Jacob Bouverie, 1st Viscount Folkestone

Jacob Bouverie, 1st Viscount Folkestone

Jacob Bouverie, 1st Viscount Folkestone

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Jacob Bouverie, 1st Viscount Folkestone (bapt. 14 October 1694 - 17 February 1761) was an English politician, known as Sir Jacob Bouverie, 3rd Baronet from 1737 to 1747.


Born Jacob des Bouverie, he was baptised on 14 October 1694 in St Katharine Cree, London, the son of Sir William des Bouverie, 1st Baronet and Anne Urry.

Des Bouverie was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1708. He matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford on 20 October 1711. On 21 November 1736, he succeeded his brother in the baronetcy. He adopted the surname of Bouverie on 22 April 1737.

He held the office of Member of Parliament for Salisbury between 1741 and 1747, and was appointed Recorder of Salisbury in 1744.

He was created Viscount Folkestone and Baron Longford on 29 June 1747 and appointed a deputy lieutenant of Wiltshire on 8 November 1750. In 1755 he was elected the first president of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (now the RSA).


He married, firstly, Mary Clarke, daughter of Bartholomew Clarke, on 31 January 1723/24 in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England. They had eleven children:
  • William Bouverie, 1st Earl of Radnor (26 February 1725 – 28 January 1776)
  • Mary Bouverie (29 April 1726 – 1729)
  • Jacob Bouverie (3 April 1727 – 15 March 1731)
  • Bartholomew Bouverie (6 April 1728......
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