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The Right Honourable
Lord Charles Spencer
File:File:Joshua Reynolds - Lord Charles Spencer (1740-1820), Second son of the Third Duke of Marlborough - Google Art Project.jpg
Lord Charles Spencer, portrait by Joshua Reynolds
Joint Postmaster General
with The Lord Auckland (1801–1804)
and The Duke of Montrose (1804–1806)

In office
Monarch George III
Prime Minister Henry Addington
Hon. William Pitt the Younger
Preceded by The Lord Auckland
Earl Gower
Succeeded by The Earl of Carysfort
The Earl of Buckinghamshire
Master of the Mint

In office
Monarch George III
Prime Minister Hon. William Pitt the Younger
Preceded by The Earl Bathurst
Succeeded by Charles Bathurst
Personal details
Born (1740-03-31)31 March 1740
Died 16 June 1820(1820-06-16) (aged 80)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Hon. Mary Beauclerk

Lord Charles Spencer PC (31 March 1740 – 16 June 1820) was a British courtier and politician from the Spencer family who sat in the House of Commons between 1761 and 1801.


Spencer was the second son of Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough, and the Hon. Elizabeth Trevor, daughter of Thomas Trevor, 2nd Baron Trevor. George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough, was his elder brother.[1]

Political careerEdit

Spencer sat as Member of Parliament for Oxfordshire from 1761 to 1790 and 1796 to 1801[2] and was sworn of the Privy Council in 1763.[3] He served as Comptroller of the Household from 1763 to 1765, as a Junior Lord of the Admiralty from 1768 to 1779 and as Treasurer of the Chamber from 1779 to 1782, when that sinecure post was abolished. He was later Postmaster General from 1801 to 1806 and Master of the Mint in 1806. From 1806 until his death he was a Gentleman of the Bedchamber to George III.[4]



Portrait of Lady Charles Spencer by Sir Joshua Reynolds

Spencer married Lady Mary Beauclerk (4 December 1743 – 13 January 1812), daughter of Vere Beauclerk, 1st Baron Vere and sister of Aubrey Beauclerk, 5th Duke of St Albans, on 2 October 1762. They had three sons.[1][5]
  • Robert Spencer (circa 1764 – 1831)
  • John Spencer (21 December 1767 – 17 December 1831)
  • William Robert Spencer (9 January 1769 – 23 October 1834)

Lady Charles Spencer died in January 1812 aged 68. Spencer survived her by eight years and died in June 1820, aged 80.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lord Charles Spencer
  2. "SPENCER, Lord Charles (1740-1820), of Wheatfield, Oxon..". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 3 December 2017. 
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  4. "Gentlemen of the Bedchamber 1660–1702, 1714–1837". British History Online. Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  5. Burkes Peerage (1939 edition), s.v Marlborough, Duke
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Viscount Parker
Sir Edward Turner, Bt
Member of Parliament for Oxfordshire
With: Sir James Dashwood, Bt 1761–1768
The Viscount Wenman 1768–1790
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Blandford
The Viscount Wenman
Preceded by
The Marquess of Blandford
The Viscount Wenman
Member of Parliament for Oxfordshire
With: John Fane
Succeeded by
Lord Francis Spencer
John Fane
Political offices
Preceded by
George Onslow
Out-Ranger of Windsor Forest
Succeeded by
Benjamin Bathurst
Surveyor of Gardens and Waters
Succeeded by
John Marshe Dickinson
Preceded by
Humphry Morice
Comptroller of the Household
Succeeded by
Thomas Pelham
Preceded by
George Rice
Treasurer of the Chamber
Office abolished
Preceded by
The Lord Auckland
Earl Gower
Postmaster General
with The Lord Auckland 1801–1804
The Duke of Montrose 1804–1806
Succeeded by
The Earl of Carysfort
The Earl of Buckinghamshire
Preceded by
The Earl Bathurst
Master of the Mint
Succeeded by
Charles Bathurst
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Marlborough
Senior Privy Counsellor
Succeeded by
The Lord Carteret

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