Royal Armouries

Beresford, William Carr, Viscount Beresford



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Date: 1824; 1828-31

Beresford, William Carr, Viscount Beresford


William Carr Beresford, also know as Viscount Beresford was born in 1768.

His career started as an army officer, and though blinded in the left eye due to a hunting accident, he was raised to Lieutenant General to take control of the Portuguese army in an attempt to raise standards. Though Beresford encountered varying success in Portugal he remained in the Duke of Wellington’s favour.

The year after he was made Viscount Beresford of Beresford in Staffordshire, he was appointed to the position of Lieutenant General in 1824. He only held this role for a year, but due to his continued contact with Wellington, Beresford was appointed Master General of the Ordnance in 1828 when Wellington formed a government. However the ministry fell in 1830 and Beresford stepped down from his position and left politics for good.

He died in 1854 at Bedgebury Park, Kent.

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