Anne van Keppel, Countess of Albemarle

Anne van Keppel (24 June 1703 20 October 1789) born Lady Anne Lennox, was a British court official and noble, the daughter of the 1st Duke of Richmond and Anne Brudenell. Her father Charles was an illegitimate child of King Charles II, thus making her the granddaughter of the Merry Monarch.[1]

The Countess of Albermarle
Anne van Keppel, Countess of Albemarle, by Sir Joshua Reynolds
Lady Anne Lennox

(1703-06-24)24 June 1703
Died20 October 1789(1789-10-20) (aged 86)
Spouse(s)William Anne Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle
ChildrenGeorge Keppel, 3rd Earl of Albemarle
Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel
Hon. William Keppel
Hon. Frederick Keppel
Lady Caroline Adair
Elizabeth Russell, Marchioness of Tavistock
Parent(s)Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond
Anne Brudenell
RelativesCharles II of England (paternal grandfather)

Marriage and children

On 21 February 1722, she married the 2nd Earl of Albemarle at Caversham, Oxfordshire (now Berkshire), whereupon she became Countess of Albemarle. She was mother to six children:[1]

From 1725 to 1737, she was a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Caroline. Anne died in 1789 at Admiralty House aged 86.[1]

Titles and styles

  • 24 June 1703 - 21 February 1722: The Lady Anne Lennox
  • 21 February 1722 - 22 December 1754: The Right Honourable The Countess of Albemarle
  • 22 December 1754 - 20 October 1789: The Right Honourable The Dowager Countess of Albemarle



The Countess was 'one of 21 ladies of quality and distinction' who signed a petition in 1735 calling for the establishment of the Foundling Hospital in London, UK.[2] The petition was presented to King George II by philanthropist Thomas Coram and although it was initially rejected, it was instrumental in gaining further support for the children's home which was granted a Royal Charter in 1739.[3]


  1. G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume I, page 94.
  2. Fund, Art. "The Foundling Museum: Putting women back in the picture". Art Fund. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  3. "Campaigning for children | Coram". Retrieved 17 November 2018.

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