Jacob Pleydell-Bouverie, 2nd Earl of Radnor

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Jacob Pleydell-Bouverie, 2nd Earl of Radnor FRS FSA (4 March 1750 – 27 January 1828) was a British nobleman, styled Hon. Jacob Pleydell-Bouverie from 1761 to 1765 and Viscount Folkestone from 1765 to 1776.[1]


Born in Westminster, he was the son of William Bouverie, 1st Earl of Radnor and Harriet Pleydell, the daughter of Sir Mark Stuart Pleydell of Coleshill House in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire). Jacob was educated at Harrow and University College, Oxford, from which he took a BA in 1770 and an MA in 1773. He was returned to the House of Commons for Salisbury upon his coming of age in 1771.[1]

He succeeded his father as Earl of Radnor on 23 January 1776 and as Recorder of Salisbury on 13 March 1776.[1] On 15 February 1779, Radnor was made a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He was commissioned a captain in the Northamptonshire Regiment of Militia on 27 September 1779. On 30 November 1780, he was appointed a deputy lieutenant for Wiltshire, and on 19 November 1791, Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, a post he resigned in 1819 due to ill-health. From 24 December 1791 to 8 May 1800, he was also colonel of the Berkshire Regiment of Militia.[1]

On 12 February 1795, Radnor was made a Fellow of the Royal Society, and was appointed High Steward of Wallingford in 1799. On 20 January 1802, he was also appointed a deputy lieutenant of Kent.[1] He died at Longford Castle in Wiltshire in 1828 and was succeeded by his eldest son.


Radnor resided at Longford Castle and his mother's property, Coleshill House, and married Hon. Anne Duncombe, daughter of Anthony Duncombe, 1st Baron Feversham and Anne Hales, on 24 January 1777 and had seven children:

  • Lady Mary Anne Pleydell-Bouverie (28 April 1778 – 5 October 1790)
  • William Pleydell-Bouverie, 3rd Earl of Radnor (1 May 1779 – 9 April 1869)
  • Hon. Duncombe Pleydell Pleydell-Bouverie (28 June 1780 – 5 November 1850)
  • Hon. Lawrence Pleydell-Bouverie (6 August 1781 – 23 November 1811)
  • Lady Harriet Pleydell-Bouverie (2 September 1782 – 31 December 1794)
  • Lady Barbara Pleydell-Bouverie (17 October 1783 – 26 June 1798)
  • Reverend Hon. Frederick Pleydell-Bouverie (16 November 1785 – 6 June 1857)
  • Hon. Philip Pleydell-Bouverie (21 October 1788 – 27 May 1872)


  1. ^ a b c d e Doyle, James William Edmund (1886). The Official Baronage of England, v. 3. London: Longmans, Green. pp. 95–96. 
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Hon. Edward Bouverie
Hon. Stephen Fox
Member of Parliament for Salisbury
With: Hon. Stephen Fox 1771–1774
William Hussey 1774–1776
Succeeded by
William Hussey
Hon. William Henry Bouverie
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Craven
Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire
Succeeded by
The Earl of Craven
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Bouverie
Earl of Radnor
Succeeded by
William Pleydell-Bouverie