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George Boscawen, 3rd Viscount Falmouth

George Boscawen, 3rd Viscount Falmouth,[1] PC (6 May 1758 – 11 February 1808), was a British army officer and statesman in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His career included service as Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms during the reign of George III.

George Boscawen, 3rd Viscount Falmouth
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George Boscawen in 1784 by George Romney
Born6 May 1758 (1758-05-06)
Admiralty House, Westminster
Died11 May 1808 (1808-05-12) (aged 50)
Penkivel, Cornwall
AllegianceKingdom of England Kingdom of Great Britain
UnitRoyal Horse Guards


Life and careerEdit

Boscawen was the third and youngest, but only surviving son of Admiral Edward Boscawen (1711–1761) by his marriage to Frances Glanville (1719–1805). In 1774 he joined the British Army as a cornet, but eventually reached the rank of colonel in 1795. Whilst serving as an officer he succeeded his uncle as Viscount Falmouth in 1782 and took his place in the House of Lords.

From 1789 to 1790 he was the chief justice in the Eyre North of Trent, and in 1790 he was elevated to the position of captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms serving in 1790–1806 and from 1807 until his death in 1808. At the same time he was made a privy councillor.


On 29 June 1784, Falmouth married Elizabeth Anne Crew by special licence, as she was a minor at the time. They had three children:

Falmouth's wife died on 10 August 1793, and upon his own death in 1808, his estate and titles passed to his eldest son.

In fictionEdit

Named as Lord Falmouth, he is a recurring character in the Poldark novels by Winston Graham, where he is presented as the dominant political figure in Cornwall in his time, due to his unashamed use of patronage and his influence over Parliamentary elections. He appears personally a somewhat distant and arrogant man, but capable of kindness and acts of friendship.

In the 2015 BBC TV series based on the books, Lord Falmouth is played by James Wilby.[2]



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Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Leicester
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms
Succeeded by
The Lord St John of Bletso
Legal offices
Preceded by
Charles Wolfran Cornwall
Justice in Eyre
north of the Trent

Succeeded by
The Earl of Clarendon
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Hugh Boscawen
Viscount Falmouth
Succeeded by
Edward Boscawen