Vice-Admiral James Berkeley 3rd Earl of Berkeley 
- Born: Aft 1679
- Marriage: Lady Louisa Lennox 
- Died: 17 Aug 1736, Castle of Aubigny, France
- Buried: 31 Oct 1736, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England
Vice-Admiral James Berkeley, 3rd Earl of Berkeley gained the rank of Captain in 1701 in the service of the Royal Navy.1 He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) (Whig) for Gloucester from 1701 to 1702.1 He fought in the Rooke's engagement of Malaga on 13 August 1704, where he distinguished himself as commnader of H.M.S. the Boyne.1 He succeeded to the title of 11th Lord Berkeley [E., 1421] on 5 March 1704/5, by writ, summoned in the lifetime of his father.1 He gained the rank of Vice-Admiral of the Blue in 1707/8.1 He gained the rank of Vice-Admiral of the Red in 1709.1 He held the office of High Steward of Gloucester between 1710 and 1712.1 He held the office of Warden of the Forest of Dean between 1710 and 1712.1 He held the office of Constable of St. Briavel's Castle between 1710 and 1712.1 He held the office of Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire between 1710 and 1712.1 He held the office of Custos Rotulorum of Surrey between 1710 and 1736.1 He succeeded to the title of 3rd Earl of Berkeley, co. Gloucester [E., 1679] on 24 September 1710.1 He succeeded to the title of 3rd Viscount Dursley co. Gloucester [E., 1679] on 24 September 1710.1 He held the office of Lord of the Bedchamber between 1714 and 1727.1 He held the office of Constable of St. Briavel's Castle between 1714 and 1736.1 He held the office of Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire between 1714 and 1736.1 He held the office of High Steward of Gloucester between 1714 and 1736.1 He held the office of Warden of the Forest of Dean between 1714 and 1736.1 He held the office of First Lord of the Admiralty between 1717 and 1727, when he was dismissed for opposing Sir Robert Walpole.1 He was invested as a Privy Counsellor (P.C.) on 17 April 1717.1 He held the office of Vice-Admiral of Great Britain from 18 March 1717/18 to 1736.1 He was invested as a Knight, Order of the Garter (K.G.) on 31 March 1718.1
Lord Hervey writes "he was a man of great family and great quality, rough, proud, hard, and obstinate, with excellent good natural parts, but so uncultivated that he was totally ignorant of every branch of knowledge but his profession. He was haughty and tyrannical, but honourable, gallant, observant of his word; equally incapable of flattering a prince, bending to a minister, or lying to anybody he had to deal with."1 He has an extensive biographical entry in the Dictionary of National Biography.3
1. G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 141. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
2. Unknown Maubois, "re: Penancoet Family," e-mail message from unknown author e-mail (France) to Darryl Roger Lundy, 2 December 2008. Hereinafter cited as "re: Penancoet Family".
3. Matthew H.C.G., editor, Dictionary of National Biography on CD-ROM (Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1995), reference: "Berkeley, James". Hereinafter cited as Dictionary of National Biography.
4. Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 142.
Noted events in his life were:
• Will probated, 4 Oct 1736. His will (dated 23 May 1735) was probated on 4 October 1736
James married Lady Louisa Lennox  [MRIN: 551615212], daughter of Charles Lennox 1st Duke of Richmond  and Anne Brudenell . (Lady Louisa Lennox  was born on 24 Dec 1694 and died on 15 Jan 1715/16.)