House of Churchill

House of Churchill


John Churchill of Muston

  • John Churchill of Muston, Dorset (b. c. 1596)


Sir Winston Churchill of Minterne Magna

  • Sir Winston Churchill of Minterne Magna, Dorset (1620–1688) In recognition of the first Sir Winston's services to King Charles I as Captain of the Horse, and his loyalty to King Charles II as a Member of Parliament he was awarded an augmentation of honour to his arms in 1662. His rare mark of royal favour took the form of a canton of St. George.

Sir Winston’s children were:

  • Arabella Churchill ( 1648–1730), mistress of King James II and ancestress of the Dukes of Berwick, Alba and Fizjames.
  • John Churchill, (1650–1722) 1st Duke of Marlborough
  • George Churchill (1654–1710), Admiral of the Blue
  • Charles Churchill (1656–1714), Lieutenant-General in the Army

Lord Churchill of Eyemouth in the Peerage of Scotland (1682-1722)
Baron Churchill of Sandridge in the Peerage of England (1685-1722)
Earl of Marlborough in the Peerage of England(1689-1722)
Dukes of Marlborough in the Peerage of England(1702)
Prince of the Holy Roman Empire (1704-1722)
Prince of Mindelheim (1705-1714)


1st Duke of Marlborough and Prince of the Holy Roman Empire KG

The Dukedom of Marlborough is the only dukedom in the United Kingdom that can still pass in the female line. The succession for the Dukedom is as follows:

  1. The heirs-male of the 1st Duke's body lawfully begotten;
  2. his eldest daughter and the heirs-male of her body lawfully begotten;
  3. his second and other daughters, in seniority, and the heirs-male of their bodies lawfully begotten;
  4. his eldest daughter's oldest daughter and the heirs male of her body lawfully begotten;
  5. all other daughters of his daughters and the heirs male of their bodies;
  6. and other descendants into the future in like fashion, with the intent that the Marlborough title never become extinct.

*Most of the families descended from these daughters quarter or quartered Churchill to show their claim to the dukedom, hence the arms of the extant Dukes of Buccleuch through the Montagus and extinct Dukes of Leeds through the Godolphins. In the unlikely event that the male line of the Spencers fails the dukedom would pass to the Villiers Earls of Jersey.


1st Lord Churchill of Eyemouth


1st Baron Churchill of Sandridge

  • John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, Marquess of Blandford, 1st Earl of Marlborough, 1st Lord Churchill of Eyemouth, 1st Baron Churchill of Sandridge, Prince of the Holy Roman Empire and Prince of Mindelheim KG (1650 – 1722) On his death the Scottish Lordship of Churchill of Eyemouth and the Principality of the Holy Roman Empire became extinct.

Four surviving daughters:

1.Lady Henrietta Churchill, (1681–1733) 2nd Duchess of Marlborough
, Countess of Godolphin.


2nd Duchess of Marlborough


2.Lady Anne Churchill ( 1683–1716), Countess of Sunderland.

3.Lady Elizabeth Churchill (1687-1714), Countess of Bridgewater.

4.Lady Mary Churchill (1689-1751), Duchess of Montagu.