Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend (1675-1738), Statesman and agriculturalist
Sitter in 6 portraits
Charles Townshend entered politics as a young man. Despite being a very poor speaker, he led a distinguished career as a statesman and diplomat. He retired in 1730 and spent his last years at Raynham, his house in Norfolk, where he devoted himself to agricultural experiments. He was responsible for a number of innovations including the introduction of large-scale turnip cultivation into England, for which he gained the nickname 'Turnip Townshend'. His second wife, Dorothy, was the sister of the Whig prime minister Robert Walpole.
Agriculture and Food
Politics, Government and Diplomacy