Hon THOMAS TOWNSHEND,
1701-1780

Hon Thomas Townshend
Hon Thomas Townshend
Albinia Selwyn
Albinia Selwyn
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Turnip Townshend's second son, by his first wife, THOMAS TOWNSHEND (1701-1780), born on 2 June 1701, was educated at Eton and King's College, Cambridge, of which he was M.A. (1727). He was M.P. for Winchelsea 1722-7, and for Cambridge University 1727-1774. He acted for some years as his father's private secretary, and was a man of scholarly accomplishments and great social charm. He was teller of the exchequer from 12 Aug. 1727 until his death in May 1780 (Hist. Reg. Chron Diary, 1727, p.31; Ann. Reg. 1780, p.250). By his wife Albinia (m.2 May 1730; d.7 Sept.1739), daughter of John Selwyn of Matson (Gloucestershire), Chislehurst (Kent) he had, with other issue, a son Thomas (first Viscount Sydney) who is seperately noticed.

Thomas Townshend, (1701 - 1780) was the 2nd son of
Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount (Turnip Townshend),
grandson of Horatio Townshend, 1st Viscount.

in 1730 he married Albinia Selwyn (????-1739) and had issue

  • Albinia Townshend (1731 - ????)
  • [possible son, probably none]
  • Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney (1733-1800)
  • Charles Townshend (1734? - 1799)
  • Mary Townshend (1735 - 1821)
  • Lt. Col. Henry Townshend (1737? - 1762)

Thomas & Albinia Townshend were friends of the Wrays [See History of the Wray's of Glentworth - 1881, Charles Dalton] through Albinia's side of the family (the Selwyns). Lord Sydney, their son, also wrote letters to Sir Cecil Wray