Beauclerk family of Bestwood Lodge, Dukes of St. Albans
|Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St. Albans|
(1) Charles Beauclerk (1696-1751), 2nd Duke of St. Albans (q.v.);(2) Lady Diana Beauclerk (b. 1697), born 1697; died unmarried and probably young***;(3) Lord William Beauclerk (1698-1733) (q.v.);(4) Admiral Lord Vere Beauclerk (1699-1781), 1st Baron Vere of Hanworth (q.v.);(5) Lord Henry Beauclerk (1701-61), born 11 August 1701; an officer in the army (Ensign, 1717; Capt., 1727; Lt-Col., 1735), who was present at the siege of Gibraltar, 1727; Lieutenant of the Gentleman Pensioners, c.1728-35; Colonel of the 48th Foot, 1743-45 and of 31st Foot, 1745-49, but resigned his commission following a dispute with Duke of Cumberland, who 'persecuted this poor man for these four years, since he could not be persuaded to alter his vote at a court martial for the acquittal of a man, whom the Duke would have had condemned'; MP for Plymouth, 1740-41 and for Thetford, 1741-61; purchased Foliejon Park (Berks), 1744 (sold after his death); married, 24 June 1739, Martha (d. 1788), a Maid of Honour to Queen Caroline, 1732, daughter of John Lovelace (d. 1709), 4th Baron Lovelace of Hurley and Governor of New York, and had issue two sons and six daughters; died 5 January 1761; will proved in the PCC, 27 January 1761;(6) Lord Sidney Beauclerk (1703-44) [for whom see my future post on the Beauclerk family of St. Leonard's Lodge (Sussex)](7) Lt-Gen. Lord George Beauclerk (1704-68) [for whom see my future post on the Beauclerk family of Winchfield House];(8) Lord Seymour Beauclerk (b. & d. 1708), born 24 June 1708; died in infancy, 1 July 1708;(9) Rt. Rev. Lord James Beauclerk (c.1709-87), born about 1709; educated at Abingdon and Queen's College, Oxford (matriculated 1727; BA 1730; MA 1733; BD and DD 1744); prebendary of Windsor, 1733 and canon of Windsor, 1738; chaplain to King George II, 1739; Deputy Clerk of the Closet, 1745-46; Bishop of Hereford, 1746-87; died unmarried, 20 October 1787; will proved in the PCC, 26 October 1787;(10) Capt. Lord Aubrey Beauclerk (c.1710-41), born about 1710; joined the Royal Navy, 1723 (Lt., 1727; Capt. 1731); married Catherine (d. 1755), daughter of Sir Henry Newton, Envoy to Tuscany and Genoa and an Admiralty judge, and widow of Col. Francis Alexander (d. 1721), but had no issue; killed in action when both his legs were shot off at the Battle of Cartagena, 24 March 1740/1, and was probably buried at sea; he is commemorated by a fine monument in Westminster Abbey designed by Peter Scheemakers;(11) Lady Mary Beauclerk (b. 1713), born 1713; died unmarried and probably young;(12) Lady Anne Beauclerk (b. 1716), born 1716; died unmarried and probably young.
(1) Lady Diana Beauclerk (1725-66), born 20 October 1725; married, 2 February 1761, Rt. Rev. and Hon. Shute Barrington (1734-1826), Bishop of Durham (who m2, 2nd, 20 June 1770, Jane (1733-1807), only daughter of Sir John Guise, 4th bt.); died in giving birth to a stillborn daughter, 28 May 1766;(2) George Beauclerk (1730-86), 3rd Duke of St. Albans (q.v.).
(X1.1) Diane Beauclerk-Lennox (1727-64), who is said to have had a string of English and continental lovers by whom she had children, though her very existence seems doubtful.
(X2.1) Suzanne Beauclerk; married Jean Nolasque, Marquess of Noves and Count of Mimet.
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(X1) A son (1748-59), born 1748; died young, 30 January 1759;(X2) George Beauclerk (1755-56), born in Paris (France), 20 December 1755; died 11 October 1756;(X3) Anne Amelie Beauclerk (1756-1826), born in Brussels (Belgium), 5 December 1756; married, 30 October 1781 at Brussels, Simon Fromont (1752-1823) of Brussels (Belgium); died at Pont-à-Mousson (France), 3 November 1826;(X4) A son (1757-58), born September 1757; evidently the child he sired by his kitchen maid**; died in infancy, February 1758;(X5) twin, (Mariette Victoire) Rose Beauclerk (1758-1829), born in Brussels, 1 December 1758; married, 7 January 1787 at Brussels, Hubert Offhuys, advocate, of Brussels (Belgium), and had issue one daughter; died at Pont-à-Mousson (France), 5 August 1829;(X6) twin, Marie Agnes Beauclerk (b. 1758), born in Brussels, 1 December 1758; probably died young and certainly before her father wrote his will in 1785.
(1) Charlotte Beauclerk (1723-93); married, 22 December 1744 at Great Stanmore (Middx), John Drummond (1723-74) of Stanmore, banker and MP for Thetford, 1768-74, son of Andrew Drummond, banker, and had issue two sons and two daughters; died 7 March 1793 and was buried at Great Stanmore, where she is commemorated by a monument; will proved in the PCC, 28 March 1793;(2) William Beauclerk (1726-38), born 26 May 1726; educated at Eton; died 28 November and was buried at Bray (Berks), 2 December 1728;(3) Charles Beauclerk (c.1727-75) (q.v.);(4) Caroline Beauclerk (1728-69), born 14 December 1728 and baptised at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 11 January 1729; married, 23 February 1756, Lt-Gen. Sir William Draper KB (1721-87) (who m2, Elizabeth March, but sep. from her in India in 1773), but had no issue; buried at St Augustine-the-Less, Bristol, 19 August 1769;(5) Ann Beauclerk (b. 1731), born 24 April and baptised at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 14 May 1731; probably died in infancy.
(1) George Beauclerk (1758-87), 4th Duke of St. Albans (q.v.);(2) William Beauclerk (b. & d. 1763), born 17 May and baptised at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster (Middx), 9 June 1763; died in infancy and was buried at St Martin-in-the-Fields, 23 June 1763.
|Adm. the 1st Baron Vere of Hanworth|
(1) Vere Beauclerk (1736-39), born 12 January and baptised at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 5 February 1735/6; died young, 26 December and was buried at Hanworth, 28 December 1739;(2) Chambers Beauclerk (1738-47), born 22 February and baptised at St James Piccadilly, Westminster, 29 March 1738; educated at Westminster School; died young at Buxton (Derbys), 16 July 1747;(3) Sackville Beauclerk (b. & d. 1739), born 12 April and baptised at St James, Piccadilly, Westminster, 21 April 1739; died in infancy, 25 April 1739, and was buried at Hanworth;(4) Aubrey Beauclerk (1740-1802), 2nd Baron Vere of Hanworth and 5th Duke of Albans (q.v.);(5) Elizabeth Beauclerk (1741-46), born 7 July and baptised at St James, Piccadilly, Westminster, 16 July 1741; died young and was buried at Hanworth, 26 April 1746;(6) Hon. Mary Beauclerk (1743-1812), born 4 December and baptised at St James, Piccadilly, Westminster, 31 December 1743; married, 2 October 1762 at Hanworth, Lord Charles Spencer MP (1740-1820) of Wheatfield (Oxon), and had issue three sons; died 31 January and was buried at St James, Piccadilly, Westminster, 7 February 1812.
|5th Duke of St. Albans|
(1) Lady Catherine Elizabeth Beauclerk (1764-1803), born 20 February and baptised at St. Marylebone, 19 March 1764; managed her father's household after the death of her mother and was his residuary legatee, in which capacity she sold much of the collection of pictures he had purchased at the Earl of Bessborough's sale (at a loss); married, 1 September 1802 in Paris (France), Rev. James Burgess (1765-1827), vicar of Hanworth (Middx), 1805-16, son of Rev. James Burgess, but had no issue; died in Italy and was buried there, 12 July 1803;(2) Aubrey Beauclerk (1765-1815), 6th Duke of St. Albans (q.v.);(3) William Beauclerk (1766-1825), 8th Duke of St. Albans (q.v.);(4) Lady Caroline Beauclerk (1769-1838), born 6 February and baptised at St Marylebone (Middx), 7 March 1769; married, 16 February 1797 at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, Hon. Charles Lawrence Dundas (1771-1810), MP for Malton, 1798-1805 and Richmond (Yorks), 1806-10, fourth son of Sir Thomas Dundas, 2nd bt. and later 1st Baron Dundas, and had issue one son and three daughters; died 23 November 1838; will proved in the PCC, 22 December 1838;(5) Admiral Lord Amelius Beauclerk (1771-1846) [for whom, see my forthcoming post on the Beauclerk family of Winchfield House];(6) Rev. Lord Frederick Beauclerk (1773-1850) [for whom, see my forthcoming post on the Beauclerk family of Winchfield House];(7) Lady Georgiana Gertrude Beauclerk (1776-91), born 18 September and baptised at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 12 October 1776; died young, 17 October, and was buried at Hanworth, 27 October 1791.
|6th Duke of St. Albans, by |
Lemuel Francis Abbott
(1.1) Lady Mary Beauclerk (1791-1845), born at Hanworth, 30 March 1791; heiress to her mother's personal estate of £100,000, which made her a tempting target for fortune hunters; she eventually eloped with and married, 24 June 1811 at Gretna Green, as his second wife, George William Coventry (1784-1843), Lord Deerhurst (from 1831, 8th Earl of Coventry), from whom she was separated c.1815, and had issue one son and one daughter; lived subsequently in Italy with her daughter; died suddenly of a stroke at Naples, 11 September 1845;(2.1) Aubrey Beauclerk (1815-16), 7th Duke of St. Albans, born 7 April 1815; succeeded his father as 7th Duke of St Albans and Hereditary Grand Falconer of England, 12 August 1815; died in infancy of a fever, 19 February 1816 (three hours before his mother), and was buried with his mother at Hanworth, 11 March 1816.
|8th Duke of St. Albans as a midshipman |
in the Royal Navy, by George Romney, c.1784
(1.1) William Robert Beauclerk (b. & d. 1794), born 11 May 1794; died in infancy, 13 May 1794;(2.1) Lady Maria Amelia Beauclerk (1800-73), born 11 May and baptised at Redbourne, 18 May 1800; epileptic, who was a patient at Ticehurst Mental Hospital from 1851; died unmarried at Ticehurst (Sussex), 9 July 1873; administration of her goods granted 29 July 1873 (effects under £12,000);(2.2) William Aubrey de Vere Beauclerk (1801-49), 9th Duke of St. Albans (q.v.);(2.3) Lady Charlotte Beauclerk (1802-42), born 4 April and was baptised at Redbourne, 18 April 1802; died unmarried, 12 August. and was buried at Highgate Cemetery, 18 August 1842;(2.4) Julia Catherine Beauclerk (b. & d. 1803), born about April 1803; died in infancy and was buried at Redbourne, 17 August 1803;(2.5) Lady Caroline Janetta Beauclerk (1804-62), born in London, 28 June 1804; married, 14 July 1825 at St James, Piccadilly, Westminster (Middx), Arthur Algernon Capell (1803-92), 6th Earl of Essex (who m2, 3 Jun 1863, Lady Louisa Caroline Elizabeth (1833-76), daughter of Richard Edmund St. Lawrence Boyle, 9th Earl of Cork and had further issue one son and one daughter, and who m3, 25 April 1881, Louisa Elizabeth (d. 1914), second daughter of Charles Fieschi Heneage and widow of Gen. Lord George Augustus Frederick Paget KCB (1818-80)), and had issue three sons and one daughter; died 22 August 1862;(2.6) John Nelthorpe Beauclerk (1805-10), born 3 December and baptised at Redbourne, 18 December 1805; died young of scarlet fever, 4 August, and was buried at Hanworth (Middx);(2.7) Lady Louisa Georgiana Beauclerk (1806-43), born 20 December 1806 and baptised at Redbourne, 4 January 1807; married, 28 December 1835 at the British Embassy in Munich (Germany), Thomas Hughan (1811-79) (who m2, c.1868, Louisa Senhouse (1829-1900), daughter of Forster Clarke) of Airds House (Kirkcudbrights.) and had issue three daughters; died 18 February 1843;(2.8) Capt. Lord Frederick Charles Peter Beauclerk (1808-65) [for whom see the forthcoming post on the Beauclerk family of Little Grimsby];(2.9) Lady Georgiana Beauclerk (1809-80), born 11 September 1809; married, 10 February 1829 at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, Sir Montague John Cholmeley MP (1802-74), 2nd bt., of Norton Place (Lincs), and had issue two sons and one daughter; died 8 January 1880; administration of her goods was granted 10 March 1880 (effects under £2,000);(2.10) Lady Mary Noel Beauclerk (1810-50), born 28 December 1810 and baptised at Redbourne, 7 January 1811; married, 15 December 1836 at Easton (Lincs), Thomas George Corbett (1796-1868) of Elsham Hall (Lincs), and had issue two daughters; died 29 November 1850;(2.11) Lord Henry Beauclerk (1812-56), born 23 June and baptised at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 12 July 1812; an officer in the army (2nd Lt., 1830; Lt., 1833; ret. 1837); his retirement from the army followed an attack of 'brain fever' which required him to be restrained, and he was admitted to Ticehurst Mental Hospital, 16 March 1852; died unmarried, 22 January and was buried at Highgate Cemetery (Middx), 30 January 1856;(2.12) Lord Charles Beauclerk (1813-61), born 10 October and baptised at Redbourne, 1 November 1813; an officer in the army (Ensign, 1832; Lt., 1836; Capt., 1839; retired 1842) and later in Northumberland Militia (Maj., 1857); a series of his sketches of military operations in Canada were engraved and published in 1840; lived at Riding House (Northumbld); married, 7 September 1842 at St James, Piccadilly, Westminster, Laura Maria Theresa (c.1825-58), daughter and heiress of Col. Edward Stopford, HM Ambassador to Spain, and had issue five sons and four daughters (from whom the 13th and present Dukes are descended); died from injuries received while trying to rescue a lifeboat crew in a storm in Scarborough harbour, 2 November 1861, and was buried at Scarborough (Yorks NR); administration of his goods granted 4 September 1862 and 29 May 1896 (effects under £1,000);(2.13) Lord Amelius Wentworth Beauclerk (1815-79), born 16 August and baptised at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 27 August 1815; educated at Royal Naval College, Dartmouth; joined Royal Navy in 1830 (Lt., 1841; Cdr., 1846; Capt., 1864; ret. 1864); JP for Suffolk; lived at Leiston Hall (Suffk); married, 27 July 1853 at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, Frances Maria (1834-1910) (who m2, 2 January 1884 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, Lt-Gen. John Walpole D'Oyly (1821-97)), only daughter and heiress of Charles Mathew Harrison of London, and had issue three sons and four daughters; died in London, 24 March 1879; will proved 1 May 1879 (effects under £70,000);(2.14) Lord George Augustus Beauclerk (1818-80), born 14 December and baptised at St James, Piccadilly, Westminster, 28 December 1818; educated at Charterhouse; an officer in the army (Cornet, 1838; Lt., 1841; Capt., 1844; Maj., 1853; retired, 1857), who served in the Crimean War; died unmarried, 3 January 1880; will proved 28 January 1880 (effects under £20,000).
(2.1) William Amelius Aubrey de Vere Beauclerk (1840-98), 10th Duke of St. Albans (q.v.);(2.2) Lady Diana de Vere Beauclerk (1841-1905), born 10 December 1841 and baptised at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 11 January 1842; there were rumours of her engagement to the Prince of Orange in 1863, but this was opposed by Queen Victoria and she eventually married, 18 December 1872, the Hon. Sir John Walter Huddleston QC MP (1815-90), last Baron of the Exchequer, of The Grange, Ascot (Berks), youngest son of Thomas Huddleston, an officer in the Merchant Navy, but had no issue; died in London, 1 April 1905 and was buried at Bestwood; will proved 14 June 1905 (estate £83,468).
(X1.1) Charlotte? [Beauclerk] (b. 1839), born 19 July 1839; married and had issue.
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(1.1) Lady Louise de Vere Beauclerk (1869-1958), born 12 April 1869; goddaughter of HRH Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll; inherited the Regency furniture from Redbourne Hall; married, 25 October 1890, Gerald Walter Erskine Loder (1861-1938), 1st Baron Wakehurst, son of Sir Robert Loder, and had issue one son and four daughters; lived latterly at Stapleton House, Martock (Som.); died 15 December 1958; will proved 29 April 1959 (estate £4,672);(1.2) Charles Victor Albert Aubrey de Vere Beauclerk (1870-1934), 11th Duke of St. Albans (q.v.);(1.3) Lady Sybil Evelyn de Vere Beauclerk (1871-1910), born 21 August and baptised at Holy Trinity, Brompton (Middx), 6 September 1871; married, 4 November 1899 at Holy Trinity, Chelsea (Middx), Maj. William Frank Lascelles (1863-1913), elder son of Rt. Hon. Sir Frank Cavendish Lascelles GCB GCMG GCVO, diplomat, and had issue two daughters; died 20 September 1910 and was buried at Bestwood; administration of goods granted 3 November 1910 (estate £670);(2.1) Osborne de Vere Beauclerk (1874-1964), 12th Duke of St. Albans (q.v.);(2.2) Lady Moyra de Vere Beauclerk (1876-1942), born 20 January and baptised at Bestwood, 27 February 1876; married, 30 July 1895 at Bestwood, Lord Richard Frederick Cavendish MP (1871-1946), second son of Lord Edward Cavendish, and had issue one son and four daughters; died 7 February and was buried at Flookburgh (Lancs), 9 February 1942; will proved 26 May 1942 (estate £14,157);(2.3) Lady Katherine de Vere Beauclerk (1877-1958), born 25 May and baptised at St Peter, Eaton Sq., Westminster (Middx), 21 June 1877; married 1st, 23 January 1896 at St Peter, Eaton Sq., Westminster (div. 1920), Henry Charles Somers Augustus Somerset (1874-1945) of Reigate Priory (Surrey), author, son of the Rt. Hon. Lord Henry Richard Charles Somerset, and had issue three sons; married 2nd, 22 April 1921 at Westminster Registry Office, Maj-Gen. Sir William Lambton KCB CMG CVO DSO (1863-1936); died at her home in France, 31 January 1958; will proved 3 September 1958 (estate in England, £5,533);(2.4) Lady Alexandra de Vere Beauclerk (1878-1935), born 5 July 1878; died unmarried, 16 April 1935, and was buried at Bestwood; administration of her goods was granted 16 September 1935 (estate £9,144).(2.5) Lord William Huddleston de Vere Beauclerk (1883-1954), born 16 August 1883; educated at Eton, where he set fire to a building; "a bachelor of somewhat limited intellect", who became mentally ill and was confined in institutions; died unmarried at The Priory, Roehampton (Surrey), 25 December 1954; administration of his goods was granted 2 April 1954 (estate £3,841).
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|12th Duke of St. Albans|
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