The Right Honourable

The Earl of Winchilsea

First Lord of Trade
In office
Preceded byThe Earl of Stamford
Succeeded byThe Lord Guilford
Ambassador Extraordinary to Hanover
In office
Preceded byJames Cressett
Succeeded byEdmund Poley
Personal details
Charles Finch

(1672-09-26)26 September 1672
Died16 August 1712(1712-08-16) (aged 39)
  • William Finch
  • Elizabeth Wyndham
Arms of Finch: Argent, a chevron between three griffins passant sable
Arms of Finch: Argent, a chevron between three griffins passant sable

Charles Finch, 4th Earl of Winchilsea PC (26 September 1672 – 16 August 1712) was a British peer[1] and Member of Parliament, styled Viscount Maidstone until 1689. He was the son of William Finch, Lord Maidstone (son of Heneage Finch, 3rd Earl of Winchilsea) and Elizabeth Wyndham.

From 1702 to 1703 he served as Ambassador Extraordinary to Hanover. In 1702, he was appointed Vice-Admiral of Kent, and in 1704, Lord Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of that county. He was dismissed from all his Kentish offices in 1705. In 1711, he was sworn of the Privy Council and was appointed First Lord of Trade. Upon his death in 1712, he was succeeded as Earl of Winchilsea by his uncle, Heneage Finch.


  1. ^ "Charles Finch, 4th Earl of Winchilsea : M, #25287, b. 26 September 1672, d. 14 August 1712". Retrieved 24 February 2019.
Political offices Preceded byThe Earl of Stamford First Lord of Trade1711–1712 Succeeded byThe Lord Guilford Honorary titles Preceded byThe Earl of Romney Lord Lieutenant andCustos Rotulorum of Kent1704–1705 Succeeded byThe Lord Rockingham Vice-Admiral of Kent1702–1705 Peerage of England Preceded byHeneage Finch Earl of Winchilsea1689–1712 Succeeded byHeneage Finch