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George Finch (1794–1870)

George Somerset Finch (1794 – 29 June 1870), of Burley-on-the-Hill, Rutland, was a British landowner and politician.

Burley House, Rutland


Finch was the illegitimate son of George Finch, 9th Earl of Winchilsea and Mrs Phoebe Thompson and was educated at Harrow School (1805-11), Trinity College, Cambridge (1811) and the Middle Temple (1817). In 1808 he was granted a licence to use the Finch arms.[1] On his father's death in 1826 he inherited substantial estates, including Burley House near Oakham, Rutland and a large fortune.

Political careerEdit

Finch sat as Member of Parliament for Lymington between 1820 and 1821, for Stamford between 1832 and 1837 and for Rutland between 1846 and 1847.[2]

He was High Sheriff of Rutland for 1829–30.[2]


Finch was twice married. He married firstly, Jane, daughter of Vice-Admiral John Richard Delap, in 1819. After her early death in 1821[3] he married secondly Lady Louisa, daughter of Henry Somerset, 6th Duke of Beaufort, in 1832, with whom he had 2 sons and 2 daughters.

Finch died in June 1870. Lady Louisa survived him by over twenty years and died in August 1892.[4] Burley House passed to his son George, who was also a politician. [2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Finch family at
  2. ^ a b c "FINCH, George (1794-1870), of Burley-on-the-Hill, nr. Oakham, Rutland". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  3. ^ The Finch family at
  4. ^

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