Note: N1009 7th son. [All the other 6 must have died before April 1840.]
A lieutenant in the 7th hussars at Waterloo, and afterwards became lieutenant-colonel. On 17 June 1815 (age 22) he had command of the troop of the 7th hussars on the high road from Genappe to Quatre Bras. The regiment was covering the British march from Quatre Bras to Waterloo, and Sir William Dörnberg left O'Grady outside the town, on the Quatre Bras road, to hold in check the advancing French cavalry while the main body of the regiment was proceeding in file across the narrow bridge of Genappe and up the steep street of the town. O'Grady advanced at the head of his troops as soon as the French appeared, and presented so bold a front that, after a time, they retired. When they were out of sight he crossed the bridge at the entrance of Genappe, and took his troop at a gallop through the town, rejoining Sir William Dörnberg, who had drawn up the main body of the regiment on the sloping road at the Waterloo end of Genappe. A severe cavalry combat ensued when the French lancers reached the top of the town, in which O'Grady's regiment made a gallant charge, with considerable loss.
At Waterloo he was stationed on the ground above Hougoumont on the British left. ‘The 7th,’ he says in a letter to his father, ‘had an opportunity of showing what they could do if they got fair play. We charged twelve or fourteen times, and once cut off a squadron of cuirassiers, every man of whom we killed on the spot except the two officers and one Marshal de Logis, whom I sent to the rear.’ (letter in possession of the Hon. Mrs. Norbury).
Two letters of his to Captain, William Siborne, describing the movements of his regiments on 17 and 18 June 1815, are printed in ‘Waterloo Letters,’ edited by Major-General H. T. Siborne (London, 1891, pp. 130-6).
Arrived at The Duchess Of Richmond’s Ball in Brussels on the eve of Waterloo, just before all the officers left for Waterloo.
(Account in Waterloo by Christopher Hibbert, Page 155.)
"The following list of the invited guests was given by my mother to Lord Verulam, who sent me a copy of it. Several of the officers were not present, being on duty."
(Georgiana, Dowager Lady De Ros).
Would seem he lived at Hampton Court Palace - presumably a “grace and favour” flat - and his widow continued to do so. His son Hardress was born there 20 Oct 1841, and his dau Sophia was described as being of HCP in her marriage settlement of 1862.
[Try Grace & Favour: The Hampton Court Palace Community, 1750-1950 (24 pages)]
• 1. STANDISH, 3rd viscount, b 8 July 1832.
• 2. PAGET-STANDISH, 4th viscount,
• 3. Reginald-Grimston-Standish, b 9 March, 1839; m.27 Aug.1867, Frances-Arabella, only dau. of the Right Hon. William Beresford (see Waterford,M.) and d.25 Dec.1874.
• 4. HARDRESS-STANDISH, 5th viscount.
• 5. Berkeley-Standish, b.24 Oct.1845; d 23 Aug.1858.
• 6. FREDERICK-STANDISH, 6th viscount,b.20 April, 1847; m.1881, Mary-Theresa-Burdett , widow of J.H.Empson, Esq., and youngest dau. of Hon. W.J.Coventry (see Coventry,E).
• 1. Sophia, m. 6 Feb.1862, Edward-Wilmot Williams, Esq. of Herrington, Dorsetshire.
• 2. Gertrude, m. 2 June, 1855, Liuet.-Col. Thomas-Conningsby Norbury, C.B. of Sherridge, Worcestershire.
• 3. Kathleen-Eleanor-Henrietta, m. 21 Nov.1855, James-Henry-Augustus Steuart, of Sunningdale House, Berks.
• 4. Amabel; m. Feb.1873, to Hugh-Melville Freeling, Esq. and has issue.
Sotheby’s sale at Fawley House, 15 Oct 2003:
DAVID DALBY OF YORK (1794-1836)
PORTRAIT OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL STANDISH DERBY O'GRADY, LATER 2ND VISCOUNT GUILLAMORE (1792-1848) Sold £4,800.
Oil on canvas. 24.00 in. (60.96 cm.) (height) by 29.00 in. (73.66 cm.) (width)
(jpg on Sotheby’s website in 2011)
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