Lady Cynthia Elinor Beatrix Hamilton1

Female, #58236, (16 Aug 1897 - 4 Dec 1972)
Father*James Albert Edward Hamilton 3rd Duke of Abercorn1 (30 Nov 1869 - 12 Sep 1953)
Mother*Lady Rosalind Cecilia Caroline Bingham1 (26 Feb 1869 - 18 Jan 1958)
Birth*16 Aug 1897 She was born on 16 Aug 1897.2 
Marriage*26 Feb 1919 She married Albert Spencer 7th Earl Spencer at St. James, Picadilly, London, England, on 26 Feb 1919 at age 21. They had two children:
     1. Lady Anne Spencer (born 4 August 1920) who married Christopher Balwin Hughes Wake-Walker, a Captain of the Royal Navy.
Edward Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer (January 24, 1924 - March 29, 1992).
     2. Countess Spencer was a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth from 1937 to her death, and was the grandmother of Lady Diana Spencer, later the Princess of Wales. Cynthia, Countess Spencer died at the Spencer’s ancestral home, Althorp of a brain tumour, aged 75.3 
Married Namebetween 1919 and 1922  As of between 1919 and 1922, her married name was Viscountess Althorp.2 
Name Variationbetween 1922 and 1972  As of between 1922 and 1972, Lady Cynthia Elinor Beatrix Hamilton was also known as Cynthia Spencer Countess Spencer.2 
Birth of Son24 Jan 1924 Her son Edward John Spencer 8th Earl Spencer was born on 24 Jan 1924 at Sussex Square, London, England.4 
Death of Father12 Sep 1953 Her father James Albert Edward Hamilton 3rd Duke of Abercorn died on 12 Sep 1953 at London, England.1 
Death of Mother18 Jan 1958 Her mother Lady Rosalind Cecilia Caroline Bingham died on 18 Jan 1958.1 
Death*4 Dec 1972 She died at Althorp, Northamptonshire, England, on 4 Dec 1972 at age 75.2 
Biography* Cynthia Spencer, Countess Spencer, DCVO, OBE (16 August 1897 – 4 December 1972), known as Lady Cynthia Elinor Beatrix Hamilton until her marriage, and from then as Viscountess Althorp until 1922 when her husband inherited his father's title of Earl Spencer, was a British peeress.

She was the daughter of James Hamilton, Marquess of Hamilton, later 3rd Duke of Abercorn (30 November 1869 - 12 September 1953) and Lady Rosalind Cecilia Caroline Bingham (26 February 1869 - 18 January 1958). Her maternal grandparents were Charles Bingham, 4th Earl of Lucan and Lady Cecilia Catherine Gordon-Lennox, a daughter of Charles Gordon-Lennox, 5th Duke of Richmond and Lady Caroline Paget.

Cynthia Hamilton married Viscount Althorp on 26 February 1919 at St. James’s, Piccadilly, London.

She was little known outside court and local circles until, twenty years after her death, Andrew Morton wrote that the Princess of Wales "believes that her grandmother looks after her in the spirit world."2 

Family

Albert Spencer 7th Earl Spencer (23 May 1892 - 9 Jun 1975)
Marriage*26 Feb 1919 She married Albert Spencer 7th Earl Spencer at St. James, Picadilly, London, England, on 26 Feb 1919 at age 21. They had two children:
     1. Lady Anne Spencer (born 4 August 1920) who married Christopher Balwin Hughes Wake-Walker, a Captain of the Royal Navy.
Edward Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer (January 24, 1924 - March 29, 1992).
     2. Countess Spencer was a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth from 1937 to her death, and was the grandmother of Lady Diana Spencer, later the Princess of Wales. Cynthia, Countess Spencer died at the Spencer’s ancestral home, Althorp of a brain tumour, aged 75.3 
Child
ChartsDiana, Princess of Wales: Culpeper Ancestral Chart
The Culpepers of Hollingbourne, co. Kent, England (Possibly extinct): Descendant Chart
Last Edited10 Mar 2008

Citations

  1. James Hamilton, 3rd Duke of Abercorn. (2008, March 6). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:09, March 9, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=James_Hamilton%2C_3rd_Duke_of_Abercorn&oldid=196267107
  2. Cynthia Spencer, Countess Spencer. (2007, November 24). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:25, March 9, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cynthia_Spencer%2C_Countess_Spencer&oldid=173526661
  3. Albert Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer. (2008, January 17). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:31, March 9, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Albert_Spencer%2C_7th_Earl_Spencer&oldid=185038144
  4. John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer. (2008, March 7). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:41, March 9, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_Spencer%2C_8th_Earl_Spencer&oldid=196413805