William Beauclerk, 10th Duke of St Albans

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The Duke of St Albans

William Amelius Aubrey de Vere Beauclerk, 10th Duke of St Albans.png
The 10th Duke of St Albans
by Frederick Sargent.
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
In office
22 December 1868 – 17 February 1874
Prime MinisterWilliam Ewart Gladstone
Preceded byThe Earl Cadogan
Succeeded byThe Lord Skelmersdale
Personal details
Born15 April 1840 (1840-04-15)
Died10 May 1898 (1898-05-11) (aged 58)
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)(1) Lady Sybil Grey
(2) Grace Bernal-Osborne
Children8, including Charles and Osborne
ParentsWilliam Beauclerk, 9th Duke of St Albans
Elizabeth Catherine Gubbins

William Amelius Aubrey de Vere Beauclerk, 10th Duke of St Albans, PC DL (15 April 1840 – 10 May 1898), styled Earl of Burford until 1849, was a British Liberal parliamentarian of the Victorian era.[1]

The Duke served in William Gladstone's government as Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard between 1868 and 1874.[2]


St Albans was the only son of William Beauclerk, 9th Duke of St Albans, and Elizabeth Catherine, daughter of Major General Joseph Gubbins.[3]

On 13 June 1863, he was appointed Honorary Colonel of the 1st Nottinghamshire (Robin Hood) Rifle Volunteer Corps.[4]

Political career[edit]

1873 caricature, by Melchiorre Delfico, of the Duke of St Albans

St Albans succeeded his father in the dukedom in 1849, aged nine.[3] He later took his seat on the Liberal benches in the House of Lords and served as Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard from 1868[5] to 1874[6] in William Ewart Gladstone's first administration. In 1869 he was sworn of the Privy Council,[7] but never returned to active political office, although he accepted appointment as Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire serving between 1880[8] and 1898.[9]


St Albans was twice married: His Grace married, firstly, Sybil Mary Grey (28 November 1848 – 7 September 1871, London), daughter of Lt.-Gen. The Hon. Sir Charles Grey and granddaughter of Charles, 2nd Earl Grey, on 20 June 1867 in London. They had three children:[3]

After the early death of his first wife, he married, secondly, Grace Bernal-Osborne (26 July 1848, Newtown Anner, Tipperary - 18 November 1926, London)[10], on 3 January 1874 in County Tipperary. She was the granddaughter of London Sephardic Jewish Shakespearian actor turned parliamentarian Ralph Bernal. Her father Ralph Bernal Jr., later Ralph Bernal Osborne, was Secretary of the Admiralty and a parliamentarian.

Grace's mother was an Osborne, an Anglo-Irish landed family; they had five children:

The Duke of St Albans died in May 1898, aged 58, and was succeeded in the dukedom by the only son from his first marriage, Charles, who in turn was succeeded by his younger half-brother Osborne.[3]

Arms of the Dukes of St Albans

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Peter Beauclerk Dewar, Donald Adamson. "House of Nell Gwynn: Fortunes of the Beauclerk Family, 1670-1974".
  2. ^ "Government Deputy Chief Whip and Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard". Government of the United Kingdom.
  3. ^ a b c d Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 3461. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  4. ^ Army List.
  5. ^ "No. 23452". The London Gazette. 22 December 1852. p. 6775.
  6. ^ "No. 24071". The London Gazette. 3 March 1874. p. 1452.
  7. ^ "No. 23469". The London Gazette. 16 February 1869. p. 790.
  8. ^ "No. 24875". The London Gazette. 20 August 1880. p. 4571.
  9. ^ "No. 26974". The London Gazette. 3 June 1898. p. 3446.
  10. ^ "Bestwood Emmanuel Churchyard". Southwell & Nottingham Church History Project.
  11. ^ Walker, Dave. "Costume Ball 4: Ladies only". Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

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Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl Cadogan
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
Succeeded by
The Lord Skelmersdale
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Belper
Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire
Succeeded by
The Duke of Portland
Peerage of England
Preceded by
William Beauclerk
Duke of St Albans
Succeeded by
Charles Beauclerk