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William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth, was born 20 June 1731 to George Legge (c1704-1732) and Elizabeth Kaye (c1707-1745) and died 15 July 1801 in Blackheath, Greater London, England, United Kingdom of unspecified causes. He married Frances Catherine Nicoll (-1805) 11 January 1755 . Notable ancestors include Charlemagne (747-814), Hugh Capet (c940-996), Alfred the Great (849-899), William I of England (1027-1087), Henry II of England (1133-1189). Ancestors are from England, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Turkey, the Byzantine Empire, Sweden, Hungary, Canaan.

Lord Dartmouth was a large donor to and the leading trustee for the English trust that would finance the establishment of the Moor's Charity School, in Lebanon, Connecticut by Eleazar Wheelock to educate and convert the Indians. Wheelock subsequently founded Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, naming the school in Lord Dartmouth's honor in hopes of getting his financial support. Lord Dartmouth refused. In London, Lord Dartmouth supported the new Foundling Hospital, a charitable institution for the care and maintenance of London's abandoned children. He served as a vice president of the organization from 1755 until his death. The famous painter Sir Joshua Reynolds painted the Earl's portrait and donated it to the hospital. The portrait is still in the Foundling Hospital Collection and can be seen at the Foundling Museum in London. He was admitted a Fellow of the Royal Society on 7 November 1754.

Children


Offspring of William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth and Frances Catherine Nicoll (-1805)
Name Birth Death Joined with
George Legge, 3rd Earl of Dartmouth (1755-1810) 3 October 1755 Westminster, Greater London, England, United Kingdom 10 November 1810 Dawlish, Devon, England, United Kingdom Frances Finch (1763-1838)

Henry Legge (1765-1844)
Arthur Kaye Legge (1766-1835)
Edward Legge (1767-1827)
Augustus George Legge (1773-1828)
Charlotte Legge (1774-1848)



Namesakes of William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth (1731-1801)

 Birth placeDeath placeFatherMotherJoined with
William Legge, 7th Earl of Dartmouth (1881-1958)55 Manchester Str., London, Greater London, England, United KingdomWilliam Heneage Legge, 6th Earl of Dartmouth (1851-1936)Mary Coke (1849-1929)Ruperta Wynn-Carington (1883-1963)
William Legge, 1st Earl of Dartmouth (1672-1750)Blackheath, Greater London, England, United KingdomGeorge Legge, 1st Baron Dartmouth (1647-1691)Barbara Archibald (-1717)Anne Finch (c1681-1751)
William Legge (1913-1942)El Alamein, EgyptWilliam Legge, 7th Earl of Dartmouth (1881-1958)Ruperta Wynn-Carington (1883-1963)
William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth (1731-1801)Blackheath, Greater London, England, United KingdomGeorge Legge (c1704-1732)Elizabeth Kaye (c1707-1745)Frances Catherine Nicoll (-1805)
William Legge, 4th Earl of Dartmouth (1784-1853)George Legge, 3rd Earl of Dartmouth (1755-1810)Frances Finch (1763-1838)Frances Charlotte Chetwynd-Talbot (1801-1823)+Frances Barrington (1802-1849)
William Heneage Legge, 6th Earl of Dartmouth (1851-1936)Westminster, Greater London, England, United KingdomPatshull Hall, Staffordshire, England, United KingdomWilliam Walter Legge, 5th Earl of Dartmouth (1823-1891)Augusta Finch (1822-1900)Mary Coke (1849-1929)
William Walter Legge, 5th Earl of Dartmouth (1823-1891)William Legge, 4th Earl of Dartmouth (1784-1853)Frances Charlotte Talbot (c1801-1823)Augusta Finch (1822-1900)



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