Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough

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His Grace
The Duke of Marlborough
Lord Privy Seal
In office
Monarch George II
Prime Minister The Duke of Newcastle
Preceded by The Earl Gower
Succeeded by The Earl Gower
Lord Steward of the Household
In office
Monarch George II
Prime Minister Henry Pelham
The Duke of Newcastle
Preceded by The Duke of Devonshire
Succeeded by The Duke of Rutland
Personal details
Born 22 November 1706
Died 20 October 1758(1758-10-20) (aged 51)
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Trevor
Military service
Allegiance  Great Britain
Service/branch  British Army
Battles/wars Seven Years' War

Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough, KG, PC (22 November 1706 – 20 October 1758), known as The Earl of Sunderland between 1729 and 1733, was a British soldier and politician from the Spencer family. He briefly served as Lord Privy Seal in 1755. He led British forces during the Raid on St Malo in 1758.

Early life

He was the second son of Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland and Lady Anne Churchill, the second daughter of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough and his wife Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough.

Charles inherited the Sunderland title from his older brother in 1729, becoming 5th Earl of Sunderland, and then the Marlborough title from his aunt, Henrietta, 2nd Duchess of Marlborough in 1733.

He was one of the original governors of London's Foundling Hospital, the foundation of which in 1739 marked a watershed in British child care advocacy and attitudes.

Seven Years War

He is best known for his service in the early part of the Seven Years' War. He led the Raid on St Malo, a naval descent against the French coastal port. Following the Capture of Emden he led the British expeditionary force sent to join Ferdinand of Brunswick's Army of Observation on Continental Europe but died in 1758, leaving command to John Manners, Marquess of Granby.


A young Charles Spencer, painted by John Vanderbank.

He married The Hon. Elizabeth Trevor (c. 1713 - 1761), daughter of Thomas Trevor, 2nd Baron Trevor. They had five children:


  • 22 November 170615 September 1729: The Honourable Charles Spencer
  • 15 September 172924 October 1733: The Right Honourable The Earl of Sunderland
  • 24 October 173320 October 1758: His Grace The Duke of Marlborough


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Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Viscount Cobham
Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire
Succeeded by
The Earl Temple
Preceded by
The Earl of Godolphin
Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire
Title next held by
The Duke of Marlborough
Political offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Devonshire
Lord Steward
Succeeded by
The Duke of Rutland
Preceded by
The 1st Earl Gower
Lord Privy Seal
Succeeded by
The 2nd Earl Gower
Military offices
Preceded by
Humphrey Gore
Colonel of The Royal Regiment of Dragoons
Succeeded by
Henry Hawley
Preceded by
Earl of Hertford
Captain and Colonel of
The Queen's Troop of Horse Guards

Succeeded by
The Lord Cadogan
Preceded by
The Duke of Cumberland
Colonel of the Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards
Succeeded by
The Earl of Albemarle
Preceded by
The Duke of Montagu
Master-General of the Ordnance
Title next held by
The Viscount Ligonier
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Henrietta Godolphin
Duke of Marlborough
Succeeded by
George Spencer
Preceded by
Robert Spencer
Earl of Sunderland