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Admiral Vere Beauclerk, 1st Baron Vere (14 July 1699 – 21 October 1781), known as Lord Vere Beauclerk until 1750, was a Royal Navy officer, British peer and politician who sat in the House of Commons for 24 years from 1726 to 1750. After serving various ships in the Mediterranean and then commanding the third-rate HMS Hampton Court, he joined the Board of Admiralty, ultimately serving as Senior Naval Lord.

Vere Beauclerk, 1st Baron Vere
Born14 July 1699
Died21 October 1781(1781-10-21) (aged 82)
St James's Square, London
Allegiance Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service1713–1750
Commands heldHMS Lyme
HMS Kinsale
HMS Oxford
HMS Hampton Court
Spouse(s)Mary Chambers

Naval careerEdit

Born the son of the 1st Duke of St Albans and his wife Diana Beauclerk, Duchess of St Albans, he was a grandson of King Charles II.[1]

Beauclerk joined the Royal Navy in 1713.[2] Promoted to post-captain on 30 May 1721, he served in various ships in the Mediterranean[2] before being given command of the sixth-rate HMS Lyme in 1727, the fifth-rate HMS Kinsale in 1729 and the fourth-rate HMS Oxford in 1731.[3] He went to command the third-rate HMS Hampton Court in December 1731.[3]

Beauclerk joined the Board of Admiralty under the Whig government in March 1738[4] but had to step down when the Government fell in March 1742.[4] He returned to the Board again when the Broad Bottom ministry came to power in December 1744 and was promoted to rear admiral on 23 April 1745.[3] He was advanced to Senior Naval Lord on the Board in February 1746[5] and promoted to vice admiral on 14 July 1746 and to full admiral on 12 May 1748 before retiring in November 1749.[4]

Beauclerk was elected one of the first Vice Presidents of London's charitable Foundling Hospital for abandoned children, an unpaid position. He served in that capacity from the institution's first year of 1739 until 1756, but then again from 1758 until 1767.[6] From 1726 to 1741 Beauclerk was Member of Parliament (MP) for Windsor and for Plymouth (succeeding his brother Henry) from 1741 to 1750.[1] On his retirement from politics in 1750, he was created Baron Vere, of Hanworth in the County of Middlesex.[1] he was also Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire from 1761 to 1771.[1] He died at his home, 16 St James's Square in London, on 21 October 1781.[1]


Arms of Admiral Lord Vere

On 13 April 1736, in London, he married Mary Chambers (c. 1714-21 January 1783), a maternal granddaughter of the 2nd Earl of Berkeley. They later had six children (four of whom died young):[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e Mosley, Charles (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd.
  2. ^ a b "Beauclerk, Lord Vere (1699-1781), of Hanworth". History of Parliament. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Vere Beauclerk". Three Decks. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Sainty, JC, Lord High Admiral and Commissioners of the Admiralty 1660-1870, Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4: Admiralty Officials 1660-1870 (1975), pp. 18-31". Retrieved 4 September 2009.
  5. ^ Rodger, p. 51-52
  6. ^ Nichols and Wray, pp. 412–413
  7. ^ "St Albans, Duke of (E, 1683/4)". Cracroft's Peerage. Retrieved 3 August 2017.


  • Nichols, R.H.; Wray, F. A. (1935). The History of the Foundling Hospital. London: Oxford University Press.
  • Rodger, N.A.M. (1979). The Admiralty. Offices of State. Lavenham: T. Dalton Ltd. ISBN 0900963948.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Earl of Burford
The Earl of Inchiquin
Member of Parliament for Windsor
With: The Earl of Inchiquin 1726–1727
Viscount Malpas 1727–1733
Lord Sidney Beauclerk 1733–1741
Succeeded by
Lord Sidney Beauclerk
Henry Fox
Preceded by
Arthur Stert
Lord Henry Beauclerk
Member of Parliament for Plymouth
With: Arthur Stert
Succeeded by
Arthur Stert
Charles Saunders
Military offices
Preceded by
Lord Archibald Hamilton
Senior Naval Lord
Succeeded by
Lord Anson
Political offices
Preceded by
The Duke of St Albans
Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire
Succeeded by
The Duke of St Albans
Peerage of Great Britain
New title Baron Vere
Succeeded by
Aubrey Beauclerk