Augustus Berkeley, 4th Earl of Berkeley

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Lt.-Col. Augustus Berkeley, 4th Earl of Berkeley KT (18 February 1715 – 9 January 1755) was the son of Vice-Admiral James Berkeley, 3rd Earl of Berkeley and Lady Louisa Lennox.

He was made an ensign in the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards in November 1734, and succeeded his father on 17 August 1736 as 4th Earl of Berkeley, 12th Baron Berkeley and 4th Viscount Dursley. In 1737, he was created Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire and Constable of St. Briavel's Castle, offices which he held until his death, and was made lieutenant-colonel of the 2nd Regiment of Foot Guards. On 9 June 1739, he was invested as a knight of the Order of the Thistle. In October of that same year, the Foundling Hospital received its royal charter, a charity for which Berkeley was a founding governor.

Elizabeth Drax (Joshua Reynolds)

From 1738 until 1741, he was having a well-known relationship with the already married Frances Vane, Viscountess Vane. He married Elizabeth Drax, daughter of Henry Drax and Elizabeth Ernle, on 7 May 1744. They had at least one son, Frederick Augustus, 5th Earl of Berkeley, and a daughter, Elizabeth Craven. The elder Berkeley and died on 9 January 1755 and was buried on 17 January 1755 at Berkeley, Gloucestershire.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Berkeley
Lord Lieutenant and
Vice-Admiral of Gloucestershire

1737–1755
Succeeded by
The Lord Ducie
Peerage of England
Preceded by
James Berkeley
Earl of Berkeley
1736–1755
Succeeded by
Frederick Berkeley