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James Grimston, 1st Earl of Verulam

James Walter Grimston, 1st Earl of Verulam (26 September 1775 – 17 November 1845), styled Lord Dunboyne from 1775 until 1808 and known as Viscount Grimston from 1808 to 1815, was a British peer and Member of Parliament.

Gorhambury House, built by his father in 1777–84



Grimston was the son of James Grimston, 3rd Viscount Grimston of Gorhambury House, and Harriot Walter.

Political careerEdit

In 1802 Grimston was elected to the House of Commons for St Albans, a seat he held until 1808, when he succeeded his father as fourth Viscount Grimston and second Baron Verulam and entered the House of Lords. The latter year he also succeeded his maternal cousin as tenth Lord Forrester. In 1815 Verulam was created Viscount Grimston and Earl of Verulam in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. He later held the honorary post of Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire from 1823 to 1845.


Lord Verulam married Lady Charlotte Jenkinson, daughter of Charles Jenkinson, 1st Earl of Liverpool, in 1807. They had six sons and four daughters, all of whom married into the peerage and all married earls:

Lord Verulam died in November 1845, aged 70, and was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son James. Lady Verulam died in 1863.


  1. ^ Illustrative Memoir of Charlotte, Countess of Verulam in La Belle Assemblee, London, September 1830, p. 96.


  • Lundy, Darryl. "p. 2054 § 20531". Retrieved 9 October 2007.[unreliable source]
  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
  • Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

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