William Craven, 6th Baron Craven

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William Craven, 6th Baron Craven, by Francis Cotes (1726–1770)

William Craven, 6th Baron Craven (11 September 1738 – 26 September 1791) was an English nobleman.

Benham Park

He was the son of Rev John Craven of Staunton Lacy, Shropshire and succeeded his uncle, William Craven, as Baron Craven in 1769.

In 1775, he built Benham Park at the site of Benham Valence in Speen, Berkshire where he lived with his wife, Lady Elizabeth Berkeley, until she left him in 1780 to travel in Europe. They had issue of three sons and four daughters. After his death on 27 September 1791 at age 53 in Lausanne, Switzerland, she married the Margrave of Anspach.

It was Lord Craven who, in 1780, built the original Cottage at what is now an English Premier League stadium Craven Cottage, Fulham.

His children were:[1]

  • William, Major-general in the Army and his heir.
  • Henry Augustus Berkeley (b. 1776), Major-general in the Army
  • Keppel Richard (b. 1779)
  • Elizabeth, married John Edward Maddocks
  • Maria Margaret, married William Molyneux, 2nd Earl of Sefton; she was one of the leaders of London society for many years
  • Georgiana
  • Arabella, married General the Hon. Frederick St John


  1. ^ A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. p. 252.
Honorary titles
Preceded by Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire
Succeeded by
Peerage of England
Preceded by Baron Craven
Succeeded by