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William Coutts Keppel, 7th Earl of Albemarle KCMG PC (15 April 1832 – 28 August 1894) was a British soldier and politician.

Viscount Bury, by Carlo Pellegrini, 1875.

A son to General George Thomas Keppel, 6th Earl of Albemarle and Susan Coutts Trotter, he was educated at Eton. In 1843, he became an Ensign and Lieutenant in the 43rd (Regiment of) Foot, from 1848 until 1853, he was a Lieutenant in the Scots Guards, becoming Aide-de-Camp to Lord Frederick FitzClarence in India. From 1851 until 1891, he was styled Viscount Bury, then succeeded his father to become 7th Earl of Albemarle.

From 1854 until 1856, Keppel was Superintendent of Indian Affairs in Canada. On 15 November 1855, at Dundurn, in Canada, he married Sophia Mary Macnab, daughter of Allan Napier MacNab, a Joint Premier of the Province of Canada, and they became the parents of ten children :

  • Lt-Col. Arnold Keppel, 8th Earl of Albemarle (1858–1942).
  • Hon. Gertrude Mary Keppel (9 November 1859 – 7 April 1860).
  • Lady Theodora Keppel (c. 1861 – 30 October 1945), married Colonel Leslie Davidson and had issue (?).
  • Hon. Derek Keppel (1863–1944).
  • Lady Hilda Mary Keppel (29 August 1864 – 7 October 1955), unmarried.
  • Lt-Col. Hon. George Keppel (1865–1947), husband of the royal mistress Alice Keppel.
  • Lady Leopoldina Olivia Keppel (14 November 1866 – 9 August 1948), a nun.
  • Lady Susan Mary Keppel (5 May 1868 – 26 June 1953), married Sir Walter Townley in 1896.
  • Lady Mary Stuart Keppel (15 May 1869 – 21 September 1906), married Sir Harold Tagart in 1900.
  • Lady Florence Cecilia Keppel (24 February 1871 – 30 June 1963), married William Boyle, 12th Earl of Cork in 1902.

From 1857 until 1860, Keppel served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Norwich; from 1860 until 1865 for Wick Burghs and, from 1868 until 1874 for Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Keppel was appointed Privy Counsellor in 1859. From 1859 until 1866, he was Treasurer of the Queen's Household and, on 6 September 1876, was summoned to the House of Lords in his father's Barony of Ashford. He was Under-Secretary of State for War from 1878 until 1880, as well as in 1885 and 1886. On Easter Sunday, 13 April 1879, he was received into the Church of Rome. In 1881, he became a Volunteer Aide-de-Camp to the Queen.

He wrote a history of the American colonization called Exodus of the Western Nations (1865), A Report on the Condition of the Indians of British North America, and was the principal author of the Cycling volume of the Badminton Library (1887).

Keppel died aged sixty-two, of paralysis, and was buried at Quidenham.

Keppel's son George was the husband of Alice Keppel, the most famous mistress of King Edward VII. He is also the great-great-grandfather of Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall and the modern day television celebrity and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? champion Judith Keppel.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward Warner
Sir Samuel Bignold
Member of Parliament for Norwich
1857–1860
With: Henry William Schneider
Succeeded by
Edward Warner
Sir William Russell
Preceded by
Samuel Laing
Member of Parliament for Wick Burghs
1860–1865
Succeeded by
Samuel Laing
Preceded by
Dudley Marjoribanks
Alexander Mitchell
Member of Parliament for Berwick-upon-Tweed
18681874
With: John Stapleton
Succeeded by
Dudley Marjoribanks
David Milne Home
Political offices
Preceded by
Lord Claud Hamilton
Treasurer of the Household
1859–1866
Succeeded by
Lord Otho FitzGerald
Preceded by
The Earl Cadogan
Under-Secretary of State for War
1878–1880
Succeeded by
The Earl of Morley
Preceded by
The Earl of Morley
Under-Secretary of State for War
1885–1886
Succeeded by
The Lord Sandhurst
Peerage of England
Preceded by
George Keppel
Earl of Albemarle
1891–1894
Succeeded by
Arnold Keppel
Baron Ashford
(writ of acceleration)

1876–1894
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