William Finch (diplomat)

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William Finch PC (18 January 1691 – 25 December 1766), UK diplomat and politician, was the second son of Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham.

Career[edit]

He held the posts of Envoy-Extraordinary to Sweden (1720–1724) and to the Netherlands (1724–1728) and 1733–1734). He was Member of Parliament for Cockermouth 1727-54 (except part of 1747), and for Bewdley (1755–1761). He was appointed a Member of the Privy Council and Vice-Chamberlain of the Household in 1742, serving in the latter post until 1765.

Marriage and Family[edit]

He married:

  1. Lady Anne Douglas sister of Charles Douglas, 3rd Duke of Queensberry, by whom he had no issue.
  2. Charlotte Fermor, daughter of Thomas Fermor, 1st Earl of Pomfret on 9 August 1746. They were parents of:

References[edit]

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John Carteret, 2nd Baron Carteret
Envoy-Extraordinary to Sweden
1720–1724
Succeeded by
Stephen Poyntz
Preceded by
James Dayrolle
as Resident
Envoy-Extraordinary to the Netherlands
1724–1728
Succeeded by
Earl of Chesterfield
Preceded by
Earl of Chesterfield
Envoy-Extraordinary to the Netherlands
1733–1734
Succeeded by
Horatio Walpole
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Pengelly
Sir Wilfrid Lawson
Member of Parliament for Cockermouth
1727–1747
With: Sir Wilfrid Lawson 1727–1738
Eldred Curwen 1738–1741
Sir John Mordaunt 1741–1747
Succeeded by
Sir John Mordaunt
Sir Charles Wyndham
Preceded by
Sir John Mordaunt
Sir Charles Wyndham
Member of Parliament for Cockermouth
1747–1754
With: Sir John Mordaunt
Succeeded by
Sir John Mordaunt
Percy Wyndham-O'Brien
Preceded by
William Henry Lyttelton
Bewdley
1755–1761
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Winnington, 1st Baronet
Government offices
Preceded by
Lord Sidney Beauclerk
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
1742–1765
Succeeded by
Viscount Villiers