William King-Noel, 1st Earl of Lovelace

For other people named William King, see William King (disambiguation).
The Right Honourable
The Earl of Lovelace
Born (1805-02-21)21 February 1805
Died 29 December 1893(1893-12-29) (aged 88)
Spouse(s) Hon. Augusta Ada Byron
(m. 1835–1852; her death)
Jane Jenkins
Children Byron King-Noel, Viscount Ockham & 12th Baron Wentworth
Anne Blunt, 15th Baroness Wentworth
Ralph King-Milbanke, 2nd Earl of Lovelace & 13th Baron Wentworth
Parent(s) Peter King, 7th Baron King
Lady Hester Fortescue

William King-Noel, 1st Earl of Lovelace FRS (21 February 1805 29 December 1893), known as the Hon. William King until 1833 and as the Lord King from 1833 to 1838, was an English nobleman and scientist.

Lovelace was the eldest son of Peter King, 7th Baron King, and his wife Lady Hester Fortescue, granddaughter of George Grenville. The politician the Hon. Peter John Locke King was his younger brother. He succeeded in the barony in 1833. He was created Viscount Ockham and Earl of Lovelace in 1838, and appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey in 1840, a post he held until his death. On 25 November 1841, he was admitted a Fellow of the Royal Society.[1] In 1860, he adopted the additional surname of Noel.

Lord King married Augusta Ada Byron, the only legitimate daughter of poet George Byron, 6th Baron Byron and the first computer programmer, in 1835. They had three children:

After Ada Lovelace died in 1852, he married Jane Jenkins and they had one son, Lionel Fortescue King, later third Earl of Lovelace. Lord Lovelace died in December 1893, aged 88, and was succeeded in the earldom by his second but eldest surviving son Ralph.


  1. "Lists of Royal Society Fellows". Retrieved 2006-12-15.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Arden
Lord Lieutenant of Surrey
Succeeded by
Francis Egerton
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Earl of Lovelace
Succeeded by
Ralph Gordon Noel King-Milbanke
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Peter King
Baron King
Succeeded by
Ralph Gordon Noel King-Milbanke
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