Sir Charles Colyear, 2nd Earl Portmore

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Charles Colyear, 2nd Earl of Portmore

Birthdate: (84)
Death: July 5, 1785 (84)
Immediate Family:

Son of General David Colyear, 1st Earl of Portmore and Catherine Sedley, Countess of Dorchester
Husband of Elizabeth Colyear
Partner of Juliana Hele
Father of Elizabeth Collier; Juliana Dawkins; Caroline Curzon; David Colyear, styled Viscount Milsington and William Charles Colyear, 3rd Earl of Portmore
Brother of David Colyear,Viscount Mislington
Half brother of Katherine Darnley and James Darnley

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About Sir Charles Colyear, 2nd Earl Portmore

Charles Colyear, 2nd Earl of Portmore KT (27 August 1700 – 5 July 1785) was a Scottish nobleman, known as Beau Colyear for his conspicuous dress.

He was the son of David Colyear, 1st Earl of Portmore and his wife Catherine Sedley, former mistress of James II. Amongst his ancestors were William Parker, 4th Baron Monteagle, foiler of the gunpowder plot, and Geoffrey Chaucer. He was also a descendant of Elizabeth of York, daughter of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York and sister of Edward IV of England.

He was MP for Member for Wycombe in 1726 and Andover 1727–1730, when he succeeded to the earldom.

He owned many famous racehorses. He was a founding Governor of the Foundling Hospital, a charity created in 1739, dedicated to the salvation of abandoned children.

With Elizabeth Collier he had an illegitimate daughter, also called Elizabeth, born c. 1747, who married first Edward Pole, the soldier and secondly Erasmus Darwin, the physician.

He married Juliana Hale, widow of Peregrine Osborne, 3rd Duke of Leeds. They had the following children:

  1. Caroline Colyear (b. c.1733) married Nathaniel Curzon, 1st Baron Scarsdale
  2. Juliana Colyear (b. 1735) married Henry Dawkins in 1759
  3. William Charles Colyear, 3rd Earl of Portmore (1745–1823)

Parliament of Great Britain Preceded by Charles Egerton The Lord Shelburne Member of Parliament for Wycombe with The Lord Shelburne 1726 Succeeded by The Lord Shelburne Harry Waller Preceded by William Guidott James Brudenell Member of Parliament for Andover with James Brudenell 1727–1730 Succeeded by James Brudenell William Guidott Peerage of Scotland Preceded by David Colyear Earl of Portmore 1730–1785 Succeeded by William Colyear

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Sir Charles Colyear, 2nd Earl Portmore's Timeline

August 27, 1700

[S452] #21 The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct, or Dormant (1910), Cokayne, George Edward (main author) and Vicary Gibbs (added author), (New edition. 13 volumes in 14. London: St. Catherine Press,1910-), vol. 10 p. 604.

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