earl Gower and they had four children:
- Hon. George Waldegrave (1751–1789)
- Hon. William Waldegrave (1753–1825)
- Lady Elizabeth Waldegrave (1758–1823)
- Lady Caroline Waldegrave (1765–1831)
|Ancestors of John Waldegrave, 3rd Earl Waldegrave|
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
- Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. Article on his brother James, John as subarticle. .
- Stirnet: Waldegrave1 (subscription required)