Murray Beauclerk, 14th Duke of St Albans

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His Grace
The Duke of St Albans
Murray Beauclerk, 14th Duke of St Albans.jpg
The Duke by Allan Warren
Member of the House of Lords
In office
8 October 1988 – 11 November 1999
Preceded by Charles Beauclerk, 13th Duke of St Albans
Succeeded by House of Lords Act 1999
Personal details
Born (1939-01-19) 19 January 1939 (age 78)
Spouse(s) Rosemary Frances Scoones
(m. 1963; div. 1974)

Cynthia Theresa Mary née Howard
(m. 1974; div. 2001)

Gillian Anita née Northam
(m. 2002)
Children Lady Emma Beauclerk
Charles Beauclerk, Earl of Burford
Parents Charles Beauclerk, 13th Duke of St Albans
Nathalie Chatham Walker

Murray de Vere Beauclerk, 14th Duke of St Albans, FCA (born 19 January 1939), styled Earl of Burford from 1964 until 1988, is a British peer of the Realm.


The only child (by his first wife) and eldest son of Charles Beauclerk, 13th Duke of St Albans, the 14th Duke descends from King Charles II and Nell Gwyn by their illegitimate son, Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans.

He is also the senior representative of the De Vere family by descent from Aubrey de Vere I, Chief Tenant of William the Conqueror.


Beauclerk attended Tonbridge School in Kent, before qualifying as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1962.[1]

Since 1989, he has served as Governor-General of the Royal Stuart Society,[2] and is also a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of the Drapers' Company.

Marriages and issue[edit]

Murray Beauclerk married three times. His first marriage was to Rosemary Frances Scoones, and the wedding was held on 31 January 1963.[3] They had two children:

Beauclerk and Rosemary were divorced in 1974. Rosemary married two times more: in 1975 to Paul Pellew, 10th Viscount Exmouth[4] They divorced in 2000, and she married the 9th marqués de Olías (born Estoril, 8 October 1940).[5]

On 29 August 1974, very shortly after his first divorce, Beauclerk married Cynthia Theresa Mary Howard (born on 23 March 1929, died 12 May 2002). In 1988, Beauclerk's father died and he became the Duke of St Albans; Cynthia consequently became Duchess. They were divorced in 2001 and their marriage had been childless.[6][7]

The Duke married his third and current wife, Gillian Anita Northam, on 14 December 2002 in London.[8]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 19 January 1939 - 2 March 1964: Lord Vere
  • 2 March 1964 - 8 October 1988: Earl of Burford
  • 8 October 1988 - present: His Grace The Duke of St Albans

See also[edit]




  1. ^ Debrett's People of Today
  2. ^ Who's Who (2003 edition), London p. 1899
  3. ^ Burke's Peerage & Baronetage
  4. ^
  5. ^ Burke's Peerage & Baronetage
  6. ^ The Times via WorldRoots
  7. ^ Burke's Peerage & Baronetage
  8. ^ Burke's Peerage & Baronetage

External links[edit]

Peerage of England
Preceded by
Charles Beauclerk
Duke of St Albans
Succeeded by
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Duke of Beaufort
The Duke of St Albans
Succeeded by
The Duke of Bedford