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General George Thomas Keppel, 6th Earl of Albemarle DL, FGS, FSA (13 June 1799 – 21 February 1891),[1] styled The Honourable from birth until 1851, was a British soldier, Liberal politician and writer.


Background and education

Born in Marylebone, he was the third and eldest surviving son of William Keppel, 4th Earl of Albemarle and his first wife Elizabeth, fourth daughter of Edward Southwell, 20th Baron de Clifford.[2] In 1851, he succeeded his older brother Augustus as earl.[2] His lifelong friend was Sir Robert Adair.[3] Keppel spent his childhood at his father's residence Elden Hall and was educated at Westminster School.[3] In 1815, he entered the British Army as an ensign.[4]


Keppel fought with the 14th Regiment of Foot in the Battle of Waterloo.[5] He was transferred as lieutenant to the 20th Regiment of Foot in 1820 and as captain to the 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment of Foot in 1825.[4] Already two years later, he became major and lieutenant-colonel in 1841.[4] Keppel was promoted to colonel in 1854 and to major-general in 1858.[4] He was made lieutenant-general in 1866 and finally general in 1874.[5]

Keppel represented East Norfolk in the British House of Commons from 1832 until three years later.[6] He stood unsuccessfully for King's Lynn in 1837 and for Lymington in 1841,[2] however sat for the latter eventually from 1847 to 1850.[7]

From 1820, Keppel was Equerry to Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex.[3] In 1838, he was appointed High Sheriff of Leitrim.[8] He served as Groom-in-Waiting between the latter year and 1841 and was Private Secretary to the Prime Minister Lord John Russell between 1846 and the next year.[5] He was a Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk from 1859[4] and was Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS) as well as the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA).[4]

Family and death

On 4 August 1831, he married Susan Trotter, daughter of Sir Coutts Trotter, 1st Baronet in Willesden.[9] They had four daughters and one son.[10] Keppel died, aged 91 in Portman Square in London and was buried in Quidenham.[10] He was succeeded in his titles by his only son William.[1]


  • Personal Narrative of a Journey from India to England (1827)
  • Personal Narrative of Travels in Babylonia, Assyria, Media and Scythia (1827)
  • Narrative of a Journey across the Balcan (1831)
  • Memoirs of the Marquess of Rockingham and his Contemporaries (1852)
  • Fifty Years of My Life (1876)


  1. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment - Peerage". Retrieved 15 July 2009.  
  2. ^ a b c Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co.. pp. 86–87.  
  3. ^ a b c Keppel, George Thomas (1876). Fifty Years of My Life. London: Macmillan and Co..  
  4. ^ a b c d e f Doyle, James Edmund (1886). The Official Baronage of England. vol. I. London: Longmans, Green & Co.. pp. 37.  
  5. ^ a b c Debrett, John (1876). Debrett's Illustrated Peerage and Titles of Courtesy. London: Dean & Son. pp. 17–18.  
  6. ^ "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Norfolk East". Retrieved 15 July 2009.  
  7. ^ "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Lymington". Retrieved 15 July 2009.  
  8. ^ "Connacht Landed Estates Project - Keppel". Retrieved 15 July 2009.  
  9. ^ Sylvanus, Urban (1831). The Gentleman's Magazine. part II. London: J. B. Nichols and Son. pp. 171.  
  10. ^ a b "ThePeerage - General George Thomas Keppel, 6th Earl of Albemarle". Retrieved 25 March 2007.  

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for East Norfolk
With: William Howe Windham
Succeeded by
Lord Walpole
Edmond Wodehouse
Preceded by
William Alexander Mackinnon
John Stewart
Member of Parliament for Lymington
1847 – 1850
With: William Alexander Mackinnon
Succeeded by
William Alexander Mackinnon
Edward John Hutchins
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Augustus Keppel
Earl of Albemarle
1851 – 1891
Succeeded by
William Keppel


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