FINCH, Heneage, Lord Guernsey (1786-1859).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1807 - Jan. 1812

Family and Education

b. 24 Apr. 1786, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of Heneage Finch, 4th Earl of Aylesford, by Lady Louisa Thynne, da. of Thomas, 1st Mq. of Bath. educ. Westminster 1801-3; Christ Church, Oxf. 1804-7. m. 23 Apr. 1821, Lady Augusta Sophia Greville, da. of George Greville, 2nd Earl of Warwick, 2s. 2da. suc. fa. as 5th Earl of Aylesford 21 Oct. 1812.

Offices Held

Cornet 9 Drag. 1811, lt. 1812-14.


Guernsey was returned by his uncle the 2nd Marquess of Bath, a courtier like his father. He gave a silent support to the Portland and Perceval administrations. He rallied to the latter in all the crucial divisions of Jan.-Mar. 1810, when the Whigs listed him ‘doubtful’. He was, however, in the minority against committing Sir Francis Burdett to the Tower, 5 Apr. 1810. He sided with government on the Regency question, 1 Jan. 1811. In August of that year he accepted a commission in the army and subsequently vacated his seat. He died 3 Jan. 1859.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: M. G. Hinton