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Kirkhoven (the anglicised form of van der Kerckhove) was the only son of Jehan, Lord of Heenvliet and his wife, Katherine (later created Countess of Chesterfield), both courtiers in the Princess of Orange's household.
In 1649, Charles II created him Baron Wotton, a title which became extinct upon the death of his maternal grandfather in 1630. From 1659-74, he was Chief Magistrate of Breda and was granted a troop of horse by the States-General. On the death of his father in 1660, he took over the former's offices in the Princess's household and was also granted a post in the household of her son, Prince William (later William III of England).
In 1663, Lord Wotton took his seat in the House of Lords and on his mother's death four years later, he inherited her estate at Belsize Park. His mother's attempt in her will for him to marry the former's third husband's niece came to nothing and on 25 August 1679, he married Hon. Frances Harpur, widow of Sir John Harpur and daughter of William Willoughby, 6th Baron Willoughby of Parham.
In 1680, he was created Earl of Bellomont but died a few years later of an apoplexy and was buried in Canterbury Cathedral. As he had no surviving children, his titles became extinct and he left his estate to Hon. Charles Stanhope (the youngest son of his half-brother, the 2nd Earl of Chesterfield), who later changed his surname to Wotton.
- Stanhope née Wotton; other married name van der Kerckhove, Katherine, suo jure countess of Chesterfield, and Lady Stanhope (bap. 1609, d. 1667), courtier - Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; Poynting, Sarah
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1649 – 1683