Daniel Finch, 8th Earl of Winchilsea

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Daniel Finch (1689-1769), 8th Earl of Winchilsea, 3rd Earl of Nottingham (Thomas Worlidge)

Daniel Finch, 8th Earl of Winchilsea and 3rd Earl of Nottingham, KG, PC (24 May 1689 – 2 August 1769) was a British politician. Styled Lord Finch until 1730, he was the eldest son of Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham and his second wife Anne Hatton, daughter of Christopher Hatton, 1st Viscount Hatton. His father was a prominent Tory politician who had been one of the few leading Tories to actively support the Hanoverian succession.

As Lord Finch, he was elected when only 21 as Member of Parliament for Rutland. He remained its member until he succeeded to the Earldom in 1730, also serving as comptroller of the royal household from 1725 to 1730. Winchilsea supported the creation of London's Foundling Hospital, a charity providing home and education for some of the capital's many abandoned children. Winchilsea was one of the original governors for this organisation, founded in 1739.

Although his father had been a supporter of Walpole, Winchilsea became instead a supporter of Lord Carteret in the so-called "Patriot Opposition". When Carteret became leading minister in 1742, Winchilsea joined as well, becoming First Lord of the Admiralty (1742–1744). Later on, he allied himself with Newcastle and the Old Whigs, and served as Lord President in the Rockingham administration (1765–1766).

He was made a Knight of the Garter in 1752.

He first married Lady Frances Feilding, daughter of Basil Feilding, 4th Earl of Denbigh and Hester Firebrace, with whom he had a daughter, Lady Charlotte. He later married Mary Palmer, daughter of Sir Thomas Palmer, 1st Baronet Palmer. They had four daughters: Ladies Heneage, Essex, Hatton and Augusta, and four more who died young. They died unmarried and there are no known descendants.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The New Peerage; Or, Present State of the Nobility of England, 1769, p77
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Richard Halford
Philip Sherard
Member of Parliament for Rutland
1710 – 1730
With: John Noel 1710–1711, 1715–1719
Richard Halford 1711–1713
The Lord Sherard 1713–1715
Marquess of Granby 1719–1721
Sir Thomas Mackworth, Bt 1721–1727
John Noel 1727–1728
Thomas Noel 1728–1730
Succeeded by
William Burton
Thomas Noel
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Methuen
Comptroller of the Household
1725–1730
Succeeded by
Sir Conyers Darcy
Preceded by
Sir Charles Wager
First Lord of the Admiralty
1742–1744
Succeeded by
The Duke of Bedford
Preceded by
The Earl Temple
First Lord of the Admiralty
1757
Succeeded by
The Lord Anson
Preceded by
The Duke of Bedford
Lord President of the Council
1765–1766
Succeeded by
The Earl of Northington
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Daniel Finch
Earl of Winchilsea
1730–1769
Succeeded by
George Finch
Earl of Nottingham
7th creation
1730–1769
Viscount Maidstone
1730–1769
Baron Finch of Daventry
1730–1769
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Daniel Finch
Baronet
(of Raunston, Buckinghamshire)
1730–1769
Succeeded by
George Finch
Baronet
(of Eastwell, Kent)
1730–1769