Jerome, 4th Count de Salis-Soglio

Jerome de Salis, 4th Count de Salis-Soglio

Jerome de Salis, Count de Salis-Soglio, DL, JP, FRS (14 February 1771 – 2 October 1836), Illustris et Magnificus, was an Anglo-Grison noble and Irish landowner.


Count Jerome was the eldest surviving son of Peter De Salis and his third wife Ann, daughter of Bundespresident Antonio de Salis. His paternal grandfather was Jerome, (2nd) Count de Salis.

Arms of Salis quartered with Fane

Born in Chiavenna 14 February and baptised at Soglio 17 February 1771, he died 2 October 1836 at Dawley Lodge, Harlington, and lies buried in the ancient church of St Peter and St Paul, Harlington, London which was at the time in Middlesex.

London Gazette, April 8 to April 11, 1809, announces grant of Royal Licence to Jerome De Salis, and his descendants, to assume & use title of Count in UK.

In a letter of 1830 he proposed spending the winter in Madeira whence:

'...should the Antichrist appear next year, I can easily get a passage to Chilli... by the dream I had in 1815, or rather a waking vision during an illness I had in Dublin, the application of aerial navigation to military operations will be a sign of the coming of the Antichrist.'

De Salis was a friend of Samuel Wix, the high-churchman, and paid for his Reflections concerning the expediency of a council of the Church of England and the Church of Rome being holden, with a view to accommodate religious differences (1818) to be translated into several languages.[1]


He married three times:

Mother of nine children.

Early life residences

(4th) Count de Salis.

His children were born in

  • St. Marylebone, Westminster (February 1799, Petrus Johannes);
  • Langley, Bucks (December 1807, Sophia Juliana Penelope), married William Filgate of Lissrenny, co. Louth. Mother of Charles Roden Filgate;
His third mother-in-law, Catherine Letitia Leslie, aka Mrs. Foster


Henrietta Foster (1785–1856) Jerome's 3rd wife.
Henrietta (Harriet), (1785–1856), daughter of Lord Bishop Foster, & 3rd wife to Jerome, Count de Salis.
Henrietta (Harriet) Foster, aka Countess de Salis (1785–1856).

Sons-in-law and daughters-in-law

Some events

De Salis took a 21-year lease on Rokeby Hall, near Dunleer, from 29 April 1822, (550 pounds per annum).
His third wife's tiara
Sixth son, Captain Charles (1821–1845) of the Scots Fusilier Guards.
  • Selsey, (John Peachey, 2nd Lord Selsey (1749–1816)); and
  • Edward Ash (c.1764–1829), MD, FCP. Physician Extraordinary to the King; editor of "The Speculator", Dublin, 1790; nephew of John Ash).[2]

Royal Licence, granted to the count on 4 April 1809

Pictures of Jerome, his three wives, a relevant family book, and one of his crests

Detail of one of a pair of ormolu vases bearing the arms of Count de Salis impaling Foster.

Some Ancestors

Transcription of letter from Jerome Count de Salis to William Blackmore, December 20th 1833.
Some of Jerome de Salis's ancestors
Jerome De Salis (1771–1836)
Peter De Salis (1738–1807)

Jerome de Salis (1709–94)

Peter (1st Count) de Salis-Soglio (Casa Antonio) (1675–1749)

Margherita v. Salis-Soglio (Casa di Mezzo) (1678–1747)

Hon. Mary Fane (1710–1785)

Viscount Fane (1676–1744)

Mary Stanhope (1686–1762)

Anna v. Salis-Soglio (1749–1830)

Giovanni de Salis-Soglio (1707–90)

Battista de Salis-Soglio (Casa Battista) (1654–1724)

Anna de Salis-Samedan (d.1738)

Katherina Barbara de Salis-Soglio (1711–88)

Rudolfo de Salis-Soglio (Casa di Mezzo) (1652–1735)

Maria Magdalena de Salis-Rietberg (1685–1764)

His brother

His brother John, circa 1815.
Jerome's younger brother: Graf Johann von Salis-Soglio-Bondo (1776–1855).

Jerome's younger brother: His Excellency, Count Giovanni, aka Graf Johann von Salis, aka John, Count de Salis-Soglio-Bondo (Chiavenna 1776 – Modena 1855) of Bondo, Bregaglia; schloss Sulzberg, San Gallen (a Salis-Zizers house, sold on 2 June 1857 for 160,000 Franks); houses in Monstein and Avers; and the grafliche Salis house in Chur, L'Obere Spaniöl. He converted to Catholicism in Vienna, February 1813. Nearly 20 years later he married Grafin Emilia Elisabetha 'Luisa' (1804–1875), daughter of Feldzugmeister (Comte François) Graf Franz-Simon Fidelis Rudolf von Salis-Zizers (1777–1845), in Coire/Chur, July 1831 or 1832. She became a 'Sternkreuz-Ordens-Dame & Oberhofmeisterin' of the Modena Archduchesses Thereses and Beatrice von Oesterreich-Este. Educated in Chur and Chiavenna and then studying law at Göttingen, John was briefly at the London bar but went back to the Grisons to try to right the wrongs of Napoleon in the Three Leagues and Valtelline. After that he was a Grisons statesman: Bundespräsident of the Gotteshausbund (League of God's House) in 1811, 1813 and 1817; Landammann of the Bregaglia-Sopra-Porta 1816–26. Later he was an Austrian Privy Councilor and from 1836 Minister, 'grand-maitre de la cour', Principal Chamberlain of Their Royal Highnesses the Archdukes Francis IV and Francis V of Modena. A reactionary, supporter of the Ultras, and one of the founders of the 'comite de Waldshut', he was a correspondent with people like von Haller and Senft-Pilsach.[5]

References and Notes

The Count's second son: Rodolph J. H. L. De Salis, (1811–1880). Later a full general and CB.
Part of a silhouette of the Count, circa 1820–1836.
Maternal-grandmother: Katherina Barbara, (1711–1788), (daughter of Landshauptmann & Podesta Rudolfo de Salis-Soglio (Casa di Mezzo),(1652–1735), by Maria Magdalena v. Salis-Rietberg (1685–1764)), wife to Johannes v. Salis-Soglio (Casa Battista), (1707–1790). Her brother, Andreas, built the Neus Gebau in Chur.
  1.  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1900). "Wix, Samuel". Dictionary of National Biography. 62. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  3. Reports from Commissioners – Ireland. vol. XVII. The House of Commons. 1826. p. 106.
  4. "Harlington St Mary" (Word Document). CCC Response to Government Air Transport Consultation. Council for the Care of Churches. June 2003. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
  5. C. Maranta Tschümperlin, "Graf Johann von Salis-Soglio und der konservative Umsturzversuch 1813/1814 in Graubünden", in JHGG, 129, 1999, 119–214, via Cristina Maranta, in Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz, 2013
Daughter-in-law: Charlotte MacDonald (d.1878), wife to Leopold (1816–1898).
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Peter, 3rd Count de Salis
Count de Salis-Soglio
Succeeded by
Peter John, (5th) Count de Salis
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