Charles Churchill, of Chalfont
|Birthplace:||Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, England|
Son of Lt-Gen Charles Churchill, MP and Anne Oldfield
|Managed by:||Ric Dickinson|
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About Charles Churchill, of Chalfont
Family and Education b. ?1720, illegit. s. of Charles Churchill, M.P., by Anne Oldfield, actress. educ. Westminster, adm. 1730 but withdrawn soon after; Geneva 1736-9. m. 23 Feb. 1746, Lady Mary Walpole (granted the style and precedence of an Earl’s da.), illegit. da. of Robert, 1st Earl of Orford, 3s. 2da.
Lt. 6 Drag. Gds. 1736, lt. 2 Ft. Gds. 1739; ret. 1745.
Dep. ranger of St. James’s and Hyde parks 1745-c.1751; searcher in port of London.1 His wife was housekeeper of Windsor castle 1762-82.
Charles Churchill, who married Sir Robert Walpole’s illegitimate daughter, was himself illegitimate. The first Lord Egmont records that on one occasion the Queen asked his father
whether the young Duke, her son, who was standing by, was not the handsomest boy he ever saw. ‘Yes, madam’, replied he, ‘except my own son.’ This son was his bastard by Mrs. Oldfield, the player. The Queen, with great calmness (though resenting it, you may be sure), said ‘I thank you, Colonel’.3 In Parliament he voted consistently with the Administration.
Charles Churchill was closely attached to the Walpole family, married Sir Robert’s favourite daughter, and in later years was a constant visitor to Strawberry Hill. In Parliament he was a regular Administration supporter.
Without his knowledge, Horace Walpole wrote to the Duke of Devonshire, 18 Feb. 1760:2
I have some suspicions ... that Mr. Churchill and Lady Mary are far from easy in their affairs. He has been so unlucky in marrying a favourite daughter of Sir Robert Walpole, as to be involved in a lawsuit for her fortune and to be likely to lose part, if not the whole of it. He has had other losses; and the Duke of Newcastle was so unkind as to give away even the reversion of a place which she holds only for the life of another person. Your Grace knows the steadiness of his behaviour to the Government as a Member of Parliament, an opportunity of serving the King which he has always bought very dearly, without least recompense, and even without asking the least. He died ‘in his 92nd year’3 on 13 Apr. 1812.
Ref Volumes: 1754-1790 Author: A. N. Newman Notes 1. He is so noted in a list of ‘useless sinecures’ compiled for Geo. III in 1782, Fortescue, vi. 178. 2. Devonshire mss. 3. Gent. Mag. 1812, i. 398.