Charles Wyndham, 2nd Earl of Egremont
|The Right Honourable
The Earl of Egremont
|Secretary of State for the Southern Department|
9 October 1761 – 21 August 1763
|Prime Minister||The Earl of Bute
|Preceded by||William Pitt|
|Succeeded by||The Earl of Halifax|
|Born||19 August 1710|
|Died||21 August 1763(aged 53)|
Charles Wyndham, 2nd Earl of Egremont, PC (1710 – 21 August 1763) (a son of Sir William Wyndham and a direct descendant of Sir John Wyndham) and Catherine née Seymour, succeeded his uncle, Algernon Seymour, 7th Duke of Somerset, as 2nd Earl of Egremont in 1750. Charles, who had succeeded to his father's baronetcy in 1740, inherited Somerset's estates in Cumberland and Sussex (see Petworth House). His younger brother was Percy Wyndham-O'Brien, 1st Earl of Thomond.
Seven Years War
In October 1761 he was appointed Secretary of State for the Southern Department in succession to William Pitt. His term of office, during which he acted in concert with his brother-in-law, George Grenville, was mainly occupied with the declaration of war on Spain and with the negotiations for peace with France and Spain, the terms of which the earl seems to have disliked. He was also involved with the proceedings against John Wilkes.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]