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Lilian Warren Price

George Charles Spencer-Churchill, 8th Duke of Marlborough (13 May 1844–9 November 1892) was the son of John Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough.

He was educated between 1857 and 1860 at Eton College and later joined the army, gaining the rank of Lieutenant in 1863 in the service of the Royal Horse Guards.

He married, firstly, Lady Albertha Frances Anne Hamilton, a daughter of James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Abercorn, on 8 November 1869 at Westminster Palace. They were divorced on 20 November 1883, shortly after Churchill inherited the dukedom after the death of his father. Though the new duchess was technically Albertha, Duchess of Marlborough after their divorce, she preferred to use the title she used throughout most of the couple's married life and was known as Albertha, Marchioness of Blandford. They had four children:

While married to Albertha, he fathered an illegitimate son, later known as Guy Bertrand[1] (b. 1881), by Edith Peers-William [2] (d. 1897), who was still married to Heneage Finch, 7th Earl of Aylesford (1849–1885). In an attempt to pressure Lord Aylesford to drop his divorce suit, Lady Aylesford and the Marquis' younger brother, Lord Randolph Churchill, threatened the Princess of Wales that they would subpoena the Prince of Wales as a witness in the divorce.

The duke was cited as one of four co-respondents in the sensational divorce trial of Lady Colin Campbell. He married, as his second wife, (Jane) Lilian Warren Price, the widow of Louis Carré Hamersley, a New York real-estate millionaire, and a daughter of Cicero Price. The civil marriage took place on 29 June 1888 at New York City Hall, with the ceremony officiated by the Mayor of New York City, Abram S. Hewitt. A religious ceremony followed the same day, in the chancel of Tabernacle Baptist Church and presided over by its minister, Dr. Daniel C. Potter.[1] There were no issue from this marriage.

The 8th Duke of Marlborough died in 1892, aged 48 at Blenheim Palace.


  1. ^ "An American Duchess; The Duke of Marlborough Marries Mrs. Hamersley; A Civil Marriage Ceremony before Mayor Hewitt and a Religious Ceremony in Church", The New York Times, 30 June 1888, page 1
Peerage of England
Preceded by
John Spencer-Churchill
Duke of Marlborough
Succeeded by
Charles Spencer-Churchill


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