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Originally appearing in Volume V28, Page 254 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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GEORGE, 4th Earl Waldegrave (1751-1789), the eldest son of the 3rd earl, was a soldier and a member of parliament. His SOnS, GEORGE (1784-1794) and JOHN JAMES (1785-1835), Were the 5th and 6th earls. In 1797 the 6th earl inherited from Horace Walpole his famous residence, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, but his son, GEORGE EDWARD, the 7th earl (1816-1846), was obliged in 1842 to sell the valuable treasures collected there. His wife, Frances, Countess Waldegrave (1821-1879), a daughter of the singer John Braham, was a prominent figure in society. He was her second husband, and after his death she married George Granville Vernon Harcourt of Nuneham Park, Oxford-shire, and later Chichester Fortescue, Baron Carlingford. The 7th earl was succeeded by his uncle William (1788-1859), a son of the 4th earl, and in 1859 William's grandson, WILLIAM FREDERICK (b. 1851), became the 9th earl.
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