Both parents of Captain Rafael Beauclerk were of aristocratic descent. His father was engineer William Topham Sidney Beauclerk (1864–1950), whose great-grandfather was Topham Beauclerk, who was in turn a grandson of the 1st Duke of St Albans. His mother was Lola, Countess de Peñalver (died 19 November 1972), only surviving child of Enrique, 6th Marquis de Arcos.
After distinguished military service, he became a merchant banker overseas including in Hong Kong and Shanghai. In 1989, he inherited one of his Spanish family's marquessates, that of Valero de Urría; a relation of his is Esther Koplowitz, now 8th Marquesa de Casa Peñalver.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
On 24 August 1957 at Saigon, Vietnam, he married Noirine Mary Bowen (died 20 January 1997), daughter of James Bowen, of Bowen's Cross, County Cork; they had two children:
- Dolores Mary Beauclerk (born 11 Jul 1958), married Dr Richard Makower and has three children.
- William Rafael Beauclerk (born 14 Aug 1961), ex Lieutenant in the Royal Navy serving on HMY Britannia, now 7th Marquis de Valero de Urría. His wife, since 1986, is Margaret Eleanor Mountjoy; they have a daughter and two sons:
Honours and decorations[edit | edit source]
The 6th Marquis de Valero de Urría was awarded :
- : Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) ;
- : Légion d'honneur ;
- : Croix de guerre ;
- : Knight of Malta (SMOM).
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