Murray Beauclerk, 14th Duke of St Albans

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The Duke of St Albans
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The Duke by Allan Warren
Member of the House of Lords
In office
8 October 1988 – 11 November 1999
Preceded byCharles Beauclerk, 13th Duke of St Albans
Personal details
Born (1939-01-19) 19 January 1939 (age 82)
Rosemary Scoones
(m. 1963; div. 1974)
Cynthia Howard
(m. 1974; div. 2001)
Gillian Northam
(m. 2002)
ChildrenLady Emma Beauclerk
Charles Beauclerk, Earl of Burford
Parent(s)Charles Beauclerk, 13th Duke of St Albans
Nathalie Chatham Walker

Murray de Vere Beauclerk, 14th Duke of St Albans, FCA (born 19 January 1939), styled Earl of Burford from 1964 until 1988, is an English duke.


The only child (by his first wife) and eldest son of Charles Beauclerk, 13th Duke of St Albans, the 14th Duke descends from King Charles II and Nell Gwyn by their illegitimate son, Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans. He is also the senior representative of the De Vere family.


Beauclerk attended Tonbridge School in Kent, before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1962.[1]

Since 1989, he has served as Governor-General of the Royal Stuart Society,[2] and is also a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of the Drapers' Company.

Marriages and issue[edit]

Murray Beauclerk married three times. His first marriage was to Rosemary Frances Scoones, and the wedding was held on 31 January 1963.[3] They had two children:

Beauclerk and Rosemary were divorced in 1974. Rosemary was subsequently married, in 1975, to Paul Pellew, 10th Viscount Exmouth, 9th Marquess of Olías (born Estoril, 8 October 1940).[4][5]

On 29 August 1974, very shortly after his first divorce, Beauclerk married Cynthia Theresa Mary Howard (born on 23 March 1929, died 12 May 2002). In 1988, Beauclerk's father died and he became the Duke of St Albans. They were divorced in 2001 and their marriage had been childless.[6][7]

The Duke married his third and current wife, Gillian Anita Northam, on 14 December 2002 in London.[8]


Coat of arms of Murray Beauclerk, 14th Duke of St Albans
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A Duke's coronet
On a Chapeau Gules turned up Ermine a Lion statant guardant Or crowned with a ducal coronet per pale Argent and of the First and gorged with a Collar of the Last thereon three Roses also Argent barbed and seeded Proper
Grand quarterly, 1st and 4th grand quarters: the Royal Arms of Charles II, viz quarterly: 1st and 4th, France and England quarterly; 2nd, Scotland; 3rd, Ireland; the whole debruised by a Baton sinister Gules charged with three Roses Argent barbed and seeded Proper (Beauclerk); 2nd and 3rd grand quarters: quarterly Gules and Or in the first quarter a Mullet Argent (De Vere)
Dexter: an Antelope Argent armed and unguled Or; Sinister: a Greyhound Argent, each gorged with a Collar as in the Crest
Auspicium Melioris Aevi (A pledge of better times)


  1. ^ Debrett's People of Today Archived 24 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Who's Who (2003 edition), London p. 1899
  3. ^ Burke's Peerage & Baronetage
  4. ^
  5. ^ Burke's Peerage & Baronetage
  6. ^ The Times via WorldRoots Archived 17 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Burke's Peerage & Baronetage
  8. ^ Burke's Peerage & Baronetage

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Peerage of England
Preceded by Duke of St Albans
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by Gentlemen
The Duke of St Albans
Succeeded by