Charlotte Townshend, Viscountess Townshend

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Charlotte Townshend, Viscountess Townshend (died 3 September 1770), suo jure 15th Baroness Ferrers of Chartley and 7th Baroness Compton, known as Lady Charlotte Compton until 1749 and as Lady Ferrers of Chartley from 1749 to 1764, was a British peer.

Charlotte was the only surviving child of James Compton, 5th Earl of Northampton, and Elizabeth, 14th Baroness Ferrers of Chartley. The barony of Ferrers of Chartley had fallen into abeyance on her mother's death in 1741. However, in 1749 the abeyance was terminated in Charlotte's favour and she became the 15th Baroness. In 1754 she also succeeded her father in the barony of Compton.

In 1751 Charlotte married the Hon. George Townshend, later fourth Viscount Townshend and first Marquess Townshend. When he succeeded in the viscountcy in 1764 she became known as the Viscountess Townshend. Charlotte died in September 1770 and was succeeded in the two baronies by her eldest son George, who was created Earl of Leicester in 1784 and later succeeded as second Marquess Townshend. Her husband survived her by over 30 years and died in 1807.

Titles and styles[edit]

  • The Hon Charlotte Compton (birth–15 April 1727)
  • The Lady Charlotte Compton (15 April 1727 – 1749)
  • The Rt Hon The Lady Ferrers of Chartley (1749–12 March 1764)
  • The Rt Hon The Viscountess Townshend (12 March 1764 – 3 September 1770)

See also[edit]



Peerage of England
In abeyance
Title last held by
Elizabeth Compton
Baroness Ferrers of Chartley
1749 – 1770
Succeeded by
George Townshend
Preceded by
James Compton
Baroness Compton
1754 – 1770