FINCH, Heneage, Lord Guernsey (1751-1812).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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10 June 1772 - 1774
1774 - 9 May 1777

Family and Education

b. 4 July 1751, 1st s. of Heneage, 3rd Earl of Aylesford, and bro. of Hon. Charles Finch and Hon. Edward Finch. educ. Westminster; Ch. Ch. Oxf. 1767. m. 18 Nov. 1781, Hon. Louisa Thynne, da. of Thomas, 3rd Visct. Weymouth, 4s. 3da. suc. fa. as 4th Earl 9 May 1777.

Offices Held

Ld. of the bedchamber 1777-Dec. 1783; P.C. 31 Dec. 1783; capt. of the yeomen of the guard Dec. 1783-1804; ld. steward 1804- d.


Lord Guernsey was returned for Castle Rising on the interest of his cousin, Lord Suffolk. He was normally a Government supporter, but on 25 Feb. 1774 acted as teller against Administration on the motion to make Grenville’s Election Act permanent. In 1774 he was returned for Maidstone after a contest. Only two speeches by him are recorded: on 13 Jan. 1774 he moved the Address, and on 29 Nov. 1774 proposed Sir Fletcher Norton for Speaker.

He died 21 Oct. 1812.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke