Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex

BORN 16 Feb 1773, London - DIED 21 Apr 1843, London: Kensington Palace
BIRTH NAME Augustus Frederick
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (114/1 (5268))

Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex was a son of king George III and queen Charlotte. He was educated at home before he was sent to Göttingen in 1786 where he studied at the University together with his brothers Ernest and Adolphus. Because he suffered from asthma he didn't join them in their military training in Hanover.

In Italy he met Lady Augusta Murray (1768-1830). He married her in Rome and again in London in 1793, without telling his father. The marriage was declared void in 1794 since George III hadn't approved it. He continued to live with her and they had two children. In 1801 they separated.

In politics he was a liberal. He was in favour of Catholic emancipation and the abolition of slavery. In 1816 he was elected president of the Royal Society of Arts, a post that he held until his death. Between 1830 and 1838 he was also president of the Royal Society. In 1831 he married Lady Cecilia Letitia Buggin (1793-1873), again without permission from the king, his brother William IV. Lady Cecilia never became Duchess of Sussex, but she received the title Duchess of Inverness for herself.

He died in 1843 and according to his own wishes he was buried at Kensal Green Cemetery. Cecilia was buried next to him in 1873.

Related persons
• is brother/sister of Sophia, Princess of the United Kingdom


The grave of Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (26 Jun 2009)


Paths of Glory, The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, London, 1997
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Wikipedia (EN):

Aulinger, Elise

Published: 10 Jul 2010
Last update: 20 Feb 2022