Christopher Finch-Hatton, 15th Earl of Winchilsea

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The Earl of Winchilsea
Born Christopher Guy Heneage Finch-Hatton
(1911-08-02)2 August 1911
Died 7 March 1950(1950-03-07) (aged 38)
Predecessor Guy Finch-Hatton
Successor Christopher Finch-Hatton
Spouse(s) Countess Gladys Széchényi
(m. 1935; div. 1945)

Agnes Mary Conroy
(m. 1946; his death 1950)
Parents Guy Finch-Hatton
Margaretta Armstrong Drexel

Christopher Guy Heneage Finch-Hatton (2 August 1911 – 7 March 1950) was the 15th Earl of Winchilsea and 10th Earl of Nottingham. He acceded to the titles in 1939 on the death of his father, Guy Finch-Hatton, 14th Earl of Winchilsea. His mother was Margaretta Armstrong Drexel, the daughter of banker Anthony Joseph Drexel of Philadelphia.[1]

Early life[edit]

Finch-Hatton was born on 2 August 1911 to Guy Finch-Hatton, 14th Earl of Winchilsea (1885–1939) and his wife Margaretta Armstrong Drexel (1885–1952). His paternal grandfather was Henry Finch-Hatton, 13th Earl of Winchilsea (1852–1927), and his great-grandfather was Admiral Sir Henry Codrington (1808–1877), a captain who provided refuge on board ship for Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany and his family who were fleeing from revolutionary forces and then commanded the HMS Royal George in the Baltic Sea during the Crimean War. Codrington went on to be Admiral superintendent of Malta Dockyard and then Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth.

His maternal grandfather was banker Anthony J. Drexel Jr. (1864-1934) of Philadelphia,[1] and his great-grandfather was Anthony Joseph Drexel (1826–1893), the founder of Drexel, Morgan & Co., along with J. P. Morgan, in New York in 1871, as well as the founder of Drexel University in 1891.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

On 10 July 1935, he married fellow half-American, Countess Gladys Széchényi Sárvár-Felsövidék (1913–1978), daughter of Count László Széchényi Sárvár-Felsövidék (1879-1938) and Gladys Moore Vanderbilt (1886-1965).[4] Vanderbilt was the seventh and youngest child of Alice Claypoole Gwynne (1845-1934) and Cornelius Vanderbilt II (1843-1899), the president and chairman of the New York Central Railroad, and grew up in the family home on Fifth Avenue in New York City, and their summer "cottage," The Breakers (built in 1893) in Newport, Rhode Island.[5] Before divorcing in March of 1945,[6] Finch-Hatton and Széchenyi had two sons:

On 17 June 1946, he married for the second time to Agnes Mary Conroy, daughter of Patrick Joseph Conroy at the Corpus Christi Church in London.[6] He died on 7 March 1950 at age 38[9] and was succeeded by his son Christopher.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl. "Henry Stormont Finch-Hatton, 13th Earl of Winchilsea". Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Rottenberg, Dan (2001). The Man Who Made Wall Street: Anthony J. Drexel and the Rise of Modern Finance. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 0-8122-1966-X. 
  3. ^ White, Theo B. (1975). Fairmount: Philadelphia's Park. Philadelphia, PA: The Art Alliance Press. p. 94. ISBN 0879820152. 
  4. ^ "Gladys Szechenyi Becomes Bride Of Viscount Maidstone in London: Nobility and Ambassadors of Many Countries Attend Brilliant Church Ceremony — Both Are Members of Prominent European and American Families.". The New York Times. July 12, 1935. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Vanderbilt II, Arthur T. (1989). Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt. New York: Morrow. ISBN 0-688-07279-8. 
  6. ^ a b "LORD WINCHILSEA, DREXEL KIN, WEDS: 15th Earl Marries in London Mary A. Conroy, Daughter of Fruit Merchant". The New York Times. June 18, 1946. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Philip, A B (8 July 1999). "Obituary: The Earl of Winchilsea and Nottingham". The Independent. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Robin Heneage Finch-Hatton". The Peerage. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Christopher Guy Heneage Finch-Hatton, 15th Earl of Winchilsea". 
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Guy Finch-Hatton
14th Earl of Winchilsea
Earl of Winchilsea
Succeeded by
Christopher Denys Stormont Finch-Hatton
16th Earl of Winchilsea
Earl of Nottingham
7th creation
Viscount Maidstone
Baron Finch of Daventry
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Guy Finch-Hatton
14th Earl of Winchilsea
(of Raunston, Buckinghamshire)
Succeeded by
Christopher Finch-Hatton
16th Earl of Winchilsea
(of Eastwell, Kent)