Albert Spencer 7th Earl Spencer1

Male, #58237, (23 May 1892 - 9 Jun 1975)
Name Variation He was also known as Jack Spencer.1 
Birth*23 May 1892 He was born on 23 May 1892 at London, England. Albert was the son of Charles Robert Spencer, 6th Earl Spencer and his wife, the former Margaret Baring, second daughter of Edward Baring, 1st Baron Revelstoke.1 
Name Variationbetween 1892 and 1910  As of between 1892 and 1910, Albert Spencer 7th Earl Spencer was also known as The Honourable Albert Spencer.1 
Name Variationbetween 1910 and 1922  As of between 1910 and 1922, Albert Spencer 7th Earl Spencer was also known as Viscount Althorp.1 
Marriage*26 Feb 1919 He married Lady Cynthia Elinor Beatrix Hamilton at St. James, Picadilly, London, England, on 26 Feb 1919 at age 26. 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 75.1 
Birth of Son24 Jan 1924 His son Edward John Spencer 8th Earl Spencer was born on 24 Jan 1924 at Sussex Square, London, England.2 
Death of Spouse4 Dec 1972 His wife Lady Cynthia Elinor Beatrix Hamilton died on 4 Dec 1972 at Althorp, Northamptonshire, England.3 
Death*9 Jun 1975 He died at Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, on 9 Jun 1975 at age 83.1 
Biography* Albert Edward John Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer (23 May 1892-9 June 1975), known formally as The Hon Albert Spencer until 1910 and from then until 1922 as Viscount Althorp, and less formally as "Jack" Spencer, was a British peer. He was the paternal grandfather of Diana, Princess of Wales.

He was born in London, the son of Charles Robert Spencer, 6th Earl Spencer and his wife, the former Margaret Baring, second daughter of Edward Baring, 1st Baron Revelstoke. His godparents included King Edward VII.

After his education at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge, he served in the First World War as a Captain in the First Life Guards, and was active in the local politics of Northamptonshire as a Conservative councillor. He opened his ancestral home, Althorp, to the public and was a well-known art connoisseur, being a trustee of the Wallace Collection and chairman of the Royal School of Needlework. He was a Fellow of both the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Royal Society of Arts, and for eight years in the 1960s he was Chair of the Advisory Council of the Victoria and Albert Museum. He was active in the Territorial Army for 43 years from 1924.

He married Lady Cynthia Hamilton, second daughter of James Hamilton, 3rd Duke of Abercorn, in 1919 and had two children.

He died at St Matthews Nursing Home, Northampton after a short illness, and was succeeded as Earl by his son, Edward Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer, who was the father of Diana, Princess of Wales.1 

Family

Lady Cynthia Elinor Beatrix Hamilton (16 Aug 1897 - 4 Dec 1972)
Marriage*26 Feb 1919 He married Lady Cynthia Elinor Beatrix Hamilton at St. James, Picadilly, London, England, on 26 Feb 1919 at age 26. 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 75.1 
Child
ChartsDiana, Princess of Wales: Culpeper Ancestral Chart
Last Edited10 Mar 2008

Citations

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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