George Child Villiers, 9th Earl of Jersey


George Child Villiers, 9th Earl of Jersey

George Francis Child Villiers, 9th Earl of Jersey (February 15 1910 – August 9 1998), was an English peer, the son of George Child Villiers, 8th Earl of Jersey. He gave one of the family seats, Osterley Park, to the British nation in the late 1940s.

Marriages and issue

His first wife was Patricia Richards. They married on 12 January, 1932, and were divorced in 1937. They had one child:

# Lady Caroline Child Villiers (b. 9 April 1934), now Lady Caroline Ogilvy, married firstly, Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 6th Earl of Minto and had issue. She is an aunt, through her father, of the present Earl. She married secondly, John Stuart and married thirdly, The Hon. James Ogilvy, son of David Ogilvy, 12th Earl of Airlie. She had no issue by her second and third marriages. By some legitimist theories, Lady Caroline Ogilvy succeeded her father as rightful claimant to the English throne.

Lord Jersey then married American actress Virginia Cherrill on 30 July 1937, and they were divorced in 1946, without having had issue.

His third and last wife was Bianca Luciana Adriana Mottironi (d. 2005), whom he married on 16 October 1947. They had three children, George Henry, Isabella and Charles. The elder son's elder son succeeded the 9th Earl in 1998.

#George Henry Child Villiers, Viscount Villiers (29 August 194819 March 1998, died aged of a heart attack) who married firstly 1969 (div) Verna P. Stott, d. of Kenneth A. Stott. They had issue, one daughter. Lord Villiers married 2ndly 1974 (div 1988) Sacha Jane Hooper Valpy (now Mrs Sacha Hubbard), and had issue, one son and two daughters. He married lastly 1992 Stephanie Louisa Penman (who after his death married Martin Morley in 1998 then divorced same in April 1999).
## The Lady Sophia Georgiana Child-Villiers (b. 1971) [She has been raised to the rank, style, and precedence, of an earl's daughter by R Warrant, on the application of her half-brother the 10th Earl of Jersey, per a [http://groups.google.com/group/alt.talk.royalty/msg/7c92c916f0f7b169 Usenet group posting] May 2003 by her stepmother Mrs Sacha Hubbard. The date is 5 June 2000, per [http://www.gazette-online.co.uk/ViewGazetteDocument.aspx?src=search&atdocid=242665&pg=1&GeoType=London&st=adv&sb=date&exact=Viscount%20Villiers the official notice dated 18 September 2000] .]
## William Villiers, 10th Earl of Jersey (b. 5 February 1976)
## The Lady Helen Katherine Luisa Child Villiers (b. 21 October 1978)and The Lady Luciana Dorothea Sacha Child Villiers (b.23 July 1981) [Granted permission on 5 June 2000, by Royal Warrant of Precedence, to assume the rank, style, and precedence of an earl's daughter, after her brother the 10th Earl petitioned the Crown. Confirmed by her mother, now Mrs Sacha Hubbard, in 2003 in a Usenet group posting. She is listed as Lady Helen Child Villiers in the [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/court_and_social/the_hitch/article1160054.ece "Times" announcement of her brother's marriage 16 August 2003] on 18 September 2003.]
## The Lady Luciana Dorothea Sacha Child Villiers (b. 23 July 1981) [ As above. She is listed as Lady Luciana Child Villiers in the announcement of her brother's wedding.]
## The Hon. Jamie Charles Child Villiers (b. 31 May 1994)<
# The Lady Isabel Bianca Rosa Child Villiers (b. 11 October 1950); who is married with issue one son and one daughter.
# The Hon. Charles Victor Child Villiers (10 January 1952&ndash;1991, lost his hearing suddenly and died, aged 40); he left issue, two daughters:
## Eleanor Monica Child Villiers (b. 1979)
## Barbara Beatrice Child Villiers (b. 1981)

The 9th Earl was responsible for the remodelling of the family seat, Middleton Stoney in Oxfordshire, and employed Edwin Lutyens as architect. When he tried to give Middleton to the National Trust, they refused on the grounds that the house had been remodelled by Lutyens, the irony being that they now seek his houses particularly. The 9th Earl gave Osterley Park in Hounslow, London to the nation in the late 1940's, and said of the house "it took a trained staff of 12 to bring me a boiled egg in the morning, and the egg was always cold by the time it got to me!"

He moved to Radier Manor in Jersey shortly after, where he lived with Bianca until his death. Bianca died in March 2005.

Rightful king of England?

Under one legitimist theory, Villiers was the legitimate heir to the crown of England as due successor to Anne Stanley, Countess of Castlehaven; and his daughter Lady Caroline is therefore by right lawful Queen of England.

Notes and References

ources

* Obituaries for the Dowager Countess of Jersey. The Times 16 Mar, 2005, and The Daily Telegraph 16 Mar 2005
* [http://www.gazette-online.co.uk/ViewGazetteDocument.aspx?src=search&atdocid=242665&pg=1&GeoType=London&st=adv&sb=date&exact=Viscount%20Villiers Official notice of the Royal Warrant] dated 5 June 2000, published 18 September 2000 in the London Gazette for the elevation in rank, style, and precedence of the 10th Earl's three sisters, but not his half-brother.

External links

* Michael Rhodes. [http://groups.google.com/group/uk.people.dead/browse_thread/thread/af2f718d204ff68f/da8f6fe7222e0771?hl=en&lnk=gst&q=Helen+Child+Villiers#da8f6fe7222e0771 "Dowager Countess of Jersey, widow of the 9th Earl"] Usenet group uk.people.dead, 17 March 2005.


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