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 peer and Army officer. He was styled Lord Osborne Beauclerk from 1874 to 1934.


Lord Osborne 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.

Lord Osborne (known as Obby) was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the 17th Lancers on 7 December 1895 and promoted to lieutenant on 4 July 1896. He served with his regiment in South Africa during the Second Boer War, during which he was promoted to captain on 1 July 1901,[1] and returned to the United Kingdom in December 1901.[2] Following his return, he resigned from the army in September 1902.[3] In 1911 and 1913 he set off on a trip to British Columbia, Canada where he was involved in a prospective 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.

At the outbreak of World War I, Captain Beauclerk was appointed aide-de-camp to Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, serving in France.

On 19 August 1918, he married Beatrix Beresford, Dowager Marchioness of Waterford, GBE, DStJ, and daughter of the 5th Marquess of Lansdowne. He succeeded his half-brother in the family titles in 1934.[4]

In his late eighties, St Albans spent a month travelling throughout America on a Greyhound unlimited travel pass. His Grace died in 1964, aged 89 without children, when the titles devolved upon his second cousin, Charles St Albans who succeeded as the 13th Duke.[5]

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  1. ^ Hart′s Army list, 1902
  2. ^ "The War - officers returning home". The Times (36628). London. 3 December 1901. p. 10.
  3. ^ "No. 27476". The London Gazette. 23 September 1902. p. 6078.
  4. ^ Burke's Peerage and Baronetage
  5. ^ The House of Nell Gwyn: Fortunes of the Beauclerk Family, Donald Adamson (William Kimber, Ldn 1974)

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