Craven, William, 2nd Earl of Craven (1809 -1866)

William Craven, 2nd Earl, was the eldest son of William, 7th Baron and 1st Earl, and Louisa, daughter of John Brunton, of Norwich, and a celebrated actress. Educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, where he matriculated 17 October 1827, he succeeded his father in 1825, and married 5 September 1835, Emily Mary, the second daughter of James Walter Grimston, 1st Earl of Verulam. He was the Knight of the Griffin at the Eglington tournament 28 31 August 1839, Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire 1854 1856, Recorder of Coventry, and High Steward of Newbury. A devotee of hare coursing he held spring and autumn meetings at Ashdown Hills on his own property. Part of the Craven library was sold by Cornelia, widow of the 4th Earl, at Sotheby's 9 April 1923.

Seat / Residence(s): Ashdown House, Oxfordshire
Library Auction Details: Sotheby's
Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Craven, William, 2nd Earl of Craven (1809 - 1866) (Stamp 1) Motto: Virtus in actione constit
Arms: Quarterly 1 & 4. A fess between six cross crosslets fitchy (Craven) 2 & 3. Five fleurs de lys in cross a chief wavy (Craven, ancient)
Quarterings: 1 & 4. A fess between six cross crosslets fitchy (Craven) 2 & 3. Five fleurs de lys in cross a chief wavy (Craven, ancient)
Coronet: Earl
Heraldic Charges: chief wavy, Heraldic Charges: cross crosslets (6), Heraldic Charges: fess between, Heraldic Charges: fleurs-de-lys (5)