CHARLES TOWNSHEND
1700-1764

3rd Viscount Townshend


Townshend's Heir [2nd Viscount], CHARLES TOWNSHEND third VISCOUNT TOWNSHEND (1700-1764), was returned to parliament on 22 March 1721-2 for Great Yarmouth, which seat he vacated on 24 May 1723, on taking his seat in the House of Lords among the barons, pursuant to writ of 22 May, in which he is described as 'de Lynn Regis'. In the Lords' journals (xxii. 213) he is called Lord Lynn. His proper title would seem to have been Baron Townshend de Lynn Regis. He was appointed at the same time lord of the bed chamber, and held that office during the rest of the reign of George I. He was appointed on 15 June 1730 custos rotulorum and lord-lieutenant of Norfolk, and master of the jewel office, but resigned these offices on succeeding his father as third Viscount Townshend. He died on 12 March 1764. By his wife Etheldreda or Audrey (m.29 May 1723; d.9 March 1788), daughter of Edward Harrison of Balls Park, Hertfordshire, governor of Madras (1711-20), he left issue two sons - George, first Marquis Townshend [q.v.], and Charles Townshend (1725-1767) [q.v.], chancellor of the exchequer in Lord Chatham's administration - and a daughter Etheldreda (m.the Rev.Robert Orme; d.in February 1781).

Charles Townshend, 3rd Viscount (1700 - 1764)
was the eldest son of Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount
grandson of Horatio Townshend, 1st Viscount.

In 1723 he married Audrey Harrison daughter and heir of Edward Harrison (son of Richard Harrison of Balls Park) and had issue
  • George 1st Marquess Townshend (1724-1807)
  • Charles Townshend (1725 - 1767)
  • Edward Townshend (???? - dies infant)
  • 4th son (????) (Possibly named Richard)
  • Roger Townshend (1732 - 1759)
  • Audrey Townshend (???? - 1781)