William Villiers, 3rd Earl of Jersey

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Coat of arms of the 3rd Earl of Jersey at Middleton Stoney church, impaled with the arms of Egerton, his in-laws
Portrait of Anne by Godfrey Kneller

William Villiers, 3rd Earl of Jersey, 6th Viscount Grandison, PC (died 28 August 1769) was an English peer and politician from the Villiers family.


Middleton Park c. 1830

He was the son of William Villiers, 2nd Earl of Jersey. Among other achievements, Villiers was a founding Governor of the Foundling Hospital, a charity which received its royal charter on 17 October 1739 to operate an orphanage for abandoned children in London.

On 23 June 1733, he married Anne Russell, Dowager Duchess of Bedford (c.1704/1709–1762). She was the daughter of Scroop Egerton, 1st Duke of Bridgwater, and widow of Wriothesley Russell, 3rd Duke of Bedford. They had two sons, but only one survived them:

He commissioned the building of the previous Middleton Park, in Middleton Stoney, Oxfordshire.


  • thepeerage.com Retrieved 5 September 2009: William Villiers, 3rd Earl of the Island of Jersey
Legal offices
Preceded by
The Lord Cornwallis
Justice in Eyre
south of the Trent

1740 – 1746
Succeeded by
The Earl of Halifax
Peerage of England
Preceded by
William Villiers
Earl of Jersey
1721 – 1769
Succeeded by
George Villiers
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
John Villiers
Viscount Grandison
1st creation
1766 – 1769
Succeeded by
George Villiers