Carolina Lords Proprietors

Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle

August 14, 1653 to October 6, 1688)

Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle (August 14, 1653 - October 6, 1688) was the son of George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle and Anne Clarges (d.1700), daughter of John Clarges, "Farrier in the Savoy," of Drury Lane, Westminster. He was educated privately and entered Gray's Inn in 1662. From 1660 until his father's death ten years later in 1670, he was known by the courtesy title of Earl of Torrington, one of his father's subsidiary titles.

Monck held many important positions during his relatively short life, including being a Member of Parliament for Devonshire (1667-1670), Lord Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of Devon (1675–1685), Lord Lieutenant of Essex jointly with the Earl of Oxford (1675–1687), and Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica (1687–1688). He was also a Captain of Infantry (1666-1667, Colonel of Infantry (1673-1675), Colonel of the Queen's Regiment of Horse (1678–1679) until the regiment was disbanded, and Colonel of the 1st Horse Guards (1679-1685).

At the royal palace of Whitehall in London on 30 December 1669, shortly before his father's death, Christopher Monck married Lady Elizabeth Cavendish (d.1734), eldest daughter and co-heiress of Henry Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Newcastle. She gave birth to a son who died soon after his birth, and Monck left no further surviving children. Monck died in Jamaica on 6 October 1688. He was buried in Westminster Abbey on 4 July 1689. As the Duke left no children all his titles became extinct on his death.

After a lengthy court battle, his estate was awarded to a kinsman, John Grenville, 1st Earl of Bath, in 1694.

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