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John Waldegrave, 3rd Earl Waldegrave (28 April 1718 – 22 October 1784) was a British politician and soldier.

Waldegrave was the youngest son of the 1st Earl Waldegrave. He joined the 1st Regiment of Foot in 1735, rising to the rank of Captain in 1739. He became a Lieutenant-Colonel in the 3rd Regiment of Foot in 1743 and fought at the Battle of Fontenoy where he was wounded in 1745.

Seven Years War

He became an Member of Parliament (MP) 1747 and continued his military career alongside his political one, becoming a Major General in 1757 and fought at the Battle of Minden in 1759, became a Lieutenant-General that year and fought at the Battle of Warburg in 1760. He later became a General in 1772.

Waldegrave was a Groom of the Bedchamber from 1760–63 and upon the death of his elder brother without male-heirs in 1763, Waldegrave inherited his titles. On 7 May 1751, he had married Lady Elizabeth Leveson-Gower, a younger daughter of the 1st Earl Gower and they had four children:



  •  "Waldegrave, James (1715-1768)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.  Article on his brother James, John as subarticle.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Viscount Glenorchy
Hon. John Bateman
Member of Parliament for Orford
With: Henry Bilson Legge
Succeeded by
John Offley
Henry Bilson Legge
Preceded by
Baptist Leveson-Gower
Viscount Parker
Member of Parliament for Newcastle-under-Lyme
With: Baptist Leveson-Gower 1754–1761
Henry Vernon 1761–1762
Sir Lawrence Dundas 1762–1763
Succeeded by
Thomas Gilbert
Sir Lawrence Dundas
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Powlett
Colonel of the 9th Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Sir Joseph Yorke
Preceded by
Richard St George
Colonel of the 8th Regiment of Dragoons
Preceded by
Thomas Bligh
Colonel of the 5th Regiment of Dragoons
Succeeded by
Hon. John Fitzwilliam
Preceded by
Lord George Sackville
Colonel of the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays)
Succeeded by
The Viscount Townshend
Preceded by
Richard Onslow
Governor of Plymouth
Succeeded by
Lord George Lennox
Preceded by
The Lord Tyrawley
Colonel of the Coldstream Guards
Succeeded by
The Duke of York and Albany
Political offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Beaufort
Master of the Horse to Queen Charlotte
Succeeded by
The Earl Waldegrave
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Rochford
Lord Lieutenant of Essex
Succeeded by
The Lord Howard de Walden
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
James Waldegrave
Earl Waldegrave
Succeeded by
George Waldegrave

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