Heneage Finch, 6th Earl of Aylesford

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Heneage Finch, 6th Earl of Aylesford DL (24 December 1824 – 10 January 1871), styled Lord Guernsey until 1859, was a British peer and politician.


Born in Packington, Worcestershire, Aylesford was the son of Heneage Finch, 5th Earl of Aylesford and his wife Lady Augusta Sophia, fourth daughter of George Greville, 2nd Earl of Warwick.[1]


A keen amateur cricketer, Aylesford played first-class cricket mostly for the Marylebone Cricket Club, but also played first-class cricket for other teams.[2] He made 21 first-class appearances, scoring 200 runs at an average of 7.14, with a high score of 28 not out.[3]

Political career[edit]

Finch became a major of the Warwickshire Yeomanry Cavalry in 1848 and represented the county as Deputy Lieutenant from 1852.[1] He entered the British House of Commons in 1849, sitting for Warwickshire South until 1857. Two years later, he succeeded his father in the earldom and took his seat in the House of Lords.


Lord Aylesford married Jane, only daughter of John Wightwick Knightley, in 1846. They had two sons and one daughter. He died in London in January 1871, aged 46, and was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, Heneage. The Countess of Aylesford died in October 1911.


  1. ^ a b Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co. p. 98. 
  2. ^ "Teams Lord Guernsey played for". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Player profile: Heneage Finch". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Evelyn Shirley
Lord Brooke
Member of Parliament for Warwickshire South
With: Lord Brooke 1849–1853
Evelyn Shirley 1853–1857
Succeeded by
Evelyn Shirley
Edward Bolton King
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Heneage Finch
Earl of Aylesford
Succeeded by
Heneage Finch