Edward Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer

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Edward John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer (January 24, 1924 - March 29, 1992) was born at 24 Sussex Square, London, England, the son of Albert Edward John Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer (1892-1975) and his wife, the former Cynthia Elinor Beatrix Hamilton (1897-1972), daughter of the 3rd Duke of Abercorn.

On June 1, 1954 in Westminster Abbey he married Frances Ruth Burke-Roche, daughter of Edmund Maurice Burke-Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy (1885-1955). They had five children:

In April 1969 the Spencers were divorced on the grounds of Frances's adultery with Peter Shand Kydd (she was named as the other woman in a divorce action brought by Janet Shand Kydd). Lord Spencer won a bitter custody battle for the children.

In 1976, Lord Spencer married Raine, Countess of Dartmouth, the former wife of Gerald Legge, 9th Earl Dartmouth. Her mother was the romance novelist Barbara Cartland.

Lord Spencer died at Humana Hospital, Wellington, London.


Preceded by:
Albert Spencer
Earl Spencer
Succeeded by:
Charles Spencer

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