Charles Chetwynd-Talbot, 22nd Earl of Shrewsbury

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The Right Honourable
The 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 England 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, DL (born 18 December 1952) is an English nobleman.

Background and education[edit]

Charles is the son of John Chetwynd-Talbot, 21st Earl of Shrewsbury and Nadine Crofton. He was educated at Harrow School.

Political Career[edit]

Lord Shrewsbury is one of the 92 hereditary peers elected to sit in the House of Lords, and is also a whip for the Conservative and Unionist Party. He acts as deputy to Ian Dudson, Queen Elizabeth's Lord Lieutenant in the County of Stafford, and is involved either as a patron or as honorary president with a number of charitable bodies, including being president of the Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust, and the patron of 10 Livings. As a keen huntsman and fly-fisher, Lord Shrewsbury is president of the Gun Trade Association and deputy-chairman of the Standing Conference on Country Sports, as well as being a former president of the British Shooting Sports Council. He is also a liveryman of several London livery companies, namely the companies of weavers, gunmakers, and blacksmiths. He is a member of the Army & Navy Club and Pratt's Club. Lord Shrewsbury has divested himself of many Manorial Titles by the "sale of titles" to third parties through auction houses,[1] though he retains all rights pertaining to those titles.[citation needed] He promotes British industry and commerce in the United States, and specializes in the sporting guns trade.


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:

  • 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.

Lord Shrewsbury and his family live near Ashbourne in Derbyshire - but the house is a few yards into Staffordshire. Lady Shrewsbury was High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 2000.



Arms of Charles Chetwynd-Talbot, 22nd Earl of Shrewsbury
Arms of Talbot.svg
The accompanying illustration shows only the plain arms of Talbot, without the Chetwynd quarters.
A Coronet of an Earl
1st: on a Chapeau Gules turned up Ermine a Lion statant with the tail extended Or (Talbot); 2nd: a Goat's Head erased Argent attired Or (Chetwynd)
Quarterly: 1st and 4th, Gules a Lion rampant within a Bordure engrailed Or (Talbot); 2nd and 3rd, Azure a Chevron between three Mullets Or (Chetwynd)
On either side a Talbot Argent
Prest d'Accomplir (Ready to accomplish)


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Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Shrewsbury
Lord High Steward of Ireland
Peerage of England
Preceded by
The Earl of Shrewsbury
Earl of Shrewsbury
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
The Earl of Shrewsbury
Earl of Waterford
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
The Earl of Shrewsbury
Earl Talbot