Charles Townshend, 8th Marquess Townshend

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BornCharles George Townshend
(1945-09-26) 26 September 1945 (age 73)
ResidenceRaynham Hall
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
EducationEton College
Title8th Marquess Townshend
Predecessor7th Marquess Townshend
Spouse(s)Hermione Ponsonby (deceased)
Alison Marshall, née Combs

Charles George Townshend, 8th Marquess Townshend (born 26 September 1945) is a British nobleman and peer. He is the elder son of George Townshend, 7th Marquess Townshend, and his first wife Elizabeth Pamela Audrey (d. 1989),[1] daughter of Thomas Luby. He was styled Viscount Raynham until he succeeded his father on 23 April 2010.


In 1975 Townshend married Hermione Ponsonby (1945–1985), daughter of Lt. Cmdr. Robert Martin Dominic Ponsonby, RN, of the family of the Earls of Bessborough, who died in a motor accident in 1985. In 1990 he married Alison Marshall, née Combs, daughter of Sir Willis Ide Combs, KCVO, CMG.[2]

By his first wife, Townshend has two children:

  • Thomas Charles, Viscount Raynham (b. 1977), on 15 April 2011 at St Mary's Church, Kingsclere, Hampshire, married Miss Octavia Christina Legge (b. 3 February 1980), daughter of Mr and Mrs Christopher Legge, of Kingsclere, Hampshire. Miss Legge's family is apparently unrelated to the earls of Dartmouth, as far as researched.[3]
  • Lady Louise Elizabeth Townshend, now Lady Louise Da Paixao (b. 1979), married (2006) Edson Da Paixao.

The current Marquess holds the subsidiary titles Viscount Townshend, of Raynham in the County of Norfolk (created 1682), and Baron Townshend, of Lynn Regis in the County of Norfolk (created 1661), both of which are in the Peerage of England. He is also a Baronet, of Raynham in the County of Norfolk (created 1617). As the subsidiary titles are of the same name as the primary title, the Viscountcy has been referred to as "Viscount Raynham" and the Barony "Baron Lynn".

The family seat is Raynham Hall, Fakenham, Norfolk.



  1. ^ Allan Freer. "Conqueror 89" from The Conqueror database.
  2. ^ "The Raynham Family History. Chapter 15 "The Raynhams of Norfolk" Archived 2008-07-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ No references have been listed thanks to Wikipedia's new (new for me anyway) spam filter policy, preventing me from listing links.


  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
  • Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
  • Lundy, Darryl (2007). "FAQ". The Peerage.[unreliable source]
  • Allan Freer. "Conqueror 89" from The Conqueror database, in an older version.

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Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Townshend
Marquess Townshend
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Most Hon. The Marquess
of Lansdowne
The Most Hon. The Marquess Townshend
Succeeded by
The Most Hon. The Marquess
of Salisbury