World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer

 

John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer

The Right Honourable
The Earl Spencer
MVO
8th Earl Spencer
Preceded by Albert Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer
Succeeded by Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer
Personal details
Born Edward John Spencer
(1924-01-24)24 January 1924
London, England
Died 29 March 1992(1992-03-29) (aged 68)
Humana Hospital, Wellington, London, England
Spouse(s) Frances Ruth Roche
Raine, Countess of Dartmouth
Children Lady Sarah McCorquodale
Jane Fellowes, Baroness Fellowes
John Spencer
Diana, Princess of Wales
Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer
Parents Albert Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer
Cynthia Spencer, Countess Spencer
Education Eton
Royal Military College, Sandhurst
Royal Agricultural College
Known for Father of Diana, Princess of Wales and maternal grandfather of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales

Edward John "Johnnie" Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer, MVO (24 January 1924 – 29 March 1992), styled Viscount Althorp until 1975, was a British peer and the father of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Contents

  • Early life, education and military career 1
  • Politics and royal service 2
  • Family life 3
  • Titles and styles 4
  • Arms 5
  • Ancestry 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life, education and military career

Lord Spencer was born Edward John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, the son of Albert Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer, on 24 January 1924.[1] He was educated at Eton, the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, and the Royal Agricultural College. A Captain in the Royal Scots Greys, Lord Spencer fought in the Second World War from 1944 to 1945, and was Mentioned in Despatches. From 1947 to 1950, he served as Aide-de-Camp to then-Governor of South Australia, Willoughby Norrie.[2]

Politics and royal service

Spencer held the offices of Queen Elizabeth II (1952–54),[3] and was invested as a member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in 1954.[2] He was known by the courtesy title Viscount Althorp until 1975 when he became the 8th Earl Spencer upon his father's death.[4]

Family life

On 1 June 1954 Spencer and Frances Ruth Roche, the younger daughter of the 4th Baron Fermoy, were married in Westminster Abbey by Percy Herbert, Bishop of Norwich. Queen Elizabeth and other British royals attended wedding ceremony.[5] They had five children:

John and Frances Spencer were separated in April 1969. Frances later married Peter Shand Kydd and Lord Spencer married Raine, Countess of Dartmouth on 14 July 1976, the former wife of the 9th Earl of Dartmouth, and the daughter and only child of the romantic novelist Barbara Cartland and Alexander McCorquodale.

Spencer died of a heart attack on 29 March 1992, aged 68.[6]

Titles and styles

Arms

Arms of John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer
Coronet
A Coronet of an Earl
Crest
Out of a Ducal Coronet Or a Griffin's Head Azure gorged with a Bar Gemelle Gules between two Wings expanded of the second
Escutcheon
Quarterly Argent and Gules in the 2nd and 3rd quarters a Fret Or over all on a Bend Sable three Escallops of the first
Supporters
Dexter: A Griffin per fess Ermine and Erminois gorged with a Collar Sable the edges flory-counterflory and chained of the last and on the Collar three Escallops Argent; Sinister: A Wyvern Erect on his tail Ermine similarly collared and chained
Motto
Dieu Defend Le Droit (God defend the right)

Ancestry

References

  1. ^ "The 8th Earl Spencer, 68, Dies; Father of the Princess of Wales". The New York Times. 30 March 1992. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Person Page 100 earl daniel spencer was his great great grand father 89: Edward John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer". The Peerage. 
  3. ^ "Diana, Princess of Wales biography". The official website of the British Monarchy. Earl Spencer was Equerry to George VI from 1950 to 1952, and to The Queen from 1952 to 1954. 
  4. ^ "Princess Diana: The Earl's daughter, born to life of privilege". CNN. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Queen heads lists guests at wedding". The Montreal Gazetta (London). 1 June 1954. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Edward John Spencer; Earl Was Princess Diana's Father". Los Angeles Times (London). 30 March 1992. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 

External links

  • John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer at Find a Grave
  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Gyles Isham, Bt
High Sheriff of Northamptonshire
1959
Succeeded by
Evelyn Fanshawe
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Albert Spencer
Earl Spencer
9 June 1975 – 29 March 1992
Succeeded by
Charles Spencer
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.