John Waldegrave, 3rd Earl Waldegrave
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John Waldegrave, 3rd Earl Waldegrave
John Waldegrave, 3rd Earl Waldegrave
Born28 April 1718
Died22 October 1784
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Battles/warsWar of the Austrian Succession
Seven Years' War

General John Waldegrave, 3rd Earl Waldegrave (28 April 1718 - 22 October 1784) was a British politician and soldier.


Waldegrave was the youngest son of the 1st Earl Waldegrave.[1][2] He joined the 1st Regiment of Foot in 1735, rising to the rank of captain in 1739. He became a lieutenant-colonel in the 3rd Regiment of Foot in 1743 and fought in 1745 at the Battle of Fontenoy, where he was wounded, during the War of the Austrian Succession.[1]

He became a Member of Parliament (MP) for Orford in 1747 and for Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1754.[1] Promoted to major-general in 1757, he took part in the raid on St Malo in June 1758 and the Battle of Minden in August 1759 during the Seven Years' War.[1] He was promoted to lieutenant-general in 1759 and became a Groom of the Bedchamber in 1760. On the death of his elder brother James Waldegrave, 2nd Earl Waldegrave without male heirs in 1763, Waldegrave inherited his titles and estates, including the family seat at Chewton Mendip. He was promoted to full general in 1772 and died in 1784.[1]


On 7 May 1751, he had married Lady Elizabeth Leveson-Gower, a younger daughter of the 1st Earl Gower and they had four children:[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f "John [Waldegrave], 3rd Earl Waldegrave". Cracroft's Peerage. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "Waldegrave, James (1715-1768)" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885-1900. Article on his brother James, John as subarticle.

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