Cholmondeley, George, 2nd Earl Cholmondeley -1733)
George Cholmondeley, poet and General, was the second son of Robert Cholmondeley, Viscount Cholmondeley of Kells in County Meath, and Elizabeth, daughter and heir of George Cradock, of Caverswell Castle, Staffordshire. Educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford, where he matriculated 2 September 1680, he entered the Inner Temple in 1680. An outstanding soldier, he espoused the cause of the Prince of Orange, commanded the 1st troop of Horse Guards at the Battle of the Boyne where he distinguished himself, was at Steenkirk, and rose to be General of the Horse in 1727. He was created Baron Newborough of Newborough in County Wexford in the peerage of Ireland in 1715, Baron Newburgh in the Isle of Angelsey 10 July 1716, and succeeded to the Earldom on the death of his elder brother Hugh in 1724. He married Elizabeth van Ruytenburg 2 September 1680. Books from the libraries of the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley were sold at Sotheby's 18 December 1929, 19 March 1930, 30 July, 26 October and 20 December 1948, at Hodgson's 17 February 1949, and at Sotheby's 6 December 1955 (from the library of Sir Robert Walpole), 6 November 1962 and 17 November 1964.