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George Spencer KG PC (1739 - 1817)

George "4th Duke of Marlborough" Spencer KG PC
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Husband of — married 23 Aug 1762 in Bedford House, Bloomsbury, London, Middlesex, Englandmap
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Died at age 78 in Blenheim, Oxfordshire, Englandmap
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European Aristocracy
George Spencer was a member of the aristocracy in British Isles.
Preceded by
Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough
Duke of Marlborough
Succeeded by
George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough


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George Spencer was born 26 January 1738/39, the eldest son of Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough, and his wife Hon. Elizabeth Trevor. George was known by the courtesy title of Marquess of Blandford from birth, and was baptised at St James', Piccadilly.[1]

He was educated at Eton 1747-1753 and then entered the army; appointed as Ensign of the Coldstream Guards 14 June 1755, and Captain of 20th Foot on 12 June 1756.[1];

He succeeded his father as the 4th Duke of Marlborough in 1758 and took his seat in the House of Lords on 8 February 1760. He was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire the same year.[1]

He married on 23 August 1762 at Bedford House, St Georges, Bloomsbury, London, Lady Caroline Russell, daughter of John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, and his second wife, Lady Gertrude Leveson-Gower.[1]

They had eight children:[2]

  1. Lady Caroline Spencer, born 27 October 1763, married Henry Welbore Agar, later Ellis, 2nd Viscount Clifden of Gowran, and died at Blenheim, 23 November 1813, having had issue;
  2. Lady Elizabeth Spencer, born 20 December 1764, married 6 February 1790, her cousin, John Spencer, Esquire, and died 11 December 1812 having had issue;
  3. George Spencer, 6 March 1766, succeeded his father as 5th Duke of Marlborough and changed surname to Spencer-Churchill;
  4. Lady Charlotte Spencer, born 18 October 1769, married 16 April 1797, Reverend Edward Nares, and died 15 January 1802 having had issue;
  5. Lord Henry Spencer;
  6. Lady Anne Spencer, born 5 November 1773, married Earl of Shaftesbury;
  7. Lord Francis Almeric Spencer, born 26 December 1779, created 1st Baron Churchill of Wychwood;
  8. Lady Amelia Sophia Spencer, born 8 September 1785, married 22 September 1812, Henry Pytches Boyce, Esquire, and died 30 January 1829.

The Duchess of Marlborough died at Blenheim Palace on 26 November 1811, aged 68 and was buried there the 2 December that year. The Duke of Marlborough died suddenly at Blenheim Palace on 29 January 1817, aged 78, and was buried there 7 Feb 1817.

4th Duke of Marlborough 20 Oct 1758

6th Earl of Sunderland 20 Oct 1758

4th Baron of Sandridge, Hertford 20 Oct 1758-1817

8th Baron of Wormleighton 20 Oct 1758

4th Marquess of Blandford 20 Oct 1758

Lord Chamberlain of the Household 1762-1763

Privy Counsellor 22 Nov 1762

Lord Privy Seal 1763-1765

High Steward of New Woodstock 15 Oct 1766

Knight of the Garter 12 Dec 1768


from Cockayne's 'The Complete Peerage':

"His Grace is said to be a nobleman of great worth, generous, humane and hospitable, no abject courtier, yet a lover of peace, and an enemy to faction."1 The Farington Diaries states that "though nervous in the extreme and reserved, he possesses a great deal of humour."


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Cokayne, George Edward. 1932. The Complete Peerage: or a history of the House of Lords and all its members from the earliest times. 2nd ed., Vol. 8, edited by Hon. Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday and Lord Howard de Walden. London: St Catherine Press. pp. 499-500. Digital image, ABC Publications, London, 2003.
  2. Lodge, Edmund. 1833. The Peerage of the British Empire as at present existing: arranged and printed from the personal communications of the nobility. 2nd ed., pp. 290-91. London: Saunders and Otley. Digital image. Internet Archive, : viewed 14 January 2017.


See also:

  • 'Jane Austen's Family through Five Generations' by Maggie Lane, published by Robert Hale Limited, London. ISBN 0 7090 4832 7. Includes extensive family trees. Details of contemporaries and other connections are also mentioned in the text.Jane Austen's Family through Five Generations

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If you move "4th Duke of Marlborough" from the nickname box to the Other name box, it will display as "His Grace George Spencer AKA 4th Duke of Marlborough"
posted by John Akard III