George Grimston Craven 3rd Earl of Craven 1841 – 1883

Scots Fusiliers GuardsGeorge Grimston Craven 3rd Earl of Craven 1841 – 1883

In 1866, Earl Craven was on the Committee of the Association for the Trial of Preventative and Curative Treatment in the Cattle Plague by the Homeopathic Method.

In 1866, Earl Craven was on the Committee of the Association for the Trial of Preventative and Curative Treatment in the Cattle Plague by the Homeopathic Method, with William Pitt Amherst 2nd Earl Amherst, Henry Charles FitzRoy Somerset 8th Duke of Beaufort, Ralph Buchan, William Alleyne Cecil Lord Burghley 3rd Marquess of Exeter, George Thomas Keppel 6th Earl of Albemarle, William Coutts Keppel Viscount Bury 7th Earl of Albemarle (the Earl of Albemarle’s son), James Key Caird 1st Baronet (Vice Chairman), Colonel Challoner, Henry William Dashwood 5th Baronet, Patrick Dudgeon, Robert Grosvenor 1st Baron Ebury, Francis Richard Charteris 10th Earl of Wemyss Lord Elcho, Arthur Algernon Capell 6th Earl of Essex, Richard Grosvenor Earl Grosvenor 2nd Marquess of Westminster, Philip Howard Frere, Edward Kerrison, Henry Charles Keith Petty Fitzmaurice 5th Marquess of Lansdowne, Lord Llanover, Colonel Farnaby Lennard, George Loch, Archibald Keppel MacDonald, Arthur de Vere Capell Viscount Malden, John Winston Spencer Churchill 7th Duke of Marlborough (Chairman), Frederick Francis Maude, William Miles, James Moore, Charles Gordon Lennox 5th Duke of Richmond, Charles Marsham 3rd Earl of Romney, Sir Anthony Rothschild, John Villiers Shelley, John Robert Townshend 1st Earl Sydney, Lt. Colonel Charles Towneley, Augustus Henry Vernon, William Warren Vernon, Arthur Richard Wellesley 2nd Duke of Wellington (1807-1884), William Wells,

In 1866, the Treasury placed rooms at Adelphi Terrace at the disposal of John Winston Spencer Churchill 7th Duke of Marlborough, who was the Chairman of the Association for the Trial of Preventative and Curative Treatment in the Cattle Plague by the Homeopathic Method, based on the research done in Belgium by Edward Hamilton, with John Winston Spencer Churchill 7th Duke of Marlborough overseeing the work of Edward Hamilton, George Lennox Moore, James Moore and Alfred Crosby Pope.

William Coutts Keppel Viscount Bury 7th Earl of Albemarle issued an address or report for the Association for the Trial of Preventative and Curative Treatment in the Cattle Plague by the Homeopathic Method in 1866. Bury reported that the Dutch had experienced such success with homeopathy against that cattle plague, that they had authorised Edward Hamilton to visit Holland to investigate this.

Edward Hamilton discovered that the Dutch had treated 4798 cattle, 1031 were destroyed = 3767 were treated (with a mixture of allopathic and homeopathic treatments), the survival rate for the beasts treated was 45%, and the survival rate for the beasts treated only by homeopathy was 72-5%.

The Dutch Government had agreed to allow E Seutin, a homeopathic chemist, the total control of infected cattle in Matterness, and initially, E Seutin saved 70% of the cattle, though latterly, he had saved 9 out of every 10 beasts brought to him for treatment, and E Seutin’s use of homeoprophylaxic treatment of unifected beasts brought the epidemic under control entirely within four weeks. Matterness was pronounced free from infection and it has remained thus ever since. The remedies used were arsenicum, phosphorus, phos ac, rhus tox and sulphur.

In 1866, George Lennox Moore became involved with Association for the Trial of Preventative and Curative Treatment in the Cattle Plague by the Homeopathic Method, alongside Edward Hamilton and Alfred Crosby Pope, and overseen by John Winston Spencer Churchill 7th Duke of Marlborough.

George Lennox Moore wrote a detailed report on these trials, including a refutation of the falsities published in The Lancet regarding the homeopathic treatment of the cattle plague, attacking William Coutts Keppel Viscount Bury 7th Earl of Albemarle and accusing him of ‘being completely misinformed on this matter‘, and inventing a trail of misleading mistruths about the situation.

The orthodox statistics of this clinical trial revealed 8640 cases, 8% killed, 77% died and 15% recovered, though John Winston Spencer Churchill 7th Duke of Marlborough subsequently issued the interim homeopathic results claiming up to 50% recovery rates with arsenicum, belladonna, phosphorus, rhus tox and turpentine as the main homeopathic remedies used.

The Times wrote an article wishing the homeopaths success in these homeopathic trials, but they also made a pithy comment that the allopaths would probably rather see all the cattle die than have homeopathy proved successfull.

The final report on the homeopathic trials in the treatment of cattle plague was issued by John Winston Spencer Churchill 7th Duke of Marlborough. The orthodox statistics of this clinical trial revealed 8640 cases, 8% killed, 77% died and 15% recovered, though John Winston Spencer Churchill 7th Duke of Marlborough subsequently issued the interim homeopathic results claiming up to 50% recovery rates with arsenicum, belladonna, phosphorus, rhus tox and turpentine as the main homeopathic remedies used.

Of course, the ‘valuable and so far successful’ results of the homeopathic trials so far outstripped orthodox treatments, the homeopathic trials were immediately postponed by ‘orthodox sources’.

George Grimston Craven, 3rd Earl of Craven was born on 16 March 1841 at Charles Street, London, England. He was the son of William Craven, 2nd Earl of Craven and Lady Emily Mary Grimston.

He married Hon. Evelyn Laura Barrington, daughter of George William Barrington, 7th Viscount Barrington of Ardglass and Isabel Elizabeth Morritt, on 17 January 1867 at Shrivenham, Berkshire, England.

He died on 7 December 1883 at age 42 at Ashdown Park, Berkshire, England, after a long illness. He was buried on 9 December 1883 at Binley, Coventry, Warwickshire, England.

George Grimston Craven, 3rd Earl of Craven was educated at Harrow School, Harrow on the Hill, London, England.

He gained the rank of Lieutenant in 1860 in the service of the Scots Fusiliers Guards. He gained the rank of Captain in 1864.

He succeeded to the title of 3rd Earl of Craven on 25 August 1866. He succeeded to the title of 9th Baron Craven of Hampsted Marshall, Berkshire  on 25 August 1866. He succeeded to the title of 3rd Viscount Uffington, co. Berkshire on 25 August 1866.

He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) of Warwickshire.  He held the office of Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire between 1881 and 1883.

Children of George Grimston Craven, 3rd Earl of Craven and Hon. Evelyn Laura Barrington:

* Lady Mary Beatrix Craven b. 26 Nov 1867, d. 26 Apr 1881
* William George Robert Craven, 4th Earl of Craven+ b. 16 Dec 1868, d. 9 Jul 1921
* Major Hon. Rupert Cecil Craven+ b. 19 Apr 1870, d. 9 Jul 1959
* Hon. Charles Frederick Craven b. 10 Apr 1873, d. 7 Jun 1873
* Lady Helen Emily Craven+ b. 13 Dec 1874, d. 13 Oct 1926
* Hon. Charles Eric Craven+ b. 6 Feb 1879, d. 19 Jul 1909

Of interest:

William Craven 2nd Earl of Craven 1809 – 1866 died on 25 August 1866, and as we do not have the exact date in 1866 when the Association for the Trial of Preventative and Curative Treatment in the Cattle Plague by the Homeopathic Method was founded, or when John Winston Spencer Churchill 7th Duke of Marlborough produced its final report, it is entirely possible that both the 2nd and 3rd Earls of  Craven took part.

Rev. Dacre Craven (British) was also a supporter of homeopathy in 1882.

Keppel Richard Craven 1779 – 1851, a relative of George Grimston Craven 3rd Earl of Craven, was a British traveller and dilettante. Keppel Richard Craven was a patient of Frederick Hervey Foster Quin, and a friend of William Drummond, William Gell and the Countess of Blessington. Third and youngest son of William Craven 6th Baron Craven and Lady Elizabeth Berkeley, daughter of the 4th Earl of Berkeley.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *