George Hervey, 2nd Earl of Bristol

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Earl of Bristol

George William Hervey, 2nd Earl of Bristol (31 August 1721 – 18? or 20? March 1775), the eldest son of John Hervey, 2nd Baron Hervey, by his marriage with Mary (1700–1768), daughter of Nicholas Lepell.[1]

Lord Bristol served for some years in the army, and in 1755 was sent to Turin as envoy extraordinary. He was ambassador at Madrid from 1758 to 1761, filling a difficult position with credit and dignity, and ranked among the followers of Pitt.[1]

Appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1766, he never visited that country during his short tenure of this office, and, after having served for a short time as keeper of the Privy Seal, became groom of the stole to George III in January 1770. He died unmarried, and was succeeded by his brother.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bristol, Earls and Marquesses of" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
British Minister at Turin
Succeeded by
James Mackenzie
Preceded by
Benjamin Keene
British Ambassador to Spain
No representation due to war
Title next held by
The Earl of Rochford
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Hertford
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
Succeeded by
The Viscount Townshend
Preceded by
The Earl of Chatham
Lord Privy Seal
Succeeded by
The Earl of Halifax
Peerage of England
Preceded by
John Hervey
Earl of Bristol
Succeeded by
Augustus John Hervey