William Craven, 4th Earl of Craven

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William George Robert Craven, 4th Earl of Craven OBE (16 December 1868 – 10 July 1921), styled Viscount Uffington from 1868 to 1883, was a British peer and Liberal politician.

Early life[edit]

Craven was the eldest son of the 3rd Earl of Craven (1841–1883) and his wife Hon. Evelyn Laura Barrington (1848–1924), the second daughter of George Barrington, 7th Viscount Barrington (1824–1886).


He succeeded his father as fourth Earl of Craven in 1883 at the age of fourteen, and later took his seat on the Liberal benches in the House of Lords.

He was succeeded by his eldest son, William, Viscount Uffington upon his death in 1921.


In 1911, he was appointed Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard in the Liberal administration of H. H. Asquith, a post he held until 1915. He was also Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire between 1913 and 1921.

Personal life[edit]

On 18 April 1893, Lord Craven married sixteen year-old Cornelia Martin, (1877-1961), the only daughter of a wealthy American banker, Bradley Martin at Grace Church, New York City. The marriage brought him property in Mayfair. They had:

In 1921, whilst racing at Cowes Week, and although a strong swimmer, Lord Craven fell overboard and drowned at age 52. His body was washed ashore on 12 July 1921.

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Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Allendale
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
1911 – 1915
Succeeded by
The Lord Suffield
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Marquess of Northampton
Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire
1913 – 1921
Succeeded by
The Lord Leigh
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Craven
Earl of Craven
1883 – 1921
Succeeded by
William Craven