Cynthia Elinor Beatrix Hamilton

Female 1897 - 1972  (75 years)


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  • Name Cynthia Elinor Beatrix Hamilton 
    Born 16 Aug 1897 
    Gender Female 
    Died 04 Dec 1972 
    Person ID I621  King of Scots
    Last Modified 6 Feb 2009 

    Family Albert Edward John Spencer (7th Earl Spencer),   b. 23 May 1892, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Jun 1975, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 26 Feb 1919  St James's Church, Piccadilly, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Anne Spencer,   b. 04 Aug 1920
    +2. Edward John Spencer (8th Earl Spencer),   b. 24 Jan 1924,   d. 29 Mar 1992, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    Last Modified 6 Feb 2009 
    Family ID F260  Group Sheet

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  • Notes 
    • Cynthia Elinor Beatrix Spencer, Countess Spencer, DCVO, OBE (16 August 1897 ? 4 December 1972), known as Lady Cynthia Hamilton until her marriage, and from then as Viscountess Althorp until 1922 when her husband inherited his father's title of Earl Spencer, was a British peeress.

      Life and family
      She was the daughter of James, Marquess of Hamilton, later 3rd Duke of Abercorn (30 November 1869 ? 12 September 1953) and Lady Rosalind Cecilia Caroline Bingham (26 February 1869 ? 18 January 1958). Her maternal grandparents were Charles Bingham, 4th Earl of Lucan and Lady Cecilia Catherine Gordon-Lennox, a daughter of Charles Gordon-Lennox, 5th Duke of Richmond and Lady Caroline Paget.

      Cynthia Hamilton married Viscount Althorp on 26 February 1919 at St. James's, Piccadilly, London.[1]

      They had two children:

      Lady Anne Spencer (born 4 August 1920) who married Christopher Balwin Hughes Wake-Walker, a Captain of the Royal Navy.
      Edward Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer (24 January 1924 ? 29 March 1992).
      Countess Spencer was a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth from 1937 to her death[2], and was the grandmother of Lady Diana Spencer, later the Princess of Wales. Cynthia, Countess Spencer died at the Spencer?s ancestral home, Althorp[3] of a brain tumour, aged 75.

      She was little known outside court and local circles until, twenty years after her death, Andrew Morton wrote that the Princess of Wales "believes that her grandmother looks after her in the spirit world."[4]


      Notes and sources
      ^ Williamson, D The Ancestry of Lady Diana Spencer In: Genealogist?s Magazine, 1981; Vol. 20 (#6) pp. 192?199, and Vol. 20 (#8) pp. 281?282
      ^ Mosley, C (ed.) Burke?s Peerage & Baronetage, 106th edition (Burke?s Peerage, Crans, Switzerland, 1999) vol. 2 p. 2673
      ^ The Times (London), Wednesday, 6 December 1972; p. 32 col. A
      ^ Andrew Morton, Diana: Her True Story (BCA, 1992) p. 24

      References
      G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910?1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), vol. XIII, p. 39.
      Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, (Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd., 1999), vol. I p. 6 and vol. 2 p. 2673
      C.F.J. Hankinson, editor, DeBretts Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage, 147th year (London: Odhams Press, 1949), p. 1007.
    • Born Cynthia Hamilton
      16 August 1897(1897-08-16)

      Died 4 December 1972 (aged 75)

      Spouse(s) Albert Spencer
      Children Anne Spencer
      Edward Spencer
      Parents James Hamilton
      Rosalind Bingham


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