Heneage Finch, 3rd Earl of Aylesford

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Heraldic achievement of Heneage Finch, 3rd Earl of Aylesford (1715-1777): Quarterly 1st & 4th: Argent, a chevron between three griffins passant sable (Finch); 2nd & 3rd: Argent, a chevron vair between three demi-lions rampant gules (Fisher of Great Packington, Warwickshire). Crest: A griffin passant sable. Supporters: dexter: A griffin sable ducally gorged or; sinister: A lion or ducally gorged azure[1]

Heneage Finch, 3rd Earl of Aylesford (6 November 1715 – 9 May 1777), styled Lord Guernsey between 1719 and 1757, was a British peer and politician.

Background and education[edit]

Finch was the son and heir of Heneage Finch, 2nd Earl of Aylesford by his wife Mary Fisher, daughter and heiress of Sir Clement Fisher, 3rd Baronet of Packington Hall, Warwickshire. He was educated at University College, Oxford.[2]

Political career[edit]

As Lord Guernsey, he sat as Member of Parliament for Leicestershire from 1739 to 1741[2][3] and for Maidstone from 1741 to 1747 and again from 1754 to 1757.[2][4] The latter year he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords.

Family[edit]

Lord Aylesford married Lady Charlotte, daughter of Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, in 1750. She was reputed to be worth £50,000. They had twelve children:

  • Heneage Finch, 4th Earl of Aylesford (1751–1812)
  • Hon. Charles Finch (1752–1819)
  • Adm. Hon. William Clement Finch (25 May 1753 – 30 September 1794), married Mary Brouncker on 2 August 1789 and had issue
  • Lady Charlotte Finch (13 May 1754 – 7 July 1808), married Henry Howard, 12th Earl of Suffolk on 14 August 1777 and had issue
  • Capt. Hon. John Finch (22 May 1755 – 29 June 1777), Coldstream Guards, mortally wounded at the Battle of Short Hills
  • Gen. Hon. Edward Finch (26 April 1756 – 27 October 1843)
  • Rev. Hon. Daniel Finch (3 April 1757 – October 1840), prebendary of Gloucester and Fellow of All Souls'
  • Capt. Hon. Seymour Finch (11 June 1758 – 2 February 1794), RN
  • Hon. Henry Allington Finch (26 February 1760 – 19 November 1780)
  • Lady Frances Finch (9 February 1761 – 21 November 1838), married George Legge, 3rd Earl of Dartmouth on 29 September 1782 and had issue
  • Lady Maria Elizabeth Finch (7 October 1766 – 20 October 1848)
  • Lady Henrietta Constantia Finch (3 June 1769 – 1814)

Lord Aylesford died at Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London, in May 1777, aged 61, and was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, Heneage. The Countess of Aylesford died at Aylesford, Kent, in February 1805, aged 74.[2]

References[edit]

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Lord Grey
Edward Smith
Member of Parliament for Leicestershire
1739–1741
With: Edward Smith
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Cave, Bt
Edward Smith
Preceded by
William Horsemonden-Turner
Hon. Robert Fairfax
Member of Parliament for Maidstone
1741–1747
With: Hon. John Bligh
Succeeded by
William Horsemonden-Turner
Hon. Robert Fairfax
Preceded by
Hon. Robert Fairfax
Gabriel Hanger
Member of Parliament for Maidstone
1754–1757
With: Gabriel Hanger
Succeeded by
Savile Finch
Gabriel Hanger
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Heneage Finch
Earl of Aylesford
1757–1777
Succeeded by
Heneage Finch