Osborne Beauclerk, 12th Duke of St Albans

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Osborne de Vere Beauclerk, 12th Duke of St Albans (16 October 1874 – 2 March 1964) was a British officer and peer. He was known as Lord Osborne Beauclerk from 1874 to 1934.


Beauclerk was the son of William Beauclerk, 10th Duke of St Albans. His mother was Grace Bernal-Osborne of Tipperary, Ireland, a descendant of the politician and actor Ralph Bernal.

Beauclerk served as a Captain in the 17th Lancers during the Boer War, returning to the United Kingdom in December 1901.[1] During World War I he served as Aide-de-Camp to Field Marshal Douglas Haig.

In 1911 and 1913 he spent an extended period of time in British Columbia, Canada where he was involved in mining investment. Part of his time there was spent camping with partners British travelogue writer Warburton Pike and the American mining engineer Marshall Latham Bond. During his late eighties he spent a month traveling in the United States on a Greyhound unlimited travel pass.

On 19 August 1918, he married Beatrix Beresford, Dowager Marchioness of Waterford and daughter of the 5th Marquess of Lansdowne. He succeeded his halb-brother in his titles in 1934, but died in 1964, aged 89 and childless, and his titles passed to his cousin, Charles Beauclerk.



  1. ^ "The War - officers returning home" The Times (London). Tuesday, 3 December 1901. (36628), p. 10.

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Peerage of England
Preceded by
Charles Beauclerk
Duke of St Albans
Succeeded by
Charles Beauclerk