The Marquess of Northampton
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Coat of Arms of the Marquess of Northampton
Spencer Douglas David Compton

(1946-04-02) 2 April 1946 (age 76)
EducationEton College
Known forPro Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England
Title7th Marquess of Northampton
PredecessorWilliam Compton
Baroness Henriette Bentinck
(m. 1967; div. 1973)
Annette Smallwood
(m. 1974; div. 1977)
Rosemary Dawson-Damer
(m. 1977; div. 1983)
Ellen Erhardt
(m. 1985; div. 1988)
Pamela Kyprios
(m. 1990; div. 2013)
Tracy Goodman
(m. 2013)

Spencer "Spenny" Douglas David Compton, 7th Marquess of Northampton (born 2 April 1946) is a British peer.


Compton is the son of the Most Hon. William Compton, 6th Marquess of Northampton and Virginia Lucie Compton, née Heaton. The family seats are Castle Ashby House and Compton Wynyates.

The heir apparent to the marquessate and its subsidiary titles is Northampton's only son Daniel, Earl Compton (b. 1973). Since he has, so far, fathered no sons of his own, the heir apparent's heir presumptive is his first cousin James William Compton (b. 1974), son of the late Lord William James Bingham Compton (1947–2007),[1] who has three daughters (Abigail 2002, Geneveve 2004, Elenor 2006) and one son (William Edward Richard Compton, b. 2010) by his wife Natasha Somers (married 2000). The next heir is Alwyne Compton (b. 1919), the most senior grandson of Lord Alwyne Frederick Compton (1855–1911), the third son of the 4th Marquess; he is childless. His brother the late Robert "Robin" Compton (1922–2009) left two sons, both of whom have two sons of their own.

Personal life

He was listed as having properties worth £120 million in the 2011 Estates Gazette Rich List.[2] In the Sunday Times Rich List 2017, ranking the wealthiest people in the UK, he was listed with an estimated fortune of £110million.[3] In 1985 he sold Adoration of the Magi by Andrea Mantegna at Christie's in London to the Getty Museum for a then-world record auction price of $10.5 million (£8.1m).[4][5] In November 1993, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court confirmed his claim to the ownership of the Sevso Treasure, a hoard of late Roman Empire silver.[6]

He is a Freemason, and served as the Pro Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England from 2001 until March 2009.

He has been married six times. On 13 June 1967, Compton married Henriette Luisa Maria Bentinck, daughter of Adolph Willem Carel Baron Bentinck and Gabrielle Baronin Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kaszon. The couple had two children and divorced in 1973.

The next year, in 1974, Compton married Annette Marie Smallwood; they divorced in 1977. Later that year, he married Rosemary Ashley Morrit Hancock, who had previously been married to Hon. Lionel Dawson-Damer. They had one child before divorcing in 1983.

On 12 January 1985, he married Hannelore Ellen (née Erhardt), who had previously been married to Michael Pearson, 4th Viscount Cowdray. Compton and Erhardt had one child and divorced in 1988.

In 10 December 1990, he married Pamela Martina Raphaela (née Haworth), who had previously been married to Emanuel Kyprios. They divorced in January 2013. Later that same year, on 4 September 2013 in London, he married Tracey Goodman, to whom he has remained married.


Coat of arms of Spencer Compton, 7th Marquess of Northampton
A Coronet of a Marquess
On a Mount a Beacon fired proper behind it a Riband inscribed with the words Nisi Dominus
Sable a Lion passant guardant Or between three Esquire's Helmets Argent
Dexter: a Dragon Ermine ducally gorged and chained Or; Sinister: a Unicorn Argent horned maned hoofed and tufted Sable
Je ne serche qu'un

See also


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  2. ^ Rich List 2011, Estates Gazette, 12 November 2011
  3. ^ Times Online: "The Sunday Times Rich List 2017"
  4. ^ LA Times: Getty Pays $10.5 Million For Painting
  5. ^ Getty Museum: Adoration of the Magi
  6. ^ Republic of Croatia, et al. v. Trustee of the Marquess of Northampton 1987 Settlement, 203 A.D.2d 167, 610 N.Y.S.2d 263 (1994); Republic of Croatia, et al. v. Trustee of the Marquess of Northampton 1987 Settlement, 232 A.D.2d 616, 648 N.Y.S.2d 25 (1st Dep't 1996).
Peerage of the United Kingdom Preceded byWilliam Compton Marquess of Northampton 2nd creation1978 – present IncumbentHeir:Daniel Compton, Earl Compton Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom Preceded byThe Marquess of Exeter Gentlemen Succeeded byThe Marquess Camden