William Capell, 4th Earl of Essex
Capell was the son of William Capell, 3rd Earl of Essex (1696–1743), by his marriage to Lady Elizabeth Russell, a daughter of Wriothesley Russell, 2nd Duke of Bedford (1680–1711). He was born in 1732 in Turin.
In 1770 he was made the last Master of the Staghounds.
The Earl of Essex married firstly Frances Hanbury-Williams the daughter of Charles Hanbury Williams (1709–1757) of Coldbroke, Monmouthshire) and of Lady Francis Coningsby (1707–1781) of Hampton Court, Herefordshire. Several years after her death in 1759 he married secondly Harriet Bladen (1735–1821), the daughter of Colonel Thomas Bladen of Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset.
By his first wife he had three children: Elizabeth (1755–1834), who married John Monson, 3rd Lord Monson; George (1757–1839), who married three times; and finally Frances (14–19 July 1759), who died shortly after her mother gave birth to her in 1759. George and his sister Elizabeth were painted in a double-portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds in 1768, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
- Charles Mosley, ed., Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, (107th edition, 2003), vol. 1, p. 1348
- Debrett's Peerage of England, Scotland, and Ireland. revised, corrected and continued by G. W. Collen
- Official Baronage by Doyle
- The Earls of Essex, their wives and children at Cassiobury House, Cassiobury Collection, Watford Museum
- Visitation of Worcestershire
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