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Charles Powlett Townshend, 2nd Baron Bayning (1785-1823)

Sitter in 2 portraits
Townshend was appointed secretary to the British Embassy at Madrid in 1751, and remained in Spain for four years. He was afterwards known as 'Spanish Charles', a nickname that distinguished him from his namesake and cousin, the politician Charles Townshend. In 1756 Townshend succeeded his cousin Charles as MP for Great Yarmouth, a seat he held until 1784. He was made Lord of the Admiralty in 1765. In 1770, he exchanged this office for a commissionership of the Treasury under North, with whom he became closely associated. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 1777 and became Vice Treasurer to Ireland later that year.