Charles, 1st Duke of St. Albans was born in Lincoln's Inn Fields, Westminster, Middlesex, England and passed away in Bath, Somersetshire, England. He was the illegitimate son of King Charles II and his mistress Eleanor (Nell) Gwynne. He married Lady Diana de Vere, the daughter of Aubrey de Vere, 20th Earl of Oxford and Diana Kirkie, on April 13, 1694. The couple had twelve children.
Upon his mother's death, on 14th November 1687, Beauclerk received a considerable estate, the chief property of which was Burford House, adjoining Windsor Castle.
In 1688, he served in the Holy Roman Imperial army against the Turks, and was present at the taking of Belgrade on 20th August of that year. The Duke took his place in the House of Lords on 9th November 1691. On 17th May 1693, he left for Flanders and served under William III in the campaign of Landen.
In April 1694, the Duke married Lady Diana de Vere, daughter and sole heiress of Aubrey de Vere, the 20th and last Earl of Oxford. He served in Flanders as a volunteer in the July following and, the next month, received a pension of £2,000 a year from the Crown. In 1718, was made a Knight of the Garter.
Diana De Vere Beauclerk
1679–1742 (m. 1694)