George Townshend, 7th Marquess Townshend

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George John Patrick Dominic Townshend, 7th Marquess Townshend DL (13 May 1916 – 23 April 2010), styled Viscount Raynham until 1921, was a British peer and businessman.


Townshend was the only son of John Townshend, 6th Marquess Townshend, and Gwladys Ethel Gwendolen Eugenie Sutherst. He notably served as Chairman of Anglia Television from 1958 to 1986. Having held his titles since the death of his father in 1921, as of 2 March 2009 Lord Townshend had held a peerage longer than any other peer in history, having passed the previous mark of 87 years, 104 days, held by Charles St Clair, 13th Lord Sinclair (b. 30 July 1768, succeeded 16 December 1775, d. 30 March 1863). Townshend was an active freemason.[1]


Lord Townshend married, firstly, Elizabeth Pamela Audrey Luby (d. 1989),[2] daughter of Thomas Luby, on 2 September 1939. They had three children:

  • Lady Carolyn Elizabeth Ann Townshend (born 27 September 1940); she married Antonio Capellini on 13 October 1962 and they were divorced in 1971. They have one son. She remarried Edgar Bronfman in January 1973.
    • Vincenzo Capellini Townshend (born March 1963); he married Rachael Daniels (b. September 1963) in 1994. They have three children:
      • Luca George Capellini Townshend (born January 1995)
      • Sofia Elizabeth Capellini Townshend (born June 1996)
      • Luisa Carolyn Capellini Townshend (born August 1998)
  • Lady Joanna Agnes Townshend (born 19 August 1943); she married Jeremy Bradford on 27 September 1962 and they were divorced in 1968. They have one son. She remarried James Morrisey in 1978 and they were divorced in 1984. She married, lastly, Christian Boegnor in 1991.
    • Francis James Patrick Bradford (born 28 October 1963)
  • Charles Townshend, 8th Marquess Townshend (born 26 September 1945); he married Hermione Ponsonby on 9 October 1975. They have two children. He remarried Alison Combs on 6 December 1990.
    • Thomas Charles Townshend, Viscount Raynham (born 2 November 1977)
    • Lady Louise Elizabeth Townshend (born 23 July 1979)

After he and his first wife were divorced in 1960, Townshend married, secondly, Ann Frances Darlow (d. 1988),[2] daughter of Arthur Pellow Darlow, on 22 December 1960. They had two children:

  • Lord John Townshend (born 17 June 1962); he married Rachel Chapple in 1987 and they were divorced in 1991. He remarried Helen Burt Chin in 1999. They have one daughter.
    • Isobel Ann Townshend (born 27 July 2001)
  • Lady Katherine Townshend (born 29 September 1963); she married Piers W. Dent in April 1991 and were divorced. They have two children. She remarried Guy Bayley in 2001. They have two children.
    • Lucia Dent (born 1992)
    • Mollie Dent (born 1995)
    • Inca Nell Bayley (born 15 February 2001)
    • Skype Bayley (born 24 October 2002)

Townsend married, thirdly, in 2004, Philippa Sophia Swire (born 28 April 1935), former wife of Humphrey Roger Swire (1934–2004), and daughter of George Jardine Kidston-Montgomerie of Southannan. Lady Townshend's first husband died in January 2004. She is the mother of the Conservative MP Hugo Swire.[3]

Lord Townshend died aged 93 on 23 April (St George's Day) 2010, having held his peerage for 89 years.


  1. ^ "Power of the Masons - Myth of Menace?". Sunday People. 13 July 1986. 
  2. ^ a b Allan Freer. "Conqueror 89" from The Conqueror database.
  3. ^ Michael Rhodes, with correction by Michael Andrews-Reading (2004). " Aristocratic marriages, May, 2004", Usenet group, message published 8 May 2004. The initial message read "The Marriage took place at Raynham Hall, Fakenham, Norfolk, 7 May 2004, between George John Patrick Dominic Townshend, 7th Marquess Townshend (b. 13 May 1916), son of the 6th Marquess Townshend (1866–1921), by his wife, Gladys Ethel Gwendolen Eugenie Sutherst (d. 1959), & Philippa Sophia (b. 28 April 1935), former wife of Humphrey Roger Swire (1934–2004), of that landed family, and daughter of George Jardine Kidston-Montgomerie of Southannan (recognised in that name by Lyon Court 1948), by his wife, Lydia Cecilia Mason. The Marquess has been twice widowed. His bride is a scion of the Kidston of Redenham Park landed family, and is descended from the 14th Earl of Eglinton. Marchioness Townshend is mother of the Conservative MP Hugo Swire. Her first husband died in January, 2004." Andrews-Reading pointed out on 11 May 2004 that the Marquess's first marriage had ended in divorce, although that wife, mother of his elder son and heir, has since died.


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Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Townshend
Marquess Townshend
Succeeded by
Charles Townshend