- Willem van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle
Willem was born on
5 June 1702at Whitehall Palace, London, the son of the 1st Earl of Albemarle and was baptised on 16 June 1702in St Martin-in-the-Fieldswith Queen Anne as one of his godparents. [ [http://www.thepeerage.com/p1680.htm Person Page 1680] , "thePeerage." Accessed October 8, 2008.]
21 February 1722, he married Lady Anne Lennox, a daughter of the 1st Duke of Richmond (and a granddaughter of King Charles II through an illegitimate line), at Caversham, Oxfordshire(now Berkshire) and they had six children:
George Keppel, 3rd Earl of Albemarle(1724–1772)
Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel(1725–1786)
*Lt.-Gen. Hon. William Keppel (1727–1782)
*Rt. Rev. Hon.
*Lady Caroline Keppel (1734–?), who married Robert Adair
*Lady Elizabeth Keppel (1739–1768), who married
Francis Russell, Marquess of Tavistock
Willem fought in the
Battle of Dettingenin 1743, was Colonel of the 29th Regiment of Foot1731–1733 and Coldstream Guardsfrom 1744 and 1754, fighting in the Battle of Fontenoyin 1745 and the Battle of Cullodenin 1746.
From 1722–1751 he was a
Lord of the Bedchamberto George I, and Groom of the Stole1751–1754. In 1725 he was made a Knight of the Bath but resigned that honour in 1750 to become a Knight of the Garter. At its creation in 1739, he was a founding Governor of the Foundling Hospitalin London. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1751. Willem died on 22 December 1754, aged 52 in Paris, Franceand was buried on 21 February 1755in Grosvenor Chapelon South Audley Street, London. Albemarle County, Virginiain the United Statesis named for him.
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