Charles Fane, 3rd Earl of Westmorland
|The Right Honourable
The Earl of Westmorland
|Member of Parliament for Peterborough|
26 May 1660 – 29 December 1660
Serving with Sir Humphrey Orme
|Preceded by||None (3rd Long Parliament dissolved)|
|Succeeded by||Himself (in the Cavalier Parliament|
1661 – 12 February 1666
Serving with Sir Humphrey Orme
|Preceded by||Himself (in the Convention Parliament|
|Succeeded by||Edward Palmer|
6 January 1635
|Died||18 September 1691(aged 56)|
|Resting place||Apethorpe Hall, Apethorpe, Northamptonshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Nodes (1665)
Dorothy Brudenell (before 1691)
|Relations||Vere Fane, 4th Earl of Westmorland (brother)|
|Parents||Mildmay Fane, 2nd Earl of Westmorland
Fane was the son of Mildmay Fane, 2nd Earl of Westmorland and his first wife Grace Thornhurst, daughter of Sir William Thornhurst of Agnes Court, Kent. He was a student at Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1649, and travelled abroad from 1652 to 1654 to France and the Netherlands. In 1660 he was elected Member of Parliament for Peterborough in the Convention Parliament. He appears to have been rather inactive in his period as Member of Parliament, having been a member of a total of five committees concerned with, amongst others, the drainage of the fens. He was re-elected MP for Peterborough in 1661 for the Cavalier Parliament, but was again inactive.
When his father died on 12 February 1666, Charles Fane inherited the earldom of Westmorland, as well as his father's further titles Baron Burghersh and Baron le Despencer. Due to his status as peer, he had to give up his seat in the House of Commons of England and instead entered the House of Lords. Though apparently an opponent of James II in 1684, he refused to take up arms against the King the year after. He died at the age of 56 and was buried at Apethorpe Hall.
Fane married twice: first, to Elizabeth Nodes, daughter of Charles Nodes of Shephalbury, Hertfordshire on 15 June 1665. When she died, he remarried, this time to Lady Dorothy Brudenell, daughter to Robert Brudenell, 2nd Earl of Cardigan and his wife Lady Frances Savile. As he had no children by either wife, he was succeeded by his younger half-brother, Vere Fane, 4th Earl of Westmorland.
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