Charles Townshend KG PC
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Charles Townshend KG PC (1674 - 1738)

Charles "2nd Viscount Townshend" Townshend KG PC
Born in Raynham Hall, Norfolk, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 3 Jul 1698 [location unknown]
Husband of — married 6 Jul 1713 in New Houghton, Norfolk, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Raynham Hall, Norfolk, Englandmap
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Charles Townshend KG PC was a member of aristocracy in England.

Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend Bt, KG, PC was a British Whig statesman. He served for a decade as Secretary of State, directing British foreign policy. [1][2]

Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend of Raynham was born on 18 April 1675, the son of Horatio Townshend, 1st Viscount Townshend of Raynham.

Charles married Hon. Elizabeth Pelham, daughter of Thomas Pelham, 1st Baron Pelham of Laughton and Elizabeth Jones, on 3 July 1698. They had the following children:

  1. Hon. Elizabeth Townshend
  2. Charles Townshend, 3rd Viscount Townshend of Raynham
  3. Hon. Thomas Townshend
  4. Hon. William Townshend

After Elizabeth died, Charles married Dorothy Walpole, daughter of Robert Walpole and Mary Burwell, 6 July 1713.[3] They has the following children:

  1. Hon. Dorothy Townshend
  2. Hon. Mary Townshend
  3. Very Rev. Hon. Edward Townshend[4]

Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend of Raynham also went by the nick-name of 'Turnip Townshend' because of his fondness for growing turnips and his contributions to agricultural policies of England.

Charles Townshend died on 21 June 1738 at age 63.[5]


  1. Wikipedia: Charles Townshend
  2. The #25338
  3. England Marriages, 1538–1973 database, FamilySearch, Charles Right Honourable Lord Viscount Townsend and Dorothy Mrs Walpole, 06 Jul 1713; citing New Houghton, Norfolk, England, reference item 26; FHL microfilm 1,596,368.
  4. 'Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Townshend, Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount". Encyclopædia Britannica 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 112.
  5. Charles Townshend

See also:

  • W. Coxe, Memoirs of Sir Robert Walpole (1816)
  • Dictionary of National Biography: Linda Frey and Marsha Frey, ‘Townshend, Charles, second Viscount Townshend (1674–1738)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 29 Oct 2016

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Oh I remember researching this! Great profile!!
posted by Paula J