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MS 872


Charles Beresford papers



Administrative / Biographical history

Charles William de la Poer Beresford, 1st Baron Beresford, (10 February 1846 – 6 September 1919), was a British admiral and Member of Parliament.

The second son of John Beresford, 4th Marquess of Waterford. He combined his two careers of the navy and a member of parliament, making a reputation as a hero in battle and champion of the navy in the House of Commons. He was a well-known and popular figure who courted publicity, widely known to the British public as 'Charlie B'.

He had joined the Royal Navy in 1859 aged 13 and steadily rose through the ranks, becoming a Commander in 1875, vice-admiral in 1902 and finally an Admiral, before his retirement from the navy in 1911.

He first enter Parliament as a Conservative MP for County Waterford in 1874, serving until 1880. He was elected to Parliament again in 1885, this time for Marylebone East, in 1902 as MP for Woolwich and then in 1910 for Portsmouth. He remained an MP until 1916, when he was raised to the Peerage.
He married Ellen Jeromina (Mina) Gardner, daughter of Richard Gardner and Lucy Mandesloh, on 25 June 1878 at London, England. They had two daughters, the Hon. Eileen Teresa Lucy de la Poer Beresford (d. 1939) and the Hon. Kathleen Mary de la Poer Beresford (1879–1939


20th century

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3 boxes [4 series]

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The papers predominantly consist of correspondence to Beresford, which cover his professional naval and parliamentary career, as well as personal matters.

Also included are a selection of financial and official papers, as well as personal papers.
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