Francis Greville, 1st Earl of Warwick

Francis Greville, Baron Brooke, later 1st Earl of Warwick (1719-1773) (Jean-Marc Nattier, 1741)

Francis Greville, 1st Earl of Warwick KT (10 October 1719 – 8 July 1773), known as Lord Brooke from 1727 to 1746 and Earl Brooke from 1746, was a British nobleman.

He inherited Warwick Castle and the title of Baron Brooke from his father in 1727. He was created Earl Brooke, of Warwick Castle, on 7 July 1746, and became Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire in 1749. He became a Knight of the Thistle in 1743.

In 1759, he petitioned for the title Earl of Warwick when the last Earl of Warwick from the Rich family died. Francis' petition was granted, and Warwick Castle was once again held by the Earls of Warwick.

He was responsible for various renovations to the castle, including the construction of the State Dining Room and the private apartments. His early dalliances with the Neo-Gothic style even caught the attention of the infamous Horace Walpole, who referred to him once as "little Brooke". Lancelot "Capability" Brown was hired by the Earl to redesign the gardens and grounds surrounding the castle.[1] He also employed the services of Giovanni Antonio Canal, who went on to paint five celebrated views of the castle. His son George Greville, 2nd Earl of Warwick further improved the castle and bought many of its present furnishings.

Elizabeth Hamilton, later Countess of Warwick (1720-1800), and her brother William (William Hoare)

He married Elizabeth Hamilton on 15 May 1742 at Park Place, Remingham, Berkshire, daughter of Lord Archibald Hamilton and Lady Jane Hamilton, by whom he had eight children:

See also


  1. "Warwick Castle". Retrieved 13 September 2008.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Montagu
Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Hertford
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Earl of Warwick
4th creation
Succeeded by
George Greville
Earl Brooke
Preceded by
William Greville
Baron Brooke

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