Charles Douglas-Compton, 3rd Marquess of Northampton

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Charles Douglas-Compton, 3rd Marquess of Northampton, DL (26 May 1816 – 3 March 1877),[1] styled Earl Compton from birth until 1851, was a British peer.

Born Charles Compton at Parliament Street, London, he was the son of Spencer Compton, 2nd Marquess of Northampton and his wife Margaret, eldest daughter of William Douglas-Maclean-Clephane.[2] In 1831, a year after the death of his mother, he assumed the additional surname Douglas by sign manual.[3] Douglas-Compton succeeded his father as marquess in 1851.[4] He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a Master of Arts in 1837.[5] In 1850, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law from the University of Oxford.[4]

Douglas-Compton was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Argyllshire in 1841.[2] He was a trustee of the National Gallery (London).[4] Douglas-Compton inherited Compton Wynyates in Warwickshire and in 1867 he assigned Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt to restore it.[6]

In 1859, he married Theodosia, daughter of Henry Vyner.[4] Their marriage was childless and Douglas-Compton was succeeded in his titles by his younger brother William.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment - Peerage". Retrieved 15 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Dod, Charles R. (1865). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: S. Low, Marston & Co. p. 447. 
  3. ^ "No. 18774". The London Gazette. 8 February 1831. p. 244. 
  4. ^ a b c d Debrett, John (1876). Debrett's Illustrated Peerage and Titles of Courtesy. London: Dean & Son. p. 357. 
  5. ^ "Compton [Douglas-Compton], Charles, Earl Compton (CMTN833C)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  6. ^ Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd; Christopher Simon Sykes (1994). Great houses of England & Wales. Laurence King Publishing. p. 105. ISBN 1-85669-053-9. 
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Spencer Compton
Marquess of Northampton
2nd creation
1851 – 1877
Succeeded by
William Compton