William Spencer, 2nd Baron Spencer of Wormleighton

William Spencer, 2nd Baron Spencer of Wormleighton MP (christened 4 January 1591 – 19 December 1636) was an English nobleman, politician, and peer from the Spencer family.

William Spencer, Lord Spencer of Wormleighton

William Spencer, 2nd Baron Spencer of Wormleighton
Bornchristened 4 January 1591
Died19 December 1636 (aged 45)
Spouse(s)Lady Penelope Wriothesley
Children6 (including Henry Spencer, 1st Earl of Sunderland and Robert Spencer, 1st Viscount Teviot)
Parent(s)Robert Spencer, 1st Baron Spencer of Wormleighton
Margaret Willoughby


Spencer was the son of Robert Spencer, 1st Baron Spencer of Wormleighton, and his wife, Margaret Willoughby, and was baptised on 4 January 1591 at Brington, Northamptonshire. He attended Magdalen College, Oxford, and became a Member of Parliament for Brackley in 1614, for Northamptonshire (1620–1622 & 1624–1627). From 6 May 1618 to 1621, Spencer held the office of Deputy Lieutenant of Northamptonshire. On 25 October 1627, he succeeded to the title of 2nd Baron Spencer of Wormleighton.


Lord Spencer married Lady Penelope Wriothesley, daughter of Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton and Elizabeth Vernon in 1615, by whom he had three sons and three daughters. He died in December 1636, aged 45, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Henry, who was created Earl of Sunderland in 1643. Lord Spencer's second son the Honourable Robert was created Viscount Teviot in 1685. His daughter Margaret was the third wife of the prominent statesman, Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury. Another daughter Elizabeth married John Craven, 1st Baron Craven of Ryton.



Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Westmorland
Custos Rotulorum of Northamptonshire
Succeeded by
Sir Christopher Hatton
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Edward Montagu
William Tate
Member of Parliament for Northamptonshire
with Sir Edward Montagu 1620–1621
Sir Richard Knightley 1621–1626
Sir John Pickering 1626–1627

Succeeded by
Francis Nicolls
Sir Richard Knightley
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Robert Spencer
Baron Spencer of Wormleighton
Succeeded by
Henry Spencer

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