Monck, Christopher, 2nd Duke of Albermarle (1650 -1688)
Christopher Monck, was born 1659, the only surviving son of George Monck, the Parliamentary General, and 1st Duke of Albermarle, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Sir Thomas Clarges, Knight. Known as the Earl of Torrington during his father's lifetime, he succeeded his father as 2nd Duke in 1670, was made a Knight of the Garter in 1671. He was also made a Colonel of a Regiment of Foot in 1673, and sworn of the Privy Council 15 October 1675. His other appointments were Colonel of the Queen's Regiment of Horse 1678, Captain and Colonel of the King's Own Troop of Horse Guards, and Captain of all the King's Horse Guards in November 1679. In 1685 he raised the militia of Devon and Cornwall against the Duke of Monmouth when he landed at Lyme in Dorset, and was made Chancellor of Cambridge University in succession to the Duke of Monmouth. On the 26th November 1685 he was made Governor General of Jamaica, but fell ill on the way and died there 6 October 1688. He married Elizabeth Cavendish, eldest daughter of Henry Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle, but they had no children and his title died with him. He was buried in Westminster Abbey 4 July 1689. The library passed, through his wife's second marriage, to the Dukes of Montague. It is possible that the stamps may also have been used by his father, George Monck 1st Duke and famous parliamentary general.