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Elizabeth (Trevor) Spencer (abt. 1715 - 1761)

Hon. Elizabeth "Duchess of Marlborough" Spencer formerly Trevor
Born about in Wiltshire, Englandmap
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Wife of — married 23 May 1732 in East Barnet, Hertfordshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 46 in Oxfordshire, Englandmap
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European Aristocracy
Hon. Elizabeth Trevor was a member of the aristocracy in British Isles.



Birth and Family

Elizabeth Trevor, was the only child and heir of Thomas Trevor, 2nd Baron Trevor of Bromham, and his wife, Elizabeth Burrell, and was perhaps born about 1715-1716, given her parent's married on 2 February 1713/14 and she married in 1732. She held the courtesy title of the Honourable Elizabeth Trevor, once her father succeeded to the Barony in 1730[1]

Marriage and children

She married Charles Spencer, later 3rd Duke of Marlborough on 23 May 1732, at East Barnet. At that time he was the 5th Earl of Sunderland, the eldest surviving son of Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland, and his second wife, Lady Anne Churchill, the second daughter and co-heir of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, and his wife Sarah Jennings.[2]Together, Elizabeth and Charles had seven children during their marriage.

1. Lady Diana Spencer, b. 1735, d. 1808;
2. Elizabeth Spencer, b. 1737, d. 1794;
3. George 4th Duke Of Marlborough Spencer, b. 1738, d. 1817;
4. Lord Charles Baron Spencer, b. 1740, d. 1820;
5. Robert Spencer, b. 1747, d. 1794;
6. John 1st Earl Spencer, b. 1734, d. 1783;
7. Lady Elizabeth Spencer.

Death and Burial

Elizabeth passed away on 7 Oct 1761, in Oxfordshire, England.


Her husband's grandmother, Sarah Jennings Churchill, considered Elizabeth and Charles' marriage a misalliance and in a letter to her friend, Mrs. Strangeways Horner, said "I think it a very improper match for a man that might have had anybody, without being at all in love with the person, to marry a woman who's father is a mighty ridiculous man, a family of beggars and all very odd people."


  1. Cokayne, The Complete Peerage, 2nd ed, Vol 12 (2), p. 32.
  2. Cokayne, The Complete Peerage, p. 256
  • Cokayne, George Edward, The Complete Peerage, vol 5 L-M, London: George Bell & Sons, 1893.
  • Cokayne, G.E. The Complete Peerage. 2nd ed., vol. 12, pt 2. Revised and enlarged, Geoffrey H. White (ed.), assisted by R.S. Lea, London: The St Catherine Press, 1959
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed May 1, 2024), memorial page for Elizabeth Trevor Spencer (1713–7 Oct 1761), Find a Grave Memorial ID 268977554, citing Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, West Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, England; Maintained by misces63 (contributor 48378779).

Some peripheral relationships and other details extracted from ‘Pedigrees and Memorials of the Family of Woodd: formerly of Shynewood, Salop, and Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, now of Conyngham Hall, Co. York, and Hampstead, Middlesex and of the Family of Jupp, of London and Wandsworth.’

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