Lord Frederick Beauclerk      

Full name Frederick Beauclerk (Lord Beauclerk)

Born May 8, 1773, London

Died April 22, 1850, Westminster, London (aged 76 years 349 days)

Major teams Hampshire, Kent

Playing role Allrounder

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm slow (underarm)

Other Administrator

Height 5 ft 9 in

Education Trinity College, Cambridge

Frederick Beauclerk (Lord Beauclerk)
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 Ct St
First-class 130 240 20 5525 129* 25.11 5 112 1
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI 5w 10
First-class 130 0+ 0+ 354 7/? 3 0
Career statistics
First-class debut Marylebone Cricket Club v Gentlemen of Kent at Lord's (Old), Jun 2-3, 1791 scorecard
Last First-class England v The Bs at Lord's, Jul 11-12, 1825 scorecard

Lord Frederick Beauclerk was one of the great characters from the early days of MCC. He was a descendant of King Charles II and his mistress Nell Gwynn, and although he was a cleric by profession, he also claimed to have made at least £600 a year - a colossal sum at the time - from playing cricket for stakes. He was one of the best single-wicket cricketers of his time: a fine batsman, his style was rather scientific, in the more orthodox manner of the professionals, while his under-arm bowling was very slow, but extremely accurate - and he could get the ball to rise abruptly off a length. Lord Frederick was the second president of MCC in 1826 and one of the handful who actually played while in office. He made eight centuries on the first Lord's ground, at Dorset Square, which was an exceptional achievement in an era of low-scoring and uneven pitches. It was Lord Frederick who persuaded MCC to call a meeting to ban round-arm bowling in 1822, even though he had been known to claim wagers when playing alongside the earliest round-armers like John Willes.

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Jan 1, 1826

Lord Frederick Beauclerk circa 1826

Lord Frederick Beauclerk

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Lord Frederick Beauclerk,  painted by Sir William Beechey, and owned by the MCC

Lord Frederick Beauclerk

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