HERVEY, Hon. Felton (1712-73), of Bury St. Edmunds, Suff.
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b. 12 Feb. 1712, 10th s. of John Hervey, M.P., 1st Earl of Bristol, by his 2nd w. Elizabeth, da. and h. of Sir Thomas Felton, 4th Bt., M.P., of Playford Hall, Suff.; half-bro. of Carr, Lord Hervey, and bro. of John, Lord Hervey, and Hon. Thomas Hervey. educ. Bury St. Edmunds g.s.; Eton 1727-30. m. 25 Dec. 1740, Dorothy, da. of Solomon Ashley, wid. of Charges Pitfield of Brixton, 1s. 3da.
Equerry to the Queen 1736-7; groom of the bedchamber to the Duke of Cumberland Dec. 1737-56.
Felton Hervey was unjustly dismissed as a boy from his post of page to the Princess of Wales, but was subsequently vindicated. After succeeding his brother, Thomas, as equerry to the Queen, he was appointed to the Duke of Cumberland’s household at a salary of £400 p.a. In 1746 his father chose him to succeed his elder brother, Thomas, as Member for Bury St. Edmunds, because, though ‘a known courtier’, he was ‘the only son of all those it pleased God to give me who never yet had disobeyed me, and therefore I UNASKED nominated him’.1 He died 16 Aug. 1773.
Ref Volumes: 1715-1754
Author: Romney R. Sedgwick
- 1. Letter Bks. of John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, iii. 141-2, 147-8, 312.