The Spencers have ancestry dating back to 1508 and it
was John Spencer who recorded almost rebuilding the parish church of
Great Brington and the creation of the Spencer Chapel. Twenty
generations of the Spencer family rest here.
1552 Sir John Spencer and Isabella Graunt ( Sir John bought Althorp in 1508 ) 1532 Sir William Spencer and Susan Knightley 1586 Sir John Spencer and Katherine Kitson 1599 Sir John Spencer and Mary Catlyn 1627 Sir Robert Spencer and Margaret Willoughby ( Baron Spencer of Wormleighton ) 1636 Sir William Spencer and Lady Penelope Wriothesley ( 2nd Baron ) 1643 Sir Henry Spencer and Lady Dorothy Sidney ( 3rd Baron )
1783 First Earl, John Spencer and Countess Spencer ( Georgiana Poyntz ) 1834 Second Earl, George John Spencer and Countess Spencer ( Lady Lavinia Bingham ) 1845 Third Earl, John Charles Spencer and Countess Spencer ( Esther Ackholm ) 1857 Fourth Earl, Frederick Spencer and Countess Spencer ( Elizabeth Poyntz 1851 ) and Countess Spencer ( Adelaide Seymour 1877 )
Note : 5th and 6th Earl's are buried in the Churchyard - see Spencer graves
1972 Seventh Earl, Albert Spencer and Countess Spencer ( Lady Cynthia Hamilton ) 1992 Eight Earl, Edward John Spencer
The lineage of George Washington can be traced
back to Lawrence Washington his great, great, great grandfather. Lawrence's grave is below a stone slab in
the chancel of the church.
THE TOMBSTONE OF LAWRENCE WASHINGTON, GREAT-GREAT-GREAT GRANDFATHER OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WHO WAS BURIED HERE IN DECEMBER 1616.
THE STONE BEARS THE WASHINGTON COAT OF ARMS IMPALED WITH THOSE OF LAWRENCE'S WIFE, MARGARET BUTLER. The inscription is now almost indecipherable but reads :
' HERE LIETH THE BODI OF LAURENCE WASHINGTON - SONNE & HEIRE OF ROBERT WASHINGTON OF SOULGRAVE IN THE COUNTIE OF NORTHAMPTON ESQUIER - WHO MARRIED MARGARET THE ELDEST DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM BUTLER OT TEES IN THE COUNTIE OF SUSSEXE ESQUIER - WHO HAS ISSU BY HER - 8 SONS & 9 DAUGHTERS - WHICH LAURENCE DECESSED THE 13 OF DECEMBER - A:DNI: 1616.
THOU THAT BY CHANCE OR CHOICE OF THIS HAST SIGHT KNOW LIFE TO DEATH RESIGNS AS DAYE TO NIGHT BUT AS THE SUNNS RETORNE REVIVES THE DAY SO CHRIST SHALL US THOUGH TURNDE TO DUST AND CLAY