Capell, Algernon, 2nd Earl of Essex (1670 -1710)
Algernon Capell was the only surviving son of Arthur Capell, 1st Earl of Essex, and Elizabeth Percy, daughter of Algernon Percy, 10th Earl of Northumberland. His father, who had been a very successful Viceroy of Ireland, was accused of complicity in the Rye House plot and cut his throat in the Tower of London in 1683. Algernon was an officer in the army and served in Flanders under William III, and was a Gentleman of the Bedchamber to William in 1688. In the reign of Queen Anne he was made Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1692-1710, and Colonel of the 4th Regiment of Dragoons 1693-1710. He married Mary Bentinck the eldest daughter of William 1st Earl of Portland. The libraries of his mother Elizabeth Capell, Countess of Essex, and Thomas Winterbottom, Vicar of Birling were sold at D. Browne's Warehouse, Exeter Exchange 31 March 1718. He was succeeded by his son, William who became the 3rd Earl of Essex.