Earl John Spencer

Earl John Spencer

Male 1734 - 1783  (48 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and more than 100 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name John Spencer 
    Prefix Earl 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 19 Dec 1734  Althorpe, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened Wimbledon Park, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 Oct 1783  Bath, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 9 Nov 1783 
    Person ID I21097  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 

    Father Hon. John Spencer,   b. 13 May 1708, Althorpe, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1746, Wimbledon, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Mother Georgina Caroline Carteret,   b. 12 Mar 1716, Lansdown, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1780, Richmond, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 13 Feb 1734  Lansdown, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F8883  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Georgiana Poyntz,   b. 27 Apr 1737, Midgham House, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1814, St. Albans, Herford, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 20 Dec 1755  Althorpe, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Duchess Georgina Spencer,   b. 7 Jun 1757, Wimbledon, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1806, Devonshire House, Piccadilly, London, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
     2. Earl George John Spencer,   b. 1 Sep 1758, Wimbledon, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1834, Althorpe Park, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     3. Countess Henrietta Frances Spencer,   b. 16 Jun 1761, Wimbledon, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1821, Florence, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     4. Charlotte Spencer,   b. 26 Aug 1765, Wimbledon, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1766  (Age 1 years)
     5. Louisa Spencer,   b. 4 Apr 1769, Wimbledon, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1769  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 
    Family ID F8887  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsDied - 31 Oct 1783 - Bath, Somersetshire, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Had a character partly shaped by his enviable burden. ‘I believe he was a man of generous and amiable disposition’, his grandson wrote of him, ‘spoiled by having been placed at too early a period of his life, in the possession of what then appeared to him inexhaustible wealth, and irritable in his temper partly from the pride which this circumstance had produced, and partly from almost continual ill-health.’
      Flawed he may have been, but he used his wealth to become one of the leading artistic patrons of the era. He built the fabulous Spencer House overlooking Green Park, and also commissioned Reynolds for the family portraits which are now so valued (A great collector of paintings by Reynolds, Gainsborough and Stubb). He added 5,000 mainly Elizabethan volumes to the library, and along with his wife, the forceful Georgiana Poyntz cultivated an artistic circle of friends including David Garrick, the actor, Sir William Hamilton, and Charles James Fox.
      In that other family field, politics, he was especially successful in electioneering. However, a provision of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough’s will was that he should not accept a court of parliamentary position himself; but, in 1761, he was created Baron and Viscount Spencer, and, four years later, John became the First Earl Spencer.


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