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Sir George Villiers


Sir George Villiers. Father of the 1st Duke of Buckingham.
Engraving of 1800 from an original portrait by Cornelius Johnson. Portrait then at Strawberry Hill.
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From Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Sir George Villiers (see here and here),
born 1544,
of Brooksby, Leicestershire.
He succ to Brooksby at his father's death 1558.
He mar 1stly to Audrey Sanders.
Audrey died 1 May 1588, or 7 May 1587.
Sir George had issue by 1st wife:

  1. Sir William Villiers, 1st Baronet,
    born 1575 (by age at death).

  2. Sir Edward Villiers.
    Lord President of Munster 1625-1626.
    He died 1626, College of Youghal, Youghal, Co.Cork.
    He was bur Boyle Chapel, St Mary's Collegiate Church, Youghal.
    See 2019 photos of tomb and close-up and plaque.
    He had issue:

    1. William Villiers, 2nd Viscount Grandison,
      had issue:

      1. Barbara Villiers,
        mistress of Charles II and had issue by him.

Sir George mar 2ndly, c.1590, to Mary Beaumont [dau of Anthony Beaumont].
Knighted in 1593.
He died 4 January 1606 [using [NJ] date format, note that at the time this was regarded as the end of 1605], age 61 yrs.
He was buried on 5 January 1606 at St Denys church, Goadby Marwood, Leicestershire.

After his death, Mary married twice again.
When her son became a favourite, she was created Countess of Buckingham in 1618.
In 1631 Mary had the monument at Westminster Abbey made, with an effigy of her 1st husband Sir George, even though he is not buried there.
She died 19 April 1632,
bur Westminster Abbey.
Sir George had issue by 2nd wife Mary:

  1. George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham,
    born 1592, Brooksby Hall,
    favourite (and possibly gay lover) of James I,
    created Viscount 1616 and eventually Duke 1623,
    granted Dromahair, Co.Leitrim, Ireland, as part of the small Plantation of Leitrim,
    assassinated 1628,
    his half-brother Sir William inherited Dromahair,
    had issue:

    1. Mary Villiers, born 1622.
      She mar 1stly, Jan 1634, to Charles Herbert.
      Charles died Jan 1635.
      Mary mar 2ndly, Aug 1637, to James Stewart, 1st Duke of Richmond and had issue.
      James was cr 1st Duke of Richmond 1641.
      He died 1655. Title extinct 1672.
      Mary died 1685.
      See many portraits.

  2. Christopher Villiers, 1st Earl of Anglesey,
    mar Elizabeth Sheldon and had issue,
    he died 1630,
    she remarried.

Villiers monument at Westminster Abbey

Monument to Mary Beaumont, Countess of Buckingham, and her 1st husband Sir George Villiers.
St. Nicholas' chapel, Westminster Abbey.
Mary had the monument made in 1631, and was buried there 1632.
Includes effigy of Sir George, though he is not buried there.

Location of Villiers monument in St. Nicholas' chapel.
From map in [Brayley, vol.2, 1823].
It is in the centre of the chapel, marked "i".
The Cecil tomb ("e") is behind it at the wall.

Villiers monument, Westminster Abbey.
From pp.172-173 of [Brayley, vol.2, 1823].
See translation.

Villiers monument, Westminster Abbey.
From pp.193-194 of [Nichols, 1800].
Incorrectly says St. Edmund's chapel.

Villiers monument, Westminster Abbey.
Posted here by Westminster Abbey.

Villiers monument, Westminster Abbey.

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