Sunday, 31 December 2006

Bookplate Earl Ilchester


Giles Stephen Holland Fox-Strangways (1874-1959)
6th Earl of Ilchester (cr. 1756), Baron Ilchester and Baron Strangways (cr.1741), and Baron Ilchester and Stavordale (cr. 1747), all in the Peerage of Great Britain.
Arms - Strangways quartering Fox.
Crest- On a chapeau azure, turned up ermine, a fox sejant or.
Supportters - Dexter, a fox ermine, frette or, collared dovetail azure, and the collar charged with three fleurs-de-lis gold; Sinister, a fox proper, collared as the dexter.
Motto - Faire sans Dire

The son of Henry Edward Fox-Strangways, P.C., 5th Earl of Ilchester (1847-1914) and Lady Mary Eleanor Anne Dawson. He married Lady Helen Mary Theresa Vane-Tempest-Stewart, daughter of Charles Stewart Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 6th Marquess of Londonderry and Lady Theresa Susey Helen Talbot, on 25 January 1902. Grandson of the Hon. John George Charles Fox-Strangways (1803-1859) the youngest son of Henry Thomas Fox-Strangways, 2nd Earl of Ilchester. The latter was a cousin of Charles James Fox the famous Whig politician. Their ancestor was Sir Stephen Fox (1627-1716) a Yeoman who was knighted in 1665 by Charles II, who made him Clerk of the Green Cloth, and afterwards Paymaster of the Forces. Two of his sons were created Earl of Ilchester and Baron Holland.
A keen sportsman and a pioneer breeder of Golden Retrievers he was also an historian who dedicated part of his life writing on the history of the Holland family. He wrote:
The Journal of the Hon. Henry Edward Fox, 1818-1830, ed. The Earl of Ilchester, Hornton Butterworth Ltd, 1923; Henry Fox, 1st Lord Holland, his Family and Relations, 2 vols, London, 1920; The Home of the Hollands - 1605-1820, London, John Murray, 1937; Chronicles of Holland House, 1820–1900, 1937; Elizabeth, Lady Holland, to Her Son 1821-1845, ed. The Earl of Ilchester, London, John Murray, 1946; The Journal of Elizabeth, Lady Holland (1791-1811), edited by the Earl of Ilchester. London, Longmans Green, two volumes, 1908; The Spanish Journals, edited by the Earl of Ilchester, London, 1910.

Sources: Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 1904

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