Charles Chetwynd-Talbot, 2nd Earl Talbot

25th Apr 1777 - 10th Jan 1849

Claimant or beneficiary

Biography

Awarded the compensation for Worthy Park in St John and Mickleton Pen in St Thomas-in-the-Vale Jamaica as executor and trustee of his wife's brother-in-law Sir Rose Price (q.v.) with co-trustees including his son the Hon John Chetwynd-Talbot (q.v.).

  1. Son of John 1st Earl Talbot of Hensol (1750-93) and Lady Charlotte Hill (died 1804), daughter of Wills Hill, 1st marquess of Downshire. Succeeded to the peerage on the death of his father on 19 May 1793. Married (28 August 1800) Frances Thomasine, eldest daughter of Charles Lambert [or Lambart] of Beau Parc, County Meath, Ireland. Francis died, shortly after childbirth, on 30 December 1819, aged thirty-seven.

After university Talbot joined Lord Whitworth's embassy in Russia as a voluntary attaché. Returned to England about 1800 and devoted himself to the improvement of his estates and to the promotion of agriculture in England. 1803: active in organizing a volunteer force in Staffordshire to oppose the planned invasion of England by Napoleon.

9 October 1817 appointed as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (while Sir Robert Peel was Irish secretary, until 1818). Removed from office, December 1821. While Lord Lieutentant and subsequently he was opposed to Catholic emancipation. Later, Talbot supported Peel's policy in the 1841-46 government, being one of the first peers to vote in the Lords for the repeal of the corn laws (1846).

He died at his country seat, Ingestre Hall, Staffordshire, where he was buried.

His children with Frances included their younger daughter, Cecil Chetwynd who married the seventh marquess of Lothian and became well-known as a prominent Catholic convert. Their second son, Henry John Chetwynd-Talbot who succeeded Talbot and became the 3rd Earl. Henry (1803-1868) was a British naval officer, rising to Admiral (on the reserve list) in 1865. In 1860, after a celebrated legal case, he became the 18th Earl of Shrewsbury and the 18th Earl of Waterford. He was known as Viscount Ingestre (1826-1849), The Earl Talbot (1849-1858) and the 18th Earl of Shrewsbury and the 18th Earl of Waterford (1860-1868). As Viscount Ingestre he was Conservative MP for Hertford (1830-1831), Armagh (1831), Hertford (1832-33), Staffordshire Southern (1837-1849). His son, Charles John, Viscount Ingestre (1830-1877), became Conservative MP for Stafford (1857-1859), Staffordshire Northern (1859-1865) and Stamford (1868) until succeeding his father as the 19th Earl of Shrewsbury in 1868.

Note: Sir Rose Price (q.v.) married Elizabeth Lambart, Frances's sister.

Sources

T71/854 St John claim no. 64A (Worthy Park); T71/855 St Thomas-in-the-Vale claim no. 321A (Mickleton Pen)

  1. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage (1970) p. 1529 for the Lambart family; E. I. Carlyle, ‘Talbot, Charles Chetwynd-, second Earl Talbot of Hensol (1777–1849)’, rev. H. C. G. Matthew, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, online edn.; Rowan Strong, ‘Kerr, Cecil Chetwynd , marchioness of Lothian (1808–1877)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online edn; obituary in The Times, 6 June 1868.

Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Name in compensation records
Earl Talbot
Spouse
Frances Thomasine Lambart [sometimes, Lambert]
Children
2 daughters, 10 sons
University
Christ Church, Oxford (matriculated 1794; MA 1797)

Associated Claims (2)

£3,579 3S 2D
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£1,081 15S 4D
Awardee (Executor or executrix)

Legacies Summary

Physical (2)

Country house
Ingestre Hall 
description →
A Jacobean red-brick mansion built in 1613 for Sir Walter Chetwynd. Damaged by fire and re-built in the early 19th century by John Nash for the 2nd Earl Talbot. In 1960 the estate was broken up and...
Garden
Alton Towers [Built] 

Political (2)

Government
 
office →
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
1817 - 1821
Local Government
 
office →
Lord Lieutenant
1812 - 1849

Addresses (1)

Ingestre Hall, Ingestre, Staffordshire, West Midlands, England