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The Weld Family

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The Genteman’s Magazine - July 1837

April 10. At his palace at Rome, aged 63, his Eminence Thomas Weld, Cardinal of the Church of Rome; brother-in-law to Lord Stourton, and father-in-law of Lord de Clifford.

He was born Jan. 22, 1773, the eldest son of Thomas Weld, esq.  Of Lulworth castle, Dorsetshire who was the founder of the Roman catholic college at Stoneyhurst in Lancashire. His mother was Mary , eldest daughter of Sir John Stanley Massey-Stanley, Bart. Of Hooton. He resided for many years at Clifton, near Bristol. He succeeded to his ancestral estates on the death of his father in 1810; but after the decease of his wife, in 1815, he took holy orders in the church of Rome, and some years after was consecrated coadjutor Bishop of Canada. Having accompanied to Rome his daughter Lady de Clifford, who went to Italy for her health, he received in 1829 the extraordinary mark of the favour of Pope Pius VIII in being elevated to the dignity of a Cardinal. Mr. Weld had for many years before devoted the whole of his time and a large share of his fortune to objects of piety and charity. He relinquished his estates to his next brother the present Joseph Weld, esq. And in 1830 the exiled Royal family of France found refuge at his mansion of Lulworth castle, where they remained for some weeks until their removal to Holyrood House.

Mr. Weld married in 1796 Lucy-Bridget fourth daughter of the Hon. Thomas Clifford, fourth and posthumous son of Hugh third Lord Clifford, and sister to the present Sir Thomas Hugh Clifford Constable, of Tixall, Bart. By this lady, who died on the 1st June 1815, he had issue an only daughter Mary-Lucy, who was married at Paris, 31 Aug. 1818, and afterwards at Ugbrooke, 9n Jan. 1819, to Hugh-Charles present and seventh Lord Clifford, of Chudleigh, and died in June 1831, leaving six children.

In a letter from Rome, dated the 15t h April, it is stated: ‘Yesterday the Pope was present at a requiem, celebrated in honour of Cardinal Weld. The Sovereign Pontiff wished thus to express the great esteem he felt for that dignitary. Newer was mourning more general here.”

Extract from "The Weld Family & Lulworth", undated:

Edward Weld 1705-1761

Edward, like his father, inherited before he was 21. He married Catherine Aston, daughter of Lord Aston of Forfar, but they soon separated. In a rather lurid court case, she sued him for breach of promise on the ground of non-consummation, but failed. To preserve his reputation, Edward counter-sued her for libel and won but was not free to remarry until shed died in 1739. A year later he married Mary Vaughan and had five children.