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Charles Churchill, of Chalfont

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, England
Death: Died in England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Lt-Gen Charles Churchill, MP and Anne Oldfield
Husband of Maria Walpole, Lady Churchill
Father of Sophia Walpole; Mary Cadogan, Baroness Cadogan of Oakley and Robert Churchill
Half brother of Harriett Churchill and NN Mainwaring

Occupation: MP
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 Westminster, adm. 1730 but withdrawn soon after; Geneva 1736-9.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.

Offices Held

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.

Biography

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.

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Notes On Charles Churchill of Chalfont: (from: various sources) Charles Churchill (ca. 1720–1812) was the only son of Lieutenant-General Charles Churchill by the actress Anne Oldfield. His grandfather, also Charles Churchill, was a British army officer and brother of the 1st Duke of Marlborough. At the 1741 general election he was returned to the House of Commons as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the borough of Stockbridge in Hampshire, and held the seat until the next election, in 1747. At the 1747 election he was returned as an MP for Milborne Port, but it was a double return and Churchill was not one of those seated. At the 1754 general election he was elected as an MP for Great Marlow in Buckinghamshire, and held that seat until the next election, in 1761. He married Lady Maria Walpole, daughter of Robert Walpole. Their daughter Mary became the second wife of Charles Cadogan, 1st Earl Cadogan, and had issue. And: (from: 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. Offices Held: 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. Biography: 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’. 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.)

Charles Churchill of Chalfont MP = Lady Maria Walpole (married: 1746) (Charles: 1720 – 13th April 1812, born Chalfont Buckinghamshire, born illegitimate/out of wedlock) (Maria: Approx. 1720’s - , daughter of Robert Walpole Primeminister of Great Britain 1st Earl of Orford and Maria Skerrett, see Walpole genealogy, note: she was also born illegitimate/out of wedlock, other children: Charles, George, Sophia, Henry, Horatio and Mary) (source: , http://www.multiwords.de/genealogy/churchill1.htm, Charles Churchill, of Chalfont and http://www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/gotha/marlborough.html)

And: Charles Churchill of Chalfont MP, Colonel = Lady Maria Walpole (married: 1746) (Charles: 1720 – 13th April 1812, born Chalfont Buckinghamshire, born illegitimate/out of wedlock) (Maria: Approx. 1720’s - , daughter of Robert Walpole Primeminister of Great Britain 1st Earl of Orford and Maria Skerrett, see Walpole genealogy, note: she was also born illegitimate/out of wedlock, other children: Charles, George, Sophia, Henry, Horatio and Mary) (source: , http://www.multiwords.de/genealogy/churchill1.htm, Charles Churchill, of Chalfont and http://www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/gotha/marlborough.html)

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Charles Churchill, of Chalfont's Timeline

1720
1720
Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, England
1748
1748
Age 28
Somerset, England, United Kingdom
1756
1756
Age 36
Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, England
1758
February 23, 1758
Age 38
1812
April 13, 1812
Age 92
England, United Kingdom