Birth: 31 May 1849

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Hanover Square, Mayfair, London, Middlesex

Baptism: 28 June 1849

Place of Baptism: Grendon, Warwickshire

Death: 10 March 1917 - Aged 67

Place or Registered Place of Death: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Father: George Chetwynd

Mother: Charlotte Augusta Hill

Spouse(s): Florence Cecilia Paget

Date of Marriage: 9 June 1870

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: St. James' Church, Westminster, London, Middlesex


Lilian Florence Maud Chetwynd (1876-1962)
Sir George Guy Chetwynd, 5th Bart. (1874-1935)
Olive Nina Mary Chetwynd (1877-1946)


The Times - March 13, 1917
Death of Sir George Chetwynd
A Notable Figure in Sport
Sir George Chetwynd, fourth baronet, of Grendon, Warwickshire, who was well known for a great many years as an owner of racehorses and as a country gentleman of the old school, died at Monte Carlo on Saturday. in his 66th year.

There was no better-known sportsman in England for a long period than Sir George Chetwynd. He played almost an equally prominent part in racing, hunting, shooting, and cricket. While he was at Harrow ho was in the cricket eleven, and he represented his school against Eton at Lord's in 1867. For several seasons he was a conspicuous figure in the hunting field in Leicestershire and Warwickshire. At the meetings of the Gun Club and also at Hurlingham he shot in company with some of the best men of the day. It is, however, by his association with the Turf that he will be remembered most intimately. For a generation he was before the racing public as an owner of racehorses and as a popular member of the Jockey Club, of which he was a. Steward. His appearance on the Turf was in what is known as the Hastings era of big bets and thousand-guinea yearlings. At Grendon in 1872 he started a breeding establishment for racehorses, but it did not prove to be entirely successful.

Soon after he left Oxford Sir George Chetwynd placed himself under Captain Machell, and won his first race in 1869 with a horse named Ben-du, which carried off the County Cup at Leicester in a canter. From Captain Machell's stables he removed his horses to Saunders's place at Hednesford, then to Woolcot's at Beckhampton, and later to Sherrard's, while he had a few at Tom Brown's in readiness for Newmarket. Some of his victories on the Turf were the Ascot Stakes in 1877 with Chypre, the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood in 1883 with Hornpipe, and the City and Suburban in 1888 with Fullerton. Fred Archer, Charley Wood, and Jeffrey were among the jockeys who carried his colours.

Sir George Chetwynd was the central figure in what is remembered as the Chetwynd and Durham Turf case. In 1887 there had been criticism of the in-and-out form displayed by certain horses, and in November the Licensed Victuallers' Gazette helped to bring matters to a climax by asking, "How about the running of Success at Lewes and Alexandra Park, when Charley Wood nearly pulled his head off on each occasion?" Afterwards Lord Durham, speaking at the annual dinner of the Gimcrack Club at York in 1887, made charges against a "fashionable stable." Sir George Chetwynd, as a supporter of the stable and as a member of the Jockey Club, challenged Lord Durham to prove his allegations. When Lord Durham refused to withdraw from the position which he had taken up, Sir George Chetwynd declared that the matter was an affair of honour, and his brother, Captain Walter Chetwynd, on his behalf waited on Lord Durham with a challenge to a duel. This was ignored, and the quarrel eventually came before the Stewards of the -Jockey Club. Meanwhile the jockey, Wood, sued the Licensed Victuallers' Gazette for £5,000, and, after a hearing which lasted 12 days, he was awarded a farthing damages. Sir George Chetwynd had claimed £2,000 for libel from Lord Durham, and he, too, was awarded one farthing by the arbitrators appointed by the Jockey Club. After this Sir George Chetwynd resigned his membership of the Jockey Club. In doing so he wrote:-

"I look forward with confidence to the time when I shall be fully absolved from having acted in any way causing me to deserve the censure of honourable men.

Sir George Chetwynd was the second son of the third baronet by Lady Charlotte Augusta Hill eldest daughter of the third Marquess of Downshire. He was educated at Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford. In 1870 he married Florence Marchioness of Hastings, youngest daughter of the second Marquess of Anglesey, and widow of the fourth Marquess of Hastings. By her he had three daughters and one son, who now succeeds to the title. This son, George Guy, was born in 1874, and in 1902 he married Rosalind, a daughter of the late Mr. William Holt Secor, of New York. He has by her (who divorced him in 1909) one son. Lady Chetwynd, wife of the late baronet, died in 1907. His mother was killed by a fall from a horse in 1861.


1871 Census:

Grendon Village Grendon Hall, Grendon, Warwickshire
Sir George Chetwynd - Head - 21 - Baronet - Middlesex
Marchioness of Hastings - Wife - 27 - Middlesex
Walter Chetwynd - Brother - Unmarried - 15 - Grendon, Warwickshire

1881 Census:

Grendon Hall, Grendon, Warwickshire
George Chetwynd - Head - Married - 31 - Baronet - St. George's, Middlesex
Florence C., Marchioness of Hastings - Wife - 38 - St. George's, Middlesex
George G. Chetwynd - Son - 6 - St. George's, Middlesex
Lilian Chetwynd - Daughter - 5 - St. George's, Middlesex
Olive Chetwynd - Daughter - 4 - St. George's, Middlesex

1891 Census:

36, Curzon Street, St George Hanover Square, London
George Chetwynd - Head - Married - 40 - St George Hanover Square, London

1901 Census:

68, South Audley Street, St George Hanover Square, London
George Chetwynd - Head - Married - 51 - Living on own means - St George Hanover Square, London

By 1901, Sir George and Florence had separate households in London.

Sir George Chetwynd, 4th Bart.