William Craven, 1st Earl of Craven (1770–1825)

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William Craven, 1st Earl of Craven (Anne Mee née Foldsone)

Major-General William Craven, 1st Earl of Craven (28 September 1770 – 30 July 1825) was a British soldier.


Craven was the eldest son of William Craven, 6th Baron Craven, and his wife Lady Elizabeth Berkeley, and succeeded his father as seventh Baron Craven in 1791. He served in the Army and achieved the rank of major-general. In 1801 he was created Viscount Uffington, in the County of Berkshire, and Earl of Craven, in the County of York. The earldom was a revival of the title held by his 17th-century kinsman and namesake William Craven, 1st Earl of Craven.[1]

Craven later served as Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire from 1819 to 1826. He mostly resided at Coombe Abbey, near Coventry in Warwickshire and occasionally at Hamstead Marshall in Berkshire. He is not entirely forgotten — Harriette Wilson begins her famous memoir, "I shall not say why and how I became, at the age of fifteen, the mistress of the Earl of Craven."

Craven married Louisa Brunton in 1807.[2] He died in July 1825, aged 54, and was succeeded in his titles by his son William.


  1. ^ The British Imperial Calendar. Winchester and Varnham. 1823. p. 54. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  2. ^ John Britton; James Norris Brewer; Edward Wedlake Brayley; Joseph Nightingale; Frederic Shoberl; John Hodgson; Francis Charles Laird; John Bigland; John Evans; Thomas Rees (1815). The beauties of England and Wales: or, Delineations, topographical, historical, and descriptive, of each county. Verner & Hood. p. 557 note. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Radnor
Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire
Succeeded by
The Earl of Abingdon
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
New Creation
Earl of Craven
Succeeded by
William Craven
Peerage of England
Preceded by
William Craven
Baron Craven
Succeeded by
William Craven