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Heneage Finch, 3rd Earl of Winchilsea

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Sir Heneage Finch, 3rd Earl of Winchilsea (1628–1689) of Eastwell, Kent, was the 3rd Earl of Winchilsea.

The Right Honourable
The Earl of Winchilsea
British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire
In office
Monarch Charles II
Preceded by Sir Thomas Bendish
Succeeded by Sir Daniel Harvey
Personal details
Born Heneage Finch
Died 1689 (aged 60–61)
  • Diana Willoughby (m. 1645)
  • Mary Seymour
    (m. 1650; d. 1673)
  • Catherine Norcliffe (m. 1673)
  • Elizabeth Ayres (m. 1681)
Children at least 16, including
Education Queens' College, Cambridge

Finch was the son of Thomas Finch, 2nd Earl of Winchilsea, and the grandson of Elizabeth Finch, 1st Countess of Winchilsea. His first cousin was Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Nottingham. He married four times and was the father of at least 16 children. He was educated at Queens' College, Cambridge.[1] "His contemporaries called him 'amorous', and in Turkey he was reputed to have 'had many women' and 'built little houses for them'. "

On his return from Ottoman territory in June 1668, King Charles II remarked to Finch, "My Lord, you have not only built a town, but peopled it too". Winchilsea, in an obvious reference to Charles' own brood of natural children, replied that after he was the King's representative.

Lord Finch was appointed by his friend George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle a Governor of Dover Castle, and Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports in the July 1660, also Lord Lieutenant of Kent and afterwards ambassador to the Ottoman Empire and served in this capacity from between 1668 and 1672

Samuel Pepys first referred to him as the Lord Winchilsea.[2]

King Charles II had landed at Kent on his way to London to secure the throne on 25 May 1660. The King arrived in Dover with 20 ships and frigates, the Lord General and his life guard was accompanied by the Earl of Winchelsea to the cheer of the crowding locals gathered upon the beach to witness a salute fired from the guns of Dover Castle.


Marriages and childrenEdit

He married his first wife Diana, daughter of Francis Willoughby, 5th Baron Willoughby of Parham and Elizabeth Cecil, on 21 May 1645.

His married his second wife Mary Seymour (1637 – 10 April 1673) the daughter of William Seymour, 2nd Duke of Somerset and Lady Frances Devereux, about 1650. Their children were:

He married thirdly, Catherine Norcliffe, daughter of Sir Thomas Norcliffe, on 10 April 1673.

He married his fourth wife Elizabeth Ayres on 29 October 1681. She was the mother of John Finch, 6th Earl of Winchilsea, who died unmarried and without issue.


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  2. ^ Note the difference in spelling from the modern place name, Winchelsea
  3. ^ Burkes' Peerage (1939).


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