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William Robert Spencer (1769 - 1834)

William Robert Spencer
Born in London, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 13 Dec 1791 [location unknown]
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Died at age 65 in Paris, Île-de-France, Francemap
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Biography

European Aristocracy
William Spencer was a member of the aristocracy in England.

William Robert Spencer was an English poet and wit from the Spencer family

Birth & Origin

William Robert Spencer was Born on January 9, 1769, in Kensington Palace, London, England.

Baptisim

William Robert Spencer, child of Lord Charles Spencer & Mary Spencer, was baptised on 7 February 1770 in London, England.[1]

Parents

William's father was Charles Spencer (1740-1820) and his mother was Mary (Beauclerk) Spencer (abt.1743-1812)[2]


Marriage

On December 13, 1791, he married Susan (Jenison) Spencer (1770-1840), daughter of Count Jenison-Walworth, chamberlain to the elector Palatine, by whom he had five sons and two daughters.[3]

Children

  • William Spencer (-)
  • 2 additional sons[6]
  • 2 daughters



Life

Spencer was educated at Harrow School and Christ Church, Oxford, but he left Christ Church without a degree. Spencer's wit made him a popular member of society. He belonged to the Whig set of Charles James Fox and Richard Brinsley Sheridan and was frequently a guest of the Prince of Wales. He did not desire a public life, being content as a writer of "occasional" verse and vers de société. In 1796 he published an English version of Bürger's Leonore, and in 1802 he burlesqued German romance in his Urania, which was produced on the stage at Drury Lane. Among his best-known pieces, which were published in a collection of his poems in 1811, were his well-known ballad "Beth Gelert" and "Too Late I Stayed." His writings were greatly appreciated by his contemporaries, being warmly praised by such figures as Sir Walter Scott, John Wilson, and Lord Byron. Spencer briefly sat in the House of Commons but gave up his seat in 1797 to become a commissioner of stamps to support his family. He held the post until 1826, surrendering it after moving to Paris the year before because of his financial difficulties.[7]

Death & Burial

William Spencer spent his remaining years in Paris, dying there in October 1834. His remains were taken back to England and buried in Harrow Church. William was mentioned on a memorial in St Mary Churchyard, Harrow-on-the-Hill, London Borough of Harrow, Greater London, England with a death date of 23 October 1834, Maintained by Jeff Donaldson (contributor 47678069).[8] Honorable, son of Charles Spencer, died on 23 October 1834 in Paris.[9]


Sources

  1. Baptism: "Kensington and Chelsea, Church of England Parish Chest Records, 1597-1950"
    Local Studies and Archives-Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; London, England; Kensington and Chelsea Parish Chest; Reference: MS63/9670
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 62480 #26670 (accessed 26 March 2024)
    William Robert Spencer was baptised on 7 Feb 1770, child of Lord Charles Spencer & Mary Spencer, in London, England.
  2. Death: "Dictionary of National Biography, Volumes 1-22"
    London, England: Oxford University Press; Volume: Vol 18; Page: 788
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 1981 #65644 (accessed 26 March 2024)
    William Robert Spencer died 24 Oct1834, child of Lord Charles Spencer & Mary Beauclerk, in Paris, France.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Robert_Spencer
  4. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NBVW-PBG : 10 February 2018, William Robert Spencer in entry for Aubrey George Spencer, 11 Feb 1795); citing 2:3M6MG9W, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,042,309.
  5. Baptism of son George Trevor Spencer: "Westminster, London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1558-1812"
    City of Westminster Archives Centre; London, England; Westminster Church of England Parish Registers; Reference: STG/PR/2/5
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 61865 #150792234 (accessed 26 March 2024)
    William Robert Spencer's son George Trevor Spencer baptism on 8 Feb 1800 in St George, Hanover Square, London, Westminster, England.
  6. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J3G6-FCQ : 10 February 2018, William Robert Spencer in entry for Frederick William, ); citing 2:1K2JZNQ, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,067,105.
  7. DICTIONARY OF NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY by SIDNEY LEE, https://archive.org/details/dictionaryofnati019312mbp/page/n387/mode/2up?q=Spencer
  8. Memorial: Find a Grave (has image)
    Find A Grave: Memorial #188364233 (accessed 26 March 2024)
    Memorial page for William Robert Spencer (9 Jan 1769-23 Oct 1834), citing St Mary Churchyard, Harrow-on-the-Hill, London Borough of Harrow, Greater London, England; Maintained by Jeff Donaldson (contributor 47678069).
  9. Death: "Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Belfast Newsletter (Birth, Marriage and Death Notices), 1738-1925"
    Linen Hall Library; Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK; Periodicals & Newspapers, Irish & Reference
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 2193 #45876 (accessed 26 March 2024)
    Honourable Wm Robert Spencer died 23 Oct 1834, son of Charles Spencer, in Paris.




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Spencer-13 and Spencer-15 appear to represent the same person because: Highly unlikely that this family would have two sons with identical first and middle names and birth year. Duplicates.
posted on Spencer-15 (merged) by Susan DeFoe

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