Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a man of great achievements, great passions and great intellectual stature. He himself recognized how much he was influenced and shaped by his ancestry and family. Churchill was the grandson of the 7th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough; his uncle was the wicked 8th Duke; his cousin and close friend was the 9th Duke. Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace on the 30th November 1874 and baptized in Palace Chapel on 27th December.
Churchill always had a special affection Blenheim Palace. Many of his formative years were spent at Blenheim under the no nonsense direction of his Grandmother, Frances, 7th Duchess of Marlborough. Along with Nanny Everest, Frances was one of the few people who could exert some control over the young Winston. She was very fond of her grandson but this did not blind her to his need for discipline and was particularly keen to instil in him the importance of punctuality. Frances gave Churchill his first pony and one of his favorite pastimes was to go riding in the Park. When not riding he spent time fishing in the Lake. He also like to make "encampments" in the Park, using an upturned umbrella as a tent.
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