Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born 30 November 1874 at Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Marlborough. His father, second son of the 7th Duke of Marlborough, inherited neither title nor property. Winston grew up with social status, privilege, and a keen sense of heritage, but little money. In the custom of the day, he was raised by a nanny and sent to boarding schools. It was a lonely and hard life for a sensitive and imaginative child.