He was commissioned into the Army as a young child in 1692, rising to the rank of Major. He was then gentleman usher to the Princess of Wales (1714-27) and equerry to the Queen (1727–37). He was elected Mayor of Gloucester for 1736.
He married twice; firstly Mary Cook, the widow of William Houblon and secondly Anna Maria, the daughter of Thomas Hyde and widow of John Geddes. He had no children by either wife.
- "SELWYN, Charles (1689-1749), of West Sheen, Surr". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
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