WINDHAM, William (c.1706-89), of Earsham, Norf.
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Family and Education
Sub-gov. to Duke of Cumberland 1731; afterwards comptroller of his household till the Duke’s death in 1765.
Appointed sub-governor to the ten-year-old Duke of Cumberland, Windham married the governess of the younger Princesses, a lady who
engrossed the dalliance of the King’s looser hours, his Majesty having chosen, not from any violence of passion, but as a decent convenient, natural, and unexceptionable commerce, to make the governess of his two youngest daughters his whore, his two eldest daughters convenient [i.e. to make a convenience of their apartment], and the guardian of his son’s youth and morals his cuckold.1
Returned for Aldeburgh in 1747 on Pelham’s recommendation,2 classed as a government supporter, he died 4 May 1789.