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(7th) Earl of Albemarle                  1832-1894
Sir William Coutts (van) Keppel, Baronet, KCMG, PC, MP, 7th Viscount Bury, 7th Baron Ashford, 7th Earl of Albemarle, ADC To HM Queen Victoria, Treasurer of HM's Household and Hon. Colonel. He was 6th in line of descent from HM King Charles II.
His Lordship was born on 15 April 1832, the son of George Thomas Keppel, 6th Earl of Albemarle and Susan Trotter, in London, and was educated at Eton. He married Sophia Mary MacNab in 1855. Lord Albemarle, together with his 1st Cousin, Colonel The Lord Wantage of Lockinge, VC, KCB, MP, was to found the original voluntary organisation that became The British Red Cross.
His Lordship also founded The Royal Commonwealth Society and what is now The Royal Commonwealth Club.
He added Georgian facings to Quidenham Hall, giving it it's current more modern look.
Sophia Mary MacNab                   1832-1917
Sophia was on 5 July 1832, the daughter of Sir Allan Napier MacNab, 1st Bt., and Prime Minister of Canada, and Mary Stuart, in Hamilton, Canada.
I have identified the following children.
 
Dundurn Castle
Quidenham Hall

  Arnold Allen Cecil Born 1 Jun 1858   London Married Lady Gertrude Lucia Egerton
Gertrude Mary Born 9 Nov 1859   London Died 7 Apr 1860
Theodora Born abt 1861   London Married Colonel Leslie Davidson
Derek William George Born 7 Apr 1863   London Married Hon. Bridget Louisa Harbord
Hilda Mary Born 29 Aug 1864   London Never Married
George Born 14 Oct 1865   London Married Alice Frederica Edmonstone
Leopoldina Olivia Born 14 Nov 1866   London Became a Nun
Susan Mary Born 5 May 1868   London Married Sir Walter Beaupré Townley
Mary Stuart Born 15 May 1869   London Married Maj. Gen. Sir Harold Arthur Lewis Tagart
Florence Cecilia Born 24 Feb 1871   London Admiral William Henry Dudley Boyle, 12th Earl of Cork

Birth of Parents
Sir William Coutts Keppel b: 15 Apr 1832         London
son of George Thomas Keppel, 6th Earl of Albemarle and Susan Trotter

Sophia Mary MacNab b: 5 Jul 1832         Hamilton, Canada
daughter of Sir Allan Napier MacNab, 1st Bt. and Mary Stuart

Marriage
15 Nov 1855
Sir William Coutts Keppel
Sophia Mary MacNab
Dundurn Castle, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Children
Arnold Allen Cecil Keppel
8th Earl of Albemarle
b: 1 Jun 1858               London, Middlesex
son of Sir William Coutts Keppel and Sophia Mary MacNab
Gertrude Mary Keppel b: 9 Nov 1859               London, Middlesex     1859 4Q Westminster 1a 294
daughter of Sir William Coutts Keppel and Sophia Mary MacNab     Died 7 Apr 1860

1861 Census RG9-949 8 April 1861 Harleston, Northamptonshire
Harleston House
Charles Harbord
Cecilia Annetta (Wife)
Charles
Cecilia Margaret
Alice Marian
Elizabeth Eveline
Apleton Edward
William Coutts Keppel (Visitor)
Sophia Mary (Visitor)
Arnold Allen Cecil (Visitor)
Plus 21 Servants
Age 31
Age 29
Age 5
Age 4
Age 3
Age 1
Age 2 MO
Age 29
Age 28
Age 2
Peer Lord Suffield
Peeress Lady Suffield





Viscount Bury
Viscountess Bury
Gunton Park
Island of
Gunton Park
St Georges
Gunton Park
Gunton Park
Harleston
St Georges
Hamilton
London
Norfolk
Madeira
Norfolk
London
Norfolk
Norfolk
Northamptonshire
London
Canada West
Middlesex
abt 1829
abt 1831
abt 1855
abt 1856
abt 1857
abt 1859
abt 1861
15 Apr 1832
5 Jul 1832
1 Jun 1858

Theodora Keppel b: abt 1861               London, Middlesex
daughter of Sir William Coutts Keppel and Sophia Mary MacNab
Derek William George Keppel b: 7 Apr 1863               London, Middlesex       1863 2Q Westminster 1a 338
son of Sir William Coutts Keppel and Sophia Mary MacNab
Hilda Mary Keppel b: 29 Aug 1864               London, Middlesex
daughter of Sir William Coutts Keppel and Sophia Mary MacNab
George Keppel b: 14 Oct 1865               London, Middlesex       1865 4Q Westminster St Margaret 1a 344
son of Sir William Coutts Keppel and Sophia Mary MacNab
Leopoldina Olivia Keppel b: 14 Nov 1866               London, Middlesex       1867 1Q Westminster St Margaret 1a 372
daughter of Sir William Coutts Keppel and Sophia Mary MacNab
Susan Mary Keppel b: 5 May 1868               London, Middlesex
daughter of Sir William Coutts Keppel and Sophia Mary MacNab
Florence Cecilia Keppel b: 24 Feb 1871               London, Middlesex
daughter of Sir William Coutts Keppel and Sophia Mary MacNab

1871 Census RG10-51 3 April 1871 Brompton, Kensington, London
65 Princess Gate
William C. K. Bury
Sophia (Wife)
Arnold Keppel
Theodora
Derek
Hilda
George
Leopoldina
Susan
Mary
Florence
Plus 14 Servants
Age 38
Age 37
Age 12
Age 10
Age 8
Age 6
Age 5
Age 4
Age 2
Age 1
Age 1 Mo.
Viscount, M.P., Lt.Col.Army

Scholar
Scholar
Scholar
Scholar
Scholar
Scholar
London

London
London
London
London
London
London
London
London
London
Middlesex
Canada
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
15 Apr 1832
5 Jul 1832
1 Jun 1858
abt 1861
7 Apr 1863
29 Aug 1864
14 Oct 1865
14 Nov 1866
5 May 1868
15 May 1869
24 Feb 1871

1881 Census RG11-44 4 April 1881 Brompton, Kensington, London
65 Princess Gate
William C. K. Viscount Bury
Sophia M. Viscountess (Wife)
Hon Theodora Keppel
Hon Derek W. G. Keppel
Hon Mary H.
Hon George
Hon Leopoldina
Hon Susan M.
Hon Mary S.
Hon Florence C.
Plus 10 Servants
Age 48
Age 48
Age 19
Age 17
Age 16
Age 15
Age 14
Age 12
Age 11
Age 10
Peer, Privy Council, Lt.Col.K.C.M.G.
Peeress
Honble
Honble Lieut C D B Volunteers
Honble Scholar
Honble Scholar
Honble Scholar
Honble Scholar
Honble Scholar
Honble Scholar
London
Hamilton
London
London
London
London
London
London
London
London
Middlesex
Canada
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
15 Apr 1832
5 Jul 1832
abt 1861
7 Apr 1863
29 Aug 1864
14 Oct 1865
14 Nov 1866
5 May 1868
15 May 1869
24 Feb 1871

1891 Census RG12-1271 6 April 1891 Luton, Bedfordshire
The Hyde
Earl of Albemarle
Countess of Albemarle (Wife)
Lady Hilda Keppel
Lady Susan Keppel
Lady Mary Keppel
Lady Florence Keppel
Plus 13 Servants
Age 58
Age 58
Age 26
Age 22
Age 21
Age 20
Peer, A.C.D.H. the Queen London
Canada
London
London
London
London
15 Apr 1832
5 Jul 1832
29 Aug 1864
5 May 1868
15 May 1869
24 Feb 1871

Death
Sir William Coutts Keppel Died 28 Aug 1894, Age 62,         1894 3Q Richmond Sry 2a 197
Buried at Quidenham, Norfolk, England

The Times, Monday, Feb 23, 1891   OBITUARY

THE EARL OF ALBEMARLE

    The seventh Earl of Albemarle - the Right Hon. William Coutts Keppel - died yesterday from paralysis.   Born in 1832 and educated at Eton, he entered the Scots Guards in 1849.   He did not, however, remain long in the Army.   He returned home a few years later on sick leave from India, whether he had gone as aide-de-camp to Lord Frederick Fitzclarence, and resigned his commission in order to become Civil Secretary and Superintendant-General of Indian Affairs for Canada, an office which he held until 1855.   Previous to this he had acted as private secretary to Lord John Russell.   Two years later he entered Parliament on the Liberal side as member for Norwich, and in 1859 Lord Palmerston appointed him to be Treasurer of the Royal Household.   His re-election on taking office was declared void, but he was returned in the following year to represent Wick, which he continued to do until 1865.   In 1868 he became member for Berwick-on-Tweed.   He was defeated there, however, in 1874, and also at Stroud in 1875, but in the next year he was called to the House of Lords as Baron Ashford, a title held by his father in addition to his earldom.   From 1878 until 1880, and in 1885-86 he held the post of Under-Secretary for War in Conservative Administrations.   He succeeded his father, who was almost the last survivor of the battle of Waterloo, in 1891.
  The late peer took an active part in promoting the Volunteer movement and held various commands in that service, besides being a Volunteer A.D.C. to the Queen.   He was sworn a Privy Councillor in 1859.   He took a great interest in the problems of electricity, and was chairman of the General Electric Power and Traction Company (Limited).   It may be remembered that a few years ago -in 1890; he was then Lord Bury - he wrote to The Times a letter asking for suggestions for a verb to express progression by electric power, which called forth a large number of answers.   "To Motor" was the verb which was selected as the most suitable, but neither that nor any other of the words proposed seems to have been taken as yet into general use.
    The late peer married, in 1855, a daughter of Sir Allan Napier MacNab, the Prime Minister of Canada.   His eldest son, who succeeds to the title, was born in 1858, and sits in the House of Commons as member for Birkenhead, for which place he was returned in 1892 with a majority of 604 over his Gladstonian opponent.   As he had been since 1879 a member of the Roman Catholic Church, a requiem mass for the dead peer will be said at the Oratory at Brompton on Friday morning, at 9:30.   The funeral will take place at Quiddenham, Norfolk, on the same day at 3:45.   Carriages will be reserved by the 12 o'clock train from St. Pancras to Eccles-road for those who wish to attend the service.   The return train leaves at 5:45, reaching London at 8:30 p.m.

Death
Sophia Mary (MacNab) Keppel Died 5 Apr 1917, Age 84

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