William Feilding, 7th Earl of Denbigh
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Background and education
Feilding was the eldest son of William Feilding, Viscount Feilding and his wife, Anne Catherine Powys. He was born at Berwick House (his maternal grandparents' family seat) near Shrewsbury, Shropshire, and educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated MA in 1816.
In 1799, Feilding's father died and his grandfather also a year later, whereupon Feilding inherited the latter's title.
From 1830, Lord Denbigh was a Gentleman of the Bedchamber to William IV. In 1833, he was made a GCH, admitted to the Privy Council and transferred to Queen Adelaide's Household, first as her Lord Chamberlain, then as Master of the Horse. He was made a DL for Warwickshire in 1825 and received honorary degree from Oxford University as DCL in 1835.
Lord Denbigh married Lady Mary Elizabeth Kitty Moreton, daughter of Thomas Reynolds-Moreton, 1st Earl of Ducie, on 8 May 1822. They had eleven children:
- Rudolph William Basil, Viscount Feilding, later 8th Earl of Denbigh (1823–1892) (maternal grandfather of Simon Elwes, great-grandfather of Dominick Elwes and great-great-grandfather of Cary Elwes, Damian Elwes and Cassian Elwes).
- Lady Mary Frances Catherine (twin, 1823–1896)
- Lady Augusta Emily Julia (1825–1848)
- Hon. Percy Robert Basil (1827–1904), soldier.
- Lady Jane Lissey Harriet (1829–1912), married Capt. Theophilus John Levett of Wychnor Hall.
- Hon. Geoffrey William Penn (1832–1843)
- Hon. Charles William Alexander (1833–1893), clergyman.
- Hon. William Henry Adelbert (1836–1895), soldier.
- Lady Adelaide Emily (1836–1870), married Charles Archibald Murray.
- Lady Ida Matilda Alice (1840–1915), married William Malcolm Low, Esq. (parents-in-law of Sir William Mount, 1st Baronet and great-great-grandparents of former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron).
- Lady Kathleen Elizabeth Mary Julia (1842–1882), married Charles Meysey Bolton Clive.
Lord Denbigh died in 1865 and his titles passed to his eldest son, Rudolph.
- "Feilding, William Basil Percy, Earl of Denbigh (FLDN814WB)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Denbigh
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