Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill

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Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill (3 December 1794 – 28 April 1840) was a British nobleman, the second son of George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough.

Spencer-Churchill entered the British Army in 1811, served in Spain and France. He transferred from the 85th Foot[disambiguation needed] to the 75th Foot as a Captain in 1824. He purchased a Lieutenant-Colonelcy in 1827 and sold his commission in 1832. From 1818 until 1820, he also represented St. Albans in the House of Commons.[1]

He married Ethelred Catherine Benett on 24 August 1827 and had three children:[2]

  • Susan Spencer-Churchill (d. 2 February 1898), married the Rev. and Hon. John Horatio Nelson, son of Thomas Nelson, 2nd Earl Nelson, and had issue
  • Lt.-Col. Charles Henry Spencer-Churchill (1828–1877), married in 1862 to Rosalie Lowther, daughter of the Reverend Gorges Paulin Lowther, and gained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the service of the 60th Rifles[3]
  • John Kemys George Thomas Spencer-Churchill (27 December 1835 – 9 August 1913), married Edith Maxwell Lockhart, aunt of the novelist Jean Rhys [4]
  • two other daughters[1]

Spencer-Churchill was returned to Parliament in 1830 as member for the family borough of Woodstock, but went out in 1832 when the representation of that borough was reduced by the Great Reform Act. He replaced his elder brother, the Marquess of Blandford, in 1835, but having joined the Whigs was defeated in the election of 1837. Lord Charles was previously a Tory and, unlike his brother, did not support Reform.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gentleman's Magazine, August 1840, p. 205
  2. ^ "thePeerage.com". Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  3. ^ thePeerage.com
  4. ^ More Monumental Inscriptions: Tombstones of the British West Indies By Vere Langford Oliver. Retrieved 2010-06-03. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Christopher Smith
William Tierney Robarts
Member of Parliament for St. Albans
1818–1820
With: William Tierney Robarts
Succeeded by
William Tierney Robarts
Christopher Smith
Preceded by
Marquess of Blandford
Lord Ashley
Member of Parliament for Woodstock
1830–1832
With: Marquess of Blandford 1830–1831
Viscount Stormont 1831–1832
Succeeded by
Marquess of Blandford
Preceded by
Marquess of Blandford
Member of Parliament for Woodstock
1835–1837
Succeeded by
Henry Peyton