Frances Vane, Marchioness of Londonderry

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The Most Honourable
The Marchioness of Londonderry
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The engagement painting of Lady Frances Anne Vane-Tempest by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1818[1]
Personal details
Born 17 January 1800
St James's Square, London, England
Died 20 January 1865(1865-01-20) (aged 65)
Seaham Hall, County Durham, England
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Charles Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry
Children George Vane-Tempest, 5th Marquess of Londonderry
Frances Anne Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough
Alexandrina Dawson-Damer, Countess of Portarlington
Lord Adolphus Vane-Tempest
Lady Adelaide Emelina Caroline Vane
Lord Ernest McDonnell Vane-Tempest
Parents Sir Henry Vane-Tempest, 2nd Bt
Anne MacDonnell, Countess of Antrim

Frances Anne Vane, Marchioness of Londonderry (17 January 1800 – 20 January 1865) was a wealthy English heiress and noblewoman. She was the daughter of Sir Henry Vane-Tempest, 2nd Baronet and the second wife of Charles Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry.[2][3][4][5][6] Through her daughter, Lady Frances Vane, wife of John Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough, she was the great-grandmother of Sir Winston Churchill.

Basic information[edit]

Frances Anne inherited extensive lands from her father in north east England.[7] Her mother was Anne MacDonnell, 2nd Countess of Antrim. With her husband, she developed an extensive coal mining operation that included coal mines, a railroad, and docks at Seaham.[8]

She became an object of affection for the Tsar Alexander I of Russia after he saw her portrait.[8]

She sought to promote her eldest son's political career and was a patron of Benjamin Disraeli.


Frederick William Robert Stewart, 4th Marquess of Londonderry (1805–1872) was her stepson.

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 17 January 1800 – 3 April 1819 Lady Frances Anne Vane
  • 3 April 1819 – 12 August 1822 The Right Honourable The Lady Stewart
  • 12 August 1822 – 6 March 1854 The Most Honourable The Marchioness of Londonderry
  • 2 March 1854 – 20 January 1865 The Most Honourable The Dowager Marchioness of Londonderry


  1. ^ Urquhart, p.71
  2. ^ More letters from Martha Wilmot, edited by Edith, Marchioness of Londonderry and H. M. Hyde (1935)
  3. ^ "A Brief History of Seaham Harbour". Retrieved 27 August 2008. 
  4. ^ Letters from Benjamin Disraeli to Frances Anne, marchioness of Londonderry, 1837–1861, edited by Edith, Marchioness of Londonderry (1938), p.268
  5. ^ "International Genealogical Index". The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  6. ^ Letters of Disraeli to Lady Bradford and Lady Chesterfield, edited by The Marquess of Zetland (1923)
  7. ^ "Sale of the century as aristocrats auction heirlooms". The Daily Telegraph. 
  8. ^ a b Londonderry, Edith, Marchioness of. Francess Anne The life and TImes of Frances Anne Marchioness of Londonderry and her husband Charles Third Marquess of Londonderry, pg 42. St. Martin's Press, New York 1958.


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