The Spencer Family of Althorp

(The Spencer Coat of Arms)

John Spencer, 1st Earl Spencer
(1734 – 1783)
Anne’s relationship  to the 1st Earl Spencer:
11th cousin 8x removed.
(relationship chart)


The multiple common ancestries of the Burnett of Leys family and the Spencers of Althorp

written by: Anne Sturm

Is one of Britain’s most pre-eminent aristocratic family in England. The Spencer family has had close ties to English royalty for at least 500 years. Indeed, their ancestor was steward to the household of William the Conqueror in 1066. The Spencer Family and Burnett of Leys Family are indeed related to each other through multiple common ancestries.

(The earliest common ancestors of the Burnett of Leys Family and the Spencer of Althorp)

Although, our Griner family does not descend from The Spencer family of Northamptonshire, England a.k.a the Spencers of Althorp. However, it is our ancestral family, the Burnett of Leys, that has multiple ties to the Spencers of Althrop. The earliest known line that connects the Burnett of Leys family and the Spencers of Althorp family is our common ancestors John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster (1340-1399), and his 3rd wife Katherine Swynford (nee Roet) (1350-1396) two out of their four children of this union are John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset (ancestors of the Burnett of Leys family) and his sister, Joan Beaufort, Countess of Westmoreland (ancestors of the Spencer of Althorp).


Other common ancestral lines that also connects to the Spencer of Althorp and the Burnett of Leys families are:

1) James Hamilton, 1st Lord Hamilton and Princess Mary Stewart, Countess of Arran (House of Hamilton)

2) Alexander Burnett, 4th Baron and 9th Laird of Leys and Katherine Arbuthnot (House of Burnett)

3) King James I of Scotland and Lady Joan Beaufort, Queen consort of Scotland (House of Stewart)

4) The Arbuthnot Family of Aberdeenshire, Scotland

5) The House of Forbes via Alexander Forbes, 1st Lord Forbes (1380-1448)