Sub-series BL/CS 1/15 - Townshend of Raynham

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BL/CS 1/15


Townshend of Raynham


  • 1739-1790 (Creation)

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3 files, 3 gatherings, 116 papers

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Sir Roger Townshend, Knight 1484; Sir John Townshend, Knight at Cadiz 1596, Sir Horatio 1st Viscount Townshend created Baron Townshend of Lynn Regis 1661, Charles 2nd Viscount Townshend Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk 1709, 3rd Viscount Townshend appointed Lord of the Bedchamber 1723, George 1st Marquess Townshend Lord lieutenant of Ireland, High Steward of Tamworth, Yarmouth and Norwich 1767-1772, George 2nd Marquess Townshend created Earl of Leicester 1784, George Ferrers 3rd Marquess Townshend 1778-1858, John 4th Marquess Townshend 1798-1825, John James Dudley Stuart 6th Marquess Townshend Mayor of King's Lynn 1928. At Raynham Hall.

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Case's connection with the Townshend family dated back to the time of the 2nd viscount (died 1738). He was employed both as a solicitor and as steward to the Townshend manors, and was also a personal friend of the 3rd viscount: even when they were at odds, Townshend always signed his letters 'Yours affectionately'. The 3rd viscount and his wife separated in 1741. Their elder son George remained close to his mother and was seldom on good terms with his father. Townshend died in 1764 having named Case as an executor and trustee. His younger son Charles Townshend, the politician, with whom Case was on friendly terms, died in 1767. Case's attempts to improve the relationship between the 3rd viscount and his heir had not endeared him to the latter, and in 1768 he was dismissed from his stewardships.

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