William (Hannover) of Cumberland

William Augustus (Hannover) of Cumberland (1721 - 1765)

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William Augustus "Butcher of Cumberland" of Cumberland formerly Hannover aka Hanover
Born in Leicester House, St. Martin's, London, Englandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in Upper Grosvenor Street, London, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 15 Feb 2014
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William (Hannover) of Cumberland was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.
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William is best known for his role in the Battle of Culloden and its aftermath. After the defeat of the highlanders in the battle, 16 April 1746, Cumberland ordered his troops to "give no quarter" to the Highland troops. They hunted down and killed survivors, burned their homes, and stole their cattle. The attrocities initiated by Cumberland will not soon be forgotten by those of Highland descent.

Duke of Cumberland; Son of King George II 1683 - 1760 and Queen Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach (1683 - 1737)

He had several mistresses but never married.


  • Frederick Prince of Wales (1707 - 1751)*
  • Anne Hanover von Nassau-Dietz (1709 - 1759)*
  • Amelia Sophia Eleanor Hanover (1711 - 1786)*
  • Caroline Elizabeth Hanover (1713 - 1757)*
  • Prince William Augustus (1721 - 1765)
  • Princess Mary (1723 - 1772)*
  • Louise Of Great Britain (1724 - 1751)*

Burial: Westminster Abbey - Westminster - City of Westminster

  • Greater London, England
  • Plot: Henry VII Lady Chapel

Death: 31 OCT 1765, Upper Grosvenor Street, London, England[1]


  • Prince William County, Virginia is named in his honor.
  • In North America, a noxious weed, Senecio jacobaea, a member of the ragweed family, gets its common name "Stinking Willie" from William of Cumberland.


  1. Source: #S5935 Page: page Table 8


Note N3109
Field Marshall and Commander in Chief. Some say born 15 April. Marquess of Berkhamstead, Earl of Kennington, Viscount Tremation, Baron of Alderney. Said to have had three illegitimate children by the daughter of a Scottish soldier.

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On 11 Jun 2017 at 08:06 GMT Andrea (Stawski) Pack wrote:

Hannover-59 and House of Hanover-2 appear to represent the same person because: Clear Duplicate

On 13 Nov 2016 at 19:27 GMT Elizabeth Winter wrote:

House Of Hanover-1 and Hannover-59 appear to represent the same person because: Previous rejection of this merge gave the reason "Project Protected." However, these are certainly duplicate profiles for the same person. Perhaps they need someone with specific permissions to complete the merge. But that's not reason to reject it.

On 9 Oct 2016 at 23:00 GMT Gerald Jones wrote:

House Of Hanover-1 and Hannover-59 do not represent the same person because: Project Protected.

On 26 Feb 2015 at 02:33 GMT Christopher Winkels wrote:

He had an illegitimate son named Joseph Pack with a woman named Mary Anne Packard. He wasn't allowed to use the royal name so he chose to use a fragment of his mothers name.

William is 23 degrees from Walter Morrison, 27 degrees from Alison Wilkins and 4 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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