Jacob Bouverie, 1st Viscount Folkestone

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Jacob Bouverie, 1st Viscount Folkestone (bapt. 14 October 1694 – 17 February 1761) was an English politician of huguenot descent, known as Sir Jacob Bouverie, 3rd Baronet from 1737 to 1747.

Life[edit]

Born Jacob des Bouverie, he was baptised on 14 October 1694 in St Katharine Cree, London, the son of Sir William des Bouverie, 1st Baronet and his second wife Anne Urry.

He was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1708, and matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford on 20 October 1711. On 21 November 1736, he succeeded his elder brother, Edward, in the baronetcy. He adopted the surname of Bouverie by Act of Parliament on 22 April 1737.[1][2][3]

He was Member of Parliament in the Parliament of Great Britain for Salisbury between 1741 and 1747, and was appointed Recorder of Salisbury in 1744.[1][2]

He was created Viscount Folkestone and Baron Longford on 29 June 1747 and was appointed one of the deputy lieutenants of Wiltshire on 8 November 1750. In 1755 he was elected the first president of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (now the RSA).[1]

Family[edit]

He married, firstly, Mary Clarke, daughter of Bartholomew Clarke of Delapré Abbey, Northamptonshire, on 31 January 1724 in St Paul's Cathedral, London.[2] They had eleven children:

  • William Bouverie, 1st Earl of Radnor (26 February 1725 – 28 January 1776)
  • Mary Bouverie (29 April 1726 – 1729)
  • Jacob Bouverie (3 April 1727 – 15 March 1731)
  • Bartholomew Bouverie (6 April 1728 – 6 March 1741)
  • Hon. Anne Bouverie (7 October 1729 – 31 October 1813), married Hon. George Talbot
  • Hon. Mary Bouverie (2 October 1730 – 12 November 1804), married Anthony Ashley Cooper, 4th Earl of Shaftesbury
  • Harriet Bouverie (2 October 1731 – 13 December 1731)
  • Hon. Charlotte Bouverie (11 November 1732 – 14 March 1809), married John Grant (d. 8 January 1804)
  • Edward Bouverie (b. 18 January 1734, d. young)
  • Hon. Harriet Bouverie (17 October 1736 – 12 November 1777), married Sir James Tylney-Long, 7th Baronet
  • Hon. Edward Bouverie (5 September 1738 – 3 September 1810) – father of Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Frederick Bouverie

Mary died on 16 November 1739, and was buried at Britford, Wiltshire.[2] He married, secondly on 21 April 1741 at Swanscombe, Kent, Elizabeth Marsham, eldest daughter of Robert Marsham, 1st Baron Romney, by Elizabeth, daughter of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell.[2] They had two sons:

  • Jacob Bouverie (4 June 1742 – 4 February 1745)
  • Philip Bouverie Pusey (8 October 1746 – 14 April 1828)

References[edit]

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Peter Bathurst
Henry Hoare
Member of Parliament for Salisbury
1741–1747
With: Sir Edward Seymour
Succeeded by
William Bouverie
Edward Poore
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Viscount Folkestone
1747–1761
Succeeded by
William Bouverie