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Algernon Capell, 2nd Earl of Essex

Capell as a boy, portrait by a follower of Willem Wissing (1656–1687)
Portrait by Sir Godfrey Kneller
1701 bookplate of the 2nd Earl with armorials of Capell: Gules, a lion rampant between three cross-crosslets fitcheé or

Algernon Capell, 2nd Earl of Essex PC (28 December 1670[1] – 10 January 1710, Watford) of Cashiobury House, Watford, Hertfordshire, was an English nobleman, a soldier and courtier.



He was the son of Arthur Capell, 1st Earl of Essex[2] (1631–1683) by his wife Elizabeth Percy, a daughter of Algernon Percy, 10th Earl of Northumberland.


After his father's suicide in 1683, Capell became the 2nd Earl of Essex. He held the office of Gentleman of the Bedchamber to King William III between 1691 and 1702. He was Colonel of the 4th Dragoons between 1693 and 1710 and in 1708 was made a Privy Counselor by Queen Anne.

Marriage and childrenEdit

On 28 February 1698 Algernon Capell married Mary Bentinck, a daughter of William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland by his wife Anne Villiers, by whom he had three children:[3][4]


  1. ^ Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 1348.
  2. ^ Algernon Capell, National Portrait Gallery, accessed May 2009
  3. ^ Crofts Peerage, Earls of Essex Archived 2010-09-01 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 52.

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