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Charles George Beauclerk MP (1774 - 1845)

Major Charles George Beauclerk MP
Born in Leicester, Leicestershire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 27 Apr 1799 in Marylebone, London, Englandmap
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Died at age 71 in Englandmap
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Charles George Beauclerk was born in 1774. A son of Topham Beauclerk (1739-1780) and Lady Diana (Spencer) Beauclerk (1734-1808) [1]


In 1799, he married Emily Charlotte (Ogilvie) Beauclerk (1778-1832). [2]


  1. Aubrey William de Vere Beauclerk (1801-1854)
  2. Caroline Anne (Beauclerk) Aldridge (1804-1869)
  3. Georgiana Georgina (Beauclerk) Paul (1805-1847)
  4. Diana (Beauclerk) Fletcher-Vane (1806-1875)
  5. Jane Elizabeth (Beauclerk) Fitzroy (1807-1892)
  6. Isabella Elizabeth (Beauclerk) Montagu (1808-1864)
  7. Katherine Katinka (Beauclerk) Maude (1812-1882)

Life Story

MP for Richmond (1796-Nov. 1798), Major (1803), of South Lodge, St. Leonards, Sussex.

The son of a well known wit, Beauclerk was considered ‘clever, well-educated, and perfectly a gentleman’. An ‘invincible shyness’ robbed him of the social and political success to which his talents seemed to entitle him.

A friend of Lord Holland, his natural political affiliation was with the Whigs and during his two years in Parliament, sitting for Lord Dundas’s borough of Richmond, he voted steadily with the opposition and for Grey’s parliamentary reform motion, 26 May 1797. Like other Foxite seceders he returned to oppose the assessed taxes, 14 Dec. 1797, 4 Jan., and the conduct of Irish affairs, 22 June 1798. He is not known to have spoken in parliament.

A member of Brooks since 1793, he joined the Whig Club on 9 Jan. 1798. In November 1798 he took the Chiltern Hundreds. Thomas Tyrwhitt wrote, 23 Nov. 1798, ‘opposition never were so low, all those who purchased seats are selling as well as they can. Beauclerk gave £5,000 and has sold for £2,000 to [Arthur] Shakespeare.’

After his marriage Beauclerk lived in almost complete retirement. Lady Holland, apparently unaware of his brief political career, wrote that he:

"... seems happy but it is the bliss of torpor ... It is to be regretted, as he has a most acute perception, and an uncommon degree of subtlety in his arguments. No person is clearer on the obscure subject of abstract metaphysics; his definitions are ingenious and brilliant. Finance is also a branch of political economy he is profound in, and had he entered Parliament he would have distinguished himself. At present he is lost."


He died on 25 December 1845, aged 71.[3]


  1. England, Middlesex, Westminster, Parish Registers, 1538-1912", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 14 October 2019), Charles George Beauclerk, 1774.
  2. England Marriages, 1538–1973 ", database, FamilySearch ( : 12 March 2020), Charles George Beauclerk, 1799.
  3. England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538-1910," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 March 2018), Charles George Beauclerk, 31 Dec 1845; citing Burial, Cowfold, Sussex, England, 00555, The Keep, East Sussex Record Office; West Sussex County Record Office, Chichester.
  • The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986, Author: Winifred Stokes, © Crown Copyright and The History of Parliament Trust 1964-2016.
  • Wikipedia Charles George Beauclerk [1]
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