Lord Sydney

THOMAS TOWNSHEND, 1733-1800

1st Viscount Sydney


Extracted from GENUKI website:English Peerage 1790: Barons 10

THOMAS TOWNSHEND, baron Sydney of Chiselhurst; one of his majesty's most honourable privy council, one of his majesty's principal secretaries of state, president of the commission for the control of the affairs of the East India company, one of the lords commissioners of trade and plantations, and a governor of the Charter House.

This nobleman is son of Thomas son of Charles second lord viscount Townshend. He was born February 1733, and elected 176r, 17600, 1774 and 1780 to represent the borough of Whitchurch in the county of Southampton. He was one of the clerks of the council to his present majesty while prince of Wales, and was constituted 21 March 1761 one of the clerks of the board of green cloth, which office he resigned in December 1762. He was promoted 12 July 1765 to be one of the lords commissioners of the treasury, which office he held till 1 December 1767. He was farther declared 30 March 1782 secretary at war, which office he exchanged 10 July in that year for that of one of his majesty's principal secretaries of Rate. He resigned this office in April 1783, and was reinstated 23 December in that year. By king George the third he was created baron Sydney of Chiselhurst.

Thomas Townshend, click for larger picture (39k)

Lord Sydney married 19 May 1760 Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Powys of Kintlesham in the county of Suffolk esquire; by which lady he has issue,

1.Georgiana, born 1 June 1761.
2.Mary Elizabeth, born 2 September 1762, and married to John, Earl of Chatham.
3.John Thomas, born 21 February 1764, and constituted 1784 one of the under secretaries of state.
4.Frances, born 20 February 1772.
5.Henrietta/Harriet Catherine, born 27 November 1773, and in 1795 married Charles, 4th Duke of Buccleuch.
6.William Augustus, born 10 March 1776.
7.Horatio George Powys, born 6 February 1780.

C R E A T I O N.

Baron Sydney of Chiselhurst in the county of Kent 6 March 1783.

C H I E F S E A T.

Frognal in the county of Kent.