Richard 'Beau' Nash

1674 -- 1762

Richard Beau Nash

A dandy, born in Swansea, SC Wales. He studied at Oxford, held a commission in the army, and in 1693 entered the Middle Temple.

He then made a shifty living by gambling, but in 1704 became master of ceremonies at Bath, where he conducted the public balls with a splendour never before witnessed.

His reforms in manners, his influence in improving the streets and buildings, and his leadership in fashion helped to transform Bath into a fashionable holiday centre.

He maintained his luxurious mode of living by gambling until gaming was forbidden in 1745, and although he died a pauper, he was buried in pomp in Bath Abbey.