Edward Augustus, Duke of York and Albany

Edward Augustus

Born 1739
Died Sep 17, 1767 in Monaco


Duke of York and Albany


Second son of Frederick (1707-1751), Prince of Wales, and Augusta of Saxe-Gotha (1719-1772). Younger brother of King George III. Heir-presumptive to the British throne from the death of George II in 1760 until the birth of George, Prince of Wales on 12/8-1762. Created Duke of York and Albany by his grandfather George II in 1760. He died in Monaco on Sept. 17, 1767 and was buried in Westminster Abbey in November of that year.

Life with Boswell: 

Boswell met Edward Augustus, a young man just a year older than Boswell (and at the time, second in line to the throne of the United Kingdom), at the Newmarket races in 1760. He then made the faux pas of dedicating his doggerel poem The Cub at Newmarket to the Duke, without getting an official permission, and the two of them are not known to have met again.