Marcus Beresford (1818–1890)

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"Southwark". Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1876.
Funerary monument, Brompton Cemetery, London

Colonel Francis Marcus Beresford (August 1818 – 1 August 1890)[1] was a British Conservative Party politician

Early life and education[edit]

He was born at Aylestone, Leicestershire, the fourth son of Rev Gilbert Beresford and his wife Anne.[2] He was educated at King's College School, and went into business as a wharfinger.[2]


Beresford was commissioned into the 7th Surrey Rifle Volunteers (later 4th Volunteer Battalion, East Surrey Regiment). He became Captain-Commandant in February 1860 and was promoted Major-Commandant later the same month. In 1864 he was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel. By 1874 he was a Colonel.

He was elected at a by-election in February 1870 as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Southwark.[3] He was re-elected in 1874, and held the seat until he stood down at the 1880 general election.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He married twice. Firstly, Elizabeth Green, the daughter of George Green, on 20 September 1848 at St. Oswald Parish Church, Durham. They had six children. Secondly, Eleanor Richardson on 2 June 1881 at St. George, Hanover Square, London. His daughter Selina (1859–1938) married Sir Hay Frederick Donaldson, the son of Sir Stuart Donaldson.

He died on 1 August 1890 at Cliftonthorpe, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, and is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b Robert Henry Mair, ed. (1872). Debrett's House of Commons and The Judicial Bench 1886. London: Dean and Son. p. 60. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 17. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Locke
Austen Henry Layard
Member of Parliament for Southwark
With: John Locke to 1880
Edward George Clarke 1880
Succeeded by
Arthur Cohen
Thorold Rogers