Charles Chetwynd-Talbot, 22nd Earl of Shrewsbury

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Shrewsbury
The Earl of Waterford
7th Earl Talbot

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Arms of Talbot-Chetwynd, Earl of Shrewsbury
Lord High Steward of Ireland
Assumed office
12 November 1980
Preceded by John, Earl of Shrewsbury
Member of the House of Lords
Assumed office
11 November 1999
Elected Hereditary Peer
Preceded by Seat created
In office
16 February 1981 – 11 November 1999
as Earl of Shrewsbury
Preceded by John, Earl of Shrewsbury
Succeeded by House of Lords Act 1999
Personal details
Born Charles Henry John Benedict Crofton Chetwynd Chetwynd-Talbot
(1952-12-18)18 December 1952
Ingestre Hall, Staffordshire
Nationality English
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Deborah Jane Hutchinson
Children Three
Education Harrow School

Charles Henry John Benedict Crofton Chetwynd Chetwynd-Talbot, 22nd Earl of Shrewsbury, 22nd Earl of Waterford, 7th Earl Talbot DL (born 18 December 1952), styled Viscount Ingestre until 1980, is an English nobleman and the Lord High Steward of Ireland. He is the premier earl in the Peerage of England as the Earl of Shrewsbury (created 1442), and in the Peerage of Ireland as the Earl of Waterford (1446). He also holds the titles Earl Talbot and Baron Talbot.[1]

Background and education[edit]

Charles is the fifth child and eldest son of John Chetwynd-Talbot, 21st Earl of Shrewsbury and his first wife, Nadine Crofton, daughter of Brigadier General Cyril Randell Crofton. Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester was his godfather. His parents divorced in 1963. He was educated at Harrow School.[1]

Political career[edit]

Lord Shrewsbury is one of the 92 hereditary peers elected to sit in the House of Lords and a whip for the Conservative and Unionist Party. He is a Deputy Lieutenant in Staffordshire. He has remained in later life involved as patron or honorary president of charities including the Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust. He is patron of ten Anglican benefices. A frequent country sportsman, Lord Shrewsbury is president of the Gun Trade Association and deputy-chairman of the Standing Conference on Country Sports. He is a liveryman of three London livery companies: the companies of weavers, gunmakers and blacksmiths. He earlier retired as president of the British Shooting Sports Council and the Firearms Consultative Committee at the Home Office. He is a member of the Army & Navy Club and Pratt's Club. Lord Shrewsbury has derived an income over many years by divesting himself of Manorial Titles through auction houses, a practice which has brought him into the public eye.[2][3][4]

He retired in earlier life as Director and Deputy Chairman of Britannia Building Society and President of The Building Societies Association. He promotes British industry and commerce in the United States and at home. He promotes the British shooting sports and its niche manufactures businesses abroad.


On 5 January 1973, the Earl of Shrewsbury married Deborah Jane Hutchinson, daughter of Noel Staughton Hutchinson and Jennifer Hutchinson of Ellerton, Shropshire. They have three children:[1]

  • Lady Victoria Chetwynd-Talbot (b. 7 September 1975). Married Daniel Goodall in 2005; has one child:
    • Charlie Goodall (b. 15 September 2006)
  • James Chetwynd-Talbot, Viscount Ingestre (b. 11 January 1978). Married Polly Blackie of Debden, Essex in 2006; has four children:
    • Hon. Matilda Chetwynd-Talbot (b. 3 November 2008)
    • Hon. Rose Chetwynd-Talbot (b. 20 February 2010)
    • Hon. Flora Chetwynd-Talbot (b. 30 September 2011)
    • Hon. George Chetwynd-Talbot (b. 3 May 2013)
  • Hon. Edward Chetwynd-Talbot (b. 18 September 1981). Married Rosie Myers of Scamblesby, Lincolnshire in 2010. Has one daughter:
    • Jemima Grey Chetwynd-Talbot

Lord Shrewsbury and his family live near Ashbourne in Derbyshire – a house a few yards into Staffordshire Moorlands. Lady Shrewsbury was High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 2000.




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