Sir Charles Bunbury, 6th Baronet

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Sir Charles Bunbury

Sir Thomas Charles Bunbury, 6th Baronet (May 1740 – 31 March 1821), was a British politician and the first husband of Lady Sarah Lennox.

Bunbury was the eldest son of Reverend Sir William Bunbury, 5th Baronet, Vicar of Mildenhall, Suffolk, and his wife Eleanor, daughter of Vere Graham. The caricaturist Henry Bunbury was his younger brother. He was educated at St Catharine's College, Cambridge.[1] Bunbury was returned to Parliament as one of two representatives for Suffolk in 1761, a seat he held until 1784 and again from 1790 to 1812. He was also High Sheriff of Suffolk in 1788.

Bunbury married firstly Lady Sarah, daughter of Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond (a grandson of Charles II), and one of the famous Lennox sisters, in 1762. Their notorious marriage, which produced no children (although Sarah gave birth to a daughter by her lover Lord William Gordon in 1769), was dissolved by Act of Parliament in 1776 (on the grounds of Sarah's adultery). He married secondly a woman by the name of Margaret sometime after 1776. There were no children from this marriage either. Bunbury died in March 1821, aged 80, and was succeeded by his nephew, Henry. Margaret, Lady Bunbury, died in February 1822.

Bunbury was an important figure in the field of horse-racing. He was a steward of the Jockey Club and his horses included the Epsom Derby winners Diomed, Eleanor and Smolensko.

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  1. ^ "Bunbury, Thomas [Charles] (BNBY756TC)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Affleck
Rowland Holt
Member of Parliament for Suffolk
with Rowland Holt 1761–1768
Sir John Rous 1768–1771
Rowland Holt 1771–1780
Sir John Rous 1780–1784

17611784
Succeeded by
Sir John Rous
Joshua Grigby
Preceded by
Sir John Rous
Joshua Grigby
Member of Parliament for Suffolk
with Sir John Rous 1790–1796
Viscount Brome 1796–1801

17901801
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Member of Parliament for Suffolk
with Viscount Brome 1801–1806
Thomas Sherlock Gooch 1806–1812

18011812
Succeeded by
Thomas Sherlock Gooch
Sir William Rowley
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
William Bunbury
Baronet
(of Stanney Hall)
1764–1821
Succeeded by
Henry Edward Bunbury