Charles Wyndham, 2nd Earl of Egremont

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Egremont
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Secretary of State for the Southern Department
In office
9 October 1761 – 21 August 1763
Monarch George III
Prime Minister The Earl of Bute
George Grenville
Preceded by William Pitt
Succeeded by The Earl of Halifax
Personal details
Born (1710-08-19)19 August 1710
Died 21 August 1763(1763-08-21) (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.

Wyndham was a member of Parliament (MP) from 1734 to 1750: for Bridgwater 1734-1741, Appleby 1741-1747, and Taunton 1747-1750.

Seven Years War[edit]

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.

He died on 21 August 1763. Horace Walpole perhaps rates Egremont's talents too low when he says he had neither knowledge of business, nor the smallest share of parliamentary abilities.

He was Lord Lieutenant of Cumberland 1751-1763 and Lord Lieutenant of Sussex 1762-1763.


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Bubb Dodington
Thomas Palmer
Member of Parliament for Bridgwater
With: George Bubb Dodington
Succeeded by
George Bubb Dodington
Vere Poulett
Preceded by
Sir John Ramsden, Bt
George Bubb Dodington
Member of Parliament for Appleby
With: Sir John Ramsden, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir John Ramsden, Bt
Randle Wilbraham
Preceded by
Sir John Chapman, Bt
Percy Wyndham-O'Brien
Member of Parliament for Taunton
With: Robert Webb
Succeeded by
Robert Webb
William Rowley
Political offices
Preceded by
William Pitt
Secretary of State for the Southern Department
Succeeded by
The Earl of Halifax
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Viscount Lonsdale
Lord Lieutenant of Cumberland
Succeeded by
Sir James Lowther, 5th Bt
Custos Rotulorum of Cumberland
Title next held by
Sir James Lowther, 5th Bt
Preceded by
Sir James Lowther, 4th Bt
Vice-Admiral of Cumberland
Preceded by
The Duke of Newcastle
Lord Lieutenant of Sussex
Succeeded by
The Duke of Richmond
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Algernon Seymour
Earl of Egremont
Succeeded by
George Wyndham
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
William Wyndham
(of Orchard Wyndham)
Succeeded by
George Wyndham