George Spencer-Churchill, 6th Duke of Marlborough
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George Spencer-Churchill, 8th Duke of Marlborough
Grandfather to Britain's Sir Winston Churchill.
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:
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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