John Berkeley, 5th Baron Berkeley of Stratton

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The Right Honourable

The Lord Berkeley of Stratton

PC
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen Pensioners
In office
16 November 1756 – 12 July 1762
Monarch George II
George III
Prime Minister The Duke of Devonshire
The Duke of Newcastle
Preceded by The Lord Hobart
Succeeded by The Earl of Lichfield
Personal details
Born 16 May 1697
Died 18 April 1773
Bruton Abbey, Bruton, Somerset
Nationality British
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

John Berkeley, 5th Baron Berkeley of Stratton PC (16 May 1697 – 18 April 1773), styled The Honourable John Berkeley until 1741, was a British politician.

Background and education[edit]

Berkeley was the son of William Berkeley, 4th Baron Berkeley of Stratton, by Frances, daughter of Sir John Temple, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford.[1]

Political career[edit]

Berkeley was returned to parliament as one of two representatives for Stockbridge in 1735, a seat he held until 1741, when he succeeded his father in the barony and took his seat in the House of Lords.[1][2] In 1743 he was appointed Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard, which he remained until 1746. He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1752[3] and served as Treasurer of the Household between 1755 and 1756 and Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen Pensioners between 1756 and 1762.[1] From 1762 to 1770 he was Lord-Lieutenant of the Tower Hamlets and Constable of the Tower of London.[1][4]

Personal life[edit]

Lord Berkeley of Stratton was married but had no children. He died at Bruton Abbey, Somerset, in April 1773, aged 75, when the barony became extinct. He devised his considerable estates, which included Berkeley Square in London, to his kinsman the Earl of Berkeley.[1]

References[edit]

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Humphrey Monoux, Bt
John Montagu
Member of Parliament for Stockbridge
1735–1741
With: Sir Humphrey Monoux, Bt
Succeeded by
Charles Churchill
Matthew Lamb
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Essex
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
1743–1746
Succeeded by
The Viscount Torrington
Preceded by
The Earl FitzWalter
Treasurer of the Household
1755–1756
Succeeded by
The Viscount Bateman
Preceded by
The Lord Hobart
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen Pensioners
1756–1762
Succeeded by
The Earl of Lichfield
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The 1st Earl Cornwallis
Lord-Lieutenant of the Tower Hamlets
1762 – 1770
Succeeded by
The 2nd Earl Cornwallis
Constable of the Tower of London
1762 – 1770
Peerage of England
Preceded by
William Berkeley
Baron Berkeley of Stratton
1741–1773
Extinct