Charles Spencer
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Charles Spencer (1706 - 1758)

Charles "3rd Duke of Marlborough and 5th Earl of Sunderland" Spencer
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Husband of — married 23 May 1732 in East Barnet, Hertfordshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 51 in Munster, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germanymap
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Preceded by
Henrietta Godolphin, 2nd Duchess of Marlborough
Duke of Marlborough
Succeeded by
George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough


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Charles Spencer was the second son of Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland and Lady Anne Churchill, the second daughter of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough and his wife Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough. He was styled as The Honourable Charles Spencer between 1706 and 1729.

Charles inherited the Sunderland title from his older brother in 1729, becoming 5th Earl of Sunderland, and then the Marlborough title from his aunt, Henrietta, 2nd Duchess of Marlborough in 1733.

Lieutenant-General Charles Spencer, 5th Earl of Sunderland married the Hon. Elizabeth Trevor, daughter of Thomas Trevor, 2nd Baron Trevor of Bromham on 23 May 1732.

He briefly served as Lord Privy Seal in 1755.

He is best known for his service in the early part of the Seven Years' War. He led the Raid on St Malo, a naval descent against the French coastal port, in 1758. Following the Capture of Emden he led the British expeditionary force sent to join Ferdinand of Brunswick's Army of Observation on Continental Europe but died in 1758, leaving command to John Manners, Marquess of Granby.

He was one of the original governors of London's Foundling Hospital, the foundation of which in 1739 marked a watershed in British child care advocacy and attitudes.

He and his wife Elizabeth Trevor had five children:

a. Lady Diana Spencer (1734–1808). Married first Frederick St John, 2nd Viscount Bolingbroke and secondly Topham Beauclerk.
b. Elizabeth Herbert, Countess of Pembroke and Montgomery (January/March 1737 – 30 April 1831). Married Henry Herbert, 10th Earl of Pembroke.
c. George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough (26 January 1739 – 29 January 1817).
d. Lord Charles Spencer (31 March 1740 – 16 June 1820).
e. Lord Robert Spencer (3 May 1747 – 23 June 1831)


22 November 1706 – 15 September 1729: The Honourable Charles Spencer
15 September 1729 – 24 October 1733: The Right Honourable The Earl of Sunderland
24 October 1733 – 20 October 1758: His Grace The Duke of Marlborough

Brothers and Sisters of the 3rd Duke

a. Robert Spencer, 4th Earl Sunderland (b. 1701, d. 1729)
b. John Spencer (ancestor of the Earls Spencer) married Georgina, daughter of Earl Granville b.1708 d.1746
c. Diana Spencer (b. 1708, d. 1735) married John Russell, later 4th Duke of Bedford
d. Anne Spencer (b. 1702 d. 1769) married 1st Viscount Bateman


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WikiTree profile Spencer-2671 created through the import of Spencer Family Tree 4 2002.GED on Nov 28, 2011 by Chet Spencer. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Chet and others.

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