John Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough
The Duke of Marlborough
The Duke of Marlborough in 1984
|Born||13 April 1926|
|Spouse(s)||Susan Mary Hornby
Countess Rosita Douglas
Alexandra Mary Hilda Cadogan
John George Vanderbilt Henry Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough, DL, JP (born 13 April 1926), is the son of Lt.-Col. John Spencer-Churchill, 10th Duke of Marlborough and his wife, Hon. Alexandra Mary Hilda Cadogan. He is also a relation of The Duke of Devonshire and a generational cousin of the war-time Conservative Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. He is also a distant relative of Diana, Princess of Wales as both belong to the Spencer family, and of the Vanderbilt family through his paternal grandmother, Consuelo Vanderbilt.
The Duke of Marlborough ranked 224th in the Sunday Times Rich List 2004, with an estimated wealth of £185m.
Spouses and children
1. The then Marquess of Blandford married Susan Mary Hornby, daughter of Michael Charles St. John Hornby and Nicolette Joan Ward on 19 October 1951. They divorced in 1961. The Marquess and Marchioness had three children:
- John David Ivor Spencer-Churchill, Earl of Sunderland (1952–1955), a god-son of Princess Margaret.
- Charles James Spencer-Churchill, Marquess of Blandford (born 1955)
- Lady Henrietta Mary Spencer-Churchill (born 1958)
2. He then married Athina Onassis, née Livanos, former wife of Aristotle Onassis, and daughter of Stavros Livanos. They were married from 1961 until their divorce in 1971. The marriage produced no children.
3. Thirdly, he married Countess Rosita Douglas-Stjernorp, daughter of ambassador Count Carl Douglas-Stjernorp and Ottora Haas-Heye on 20 May 1972. They divorced on 15 May 2008. They have three children:
4. The Duke married fourthly 3 December 2008 in the Private Chapel at Blenheim Mrs Lily Mahtani née Sahni (born ca. 1957 Iran), former wife of Ratan Mahtani, a wealthy Indian expatriate businessman, by whom she had three children.
- Raoul de Tancarville, 920-?
- Gerard, seigneur de Tancarville, 975-?
- Gerard, seigneur de Tancarville in Normandy, 1015-1066
- Amaury d'Abetot, 1046-1096, brother of Gerold de Roumare, seigneur de Roumare, grandfather of William de Roumare, Earl of Lincoln
- Robert Despenser, died after 1098, Royal Steward of King William II of England
- Wlliam Despenser, of Elington, Lincolnshire, born ca 1090
- Thurston le Despencer, born ca 1122
- Hugh Despencer, of Rhyale, Rutland, 1152-1199
- Thomas Despencer, of Elington, Lincolnshire, born 1169 (his fourth son was Hugh le Despenser I whose son Hugh was the ancestor of the medieval Despencer family).
- Geoffrey le Despencer, of Defford, Worcestershire, 1185-1242, married Emma de Harcourt, of the House of Harcourt
- John le Despencer, 1235-1251
- William Spencer, of Defford, Worcestershire, (fl.c.1330), he changed his surname from the original French Le Despenser to the English Spencer
- John Spencer, of Defford, born 1310
- Nicholas Spencer, of Defford, born ca 1340
- Thomas Spencer, of Defford, born 1366
- Henry Spencer, of Badby, Northamptonshire, 1392-1476
- John Spencer, of Hodnell, 1420-?
- William Spencer, of Rodburn, Warwickshire, ?-1485
- Sir John Spencer, Kt. of Snitterfield & Althorp, (1447-1522. He bought Wormleighton, co. Warwick, 1506, and Althorp, co. Northampton, 1508. He was High Sheriff of Northamptonshire 1511, and was knighted in or after 1519. At this point, the family became hereditary armigers.
- Sir William Spencer, Kt. of Wormleighton & Althorp, (1483-1532), Sheriff of Northamptonshire; married Susan, daughter of Sir Richard Knightley, of Fawsley, Northamptonshire
- Sir John Spencer, Kt. of Wormleighton & Althorp, (1517 [1524 per Cracroft]-1586) MP for Northampton, Sheriff and sometime Deputy Lieutenant of Northamptonshire; married Katherine Kitson (bur. at Great Brington, co. Northampton), 1st dau. of Sir Thomas Kitson, of Hengrave, co. Suffolk, Sheriff of London 1533, by his wife Margaret Donnington, later Countess of Bath, only child and hrss. of John Donnington, of Stoke Newington, co. Middlesex, and Donnington, co. York. Of their five sons, three became MPs, and of their six daughters, three married peers.
- Sir John Spencer, Kt. of Wormleighton & Althorp, MP (1550-1599) married Mary, daughter of Sir Robert Catlyn. It was this Sir John Spencer who assumed the arms of the medieval Despencer family.
- Robert Spencer, 1st Baron Spencer of Wormleighton (1570-1627)
- William Spencer, 2nd Baron Spencer of Wormleighton (1591–1636)
- Henry Spencer, 1st Earl of Sunderland (1620–1643)
- Robert Spencer, 2nd Earl of Sunderland (1640–1702)
- Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland (1675–1722), married Lady Anne Churchill daughter and heiress of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough
- Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough (1706–1758)
- George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough (1739–1817)
- George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough (1766–1840), he took double surname Spencer-Churchill
- George Spencer-Churchill, 6th Duke of Marlborough (1793–1857)
- John Winston Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough (1822–1883)
- George Charles Spencer-Churchill, 8th Duke of Marlborough (1844–1892)
- Charles Richard John Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough (1871–1934)
- John Albert William Spencer-Churchill, 10th Duke of Marlborough (1897–1972)
- John George Vanderbilt Henry Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough (b. 1926)
Titles and honours
- Earl of Sunderland (1926–1934)
- Marquess of Blandford (1934–1972)
- His Grace The Duke of Marlborough (1972–)
- "Blandford wedding 1951". British Pathe.
- Daily Mail, 15 May 2008 - It's a Sunny day to get divorced
- Richard Kay. "A Sunny day to get married" Daily Mail, 4 December 2008.
- Elizabeth Sanderson "How a Persian beauty reunited the grumpy Duke with black sheep son he disinherited" Daily Mail 17 August 2008. According to this article, the former Lily Sahni is the Persian-born daughter of an Indian businessman associated with the Hinduja family. She married 1987 Ratan Mahtani, a Nigeria-based Indian industrialist, and divorced him more than ten years ago, after having three children with him. Until her relationship with Marlborough, she was best known for her lawsuit against Sarah, Duchess of York for repayment of a loan made in 1994. According to other reports in the Daily Mail, the new Duchess brought about a reconciliation between her future husband and his eldest son Jamie Blandford, who attended his father's fourth wedding ceremony. More details at the 11th Duke and his marriages
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough
- Duke of Marlborough at the Internet Movie Database
- Cast of Branagh's Hamlet
- Elizabeth Sanderson. "How a Persian beauty reunited the grumpy Duke with black sheep son he disinherited" Daily Mail 17 August 2008. The article online also includes photographs of Jamie Spencer-Churchill, Marquess of Blandford, his second wife Edla, and his elder son George.
- James Reginato. "Magnificent Obsession" Vanity Fair June 2011
|Ancestors of John Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough|
|Peerage of England|
|Duke of Marlborough
|Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom|
His Grace The Duke of Devonshire
His Grace The Duke of Rutland