Aubrey Beauclerk
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Aubrey Beauclerk (1740 - 1802)

Aubrey "5th Duke of St. Albans" Beauclerk
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Husband of — married 4 May 1763 [location unknown]
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Died at age 61 [location unknown]
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European Aristocracy
Aubrey Beauclerk was a member of the aristocracy in British Isles.
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Preceded by
George Beauclerk, 4th Duke of St Albans
Duke of St Albans
Succeeded by
Aubrey Beauclerk, 6th Duke of St Albans



The Hon Aubrey Beauclerk was the fourth child of Admiral Lord Vere Beauclerk (1699-1781) (1st Baron Vere of Hanworth) and his wife Mary (Chambers) Beauclerk (1714-1783), he was born on 3 June 1740. [1] He was a great-grandson of King Charles II by his mistress, Nell Gwyn.


In May 1763 he married Lady Catherine Ponsonby (Catherine (Ponsonby) Beauclerk (1742-1789)), daughter of the 2nd Earl of Bessborough. All of their seven children survived to adulthood. [2][3]


  1. Lady Catherine Elizabeth (Beauclerk) Burgess (abt.1768-1803)
  2. Lady Caroline (Beauclerk) Dundas (abt.1773-1838)
  3. Aubrey Beauclerk (1765-1815), 6th Duke of St. Albans
  4. William Beauclerk (1766-1825), 8th Duke of St. Albans+
  5. Admiral Lord Amelius Beauclerk RN (1771-1846)
  6. Reverend Lord Frederick de Vere Beauclerk (1773-1850)
  7. Lady Georgiana Beauclerk (1776-1791)

Life Story

Aubrey was the only son that lived long enough to succeed his father. He became the 2nd Baron Vere in 1781 when his father passed away. In 1787, he also inherited the title of 5th Duke of St. Albans from the previous duke who was a childless cousin, George Beauclerk. Aubrey's son, Aubrey Earl of Burfood inherited the dukedom on his death and after both he and his son held the title but passed away, another of this Aubrey's sons, William became the 8th Duke. [4]

His Wikipedia profile describes him as a British landowner, and a collector of antiquities and works of art. [5]

The Dukes of St Albans also bear the hereditary title of Grand Falconer of England, and Hereditary Registrar of the Court of Chancery.

Aubrey was Member of Parliament (Whig) for Thetford 1761-68 and for Aldborough 1768-74 in the UK Parliament. [6]

A portrait of him, oil on canvas, was painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds.


9 February 1802. [7][8] [9]


  1. England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975", database, FamilySearch ( : 20 March 2020), Aubrey Beauclerk, 1740.
  2. England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988", database, FamilySearch ( : 15 July 2021), Aubrey Beauclerk, 1763.
  3. England Marriages, 1538–1973 ", database, FamilySearch ( : 12 March 2020), Aubrey Beauclerk, 1763.
  4. Cracroft's Peerage. Duke of St Albans [1]
  5. Wikipedia. Aubrey Beauclerk, 5th Duke of St Albans [2]
  6. Cokayne, G.E., White, Geoffrey H. & Lea, R.S. (eds.), (1959), The Complete Peerage: or a history of the House of Lords and all its members from the earliest times. vol 12, pt 2, London : St Catherine Press, p. 257.
  7. Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 6 March 2021), Aubrey Beauclerk, ; Burial, Hanworth, London Borough of Hounslow, Greater London, England, St George's Churchyard; citing record ID 207745468,
  8. Find a Grave, [3]
  9. British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 17 April 2019), Aubrey Beauclerk, Duke Of St Albans Earl Of Burford Baron Vere, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom; records extracted FamilySearch and images digitized by FindMyPast; citing Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, 15 Feb 1802, The British Newspaper Archive, Ireland; FHL microfilm.

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