Peter, 3rd Count de Salis

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Upper part of the statue put up in honour of Peter de Salis, 3rd Count de Salis in 1782/83.

Peter de Salis, 3rd Count de Salis (28 June 1738 - 19 November 1807) was a soldier and official.

Early life and education[]

He was the second son of Jerome De Salis by his wife Mary, daughter of the first Viscount Fane. He was educated with his brothers, Charles and Henry, in the Grisons, in Chur where his tutor was Johann Heinrich Lambert, and then at Eton.[citation needed]


He left Eton early in 1754 and was commissioned as an ensign in the 1st Regiment of Foot on 17 October 1754, which cost £900, subsequently he fought in the Seven Years' War, becoming a lieutenant on 27 October 1760. He left the army a captain.[citation needed]

Salis was Governor and Capitaine General of the Valtelline 1771–1773, and 1781–1783, where, it was said at the time, "with great munificence, insight and skill he hastened to relieve the poverty of the population of Chiavenna".[citation needed] Accordingly, in 1782 a statue was put up to him in a main square there. The statue was dismembered in 1797, but fragments survive.[citation needed]

Personal life[]

Salis was sent by his father to the Grisons where he married a second cousin in 1763, she died, morte avec une fille en couches a year later.[citation needed] In 1765 he married a first cousin, she died 18 months later. In 1769 he married a combined third and fourth cousin, she bore him two sons and outlived him 22 years.[citation needed]

In March 1785 he inherited his mother's half share of the Bourchier-Fane estates in counties Limerick and Armagh, (Ireland). On 13 November 1785 he returned to England, landing with his family at Dover. From then he styled himself Esquire and lived mostly at 19 Orchard Street, near Portman Square; 11 Great Cumberland Street; in Hayes; and then at Hillingdon Park, Hillingdon-heath, near Uxbridge, a fine villa which Joseph Bonomi designed for him c. 1795–1797.[citation needed]

He died 19 November 1809 at his house on Hillingdon-Heath.[1]

He was succeeded in his British estates by his elder son, Jerome and his younger son John/Johann/Giovanni seems to have inherited his Grisons property.[citation needed]


  1. ^ The Times, 26 November 1809- insufficient detail for citation- please amplify
  • R. de Salis, Quadrennial di Fano Saliceorum, volume one, London, 2003
  • Rachel Fane De Salis, De Salis Family : English Branch, Henley-on-Thames, 1934.
  • manuscripts & muniments.
  • The Times, notice of death, 26 November 1807, (page 3, column F).
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Jerome, 2nd Count de Salis
Count de Salis-Soglio
Succeeded by
Jerome, 4th Count de Salis
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