John Spencer-Churchill KG PC
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John Winston Spencer-Churchill KG PC (1822 - 1883)

John Winston "7th Duke of Marlborough" Spencer-Churchill KG PC
Born in Garboldisham, Norfolk, England, United Kingdommap
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Husband of — married 12 Jul 1843 [location unknown]
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Died at age 61 in Westminster, Middlesex, England, United Kingdommap
Profile last modified | Created 10 Jan 2009
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Preceded by
George Spencer-Churchill, 6th Duke of Marlborough
Duke of Marlborough
Succeeded by
George Spencer-Churchill, 8th Duke of Marlborough

Grandfather to Britain's Sir Winston Churchill.



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John Spencer-Churchill was a member of the aristocracy in England.
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John Spencer-Churchill KG PC is Notable.

He was styled as Earl of Sunderland between 1822 and 1840. He was styled as Marquess of Blandford between 1840 and 1857. , Viceroy. "His adminstration of Ireland was popular, and he endeavoured to benefit the trade of the country." He began a series of sales of the family collections which was carried on by his successor. In 1875 'the Marlborough Gems' were sold as one lot by Christies for £10,000, the 'the Sunderland Library' realised £60,000; in 1883 'the Blenheim enamels' fetched above £73,000; while in 1884-85 eleven pictures were sold, with two (Raphael's 'Madonna degli Ansidei' for £70,000 and Vandyke's 'Equestrian portraits of Charles I' for £17,500) purchased for the nation.


John Winston Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough was born on 2 June 1822 at Garboldisham Hall, Norfolk, England. He was the son of George Spencer-Churchill, 6th Duke of Marlborough and Lady Jane Stewart.


He was educated between 1834 and 1839 at Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire, England. He was educated in 1840 at Oriel College, Oxford University, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Laws (D.C.L.) by Oxford University, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, on 7 June 1853.


He married Lady Frances Anne Emily Vane, daughter of Charles William Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry and Lady Frances Anne Emily Vane-Tempest, on 12 July 1843 at St. George's Street, Mayfair, London, England. They had 11 children:

  1. George Charles Spencer-Churchill, 8th Duke of Marlborough b. 13 May 1844, d. 9 Nov 1892
  2. Lord Frederick John Winston Spencer-Churchill b. 2 Feb 1846, d. 5 Aug 1850
  3. Lady Cornelia Henrietta Maria Spencer-Churchill b. 17 Sep 1847, d. 22 Jan 1927
  4. Lady Rosamond Jane Frances Spencer-Churchill b. bt 1848 - 1852, d. 3 Dec 1920
  5. Lord Randolph Henry Spencer-Churchill b. 13 Feb 1849, d. 24 Jan 1895
  6. Lady Fanny Octavia Louise Spencer-Churchill b. 29 Jan 1853, d. 5 Aug 1904
  7. Lady Anne Emily Spencer-Churchill b. 14 Nov 1854, d. 20 Jun 1923
  8. Lord Charles Ashley Spencer-Churchill b. 1856, d. 11 Mar 1858
  9. Lord Augustus Robert Spencer-Churchill b. 4 Jul 1858, d. 12 May 1859
  10. Lady Georgiana Elizabeth Spencer-Churchill b. 14 May 1860, d. 9 Feb 1906
  11. Lady Sarah Isabella Augusta Spencer-Churchill b. bt 1861 - 1876, d. 22 Oct 1929


He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) (Conservative) for Woodstock between 1844 and 1845 and then from between 1847 and 1857.
He held the office of Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire between 1857 and 1883.
He held the office of Lord Steward of the Household between 1866 and 1867.
He held the office of Lord President of the Council between March 1867 and December 1868.
He held the office of Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland between 1876 and 1880


He succeeded to the title of 9th Earl of Sunderland [E., 1643] on 1 July 1857.
He succeeded to the title of 11th Baron Spencer of Wormleighton [E., 1603] on 1 July 1857.
He succeeded to the title of 7th Marquess of Blandford [E., 1702] on 1 July 1857.
He succeeded to the title of 7th Baron Churchill of Sandridge, co. Hertford [E., 1685] on 1 July 1857.
He succeeded to the title of 7th Earl of Marlborough, co. Wilts [E., 1689] on 1 July 1857.
He succeeded to the title of 7th Duke of Marlborough [E., 1702] on 1 July 1857.
He was invested as a Privy Counsellor (P.C.) on 10 July 1866.
He was invested as a Knight, Order of the Garter (K.G.) on 23 May 1868.


He died on 5 July 1883 at age 61 at 29 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, England, from heart disease.


He was buried at Chapel, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. His will was proven (by probate) on 15 September 1883, at above £146,000.


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Spencer-Churchill-23 and Spencer-Churchill-2 appear to represent the same person because: Duplicates
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Spencer-Churchill-2 and Spencer-Churchill-16 appear to represent the same person because: Same person - duplication in error
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