Murray Beauclerk, 14th Duke of St Albans

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The 14th Duke of St Albans by Allan Warren.
His second wife Cynthia Therese Mary Howard in 1991, by Allan Warren.

Murray de Vere Beauclerk, 14th Duke of St Albans (born 19 January 1939), styled Earl of Burford between 1964 and 1988, is a British peer.


St Albans is the son of Charles Beauclerk, 13th Duke of St Albans. He is a descendant of King Charles II of England through his illegitimate son Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans. He is also a descendant of Edward I of England and also of Edward III of England through Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey. He is also a descendant of Aubrey de Vere I, Chief Tenant of William the Conqueror. He attended Tonbridge School in Kent.


Since 1989 he has been Governor-General of the Royal Stuart Society.[1]

Marriages and issue[edit]

St Albans married Rosemary Frances Scoones on 31 January 1963.[2] They had two children:

Beauclerk and Rosemary Frances Scoones divorced in 1974 and she married secondly in 1975, divorcing in 2000, Paul Edward Pellew, 10th Viscount Exmouth, 9th marqués de Olías (born Estoril, 8 October 1940).[3]

He then married Cynthia Theresa Mary Howard on 29 August 1974, and they were divorced in 2001. She was born on 23 March 1929 and died 12 May 2002.[4][5]

Beauclerk married his current wife, Gillian Anita Northam, on 14 December 2002 in London.[6]



Arms of Murray Beauclerk, 14th Duke of St Albans
Blason Charles II Beauclerk (1696-1751) 2e duc de Saint-Albans.svg
A Coronet of a Duke
On a Chapeau Gules turned up Ermine a Lion statant guardant Or crowned with a ducal coronet per pale Argent and of the first and gorged with a Collar of the last thereon three Roses also Argent barbed and seeded proper
Grand quarterly, 1st and 4th grand quarters: the Royal Arms of Charles II, viz quarterly: 1st and 4th, France and England quarterly; 2nd, Scotland; 3rd, Ireland; the whole debruised by a Baton sinister Gules charged with three Roses Argent barbed and seeded proper (Beauclerk); 2nd and 3rd grand quarters: quarterly Gules and Or in the first quarter a Mullet Argent (De Vere)
Dexter: an Antelope Argent armed and unguled Or; Sinister: a Greyhound Argent, each gorged with a Collar as in the crest
Auspicium Melioris Aevi (A pledge of better times)


  1. ^ Who's Who 2003 edition, London 2003 p1899
  2. ^ Burke's Peerage and Baronetage
  3. ^ Burke's Peerage and Baronetage
  4. ^ The Times via WorldRoots
  5. ^ Burke's Peerage and Baronetage
  6. ^ Burke's Peerage and Baronetage

External links[edit]

Peerage of England
Preceded by
Charles Beauclerk
Duke of St Albans
Succeeded by
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
His Grace The Duke of Beaufort
Gentlemen Succeeded by
His Grace The Duke of Bedford