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Frederick Spencer, 4th Earl Spencer & Adelaide Seymour, Countess Spencer

Vice-Admiral Frederick Spencer, 4th Earl Spencer KG CB PC (April 14, 1798 – December 27, 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:

Lady Georgina Frances Spencer (1832–1852), died unmarried.

John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer (1835–1910)

Lady Sarah Isabella Spencer (1838–1919), died unmarried.

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

Lady Victoria Alexandrina Spencer (1855–1906), married William Mansfield, 1st Viscount Sandhurst and had issue.

Charles Robert Spencer, 6th Earl Spencer (1857–1922)

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.

The Spencer Family Tree


GENERATION ONE:


Lady Diana Frances Spencer (1961-1997)


GENERATION TWO:

Edward John----------------------------------------Hon. Francis Ruth
8th Earl Spencer..................................................Burke Roche (1st wife)
born 1924.........................................................born 1936

GENERATION THREE:


Albert Edward John---------------------------------Lady Cynthia Hamilton

7th Earl Spencer.............................................1897-1972

1857-1922


GENERATION FOUR:


Charles Robert---------------------------------------Honorable Margaret Baring

6th Earl Spencer.............................................1868-1906

1857-1922


GENERATION FIVE:


Frederick------------------------------------------Adelaide Horatia Elizabeth Seymour

4th Earl Spencer...........................................1825-1877

1798-1857


(Source Wikipedia & Courtly Lives)