William Finch (diplomat)

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William Finch (18 January 1691 – 25 December 1766), UK diplomat and politician, was the second son of Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham.

Career[edit]

He held the posts of Envoy-Extraordinary to Sweden (1720–1724) and to the Netherlands (1724–1728) and 1733–1734). He was Member of Parliament for Cockermouth 1727-54 (except part of 1747), and for Bewdley (1755–1761). He was appointed a Member of the Privy Council and Vice-Chamberlain of the Household in 1742, serving in the latter post until 1765.

Marriage and Family[edit]

He married:

  1. Lady Anne Douglas sister of Charles Douglas, 3rd Duke of Queensberry, by whom he had no issue.
  2. Charlotte Fermor, daughter of Thomas Fermor, 1st Earl of Pomfret on 9 August 1746. They were parents of:

References[edit]

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John Carteret, 2nd Baron Carteret
Envoy-Extraordinary to Sweden
1720-1724
Succeeded by
Stephen Poyntz
Preceded by
James Dayrolle
as Resident
Envoy-Extraordinary to the Netherlands
1724-1728
Succeeded by
Earl of Chesterfield
Preceded by
Earl of Chesterfield
Envoy-Extraordinary to the Netherlands
1733-1734
Succeeded by
Horatio Walpole
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Pengelly
Sir Wilfrid Lawson
Member of Parliament for Cockermouth
1727-1747
With: Sir Wilfrid Lawson 1727-1738
Eldred Curwen 1738-1741
Sir John Mordaunt 1741-1747
Succeeded by
Sir John Mordaunt
Sir Charles Wyndham
Preceded by
Sir John Mordaunt
Sir Charles Wyndham
Member of Parliament for Cockermouth
1747-1754
With: Sir John Mordaunt
Succeeded by
Sir John Mordaunt
Percy Wyndham-O'Brien
Preceded by
William Henry Lyttelton
Bewdley
1755-1761
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Winnington, 1st Baronet
Government offices
Preceded by
Lord Sidney Beauclerk
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
1742-1765
Succeeded by
Viscount Villiers