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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

BackgroundEdit

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]

FamilyEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Finch family at clutch.open.ac.uk
  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 clutch.open.ac.uk
  4. ^ thepeerage.com

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