Charles Townshend, 3rd Viscount Townshend
Charles Townshend, 3rd Viscount Townshend (11 July 1700 – 12 March 1764), known as The Lord Lynn from 1723 to 1738, was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1722 to 1723 when he was elevated to the House of Lords by writ of acceleration.
Townshend was the eldest son of the Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend and his first wife Elizabeth Pelham, daughter of Thomas Pelham, 1st Baron Pelham, MP. He was educated at Eton and was admitted at King's College, Cambridge in 1718. He then undertook a Grand Tour.
Townsend entered the Commons when he succeeded his uncle as Member of Parliament (MP) for Great Yarmouth at the 1722 general election. He held the seat until a year later, when he was summoned to the House of Lords through a writ of acceleration in his father's barony of Townshend. As his father was already Lord Townshend, Charles was styled Lord Lynn after the barony's territorial designation of Lynn Regis. Townshend then became Lord of the bedchamber in 1723 until 1727. In 1730 he was appointed Master of the Jewel Office to 1738. Also in 1730 he was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk and Custos Rotulorum of Norfolk. He succeeded to his father's titles and estates in 1738.
On 29 May 1723, Townshend married Audrey (Etheldreda) Harrison, the only daughter and heiress of Edward Harrison of Balls Park, Hertfordshire). They separated formally around 1740. Townsend died on 12 March 1764. His surviving children were George, later Marquess Townshend (1724–1807), Charles (1725–1767), and Audrey (died 1781) married to Robert Orme (soldier).
- "Townshend, Charles (TWNT718C)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- "TOWNSHEND, Hon. Charles (1700-64)". History of Parliament Online (1715-1754). Retrieved 1 November 2018.
- Martin, John. "Townshend, Etheldreda". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/68358. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
| Master of the Jewel Office
1730 – 1736
|Parliament of Great Britain|
| Member of Parliament for Great Yarmouth
1722 – 1723
With: Horatio Walpole
The Viscount Townshend
| Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk
1730 – 1738
The Earl of Buckinghamshire
|Peerage of England|
| Viscount Townshend
1738 – 1764
| Baron Townshend|
(writ in acceleration)
1723 – 1764
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