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Francis Beaufort
(1774-1857)

Francis Beaufort was born in Navan, Co. Meath on 27 May 1774 and died in London on 17 Dec 1857. He served in the Royal Navy.

He married Alicia Magdalena Wilson on 3 Dec 1812 and Honora Edgeworth on 8 Nov 1838.

Honors:

Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (KCB) on 28 Apr 1848

Ranks:

Entered Navy (1787)
Lt (1796)
Cdr (1800)
Capt (1810)
RAdm - Ret (1846)

Ship Ranks:

Midshipman on the Latona from Jun 1790 to Nov 1790
Midshipman on the Aquilon from 10 Jun 1791 to 24 Dec 1792
Master's Mate on the Aquilon from 24 Dec 1792

Notes:

Developed what is known as the Beaufort Wind Scale in 1806.
Pension for Wounds/Disabilities (2 Dec 1815)
Hydrographer to the Admiralty (May 1829)
Wife, Alicia Magdalena, died at Upper Clapton (27 Aug 1834).

Further Reading:

Courtney, Nicholas. 2002. Gale Force 10: The Life and Legacy of Admiral Beaufort 1774-1857. London: Review.
Friendly, Alfred. 1977. Beaufort of the Admiralty: The Life of Sir Francis Beaufort 1774-1857. London: Hutchinson & Co. Ltd.

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