Carolina Lords Proprietors

William Craven, 3rd Baron Craven

1700 to August 10, 1739

William Craven, 3rd Baron Craven (1700 - August 10, 1739) was the eldest son of William Craven, 2nd Baron Craven and Elizabeth Skipwith.

He inherited his father's title and estates at the age of only eleven and made his home at Hamstead Marshall in Berkshire. He was educated in 1716 at Rugby and at St. John's College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. Unfortunately, his great palace burnt down in 1718 and his dreams of rebuilding it came to nothing. He subsequently lived at Coombe Abbey, Coventry in Warwickshire.

In 1721, William Craven, 3rd Baron Craven married Anne, daughter of Frederick Tilney and they had one daughter. Anne Tilney Craven died four years later, and Craven never remarried.

William Craven, 3rd Baron Craven was involved in the formation of England's first charitable institution dedicated to the care of unwanted children, the Foundling Hospital. Although Craven never witnessed its formal beginnings, the charity was created through a Royal Charter granted two months and one week after his death, Craven is still listed on the charter as a founding Governor.

Upon his father's death in 1711, Craven inherited his father's share of Carolina. Since he was a minor, this share was managed by Sir Fulwar Skipwith, his uncle, until around 1716, or perhaps even later, records are not clear.

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