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William Bouverie, 1st Earl of Radnor

William Bouverie, 1st Earl of Radnor FRS (26 February 1725 – 28 January 1776) was a British peer, styled Hon. William Bouverie from 1747 until 1761.[1]

Longford Castle, Wiltshire - seat of the Earls of Radnor

He was the eldest son of Jacob Bouverie, 1st Viscount Folkestone and Mary Clarke, and was educated at University College, Oxford.[1]

On 8 November 1750, he was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Wiltshire. On 22 September 1758, he was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Berkshire. He succeeded his father as Viscount Folkestone on 17 February 1761 and in the office of Recorder of Salisbury on 14 April 1761.[1] On 31 October 1765, he was created Earl of Radnor and Baron Pleydell-Bouverie.

Radnor was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society on 17 December 1767.[1] He was elected governor of the French Hospital in 1770, the first of nine earls of Radnor to serve successively in this capacity.[2]

Private lifeEdit

He married, firstly, Harriet Pleydell, daughter of Sir Mark Stuart Pleydell, Bt, on 14 January 1748.[1] They had one son:

He married, secondly, Rebecca Alleyne, daughter of John Alleyne, on 5 September 1751, by whom he had three sons:[1]

He married, thirdly, Anne Hales, daughter of Sir Thomas Hales, 3rd Baronet and widow of Anthony Duncombe, 1st Baron Feversham, on 22 July 1765.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Doyle, James William Edmund (1886). The Official Baronage of England, v. 3. London: Longmans, Green. pp. 94–95.
  2. ^ Murdoch, Tessa, and Randolph Vigne with foreword by Jacob Pleydell-Bouverie, 8th Earl of Radnor, The French Hospital in England: Its Huguenot History and Collections Cambridge: John Adamson ISBN 978-0-9524322-7-2 OCLC 318092110, pp. 34 and 95.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Jacob Bouverie
Sir Edward Seymour
Member of Parliament for Salisbury
With: Edward Poore 1747–1754
Julines Beckford 1754–1761
Succeeded by
Julines Beckford
Hon. Edward Bouverie
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Earl of Radnor
Succeeded by
Jacob Pleydell-Bouverie
Preceded by
Jacob Bouverie
Viscount Folkestone