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Sir John Poer Beresford, 1st Baronet, GCH (1766 – 2 October 1844) was an Admiral in the Royal Navy who rose to the rank of Second Sea Lord. He was a Tory (subsequently Conservative) politician in the United Kingdom.

During the War of 1812, he served as captain of HMS Poictiers, during which time he ineffectually bombarded the town of Lewes, Delaware. More importantly, Poictiers participated in an action where, four hours after USS Wasp, commanded by Jacob Jones, captured HMS Frolic, Capt. Beresford hove in sight, captured Wasp and recaptured Frolic, and brought both to Bermuda.

He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Coleraine (1809–1812 and 1814–1823), Berwick-upon-Tweed 1823–1826, Northallerton (1826–1832), and Chatham 1835–1837.

Beresford was an illegitimate son of George Beresford, 1st Marquess of Waterford, and the brother of William Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford. He was knighted in 1812,[1] and made a Baronet in 1814, of Bagnall in the County of Staffordshire, and on his death was succeeded to the title by his son from his first marriage to Mary Molloy. He married secondly to Harriet Elizabeth Peirse, who died on February 28, 1825, and had issue who later inherited the Baronetcy.


  1. ^ "Beresford, Sir John Poo". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 2008-03-08.  
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Walter Jones
Member of Parliament for Coleraine
1809 – 1812
Succeeded by
Lord George Beresford
Preceded by
Viscount Ossulston
Sir Francis Blake, Bt.
Member of Parliament for Berwick-upon-Tweed
1823 – 1826
With: Sir Francis Blake, Bt.
Succeeded by
Marcus Beresford
John Gladstone
Preceded by
William Lascelles
Marcus Beresford
Member of Parliament for Northallerton
With: Henry Lascelles to 1831
William Lascelles from 1831
Succeeded by
John George Boss
Preceded by
George Stevens Byng
Member of Parliament for Chatham
Succeeded by
George Stevens Byng
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New title Baronet
of Bagnall
Succeeded by
George Beresford


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