RepositoryRoyal Archives
ReferenceGEO/ADD/15/0457-0861
CollectionDe Budé Papers
TitlePapers of General Jacob de Budé.
Datec. 1748 - c. 1819 and undated
DescriptionGEO/ADD/15/0457-0497: correspondence principally between General Jacob de Budé and King George III and Queen Charlotte, 1770-1797.

GEO/ADD/15/0498-0612: letters to General Jacob de Budé principally from the Duke of York, but also including other correspondents (e.g.Georg von Löw), 1785-1800.

GEO/ADD/15/0613-0753: letters from Rear-Adm. Sir Samuel (later Lord) Hood to General Jacob de Budé, including some copies of related correspondence to and from Hood, 1781-1783.

GEO/ADD/15/0754-0843: personal papers of General Jacob de Budé, 1770-1818.

GEO/ADD/15/0844-0859: miscellaneous and undated papers, including verses, recipes, etc.; presumably belonging to or written by General Jacob de Budé, n.d. [c. 1748- c. 1819?].

GEO/ADD/15/0860a-j: copies of correspondence between Lord Melville, Henry Addington and William Pitt, re Pitt's possible return to office, and connected papers, March - April 1803.

GEO/ADD/15/0861a-h: accounts, including bills, receipts and account books, presumably kept by General Jacob de Budé (mostly personal), 1770-1818 and n.d.
Extent1015 documents and 7 volumes
LevelCollection
Admin HistoryAccording to the memorial in the Rutland Chapel of St George's Chapel, Windsor, Jacob de Bude was born at Geneva, presumably in 1736, as the memorial and his obituary record that he was 82 when he died in 1818. His obituary describes him as a native of the Pays de Vaud in Switzerland.

Again according to his obituary, he entered the service of the Prince of Orange as a Page, and with a military commission, and later gained a higher rank in a Swiss regiment raised for Sardinian service. His papers indicate that he was appointed a Gentleman of the Bedchamber in 1770, and ADC to King George III in 1779. Around 1773, it appears that he was appointed Sub-Governor to Prince William and Prince Edward, sons of George III, and de Bude accompanied Prince William to Hanover. De Bude is shown in printed lists (e.g. the Court and City Register) as Instructor to Prince William 1778-1785 and Instructor to Prince Edward 1778-1781. De Bude seems to have been receiving payment from the Duke of York from c. 1782; in printed lists and accounts he is shown as Secretary for Foreign Affairs to the Duke from 1788. He obtained the rank of Major-General in 1776 [?] and General of Infantry [possibly in the Hanoverian service?] in 1813.

Having 'fixed his residence in England', de Bude was 'at all times admitted to his Majesty's private circle, and honoured with marks of regard and affection, which were equally shewn to him by the Queen and all the other branches of the Royal Family, under whose friendly roof he closed his long and meritorious career' [from his obituary].

He died at Windsor Castle on 30 October 1818, and was buried in St George's Chapel. He remained unmarried, but left relations in Switzerland.
NotesThe papers principally cover the period 1770-1818.
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