Hans Busk (1815-1882)

Hans Busk (1815-1882)

Hans Busk (1815-1882)

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Hans Busk the younger DL (May 11, 1815, London – March 11, 1882, Westminster) was one of the originators of the "Volunteers".

He was educated at King's College London and Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating with a B.A. in 1839 and an M.A. in 1844. He was called to the bar at the Middle Temple in 1841.

While still an undergraduate, he lobbied the Government to form rifle clubs for defence against invasion, and created a model rifle club at Cambridge in 1837. This grew into the "Volunteers" movement, which he helped to pioneer. He served with the 1st Middlesex Rifle Volunteers and with the Royal Victoria Rifle Club, and wrote a number of practical manuals regarding rifle training. He was styled "Captain Busk".

He also took an interest in designing yachts and lifeboats, and advocated the installation of lifeboat stations. He was a gastronome, and founded the School of Cookery at South Kensington.

In 1873 he became a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


He was the son of Hans Busk the elder. His siblings included Julia Clara Pitt Byrne and Rachel Harriette Busk<!-- NB; Venn incorrectly says daughter rather than sister, confusing him for his father, also named Hans -->; another sister, Maria Georgiana, married Sir Robert Loder, 1st Baronet.

Another sister, Frances Rosalie, married Rev....
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