Willoughby Bertie, 3rd Earl of Abingdon

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Willoughby Bertie, 3rd Earl of Abingdon (28 November 1692 – 10 June 1760) was an English peer.

He was the son of James Bertie of Stanwell in Middlesex and Elizabeth Willoughby, and nephew of Montagu Venables-Bertie, 2nd Earl of Abingdon. He matriculated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge on 27 November 1707.[1]

The Berties were Tories, with a strong electoral interest in Westbury, where the Earls of Abingdon were lords of the manor. At the 1715 general election in January, a double return was made for the seat, with the mayor of Westbury returning two Tories, Bertie and Francis Annesley, and the constable returning two Whigs, George Evans and Charles Allanson,[2] who had been sponsored by Lord Cowper to challenge the Bertie interest.[3] The return for Bertie and Annesley was initially accepted on 28 March 1715 and they were declared elected, but on petition, a number of their voters were disenfranchised, and Evans (who had since been created Baron Carbery) and Allanson were declared elected on 1 June. At the 1722 election, Bertie's father James was returned with Annesley;[2] Willoughby did not stand for Parliament again.[4]

He married Anna Maria Collins in August 1727 in Florence. They had nine children:

  1. Lady Elizabeth Peregrine Bertie (1728–1804), married Sir John Gallini
  2. Lady Jane Bertie (c.1730 – 25 February 1791), married Thomas Clifton of Westby, Clifton and Lytham
  3. Lady Bridget Bertie (1732 – 9 December 1760), unmarried
  4. James Bertie, Lord Norreys (25 September 1735 – 12 October 1745)
  5. Lady Anne Eleanora Bertie (c.1737 – 19 April 1804), married Philip Wenman, 7th Viscount Wenman
  6. Willoughby Bertie, 4th Earl of Abingdon (1739/40–1799)
  7. Hon. Peregrine Bertie (of Weston-on-the-Green) (1741–1790)
  8. Lady Mary Bertie (12 November 1746 – 22 July 1826), married Miles Stapleton (d. 1809)
  9. Lady Sophia Bertie (6 November 1748 – 1760), unmarried

Willoughby succeeded his uncle as Earl of Abingdon in 1743. He remained a staunch Tory, as he declined to join the Oxfordshire association in defence of the Hanoverian succession during the Jacobite rising of 1745.[4]

References

  1. Foster, Joseph, ed. (1891). Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714. Oxford. pp. 106–141.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lea, R. S. (1970). "Westbury". In Sedgwick, Romney (ed.). The House of Commons 1715-1754. The History of Parliament Trust.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Lea, R. S. (1970). "Allanson, Charles (?1662-1729), of St. Andrew's, Holborn.". In Sedgwick, Romney (ed.). The House of Commons 1715-1754. The History of Parliament Trust.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lea, R. S. (1970). "BERTIE, Willoughby (1692-1760), of Wytham Abbey, Berks. and Rycote, Oxon.". In Sedgwick, Romney (ed.). The House of Commons 1715-1754. The History of Parliament Trust.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Henry Bertie
Francis Annesley
Member of Parliament for Westbury
1715
With: Francis Annesley
Succeeded by
The Lord Carbery
Charles Allanson
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Montagu Venables-Bertie
Earl of Abingdon
1743–1760
Succeeded by
Willoughby Bertie