Edward George Villiers, 17th Earl


Ref. No.: KN67
Date of Photo: c. 1908.

Edward, son of the 16th Earl was born in 1865. He served in the Grenadier Guards between 1885-1895 when he became Lord of the Treasury until 1895-1900, after which he became Financial Secretary to the War Office and then Postmaster General.

He was created a Knight of the Garter in 1914. The following year he was made Director of Recruiting for the army, rising to Secretary of War in December 1916. Between 1918-1920 he served as Ambassador to France.

In the 1930's he sold vast tracts of land to the Liverpool Corporation which was used for housing developments in Kirkby, Halewood, Huyton and Roby.

During his forty years as Earl of Derby he was well respected for his public service. He died on 4th February 1948 at Knowsley and was buried at the Parish Church. His wife Alice was buried alongside him when she died in 1957. His eldest son Lord Stanley, Edward Montague Cavendish had died some ten years earlier and he was therefore succeeded by his grandson Edward John.

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