Charles Douglas-Compton, 3rd Marquess of Northampton

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Charles Douglas-Compton, 3rd Marquess of Northampton, DL (26 May 1816 – 3 March 1877), styled Earl Compton from birth until 1851, was a British peer.

Born Charles Compton at Parliament Street, London, he was the son of Spencer Compton, 2nd Marquess of Northampton and his wife Margaret, eldest daughter of William Douglas-Maclean-Clephane. In 1831, a year after the death of his mother, he assumed the additional surname Douglas by sign manual. Douglas-Compton succeeded his father as marquess in 1851. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a Master of Arts in 1837. In 1850, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law from the University of Oxford.

Douglas-Compton was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Argyllshire in 1841. He was a trustee of the National Gallery (London). Douglas-Compton inherited Compton Wynyates in Warwickshire and in 1867 he assigned Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt to restore it.

In 1859, he married Theodosia, daughter of Henry Vyner. Their marriage was childless and Douglas-Compton was succeeded in his titles by his younger brother William

 

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