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Frederick Spencer

The 4th Earl Spencer (1798 -1857)
Born 14 April 1798(1798-04-14)
London, England
Died 27 December 1857 (aged 59)
Brington, Northamptonshire
Title 4th Earl Spencer
Spouse(s) Georgiana Poyntz
m. 1830; d. 1851
Adelaide Seymour
m. 1854
Children Lady Georgina Frances Spencer (1832–1852)
John Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer (1835–1910)
Lady Sarah Isabella Spencer (1838–1919)
Lady Victoria Alexandrina Spencer (1855–1906)
Charles Spencer, 6th Earl Spencer (1857–1922)
Parents George Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer
Lavinia Bingham

Vice-Admiral Frederick Spencer, 4th Earl Spencer KG CB PC (14 April 1798 – 27 December 1857) was a British peer, the son of George Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer and the younger brother and successor of John Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl Spencer.

Spencer was born in 1798, at the Admiralty Building, London and was baptised in St Martin-in-the-Fields. He was educated at Eton College from 1808 to 1811, then joined the Royal Navy as a midshipman. He eventually rose to the rank of Captain in 1822 and was awarded several honours from various European countries for fighting in the Napoleonic Wars in the Mediterranean between 1811 and 1815. These were: Knight of the Order of St Louis of France (1828), the Order of St Anne of Russia (1828) and the Order of the Redeemer of Greece (1828).

He then retired from naval life and became Whig MP for Worcestershire (1831–1832) and Midhurst (1832–1834 & 1837–1841). He was later an equerry in the household of the Duchess of Kent (Queen Victoria's mother) from 1840 to 1845.

On 23 February 1830, he married his cousin, Georgiana Poyntz (1799–1851) and they had three children:

On 9 August 1854, he married secondly, Adelaide Seymour (1825–1877), daughter of Sir Horace Seymour and a great-granddaughter of Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford. They had two children:

Thanks to the efforts of Spencer's father, George John, Althorp had one of the finest collections of printed books in Europe. George John was also noteworthy for co-founding and serving as the first president of the Roxburghe Club, widely-regarded as the world's first book club.


  • J. K. Laughton, ‘Spencer, Sir Robert Cavendish (1791–1830)’, rev. Andrew Lambert, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 28 April 2009
  • Vice-Admiral Frederick Spencer, 4th Earl Spencer, accessed 17 September 2009.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Foley and
Henry Beauchamp Lygon
Member of Parliament for Worcestershire
Served alongside: Thomas Foley
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
George Robert Smith and
Martin Tucker Smith
Member of Parliament for Midhurst
Succeeded by
William Stephen Poyntz
Preceded by
William Stephen Poyntz
Member of Parliament for Midhurst
Succeeded by
Sir Horace Beauchamp Seymour
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl De La Warr
Lord Chamberlain
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Breadalbane
Preceded by
The Duke of Norfolk
Lord Steward
Succeeded by
The Earl of St Germans
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Spencer
Earl Spencer
Succeeded by
John Spencer


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