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Edward Villiers, 1st Earl of Jersey (c. 1656 – 25 August 1711) son of Sir Edward Villiers (1620–1689) of Richmond and Frances Howard, the youngest daughter of Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk and Elizabeth Hume, was created Baron Villiers and Viscount Villiers in 1691 and Earl of Jersey in 1697.

His grandfather, Sir Edward Villiers (c. 1585-1626), Master of the Mint and President of Munster, was half brother of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, and of Christopher Villiers, 1st Earl of Anglesey; his sister was Elizabeth Villiers, the mistress of William III, and afterwards Countess of Orkney. Villiers was knight-marshal to the royal household in succession to his father; Master of the Horse to Queen Mary; and Lord Chamberlain to William III and Queen Anne.

In 1696 he represented his country at the Congress of Ryswick; he was ambassador at The Hague, and after becoming an earl was ambassador in Paris. In 1699 he was made Secretary of State for the Southern Department, and on three occasions he was one of the Lords Justices of England. In 1704 he was dismissed from office by Anne, and after this event he was concerned in some of the Jacobite schemes. He died on 25 August 1711.

He married Barbara Chiffinch(1663 - before 13th December 1735), daughter of William Chiffinch (1602-1688) on 17 December 1681. They had two sons and a daughter:

  • William Villiers (c. 1682 - 13 July 1721)
  • Henry Villiers (d. 1743)
  • Mary Villiers (d. 17 Jan 1734/35) Married Thomas Thynne (-1710) son of Henry Frederick Thynne and Dorothy Philips and in 1711 George Granville Baron Lansdown of Biddeford (d. 30 January 1734/1735). With Thomas she had a son: Thomas Thynne, 2nd Viscount Weymouth.


Political offices
Preceded by
James Vernon
Secretary of State for the Southern Department
1699 – 1700
Succeeded by
James Vernon
Preceded by
The Duke of Shrewsbury
Lord Chamberlain
1700 – 1704
Succeeded by
The Earl of Kent
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
The Earl of Portland
English Ambassador to France
1698 – 1699
Succeeded by
The Earl of Manchester
Peerage of England
New creation Earl of Jersey
1697 – 1711
Succeeded by
William Villiers
Viscount Villiers
1691 – 1711


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