Jacob Pleydell-Bouverie, 4th Earl of Radnor

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Jacob Pleydell-Bouverie, 4th Earl of Radnor (18 September 1815 – 11 March 1889), was the son of William Pleydell-Bouverie, 3rd Earl of Radnor and Judith Anne St John-Mildmay. He was styled Viscount Folkestone from 1828 until 1869.[1]

A caricature of Jacob Pleydell-Bouverie, 4th Earl of Radnor, from Vanity Fair, 27 July 1872

Folkestone was educated at Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford. On 2 October 1837, he was commissioned a cornet in the Salisbury Troop of the Royal Wiltshire Regiment of Yeomanry. He was a lieutenant in the Regiment from 20 May 1840 to April 1847.[1]

He married Lady Mary Augusta Frederica Grimston, daughter of James Walter Grimston, 1st Earl of Verulam, on 3 October 1840. They had twelve children:

  • William Pleydell-Bouverie, 5th Earl of Radnor (19 June 1841 – 3 June 1900)
  • Hon. Duncombe Pleydell-Bouverie (10 October 1842 – 25 January 1909)
  • Rev. Hon. Bertrand Pleydell-Bouverie (23 April 1845 – 7 November 1926), married Lady Constance Jane Nelson, daughter of Horatio Nelson, 3rd Earl Nelson
  • Lt.-Col. Hon. John Pleydell-Bouverie (18 July 1846 – 28 March 1925), married Grace Malaby and had issue
  • Lady Anne Pleydell-Bouverie (c.1847 – 18 September 1915), married Archibald Alexander Speirs
  • Hon. Mark Pleydell-Bouverie (27 September 1851 – 17 February 1895)
  • Hon. Kenelm Pleydell-Bouverie (29 March 1852 – 11 July 1921), married Evelyn Maitland-Makgill-Crichton and had issue
  • Lady Margaret Pleydell-Bouverie (c.1853 – 5 January 1924), married David Maitland-Makgill-Crichton and had issue
  • Lady Edith Pleydell-Bouverie (c.1855 – 28 December 1922), married Charles Cotes
  • Hon. Christopher Pleydell-Bouverie (30 December 1856 – 22 March 1892)
  • Hon. Frank Pleydell-Bouverie (19 April 1858 – 15 July 1909)
  • Lady Gertrude Pleydell-Bouverie (19 April 1858 – 11 January 1940), married Arthur Monckton and had issue

Folkestone was appointed High Sheriff of Wiltshire in 1846 and a deputy lieutenant of Berkshire on 2 May 1855. He succeeded his father as Earl of Radnor in 1869 and was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire in 1878.[1]

Longford Castle - seat of the Earls of Radnor

Radnor served as Governor of the French Hospital. Successive Earls of Radnor were governors of the hospital from the eighteenth century to 2015.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Doyle, James William Edmund (1886). The Official Baronage of England, v. 3. London: Longmans, Green. p. 97.
  2. ^ Tessa Murdoch 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.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Wade Browne
High Sheriff of Wiltshire
Succeeded by
Wadham Locke
Preceded by
The Marquess of Ailesbury
Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Bath
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Pleydell-Bouverie
Earl of Radnor
Succeeded by
William Pleydell-Bouverie

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