Lord Sidney Beauclerk

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Lord Sidney Beauclerk (1703-44) (Rosalba Carriera, c.1723)

Lord Sidney Beauclerk PC MP (27 February 1703 – 23 November 1744) was a British politician, aristocrat and fortune hunter. He was a grandson of King Charles II and Nell Gwyn.[1]


The fifth son of the 1st Duke of St Albans, he was educated at Eton before going up to Trinity College, Oxford (MA).

Lord Sidney entered Parliament in 1733 as MP for Windsor, together with his brother, Lord Vere Beauclerk. His fortune-hunting eventually brought dividend in 1737 when he was bequeathed the Windsor estates of Richard Topham MP,[2] located in and around Old Windsor.

Sworn of the Privy Council in 1740, Beauclerk was appointed Vice-Chamberlain of the Household later that year.

On 9 December 1736, he married Mary, daughter and heiress of Thomas Norris MP, of Speke, Lancashire; Lord and Lady Sidney Beauclerk had an only son, Topham Beauclerk who married Diana, Viscountess Bolingbroke and St John (née Spencer);[3] Mr Topham and Lady Diana Beauclerk, who lived at Speke Hall, have many surviving descendants among whom are the present Marquises de Valero de Urría.


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Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Hervey
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
Succeeded by
The Rt Hon. William Finch
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Viscount Malpas
and Lord Vere Beauclerk
Member for Windsor
with Lord Vere Beauclerk 1726–41,
Henry Fox 1741–44

Succeeded by
Lord George Beauclerk
and Henry Fox