Aubrey Beauclerk (politician)

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Aubrey William de Vere Beauclerk (20 February 1801 – 1 February 1854) was a British politician.


Beauclerk was the son of Charles George Beauclerk and Emily Charlotte Ogilvie. A former army major, he was a Member of Parliament (MP) for East Surrey 1832 to 1837 and was a political radical, active in the reform movement.[1] He married Ida Goring on 13 February 1834. Together the couple had four children. On 7 December 1841 he married Rose Matilda Robinson. They had two children. Beauclerk has been romantically linked to the nineteenth-century writer Mary Shelley.[2] He was known to have lived at Ardglass Castle in County Down, Ireland, and St. Leonard Lodge at Horsham, West Sussex, England.

Political career[edit]

As an MP Beauclerk supported the radical causes of the day, including the abolition of slavery and the discontinuation of tithes. He believed in a small, fixed duty on corn, and sought Church reform and an end to taxes on knowledge. Beauclerk was the only person, according to a letter from Mary Shelley to Claire Clairmont, to support Mary Shelley's son Percy Florence Shelley's bid to become a member of parliament.[3]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Muriel Spark, Mary Shelley, London: Cardinal (1989): 133.
  2. ^ Seymour, Mary Shelley. London: John Murray (2000): 424-26.
  3. ^ The Journals of Mary Shelley, 1814–44, Ed. Paula R. Feldman and Diana Scott-Kilvert, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press (1995): Appendix III, 601.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for East Surrey
With: John Ivatt Briscoe to 1835
Richard Alsager from 1835
Succeeded by
Henry Kemble
Richard Alsager