Maurice Frederick Fitzhardinghe Berkeley R.N.
Maurice Frederick Fitzhardinghe Berkeley R.N.

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Maurice Frederick Fitzhardinghe Berkeley R.N.Explanation
Illegitimate second son of the 5th Earl of Berkeley.
Date (from)(Date to)Personal
3 January 1788 Born.
4 December 1823 Married his cousin Lady Charlotte Lennox, 6th daughter of 4th Duke of Richmond (died 20 Aug 1833).
December 1832April 1833M.P. (Liberal) for Gloucester.
30 September 1834 Married Lady Charlotte Reynolds-Moreton, 3rd daughter of 1st Earl of Ducie.
18351837M.P. for Gloucester.
1840 C.B. (Companion of the Bath).
18411857M.P. for Gloucester.
18461849Naval Aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria.
1855 Privy Councillor.
5 July 1855 K.C.B. (Knight Commander of the Bath).
18 June 1861 G.C.B. (Knight Grand Cross of the Bath)
5 August 1861 1st Baron Fitzhardinge of Bristol.
17 October 1867 Died.
The alleged private marriage between his father, the 13th Lord (Baron) and 4th Earl Berkeley with Mary, daughter of William Cole, publican and butcher, on 30 Mar 1875, was not recognised; for this reason, neither his elder brother nor himself inherited their fathers titles. On 16th May 1796 the couple (re)married.
Literature: (DNB; Stenton).
June 1802Entered Navy
9 July 1808Lieutenant
19 December 1810Commander
7 June 1814Captain
30 October 1849Rear-Admiral
21 October 1856Vice-Admiral
15 January 1862Admiral
Date fromDate toService
27 May 18281831Captain in Semiramis, flagship of Charles Paget, Cork
13 April 183323 December 1834Commissioner of the Admiralty (4th Naval Lord)
18361837Captain in Hercules, home station
22 July 18375 March 1839Commissioner of the Admiralty (4th Naval Lord); resigned over the introduction of a (smaller) 'peace complement' in the Navy's ships
31 January 184028 July 1841Captain in Thunderer, Mediterranean (including operations on the coast of Syria in 1840)
13 July 184628 February 1852Commissioner of the Admiralty (3rd, 2nd and finally 1st Naval Lord)
5 January 185324 December 1857Commissioner of the Admiralty (2nd then 1st Naval Lord)

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