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Frances Boscawen

(b. 23 Jul 1719, St Clere, Kemsing, Kent, England – d. 26 Feb 1785, 14 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London )

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Frances Evelyn Boscawen, née Glanville (1719-1805) was the wife of Admiral Edward Boscawen (1711-1761), a naval commander and MP for Truro from 1742-1761. He was a Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty from 1751 and a member of the Privy Council from 1758. He commanded the HMS Namur at the successful naval siege of Louisbourg in 1758, which enabled British forces to take Quebec from the French. She had five children, two of whom predeceased her. Her daughters Fanny and Elizabeth made prominent marriages: Elizabeth married the Duke of Beaufort and Frances (Fanny) the Hon. John Leveson-Gower. Her youngest son George succeeded his uncle as the third Viscount Falmouth in 1782. Mrs Boscawen was a member of the Bluestocking circle, and hosted her own salon. Her correspondence with her husband, who was frequently absent at sea, was published as Admiral’s Wife: Being the life and letters of the Hon. Mrs. Edward Boscawen from 1719 to 1761, (London: Longmans, Green & Co, 1940).

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