marquessate


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marquessate

(ˈmɑːkwɪzɪt)
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in the British Isles) the dignity, rank, or position of a marquess; marquisate
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In a codicil to his will, however, he left his collections and the greater part of his unentailed wealth to Wallace, rather than to the distant cousin who succeeded him to the marquessate: 'to reward as much as I can Richard Wallace for all his care and attention to my Dear Mother & likewise for his devotedness to me during a long and painful illness I had in Paris in 1840 & in all other occasions.'
Styled Earl de Grey after his father was elevated to a marquessate later in 1871, he entered Parliament for Ripon in 1874, a seat he held until 1880.
From 1925 until 1939, Kerr was secretary to the Rhodes Trust, a position so congenial to him he retained it even after inheriting his marquessate in 1930.