Daniel Cornelius de Beaufort
Esther Gougeon
Reverend Daniel Augustus Beaufort
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Sir Francis Beaufort


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1. Alicia Magdalina Wilson

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Sir Francis Beaufort 836

  • Born: 27 May 1774, Flower Hill, Navan, Co. Meath 855
  • Marriage (1): Alicia Magdalina Wilson on 3 December 1812 in St. Marylebone, London 69,110
  • Marriage (2): Honora Edgeworth on 8 November 1838 857
  • Died: 17 December 1857, Brighton, Sussex aged 83 856
  • Buried: December 1857, Hackney Church, London 857

bullet  General Notes:

Educated at Oxford. At a young age he was mentored by Captain Lestock Wilson, of the East India Company's Service, under whom he acquired a proficiency in navigation. In 1787 he entered the Navy on board the Colossus. In 1789, his ship, the Vansittart, struck a reef while surveying for hidden dangers in the Strait of Gaspar. The destruction of the ship advanced so quickly that all hands had to take to the boats; and they underwent great hardships before reaching the Bay of Sango Boolo, where relief was obtained. Soon after returning to England he embarked on board the Aquilon and sailed to the Mediterranean, escorting HRH Prince Augustus. In 1794 the Aquilon was one of Lord Howe's repeaters in the great battle against the French. The two forces clashed in the Atlantic Ocean, some 400 nautical miles (741 km) west of the French island of Ushant on 1 June 1794. He earned his Lieutenant's commission on 10 May 1798 while serving on the Phaėton and won further promotion to the rank of Commander on 13 November 1800 by gallantly cutting out a 14-gun Spanish polacca from under the guns of Frangerolle Castle, a fortress near Malaga. He was severely wounded, receiving nineteen wounds in the head, arms and body, three sword cuts and sixteen musket shots. For some years after this he was unemployed at sea and in 1803-4, he aided his brother-in-law, Richard Lovell Edgeworth, in establishing a line of telegraph stations across Ireland. He returned to active service in the summer of 1805 on board the Woolwich. In 1807 he had an opportunity of exercising his talent for marine surveying by an examination of the vicinity of Monte Video, in the Rio de la Plata. In 1810 he took command of the Frederickstein and the next year he was directed to make an examination of the southern shores of Asia Minor. He had successfully examined the coast of Karamania and was about to continue down to the shores of Syria, when they were cut short by the attack of some Turkish fanatics on 20 June 1812. He was severely, almost fatally wounded. He repaired to Malta to recover from his wound, which for several months endangered his very existance. After returning to England aboard the Rodney he was no longer on active service at sea. In 1829 he was installed as Hydrographer to the Admiralty, and during the twenty-six year through which he held the post rendered his name almost a synonym in the navy for hydrography and nautical science. It is still preserved by the general introduction of the scale of wind force, and the tabulated system of weather registration in common use both afloat and ashore. He retired in 1855.



Francis married Alicia Magdalina Wilson, daughter of Lestock Wilson and Bonne Boileau, on 3 December 1812 in St. Marylebone, London 69.,110 (Alicia Magdalina Wilson was born in 1782 and died on 28 August 1834.)


Francis next married Honora Edgeworth on 8 November 1838.857 (Honora Edgeworth was born in 1792 857 and died in February 1858 857.)

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