Walter Devereux, 5th Viscount Hereford

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Sir Walter Devereux, 5th Viscount Hereford, 2nd Baronet of Castle Bromwich (c.1575 – 1656), was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times, between 1614 and 1624, before succeeding to the family Viscountcy in the peerage of England.



The son of Sir Edward Devereux, of Castle Bromwich, Warwickshire, and his wife Catherine née Arden, he was grandson of Sir Walter Devereux, cr. Viscount Hereford in 1550. He succeeded his father in 1622 as 2nd baronet, later inheriting in 1646 the title of his first cousin twice removed as Viscount Hereford.[1]

Devereux previously served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Stafford in 1614, before being elected in 1621 as MP for Marlborough, and in 1624 as MP for Worcestershire then in 1625 MP for Worcester.[2] He also served as High Sheriff of Worcestershire in 1625.

When Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex died in 1646, Sir Walter succeeded as 5th Viscount Hereford, but not to his earldom to which he was not in remainder and which became extinct. Lord Hereford was appointed as Lord Lieutenant of Monmouthshire in 1646 and became a member of the Radnorshire Militia Committee in 1648.[3]


Devereux married twice, firstly, Elizabeth Baspole, daughter of Robert Baspole and secondly, Elizabeth Knightley, daughter of Thomas Knightley. With the latter he had three sons:

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
George Cradock
Arthur Ingram
Member of Parliament for Stafford
With: Thomas Gibbs
Succeeded by
Matthew Cradock
Richard Dyott
Preceded by
Richard Digges
William Seymour, Lord Beauchamp
Member of Parliament for Marlborough
With: Richard Digges
Succeeded by
Richard Digges
Sir Francis Seymour
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Lyttelton
Sir Samuel Sandys
Member of Parliament for Worcestershire
With: Sir Thomas Lyttelton
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Lyttelton
William Russell
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Robert Devereux,
3rd Earl of Essex
Viscount Hereford
Succeeded by
Leicester Devereux,
6th Viscount
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Sir Edward Devereux
Succeeded by
Leicester Devereux,
6th Viscount Hereford