FINCH, Heneage, Lord Guernsey (1715-77).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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20 Dec. 1739 - 1741
1741 - 1747
1754 - 29 June 1757

Family and Education

b. 6 Nov. 1715, 1st s. of Heneage Finch, 2nd Earl of Aylesford. educ. Westminister 1728-32; Univ. Coll. Oxf. 1732. m. 6 Oct. 1750, Lady Charlotte Seymour, da. of Charles, 6th Duke of Somerset, by his 2nd w. Lady Charlotte Finch, da. of Daniel, 2nd Earl of Nottingham and 7th Earl of Winchilsea, 8s. 4da. suc. fa. as 3rd Earl 29 June 1757.

Offices Held


Returned unopposed as a Tory at a by-election at the end of 1739, Guernsey voted against the Government on the place bill of 1740, and withdrew on the motion for the dismissal of Walpole in February 1741. After the death of his uncle, John Finch, he transferred to Maidstone, voting against the Hanoverian troops in all three recorded divisions and speaking against them on 11 Apr. 1746. He lost his seat in 1747, by which time he had become associated with the Prince of Wales, appearing in Thomas Pitt’s election papers,1 and subsequently being put down for a seat at the Treasury in the 2nd Lord Egmont’s lists of a future Government.

He died 9 May 1777.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: A. N. Newman


  • 1. HMC Fortescue, i. 118.