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Jacob Pleydell-Bouverie, 6th Earl of Radnor CIE, CBE (8 July 1868 – 26 June 1930)[1] was a British Conservative Party politician.


Early life

Pleydell-Bouverie was the son of William Pleydell-Bouverie, 5th Earl of Radnor and Helen Matilda Chaplin, and was styled Viscount Folkestone from 1889 to 1900.[2] He was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge.[3]


After two years' service as assistant private secretary to the right Hon. Henry Chaplain, from 1890 to 1892,[2] he was elected to the House of Commons at the 1892 general election as Member of Parliament for the Wilton division of Wiltshire, and held the seat until he succeeded to the peerage in 1900.[4]

Beyond political life, he served in the British Army, rising to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and Brevet Colonel commanding the 4th Battalion the Wiltshire Regiment. He saw active service in South Africa, in 1900, and later served in India from 1914 to 1917, where he was Brigadier-General of the Dehra Dun Brigade. In 1918 he was Director of Agricultural Production for the British Expeditionary Force.[2]

He also chaired a Royal Commission on the Care and Control of the Feeble-Minded, between 1904 and 1908.[2]


Before inheriting the earldom, Pleydell-Bouverie married Julian Eleanor Adelaide Balfour, daughter of Charles Balfour, on 20 January 1891, and they had ten children:

  • Lady Jeane Pleydell-Bouverie (23 March 1892 – 1976), married Maj. (George) Gerald Petherick (d. 1946) in 1914 and had issue.
  • Lady Katherine Pleydell-Bouverie (16 May 1894 – 12 November 1961), married John Henry McNeile.
  • William Pleydell-Bouverie, 7th Earl of Radnor (1895–1968)
  • Lady Elizabeth Pleydell-Bouverie (27 June 1897 – 1982)
  • Capt. Hon. Edward Pleydell-Bouverie (10 September 1899 – 7 May 1951), married Alice Pearl Crake and had issue.
  • Maj. Hon. Bartholemew Pleydell-Bouverie (b. 6 April 1902), married firstly Lady Doreen Clare Hely-Hutchinson, daughter of the 6th Earl of Donoughmore, and had issue and secondly with Katherine Tod.
  • Lady Margaret Pleydell-Bouverie (26 June 1903 – 17 September 2002), married Lt.-Col Gerald Barry and had issue.
  • Hon. Anthony Pleydell-Bouverie (26 March 1905 – 25 June 1961), married Anita Estelle Costiander.
  • Lady Helen Pleydell-Bouverie, OBE (2 January 1908 – 1976), married on 22 July 1931 Lt.-Col Hon. David John Smith, son of the 2nd Viscount Hambleden, and had issue.
  • Hon. Peter Pleydell-Bouverie (19 October 1909 – 1981), married firstly Audrey Evelyn James and secondly Audrey Kidston and had issue by the latter.


  1. ^ "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "W" (part 4)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  2. ^ a b c d 'RADNOR, 6th Earl of', in Who Was Who 1929–1940, (1967 reprint ISBN 0-7136-0171-X)
  3. ^ Bouverie or Pleydell-Bouverie, the Hon. Jacob in Venn, J. & J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University Press, 10 vols, 1922–1958.
  4. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 418. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Grove, Bt
Member of Parliament for Wilton
Succeeded by
James Archibald Morrison
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Viscount Long
Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire
1925 – 1930
Succeeded by
Sir Ernest Wills, Bt
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Pleydell-Bouverie
Earl of Radnor
1900 – 1930
Succeeded by
William Pleydell-Bouverie


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