AUBREY BEAUCLERK, DUKE OF
Descended from Charles, a natural son of Charles II. by Nell Gwinn; who
was born 1670; and created duke of St. Albans, 1684. He married 1694, lady
Diana Vere, sole daughter and heir of Aubrey de Vere, twentieth and last
earl of Oxford, of that most ancient and truly illustrious house, and died
1726 æt. 56. His eldest son, Charles,
second duke, died 1751, æt. 56;
George, his son, third duke, died 1786, and was succeeded by George, his
cousin, grandson of lord William Beauclerk, who died 1787; and was
succeeded by Aubrey, lord Vere, (son of lord Vere Beauclerk, who had been
created baron Vere of Hanworth), father of the present, and sixth duke.
His grace succeeded to the titles in 1802, and married,
first, Miss Moses; and, secondly, Miss Manners, sister to sir William
Manners. His grace was brought up in the navy. He was born 1765.
Female Descent.] Vere, Chambers, Ponsonby.
Chief Seat.] Hanworth, Middlesex.
Heir Presumptive.] Lord William
Beauclerk, his brother.
JOHN RUSSELL, DUKE OF
A family founded by John Ruffel, of Berwick,
in Dorfetfhire, a favourite of Henry VIII. who
created him baron Ruffell, 1538, and earl of
Bedford, 1550, and made him waft grants of abbey
lands, at the diffolution of monafteries. He
died 1555. His great grandfon Francis, fourth
earl of Bedford, was the peer who makes a figure in lord Clarendon's Hiftory:
he died 1641. His fon William, fifth earl, was
the father of the celebrated William, lord Ruffel, who fell a facrifice to
the defpotic times of Charles II. on July 21, 1682.
After the revolution, the father was rewarded by a dukedom, on May
11, 1694; and died 1700,
His grandfon, Wriothefly, fecond duke, died
1711, aet. 31, whofe younger fon John, fourth
duke, after a life of political warfare, died 1711,
Francis, his grandfon,
the late duke, died at Woburn, March 2, 1802, aet.
37. The party which he embraced during the rage, of the French revolution,
called forth the moft fervid blaze of Bufke's
animadverfions ; but his many excellencies of
head and heart, and his fpirited patronage of
agriculture, afterwards drew a funeral eulogy from Fox, which will not
eafily be forgotten.
John, his younger brother, fixth anti prefent duke,
was, in 1806, appointed lord lieutenant of Ireland. Ire married, firfl, a
daughter of lord Torrington, in 1786 ; fecondly, a daughter of the duke of
Gordon, in 1803.
Female Defcent.] Sapcotes, St. John,
Long, Brydges, Carr, Wriothefly, Howland, Gower, Keppel.
Chief Seats.] Woburn-Abbey, Bedfordfbire,
and Streatham, Surrey.
Heir.] Francis, marquis of Taviftock,
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