|Birth: ||Sep. 28, 1835|
City of London
Greater London, England
|Death: ||Oct. 31, 1903|
Charlotte was the third and youngest dauthter of Frederick Charles William Seymour and Lady Augusta. She married John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer at St James' Church, Westminster, London, England July 8, 1858. The couple met in 1854. Both their families were frequent quests at Hampton Court home of the Dowager Lady Clinton, their mutual aunt. Charlotte was also the cousin of her husband's stepmother, Yaddy. Her maternal grandfather was the First Marquess of Bristol and she spent much of her childhood at Ickworth, the Bristol's family estate in Suffolk. Charlotte was fondly called "Spencer's Fairy Queen" after the poem by Edmond Spencer. She was known as a great beauty with dazzling eyes, wonderful complexion, exquisite lips, and a neat aquiline nose. Unfortunately, the couple were unable to have children, but delighted in and took pride in the Red Earl's half brother Bobby's family.
Charlotte had a passion for travel and the couple embarked on a nine-month honeymoon, during which time Charlotte contracted malaria in Italy.
Charlotte possessed an innate charm and elegance, combined with a down-to-earth nature. She was an effortless and accomplished hostess with superior taste and an eye for perfect detail. She had a genuine love for her husband and entranced the people of Northamptonshire. Charlotte imposed her taste on Althorp during the 1860's and 1870's. Through her guidance, the gardens at Althorp mirrored the expertise and sophistication she had known when growing up at Ickworth. Changing the rural look of the gardens into a detailed planned landscape of intricately cut in flower beds, lush lawns, and rows of cypress tress along the north and south sides of the mansion. She is responsible for creating the Round Oval lake where the late Diana Spencer is buried. One of her favorite spots to sit after a walk around the lake was at the temple, now converted to Dana's memorial at the far end of the water
The Spencers were asked by Gladstone to be the Viceroy and Vicereine of Ireland (Lord Lieutenant). Charlotte became known as "Lady Lieutenant" and the couple took up residence in Dublin Castle.
Charlotte's charitable works included joining "The Women's Association", a league of eleven other ladies who each adopted an area of London's East End in an effort to combat poverty.
In 1902, Charlotte was diagnose as having cancer. She was operated on at Spencer House and for a while seemed to be recovering and returned to Althorp in January 1903. Then in June 1903, she was returning from Northampton railway station in an open carriage when she was caught in a rainstorm and contracted pneumonia. Four days later she had an apparent stroke that left her paralyzed down her right side and unable to speak. The Red Earl wrote in his diary for Oct. 31, 1903: "At 12:50, 'sorrow of sorrows'. She left us in a sleep of perfect peace and beauty." Her passing left the Red Earl a pathetically lonely man.
COUNTESS SPENCER VA
WIFE OF JOHN POYNTZ
EARL SPENCER KG
BORN 28 SEPT 1835
MARRIED 8 JULY 1858
DIED 31 OCT 1903
BLESSED ARE THE
DIE IN THE LORD
THAT THEY MAY REST
LABOURS REV. XIV 13
John Poyntz Spencer (1835 - 1910)*
St Mary the Virgin with St John Churchyard
Plot: Spencer Family Vault
Created by: KRW
Record added: Apr 05, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13869450