Arthur Annesley, 11th Viscount Valentia
The Viscount Valentia
|Comptroller of the Household|
19 October 1898 – 4 December 1905
|Prime Minister||The Marquess of Salisbury|
|Preceded by||Lord Arthur Hill|
|Succeeded by||The Master of Elibank|
|Born||23 August 1843|
|Died||20 January 1927(aged 83)|
|Spouse(s)||Laura Sarah Webb (died 1933); 8 children|
|Alma mater||Royal Military Academy, Woolwich|
Background and educationEdit
Annesley was the eldest son of the Honourable Arthur Annesley by his wife Flora Mary Macdonald, daughter of Lt. Colonel James Macdonald of Clanranald. His father died when he was one year old and he succeeded his grandfather in the viscountcy in 1863. He was educated at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.
Annesley joined the 10th Hussars in 1864 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1868. He retired from the Army in 1872, but in 1894 was appointed Lieutenant colonel of the Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars. In early 1900, Lord Valentia was seconded for service with the Imperial Yeomanry in the Second Boer War, and left for South Africa in the SS Scot in late January. He served as Assistant Adjutant-General for Imperial Yeomanry, with the temporary rank of colonel, and was mentioned in despatches and appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in November 1900 for his services. Upon relinquishing his commission, he was granted, on 1 January 1901, the honorary rank of Colonel in the Army.
He was appointed High Sheriff of Oxfordshire for 1874–75. The viscountcy of Valentia was an Irish peerage and did not entitle Annesley to an automatic seat in the House of Lords. He was instead elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Oxford in 1895, a seat he held until 1917.
He served as Comptroller of the Household under Lord Salisbury from 1898 to 1902 and under Arthur Balfour from 1902 to 1905. He was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in July 1901. When the coalition government was formed in 1915, Lord Valentia was appointed a Lord in Waiting, a post he held until 1924.
In 1917 he was created Baron Annesley of Bletchington, in the County of Oxford, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, which entitled him to a seat in the House of Lords. He was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in 1923.
Lord Valentia married, on 30 January 1878, Laura Sarah Webb, daughter of Daniel Hale Webb, of Wykeham Park, Oxfordshire, and widow of Sir Algernon William Peyton, 4th Baronet. They had two sons and six daughters:
- Hon. Vere (8 March 1879 – 18 May 1975); married Rev. Guy Ronald Campbell, grandson of John Campbell, 2nd Earl Cawdor.
- Hon. Lt. Arthur (24 Aug 1880-16 Nov 1914); unmarried. Killed in action in France.
- Hon. Violet Katherine (18 Mar 1882-4 Sep 1963); married Charles Henry Gore, son of Sir Francis Charles Gore. They had a son, and two daughters.
- Sir Caryl Arthur (3 Jul 1883-6 Oct 1949); unmarried.
- Hon. Helen (30 Jul 1884-21 Jul 1965); married Col. John Pemberton Heywood-Lonsdale. No known issue.
- Hon. Lettice (24 Sep 1885-1988); married Capt. Geoffrey Vaux Salvin Bowlby, maternal grandson of Sir David Hunter-Blair, 3rd Baronet.
- Hon. Hilda Cecil (19 Apr 1889-20 Sep 1972); unmarried.
- Hon. Dorothy (b. 11 May 1892); married Joseph Francis Vaughan Gibbs, maternal descendant of Sir Charles Mordaunt, 6th Baronet and Sir Philip Musgrave, 6th Baronet. They had two daughters.
Lord Valentia died in January 1927, aged 83, and was succeeded by his younger son, the Hon. Caryl Arthur James Annesley, as Lord Valentia's elder son, the Hon. Arthur Annesley, was killed in action in 1914.
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- "No. 30055". The London Gazette. 8 May 1917. p. 4356.
- "No. 32830". The London Gazette. 1 June 1923. p. 3947.
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- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Arthur Annesley, 11th Viscount Valentia
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
George Tomkyns Chesney
| Member of Parliament for Oxford
Lord Arthur Hill
| Comptroller of the Household
The Master of Elibank
|Peerage of Ireland|
| Viscount Valentia
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation|| Baron Annesley of Bletchington