Miles Stapleton was born on 17 July 1850, the son of Miles Thomas Stapleton, 8th Baron Beaumont. He was the second son, so his elder brother Henry inherited the title in 1854, but he died on 23 Jan 1892 and Miles became the 10th Baron. The baronetcy is an ancient title created in 1309. Miles married Ethel Mary Tempest in 1893 but had no sons and the title went into abeyance. His daughter Mona, however, married Bernard Fitzalan-Howard and their son, also Miles, became the 12th Baron Beaumont. The family seat is at Carlton Towers, North Yorkshire, now the home of the Duke of Norfolk.
Miles was educated at Eton and commissioned into the Coldstream Guards in 1869. He served in the Expedition to Bechuanaland 1884-5. Lord Beaumont commanded the 20th Hussars from 1891 to 1895. During his period of office he made some changes to the uniform, most notably the plume on the busbies. In 1892 he asked for the crimson plume to be changed to yellow and his request was granted. He died on 16 September 1895 as a result of a shooting accident. He was crossing a stile in Carlton Towers Park when his gun went off.
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