- Jamie Spencer-Churchill, Marquess of Blandford
Marquess of Blandford
Lord Blandford in 1989, by Allan Warren
Born 24 November 1955 Nationality British Title Marquess of Blandford (by courtesy) Spouse Rebecca Brown (m. 1990, div. 1998)
Edla Griffiths (m. 2002)
Children George Spencer-Churchill, Earl of Sunderland
Lady Araminta Spencer-Churchill
Lord Caspar Spencer-Churchill
Parents 11th Duke of Marlborough
Blandford is the eldest surviving son of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, and his first wife, Susan Mary Hornby (later Mrs John Gough).
He was largely disowned by his father, who disapproved of his lifestyle, in 1994. Although he will succeed to the Dukedom of Marlborough upon his father's death, the ownership of the estate (including Blenheim Palace) and chairmanship of its managing trust will pass to Blandford's son, George Spencer-Churchill, Earl of Sunderland.
Lord Blandford spent a month in prison in 1995 for forging prescriptions. In September 2007 he was jailed for six months for two counts of dangerous driving and one charge of criminal damage following a "road rage" attack on another motorist's car. At the same time he also received a three-and-a-half year driving ban.
Blandford appeared in the BBC documentary Famous, Rich and Homeless, televised 24 June 2009, where he refused to sleep rough. On the first night he claimed to sleep in the car park of a 5 star hotel (despite his sleeping bag being discovered unopened); and on the second night, he demanded to be housed in a hotel. He refused to participate further despite giving his assurance he would sleep rough on the third night and ended his participation on the third night. Commenting on this, fellow participant Hardeep Singh Kohli said; "It's disrespectful to all the people out there. If he doesn't have the bollocks to do it, he can fuck off."
Lord Blandford's first wife was Rebecca Mary Few Brown. They were married from 1990 until 1998, when their marriage ended in divorce. By Rebecca, Marchioness of Blandford, he had one son:
- George John Godolphin Spencer-Churchill, Earl of Sunderland (born 1992).
His second wife is Edla Griffiths, whom he married in the Woodstock Register Office on 1 March 2002. They have two children:
- Lady Araminta Clementine Megan Spencer-Churchill (born c. April 2007).
- Lord Caspar Sasha Ivor Spencer-Churchill (18 October 2008).
Lord Sunderland and Lord Caspar Spencer-Churchill are second and third in line of succession to the Dukedom of Marlborough respectively.
Titles from birth to present
- Earl of Sunderland (1955–72)
- Marquess of Blandford (1972 to present)
Ancestors of Jamie Spencer-Churchill, Marquess of Blandford 16. George Spencer-Churchill, 8th Duke of Marlborough 8. Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough 17. Lady Albertha Hamilton 4. John Spencer-Churchill, 10th Duke of Marlborough 18. William Kissam Vanderbilt 9. Consuelo Vanderbilt 19. Alva Erskine Smith 2. John Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough 20. George Cadogan, 5th Earl Cadogan 10. Henry Cadogan, Viscount Chelsea 21. Beatrix Jane Craven 5. the Hon. Alexandra Cadogan 22. Henry Sturt, 1st Baron Alington 11. Mildred Cecilia Harriet Sturt 23. Augusta Bingham 1. Jamie Spencer-Churchill, Marquess of Blandford 24. Rev. Charles Edward Hornby 12. Charles Harry St. John Hornby 25. Harriet Catherine Turton 6. Michael Charles St. John Hornby 26. Charles Barclay 13. Cicely Rachel Emily Barclay 27. Charlotte Cassandra Cherry 3. Susan Mary Hornby 28. William Ward, 1st Earl of Dudley 14. The Hon. Cyril Augustus Ward 29. Georgina Elizabeth Moncreiffe 7. Nicolette Joan Ward 30. Baron Arnold of Brienen 15. Baroness Irène of Brienen 31. Baroness Marie Louise of Tuyll of Serooskerken
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