Edward Boscawen, 1st Earl of Falmouth

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Edward Boscawen, 1st Earl of Falmouth (10 May 1787 – 29 December 1841), known as the Viscount Falmouth between 1808 and 1821, was a British peer and politician.


Falmouth was the son of George Boscawen, 3rd Viscount Falmouth and Elizabeth Anne, the only daughter of John Crewe, of Cheshire.[1] He was educated at Eton College and served briefly as an Ensign in the Coldstream Guards.[2]


In the General Election of 1807, Falmouth was elected Member of Parliament for Truro, standing as a Tory[3] on the day before his 20th birthday.[4] On the death of his father the following year, he resigned both his seat and his commission and took up his place in the House of Lords. In 1821, on the coronation of George IV, he was created Earl of Falmouth.

As a member of the Ultra-Tory faction, he was vehemently opposed to parliamentary reform and Catholic emancipation.[2] In 1829 he acted as second to Lord Winchilsea in his famous duel with the Duke of Wellington over the latter issue.[5]

He was the last Recorder of Truro and the author of a pamphlet on the subject of stannary courts.[6]


Lord Falmouth was married to Anne Frances, elder daughter of Henry Bankes, of Kingston Lacy, Dorset on 27 August 1810. He died at Tregothnan in December 1841, aged 54, and was succeeded by his only son, George.[1]


  1. ^ a b  Courtney, William Prideaux (1886). "Boscawen, Edward". In Stephen, Leslie (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 5. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 419–420.
  2. ^ a b "Boscawen, Edward, first earl of Falmouth". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/2932. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 2)
  4. ^ Thorne, R. G. (2006). "Boscawen, Hon. Edward (1787-1841)". In Thorne, R. (ed.). The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820. London: Haynes. ISBN 9780436521010.
  5. ^ Steinmetz, Andrew (1868). The Romance of Duelling. London: Chapman and Hall. pp. 336–343.
  6. ^ Boscawen, Edward (1836). A Letter on the subject of re-establishing and extending the Stannary Courts of the Dutchy of Cornwall. London: J. B. Nicholls & Son.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Lemon
Edward Leveson-Gower
Member of Parliament for Truro
With: John Lemon
Succeeded by
John Lemon
Hon. Charles Townshend
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Earl of Falmouth
Succeeded by
George Henry Boscawen
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Henry Boscawen
Viscount Falmouth
Succeeded by
George Henry Boscawen