Regency Personalities Series
In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency (I include those who were born before 1811 and who died after 1795), today I continue with one of the many period notables.
William Eliot 2nd Earl of St Germans
1 April 1767 – 19 January 1845
William Eliot 2nd Earl of St Germans was born at Port Eliot, Cornwall, the third son of Edward Craggs-Eliot, 1st Baron Eliot and his wife Catherine (née Elliston). He was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge, taking an M.A. in 1786.
From November 1791 until 1793 he was a Secretary of Legation at Berlin, from 1793 to 1794 Secretary of Embassy and Minister Plenipotentiary at The Hague and from 1796 Minister Plenipotentiary to the Elector Palatine and to the Diet of Ratisbon. Eliot also sat as Tory Member of Parliament for St Germans from 1791 to 1802 and for Liskeard from 1802 to 1823 and served as a Lord of the Admiralty from 1800 to 1804 and as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from 1804 to 1805. In 1823 he succeeded his elder brother as second Earl of St Germans and entered the House of Lords.
Lord St Germans married four times.
On 30 November 1797 at Trentham, Staffordshire to Lady Georgina Augusta Leveson-Gower (13 April 1769 – 24 March 1806). Georgina was the daughter of Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford. They had one son and three daughters:
- Edward Granville Eliot, 3rd Earl of St Germans (29 August 1798 – 7 October 1877)
- Lady Caroline Georgina Eliot (27 July 1799 – April 1865)
- Lady Susan Caroline Eliot (12 April 1801 – 15 January 1835)
- Lady Charlotte Sophia Eliot (28 May 1802 – 8 July 1839)
- On 13 February 1809 at Heytesbury, Wiltshire, to Letitia A’Court (d. 20 January 1810), with no issue.
On 7 March 1812 at the Earl of Powis’ House, Berkeley Square, London, to Charlotte Robinson (1790 – 3 July 1813), with no issue.
- On 30 August 1814 at Walton, Warwickshire, to Susan Mordaunt (d. 5 February 1830), with no issue.