BARONETAGE
Last updated 24/10/2014
Names of baronets shown in blue 
have not yet proved succession and, as a
result, their name has not yet been placed on
the Official Roll of the Baronetage.
Date Type Order Name Born Died  Age
Dates in italics in the "Born" column indicate that the baronet was
baptised on that date; dates in italics in the "Died" column indicate 
that the baronet was buried on that date
CLAY of Fulwell Lodge,Middlesex
30 Sep 1841 UK 1 William Clay                                                 15 Aug 1791 13 Mar 1869 77
MP for Tower Hamlets 1832-1857
13 Mar 1869 2 William Dickason Clay                    21 Dec 1828 14 Oct 1876 47
14 Oct 1876 3 George Clay                                        14 Aug 1831 30 Jun 1878 46
30 Jun 1878 4 Arthur Temple Felix Clay        9 Dec 1842 18 Mar 1928 85
18 Mar 1928 5 George Felix Neville Clay       24 Nov 1871 11 Nov 1941 69
11 Nov 1941 6 Henry Felix Clay                               8 Feb 1909 8 Jun 1985 76
8 Jun 1985 7 Richard Henry Clay                     2 Jun 1940
  CLAYTON of Marden,Surrey
13 Jan 1732 GB 1 William Clayton                             28 Dec 1744
MP for Bletchingley 1715-1744                                                         
28 Dec 1744 2 Kenrick Clayton                              c 1713 10 Mar 1769
MP for Bletchingley 1734-1769                                                      
10 Mar 1769 3 Robert Clayton                                       c 1740 10 May 1799
MP for Bletchingley 1768-1783 and                                          1
1787-1796 and Surrey 1783-1784
10 May 1799 4 William Clayton                                                          16 Apr 1762 26 Jan 1834 71
26 Jan 1834 5 William Robert Clayton                   28 Aug 1786 19 Sep 1866 80
MP for Great Marlow 1832-1842
19 Sep 1866 6 William Robert Clayton                    3 Aug 1842 7 Oct 1914 72
7 Oct 1914 7 Gilbert Augustus Clayton-East 25 Apr 1846 26 Sep 1925 79
26 Sep 1925 8 George Frederick Lancelot Clayton East 3 Sep 1872 27 Apr 1926 53
27 Apr 1926 9 Robert Alan Clayton East (Clayton-East-Clayton
from 22 Jan 1932)                  7 Apr 1908 1 Sep 1932 24
For further information on this baronet,see the
note at the foot of this page
1 Sep 1932 10 Harold Dudley Clayton         28 Jan 1877 19 Oct 1951 74
19 Oct 1951 11 Arthur Harold Clayton          14 Oct 1903 6 Aug 1985 81
6 Aug 1985 12 David Robert Clayton                      12 Dec 1936
CLAYTON of Adlington,Lancs
19 May 1774 GB 1 Richard Clayton                           c 1745 29 Apr 1828
29 Apr 1828 2 Robert Clayton                         1746 10 Aug 1839 93
to     Extinct on his death                       
10 Aug 1839
CLAYTON-EAST of Hall Place,Berks
17 Aug 1838 UK 1 East George Clayton-East             9 Apr 1794 6 Mar 1851 56
6 Mar 1851 2 Gilbert East                          13 Nov 1823 12 Aug 1866 42
For further information on the death of this 
baronet,see the note at the foot of this page
12 Aug 1866 3 Gilbert Augustus Gilbert East (Clayton-East
from 1870)                                              25 Apr 1846 26 Sep 1925 79
26 Sep 1925 4 George Frederick Lancelot Clayton-East 3 Sep 1872 27 Apr 1926 53
27 Apr 1926 5 Robert Alan Clayton-East (Clayton-East-
to     Clayton from 22 Jan 1932) 7 Apr 1908 1 Sep 1932 24
1 Sep 1932 Extinct on his death                       
For further information on this baronet,see the
note at the foot of this page
CLEMENT of Bromham,Sussex
15 May 1661 E See "Ashburnham-Clement"
CLERE of Ormesby,Norfolk
26 Feb 1621 E 1 Henry Clere                                       c 1599 22 Aug 1622
to     Extinct on his death                       
22 Aug 1622
CLERK of Penicuik,Midlothian
24 Mar 1679 NS 1 John Clerk                                         10 Mar 1722
10 Mar 1722 2 John Clerk                                 8 Feb 1676 4 Oct 1755 78
MP for Scotland 1707-1708
4 Oct 1755 3 James Clerk                              c 1710 6 Feb 1783
6 Feb 1783 4 George Clerk                             29 Jan 1784
29 Jan 1784 5 John Clerk                                       1798
1798 6 George Clerk                                     19 Nov 1787 23 Dec 1867 80
MP for Midlothian 1811-1820, Stamford
1838-1847 and Dover 1847-1852
23 Dec 1867 7 James Clerk                                       17 Jul 1812 17 Nov 1870 58
17 Nov 1870 8 George Douglas Clerk                       17 May 1852 30 Nov 1911 59
30 Nov 1911 9 George James Robert Clerk 4 Oct 1876 21 Nov 1943 67
21 Nov 1943 10 John Dutton Clerk                               30 Jan 1917 25 Oct 2002 85
Lord Lieutenant Midlothian 1972-1992
25 Oct 2002 11 Robert Maxwell Clerk                 3 Apr 1945
Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian 2013-
CLERKE of Hitcham,Bucks
13 Jul 1660 E 1 John Clerke                                   c 1622 7 Oct 1667
7 Oct 1667 2 William Clerke                           9 Jul 1643 6 Sep 1678 35
6 Sep 1678 3 William Clerke                                       c 1662 1699
1699 4 John Clerke                             after 1683 20 Feb 1727
MP for Haslemere 1710-1713
20 Feb 1727 5 William Clerke                                 c 1738
c 1738 6 Francis Clerke                             12 Jul 1682 12 Feb 1769 86
12 Feb 1769 7 Francis Carr Clerke                     24 Oct 1748 15 Oct 1778 29
15 Oct 1778 8 William Henry Clerke                    25 Nov 1751 10 Apr 1818 66
10 Apr 1818 9 William Henry Clerke                   13 Sep 1793 16 Feb 1861 67
16 Feb 1861 10 William Henry Clerke                         17 Nov 1822 8 Feb 1882 59
8 Feb 1882 11 William Francis Clerke              16 Jan 1856 27 Jul 1930 74
27 Jul 1930 12 John Edward Longueville Clerke 29 Oct 1913 1 Oct 2009 95
1 Oct 2009 13 Francis Ludlow Longueville Clerke 25 Jun 1953
CLERKE of Launde Abbey,Leics
18 Jun 1661 E 1 Clement Clerke                          10 Dec 1693
Dec 1693 2 Talbot Clerke                                   c 1708
c 1708 3 Clement Clerke                          c 1715
c 1715 4 Talbot Clerke                                 16 Feb 1724
16 Feb 1724 5 Talbot Clerke                                 c 1719 21 Nov 1732
21 Nov 1732 6 Talbot Clerke                                 10 Jul 1759
to     Extinct on his death                       
10 Jul 1759
  CLERKE of Duddlestone,Salop
26 Oct 1774 GB 1 Philip Jennings Clerke                 1722 14 Jan 1788 65
to     MP for Totnes 1768-1788             
14 Jan 1788 Extinct on his death                       
CLIFFORD of the Navy
4 Aug 1838 UK 1 Augustus William James Clifford 26 May 1788 8 Feb 1877 88
MP for Bandon Bridge 1818-1820 and 1831-1832
and Dungarvan 1820-1822
8 Feb 1877 2 William John Cavendish Clifford 12 Oct 1814 11 Apr 1882 67
11 Apr 1882 3 Robert Cavendish Spencer Clifford 3 Nov 1815 Jan 1892 76
Jan 1892 4 Charles Cavendish Clifford         7 Jan 1821 22 Nov 1895 74
to     MP for Isle of Wight 1857-1865 and
22 Nov 1895 Newport IOW 1870-1885                  
Extinct on his death                       
CLIFFORD of Flaxbourne,New Zealand
16 Jul 1887 UK 1 Sir Charles Clifford                             1 Jan 1813 27 Feb 1893 80
27 Feb 1893 2 George Hugh Charles Clifford 10 Oct 1847 17 Apr 1930 82
17 Apr 1930 3 Charles Lewis Clifford                17 Jul 1885 13 Sep 1938 53
13 Sep 1938 4 Walter Lovelace Clifford            20 May 1852 26 May 1944 92
26 May 1944 5 Lewis Arthur Joseph Clifford 9 Apr 1896 8 Dec 1970 74
8 Dec 1970 6 Roger Charles Joseph Gerrard Clifford 28 May 1910 1982 72
1982 7 Roger Joseph Clifford              5 Jun 1936
CLIFFORD-CONSTABLE of Tixall,Staffs
22 May 1815 UK 1 Thomas Hugh Constable (Clifford-Constable
from 1821) 4 Dec 1762 25 Feb 1829 66
25 Feb 1829 2 Thomas Aston Clifford-Constable 3 May 1806 23 Dec 1870 64
MP for Hedon 1830-1832
23 Dec 1870 3 Frederick Augustus Talbot Clifford-
to     Constable 30 Jun 1828 24 Oct 1894 66
24 Oct 1894 Extinct on his death
CLIFTON of Clifton,Notts
22 May 1611 E 1 Gervase Clifton c Sep 1587 28 Jun 1666 78
MP for Nottinghamshire 1614-1625,1628-
1629 and 1661-1666, Nottingham 1626,
East Retford 1640-1646 and Nottinghamshire 
1661-1666
28 Jun 1666 2 Gervase Clifton c 1612 14 Jan 1675
14 Jan 1675 3 William Clifton 7 Apr 1663 8 Jun 1686 23
MP for Nottinghamshire 1685-1686
8 Jun 1686 4 Gervase Clifton c 1666 6 Mar 1731
6 Mar 1731 5 Robert Clifton 1690 7 Dec 1762 72
MP for East Retford 1727-1741
7 Dec 1762 6 Gervase Clifton 31 May 1744 26 Sep 1815 71
26 Sep 1815 7 Robert Clifton Jun 1767 29 Apr 1837 69
29 Apr 1837 8 Juckes Granville Juckes (Juckes-Clifton 
from 6 Dec 1837) 1769 1 Oct 1852 83
1 Oct 1852 9 Robert Juckes-Clifton 24 Dec 1826 30 Mar 1869 42
to     Extinct on his death
30 Mar 1869
CLIFTON of Clifton,Lancs
4 Mar 1661 E 1 Thomas Clifton 7 Jul 1628 13 Nov 1694 66
to     Extinct on his death
Nov 1694
CLOSE of Mysore,India
12 Dec 1812 UK 1 Barry Close Apr 1813
to     Extinct on his death
Apr 1813
CLOUSTON of Montreal,Canada
3 Dec 1908 UK 1 Edward Seaborne Clouston 9 May 1849 23 Nov 1912 63
to     Extinct on his death
23 Nov 1912
COATES of Helperby Hall,Yorks
29 Jun 1911 UK See "Milnes-Coates"
COATES of Haypark,Belfast
15 Jul 1921 UK 1 William Frederick Coates 1 Mar 1866 19 Jan 1932 65
19 Jan 1932 2 Frederick Gregory Lindsay Coates 19 May 1916 23 Jun 1994 78
23 Jun 1994 3 David Charlton Frederick Coates 16 Feb 1948
COATS of Ferguslie Park,Renfrew
25 Jun 1894 UK See "Glen-Coats"
COATS of Auchendrane,Ayr
7 Dec 1905 UK 1 James Coats 12 Apr 1834 20 Jan 1913 78
20 Jan 1913 2 Stuart Auchincloss Coats 20 Mar 1868 15 Jul 1959 91
MP for Wimbledon 1916-1918 and Surrey East
1918-1922
15 Jul 1959 3 James Stuart Coats 13 Apr 1894 26 Oct 1966 72
26 Oct 1966 4 Alastair Francis Stuart Coats 18 Nov 1921
COBB of Adderbury,Oxon
9 Dec 1662 E 1 Thomas Cobb 28 Aug 1627 6 Feb 1700 72
Feb 1700 2 Edward Cobb c 1676 1744
1744 3 George Cobb c 1670 29 Mar 1762
to     Extinct on his death
29 Mar 1762
COCHRANE of Woodbrook,co.Wicklow,Lisgar
Castle,co.Cavan and Kildare Street,Dublin
8 Oct 1903 UK 1 Henry Cochrane 21 Dec 1836 11 Sep 1904 67
11 Sep 1904 2 Ernest Cecil Cochrane 12 Sep 1873 6 Mar 1952 78
6 Mar 1952 3 Desmond Oriel Alastair George Weston
Cochrane 22 Oct 1918 12 Mar 1979 60
12 Mar 1979 4 Henry Marc Sursock Cochrane 23 Oct 1946
COCHRANE of Woodbrook,Wicklow
10 Feb 1915 UK 1 Stanley Herbert Cochrane 19 Sep 1877 23 Oct 1949 72
to     Extinct on his death
23 Oct 1949
COCKBURN of Langton,Berwick
22 Nov 1627 NS 1 William Cockburn c Dec 1628
c Dec 1628 2 William Cockburn c 1650
c 1650 3 William Cockburn c 1657
c 1657 4 Archibald Cockburn 28 Jun 1705
Jun 1705 5 Archibald Cockburn 16 Nov 1687 18 Feb 1710 22
Feb 1710 6 Alexander Cockburn May 1739
May 1739 7 Alexander Cockburn 30 Apr 1745
30 Apr 1745 8 James Cockburn c 1729 26 Jul 1804
MP for Lanark 1772-1784
26 Jul 1804 9 James Cockburn 21 Mar 1771 26 Feb 1852 80
Governor of Bermuda 1811-1819
26 Feb 1852 10 George Cockburn 22 Apr 1772 19 Aug 1853 81
MP for Portsmouth 1818-1820, Weobly 
1820-1828, Plymouth 1828-1832 and 
Ripon 1841-1847
19 Aug 1853 11 William Cockburn 2 Jun 1773 30 Apr 1858 84
30 Apr 1858 12 Alexander James Edmund Cockburn 24 Dec 1802 20 Nov 1880 77
to     MP for Southampton 1847-1856. Solicitor
20 Nov 1880 General 1850-1851. Attorney General
1851-1852 and 1852-1856. Lord Chief
Justice of the Common Pleas 1856-1859.
Lord Chief Justice 1859-1880.  PC 1857
On his death the baronetcy became dormant
COCKBURN of that Ilk
24 May 1671 NS 1 James Cockburn 7 Nov 1628 1 Jan 1704 75
1 Jan 1704 2 William Cockburn 11 Sep 1662 11 Jan 1751 88
11 Jan 1751 3 James Cockburn 13 Mar 1780
13 Mar 1780 4 William James Cockburn 9 Jan 1800
9 Jan 1800 5 James Cockburn 1723 9 Jun 1809 85
9 Jun 1809 6 William Cockburn 1769 19 Mar 1835 65
19 Mar 1835 7 William Sarsfield Rossiter Cockburn 11 Jun 1796 12 Apr 1858 61
12 Apr 1858 8 Edward Cludde Cockburn 10 Jun 1834 24 Dec 1903 69
   
24 Dec 1903 9 Robert Cockburn 7 Dec 1861 26 Aug 1938 76
26 Aug 1938 10 James Stanhope Cockburn 11 Nov 1867 1 Apr 1947 79
1 Apr 1947 11 John Brydges Cockburn 23 Dec 1870 2 May 1949 78
2 May 1949 12 John Elliot Cockburn 7 Dec 1925
COCKBURN-CAMPBELL of Gartsford,Ross
6 May 1815 UK 1 Alexander Campbell                11 Dec 1824
to     He obtained a fresh creation in 1821. On his death
11 Dec 1824 the creation of 1815 became extinct,but the
3 Jul 1821 UK 1 creation of 1821 passed to:-
11 Dec 1824 2 Alexander Thomas Cockburn (Cockburn-
Campbell from 1825) 23 Apr 1871
23 Apr 1871 3 Alexander Cockburn-Campbell 1843 6 Sep 1871 28
6 Sep 1871 4 Thomas Cockburn-Campbell 18 Apr 1845 27 Sep 1892 47
27 Sep 1892 5 Alexander Thomas Cockburn-Campbell 1872 1 Jul 1935 62
For further information on this baronet,see
the note at the foot of this page
1 Jul 1935 6 Thomas Cockburn-Campbell 8 Dec 1918 28 Dec 1999 80
28 Dec 1999 7 Alexander Thomas Cockburn-Campbell 16 Mar 1945
COCKERELL of Sezincote,Gloucs
25 Sep 1809 UK                          See "Rushout"
COCKS of Dumbleton,Gloucs
7 Feb 1662 E 1 Richard Cocks c 1602 16 Sep 1684
16 Sep 1684 2 Richard Cocks c 1659 21 Oct 1726
MP for Gloucestershire 1698-1702
21 Oct 1726 3 Robert Cocks c 1660 9 Feb 1736
9 Feb 1736 4 Robert Cocks 4 Apr 1765
to     Extinct on his death
4 Apr 1765
COCKS of Dumbleton,Gloucs
7 Oct 1772 GB 1 Charles Cocks 29 Jun 1725 30 Jan 1806 80
He was subsequently created Baron Somers
(qv) in 1784 with which title the 
baronetcy remains merged
CODDINGTON of Wycollar,Lancs
17 Feb 1896 UK 1 William Coddington 12 Dec 1830 15 Feb 1918 87
to     MP for Blackburn 1880-1906
15 Feb 1918 Extinct on his death
  CODRINGTON of Dodington,Gloucs
21 Apr 1721 GB 1 William Codrington 17 Dec 1738  
MP for Minehead 1737-1738
17 Dec 1738 2 William Codrington 26 Oct 1719 11 Mar 1792 72
MP for Beverley 1747-1761 and 
Tewkesbury 1761-1792
11 Mar 1792 3 William Codrington c 1737 5 Sep 1816
5 Sep 1816 4 William Raimond Codrington 25 Jan 1805 17 Dec 1873 68
17 Dec 1873 5 William Mary Joseph Codrington 13 Mar 1829 1 Mar 1904 74
1 Mar 1904 6 William Robert Codrington 18 Apr 1867 7 Nov 1932 65
7 Nov 1932 7 William Richard Codrington 22 Apr 1904 23 Mar 1961 56
23 Mar 1961 8 William Alexander Codrington 5 Jul 1934 1 Dec 2006 72
1 Dec 2006 9 Giles Peter Codrington 28 Oct 1943
CODRINGTON of Dodington,Gloucs
25 Feb 1876 UK 1 Gerald William Henry Codrington 9 Oct 1850 3 Nov 1929 79
3 Nov 1929 2 Christopher William Gerald Henry 
Codrington 6 Oct 1894 10 Nov 1979 85
10 Nov 1979 3 Simon Francis Bethell Codrington 14 Aug 1923 17 Aug 2005 82
17 Aug 2005 4 Christopher George Wayne Codrington 20 Feb 1960
COFFIN of Canada
13 Jun 1804 UK 1 Isaac Coffin 16 May 1759 23 Jul 1839 80
to     Extinct on his death
23 Jul 1839
COGAN of Greenwich,Kent
20 Sep 1657 I 1 Andrew Cogan Oct 1660
to     Extinct on his death
Oct 1660
  COGHILL of Coghill,Yorks
31 Aug 1778 GB 1 John Coghill 14 Jul 1732 8 Mar 1790 57
8 Mar 1790 2 John Thomas Coghill 2 Feb 1766 21 May 1817 51
21 May 1817 3 Josiah Coghill Coghill 1773 20 Jun 1850 76
20 Jun 1850 4 John Joscelyn Coghill 11 Feb 1826 29 Nov 1905 79
29 Nov 1905 5 Egerton Bushe Coghill 7 Feb 1853 9 Oct 1921 68
9 Oct 1921 6 Marmaduke Nevill Patrick Somerville
Coghill 18 Mar 1896 6 Jan 1981 84
6 Jan 1981 7 Joscelyn Ambrose Cramer Coghill 30 Sep 1902 6 Jun 1983 80
6 Jun 1983 8 Egerton James Nevill Tobias Coghill 26 Mar 1930 23 Sep 2000 70
23 Sep 2000 9 Patrick Kendal Farley Coghill 3 Nov 1960
  COGHILL of Richings,Bucks
24 Mar 1781 GB 1 John Coghill 14 Nov 1785
to     MP for Newport 1780-1785
14 Nov 1785 Extinct on his death
COHEN of Highfield,Kent
19 Dec 1905 UK 1 Benjamin Louis Cohen 18 Nov 1844 8 Nov 1909 64
MP for Islington East 1892-1906
8 Nov 1909 2 Herbert Benjamin Cohen 26 Apr 1874 23 Apr 1968 93
to     Extinct on his death
23 Apr 1968 For information on the death of his son and heir,
see the note at the foot of this page
COHEN of Honymead,Somerset
11 Dec 1961 UK See "Waley-Cohen"
COKAYNE of Ashbourne Hall,Derby
10 Jan 1642 E 1 Aston Cokayne 20 Dec 1608 18 Feb 1684 75
to     Extinct on his death
Feb 1684
COKE of Longford,Derby
30 Dec 1641 E 1 Edward Coke c 1669
c 1669 2 Robert Coke 29 Apr 1645 15 Jan 1688 42
MP for Derbyshire 1685-1687
Jan 1688 3 Edward Coke 6 Oct 1648 26 Aug 1727 78
to     Extinct on his death
26 Aug 1727
COLBRAND of Boreham,Sussex
21 Dec 1621 E 1 John Colbrand 1627
1627 2 James Colbrand c 1640
c 1640 3 Richard Colbrand 14 Mar 1664
Mar 1664 4 Charles Colbrand 19 Mar 1667
Mar 1667 5 Robert Colbrand 2 Jun 1709
to     Extinct on his death
2 Jun 1709
  COLBY of Kensington,London
21 Jun 1720 GB 1 Thomas Colby                                    c 1670 23 Sep 1729
to     MP for Rochester 1724-1727
23 Sep 1729 Extinct on his death
COLCLOUGH of Tintern Abbey,Wexford
21 Jul 1628 I 1 Adam Colclough c 1590 4 Apr 1637
4 Apr 1637 2 Caesar Colclough 23 Nov 1623 22 Jun 1684 60
MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme 1661
22 Jun 1684 3 Caesar Colclough c 1650 22 Sep 1687
to     Extinct on his death
22 Sep 1687
COLE of Brancepath,Durham
14 Feb 1641 E 1 Nicholas Cole c 1660
c 1660 2 Ralph Cole 3 Nov 1629 9 Aug 1704 74
MP for Durham 1678-1679 
9 Aug 1704 3 Nicholas Cole 9 Jun 1685 1711 26
1711 4 Mark Cole 8 Nov 1687 25 Mar 1720 32
to     Extinct on his death
25 Mar 1720 For further information on this baronet,see
the note at the foot of this page
COLE of Newland,Dublin
23 Jan 1661 I 1 John Cole c 1691
c 1691 2 Arthur Cole 1664 5 Oct 1754 90
He was subsequently created Baron Ranelagh
(qv) in 1715 with which title the 
baronetcy then merged until its extinction
in 1754                       
COLEBROOKE of Gatton,Surrey
12 Oct 1759 GB 1 James Colebrooke 21 Jul 1722 10 May 1761 38
MP for Gatton 1751-1761
10 May 1761 2 George Colebrooke 14 Jun 1729 5 Aug 1809 80
MP for Arundel 1754-1774
5 Aug 1809 3 James Edward Colebrooke 7 Jul 1761 5 Nov 1838 77
5 Nov 1838 4 Thomas Edward Colebrooke 19 Aug 1813 11 Jan 1890 76
MP for Taunton 1842-1852, Lanarkshire
1857-1868 and Lanarkshire North 1868-1885
Lord Lieutenant Lanarkshire 1869-1890
11 Jan 1890 5 Edward Arthur Colebrooke 12 Oct 1861 28 Feb 1939 77
He was subsequently created Baron 
Colebrooke (qv) in 1906 with which title
the baronetcy then merged until its
extinction in 1939
COLEPEPER of Preston Hall,Kent
17 May 1627 E 1 William Colepeper c 1588 1651
1651 2 Richard Colepeper 10 Jan 1660
Jan 1660 3 Thomas Colepeper c 1656 18 May 1723
to     MP for Maidstone 1705-1713 and 1715-1723
18 May 1723 Extinct on his death
COLEPEPER of Wakehurst,Sussex
20 Sep 1628 E 1 William Colepeper c 1651
MP for East Grinstead 1640
c 1651 2 Benjamin Colepeper c 1670
c 1670 3 Edward Colepeper c 1632 c 1700
c 1700 4 William Colepeper 23 Nov 1668 28 Mar 1740 71
to     Extinct on his death
28 Mar 1740
COLFOX of Symondsbury,Dorset
4 Jul 1939 UK 1 William Philip Colfox 25 Feb 1888 8 Nov 1966 78
MP for Dorset North 1918-1922 and Dorset
West 1922-1941
8 Nov 1966 2 William John Colfox 25 Apr 1924 12 Jul 2014 90
12 Jul 2014 3 Philip John Colfox 27 Dec 1962
COLLET of St Clere,Kent
12 Jun 1888 UK 1 Mark Wilks Collet Sep 1816 25 Apr 1905 88
25 Apr 1905 2 Mark Edimann Collet 12 Jan 1864 24 Sep 1944 80
to     Extinct on his death
24 Sep 1944
COLLETON of London
18 Feb 1661 E 1 John Colleton c 1608 c Mar 1667
c Mar 1667 2 Peter Colleton 17 Sep 1635 24 Mar 1694 58
MP for Bossiney 1681-1685 and 1689-1694
24 Mar 1694 3 John Colleton Aug 1669 Sep 1754 85
Sep 1754 4 John Colleton 1738 1778 40
1778 5 John Snell Colleton 27 Jan 1775 Jul 1801 26
Jul 1801 6 James Nassau Colleton 23 Mar 1752 16 Jan 1815 62
16 Jan 1815 7 James Roupell Colleton 22 Dec 1783 28 Jul 1848 64
28 Jul 1848 8 Robert Augustus Fulford Graves Colleton 19 Sep 1824 28 Oct 1866 42
28 Oct 1866 9 Robert Augustus William Colleton 31 Aug 1854 1 Sep 1938 84
to     Extinct on his death
1 Sep 1938
COLLETT of Bridge Ward,London
1 Nov 1934 UK 1 Charles Henry Collett Jul 1864 23 Nov 1938 74
23 Nov 1938 2 Henry Seymour Collett 14 Feb 1893 6 Jan 1971 77
6 Jan 1971 3 Ian Seymour Collett 5 Oct 1953
COLLIER of the Navy
20 Sep 1814 UK 1 George Ralph Collier 24 Mar 1824
to     Extinct on his death
24 Mar 1824
COLMAN of Gatton Park,Surrey
26 Nov 1907 UK 1 Jeremiah Colman 24 Apr 1859 16 Jan 1942 82
16 Jan 1942 2 Jeremiah Colman 1 Jan 1886 8 Jan 1961 75
8 Jan 1961 3 Michael Jeremiah Colman 7 Jul 1928
COLMAN of Reigate,Surrey
29 Jan 1952 UK 1 Nigel Claudian Dalziel Colman 1886 7 Mar 1966 79
to     MP for Brixton 1927-1945
7 Mar 1966 Extinct on his death
COLQUHOUN of Colquhoun,Dumbarton
30 Aug 1625 NS 1 See "Grant"
COLQUHOUN of Luss,Argyllshire
27 Jun 1786 GB 1 James Colquhoun 22 Feb 1714 16 Nov 1786 72
16 Nov 1786 2 James Colquhoun 28 Jul 1741 23 Apr 1805 63
23 Apr 1805 3 James Colquhoun 28 Sep 1774 3 Feb 1836 61
MP for Dunbartonshire 1799-1806
3 Feb 1836 4 James Colquhoun 7 Feb 1804 18 Dec 1873 69
MP for Dunbartonshure 1837-1841. Lord
Lieutenant Dumbarton 1837-1873
For further information on the death of this
baronet,see the note at the foot of this page
18 Dec 1873 5 James Colquhoun 30 Mar 1844 18 Mar 1907 62
Lord Lieutenant Dumbarton 1887-1907
18 Mar 1907 6 Alan John Colquhoun 19 Sep 1838 14 Mar 1910 71
14 Mar 1910 7 Iain Colquhoun 20 Jun 1887 12 Nov 1948 61
Lord Lieutenant Dumbarton 1919-1948
KT 1937
12 Nov 1948 8 Ivar Iain Colquhoun 4 Jan 1916 31 Jan 2008 92
31 Jan 2008 9 Rory Malcolm Colquhoun 20 Dec 1947
  COLT of St.James's,Westminster
2 Mar 1694 E 1 Henry Dutton Colt c 1646 25 Apr 1731
MP for Newport IOW 1695-1698 and Westminster
1701-1702 and 1705-1708
25 Apr 1731 2 John Dutton Colt 1725 4 May 1809 83
May 1809 3 John Dutton Colt c 1750 29 Jun 1810
Jun 1810 4 John Dutton Colt 8 Oct 1774 10 Jan 1845 70
10 Jan 1845 5 Edward Vaughan Colt c 1781 9 Jun 1849
9 Jun 1849 6 Edward Harry Vaughan Colt Apr 1808 15 Oct 1882 74
15 Oct 1882 7 Thomas Archer Colt 6 Nov 1815 26 Feb 1893 77
26 Feb 1893 8 Edward Harry Dutton Colt 3 Oct 1850 23 Jun 1931 80
23 Jun 1931 9 Henry Archer Colt 16 Sep 1882 10 Feb 1951 68
10 Feb 1951 10 Edward William Dutton Colt 22 Sep 1936
  COLTHURST of Ardrum,co.Cork
3 Aug 1744 I 1 John Colthurst by 1720 19 Sep 1775
19 Sep 1775 2 John Conway Colthurst c 1743 15 Feb 1787
15 Feb 1787 3 Nicholas Colthurst c 1743 Jul 1795
Jul 1795 4 Nicholas Conway Colthurst Jan 1789 22 Jun 1829 40
MP for Cork 1812-1829
22 Jun 1829 5 George Conway Colthurst 1824 24 Sep 1878 54
MP for Kinsale 1863-1874
24 Sep 1878 6 George St.John Colthurst 29 Jun 1850 25 Dec 1925 75
25 Dec 1925 7 George Oliver Colthurst 24 Aug 1882 28 Feb 1951 68
28 Feb 1951 8 Richard St.John Jefferyes Colthurst 19 Jul 1887 18 Feb 1955 67
18 Feb 1955 9 Richard la Touche Colthurst 14 Aug 1928 22 Mar 2003 74
22 Mar 2003 10 Charles St.John Colthurst 21 May 1955
COLYEAR of Holland
20 Feb 1677 E 1 Alexander Colyear c 1685
c 1685 2 David Colyear c 1656 2 Jan 1730
He was subsequently created Earl of
Portmore (qv) in 1703 with which title the 
baronetcy then merged until its extinction 
in 1835
COLYER-FERGUSSON of Spitalhaugh,Peebles
23 Jan 1866 UK 1 William Fergusson 20 Mar 1808 10 Feb 1877 68
10 Feb 1877 2 James Ranken Fergusson 10 Aug 1835 28 Oct 1924 89
28 Oct 1924 3 Thomas Colyer Colyer-Fergusson 11 Jul 1865 7 Apr 1951 85
7 Apr 1951 4 James Herbert Hamilton Colyer-Fergusson 10 Jan 1917 9 Jan 2004 86
to     Extinct on his death
9 Jan 2004
COMPTON of Hartbury,Gloucs
6 May 1686 E 1 William Compton c 1698
c 1698 2 William Compton 5 Jun 1731
5 Jun 1731 3 William Compton 3 May 1758
3 May 1758 4 William Compton Jan 1760
Jan 1760 5 Walter Abingdon Compton 29 Aug 1773
to     Extinct on his death
29 Aug 1773
COMPTON-THORNHILL of
Riddlesworth Hall,Norfolk
11 Aug 1885 UK 1 Thomas Thornhill 26 Mar 1837 2 Apr 1900 63
MP for Suffolk West 1875-1885
2 Apr 1900 2 Anthony John Thornhill (Compton-Thornhill
to     from 1902) 2 Aug 1868 17 Mar 1949 80
17 Mar 1949 Extinct on his death
CONANT of Lyndon,Leics
30 Jun 1954 UK 1 Roger John Edward Conant 28 May 1899 30 Mar 1973 73
MP for Chesterfield 1931-1935, Bewdley
1937-1950 and Rutland and Stamford 
1950-1959
30 Mar 1973 2 John Ernest Michael Conant 24 Apr 1923
CONGREVE of Walton,Staffs
7 Dec 1812 UK 1 William Congreve 7 Jul 1743 30 Apr 1814 70
30 Apr 1814 2 William Congreve 20 May 1772 16 May 1828 55
MP for Gatton 1812-1816 and Plymouth 
1818-1828
16 May 1828 3 William Augustus Congreve 1827 9 Dec 1887?  
to     For further information on this baronet, see the 
9 Dec 1887? note at the foot of this page.
Presumably extinct on his death,but see the
note below
CONGREVE of Congreve,Staffs
30 Jun 1927 UK 1 Geoffrey Congreve 19 Jul 1897 28 Jul 1941 44
to     Extinct on his death
28 Jul 1941
Sir Gilbert East, 2nd baronet (listed under 'Clayton-East')
Sir Gilbert was drowned in August 1866. The following report is taken from 'The Irish Times'
of 15 August 1866:-
'Sir Gilbert East lost his life near the pier at Ryde early on Sunday morning under extraordinary
circumstances. He had been in the habit for many years of spending the yachting season at
Ryde, and this year his fine schooner the Lalla Rookh has been out daily during the regattas
on the Solent. She was at her moorings, about 400 yards from the pier head, on Saturday
afternoon, when Sir Gilbert, accompanied by a female companion, came ashore in his own
cutter and spent the evening in Ryde. Between one and two o'clock on Sunday morning he 
passed through the toll gates with the same person, as the pierman supposed, to go on board 
his yacht. It was high water, and it was raining heavily at the time, and before they could have
got half way down the pier the attention of the few persons at the gate house at that hour
was excited by the piercing shrieks of a woman. Captain Craske, one of the oldest officers of
the Royal Mail Isle of Wight steamboat service, happened to be at the toll house, in the
performance of his duty at the time, and Cousins, the pier watchman, and others ran in the
direction from which the cries proceeded. On reaching the round-house they found a lady in
a state of great excitement, and a voice from the water was distinctly heard crying out,
"Save me! Oh save a drowning man! I'm all right!" Adams, one of the crew of Mr. Hudson's
yacht, the Caroline, who was among the few present, ran to his cutter alongside the slip,
about 250 yards distant, but before he and his mates could get back to the spot whence
the cries came all traces of any person in the water were lost. The search was continued
for some hours, but without avail. Sir Gilbert's companion returned to the toll-house, and
subsequently went off in the cutter of the Lalla Rookh, the crew of which had been awaiting
the arrival of their owner at the pier-gates, but, on seeing him approach, had hastened off
to the pier head, where their boat was moored, and where they had been out of hearing of
the alarm excited by the sad event. It is said that Sir Gilbert was an excellent swimmer, so
that the circumstances of his death appear the more extraordinary.'
Sir Robert Alan Clayton-East-Clayton, 9th baronet
Numerous legends relating to lost cities continue to exist, notwithstanding modern technology
and satellite mapping of the Earth's surface. Many men have lost their lives in searching for
such cities - a good example is the Fawcett Expedition which disappeared in 1925 when seeking
a lost city deep in the uncharted jungles of Brazil.
 
Lesser known is the 'lost oasis' of Zerzura (or Zarzura), reputed to be hidden in the Sahara
desert near the border between Egypt and Libya. An excellent summary of the various searches
for Zerzura can be found by cutting and pasting the following web address into your browser:-
 
http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/200206/searching.for.zerzura.htm
 
Sir Robert took part in one such search in 1932. The following article appeared in the 
'Manchester Guardian' of 11 September 1932:-
 
'The very sudden death of Sir Robert Clayton-East-Clayton, which was due, it is believed, to
some germ picked up during his recent visit to the Libyan Desert, recall's the young explorer's
attempt to discover by means of aeroplanes the legendary oasis, Zarzura. [Sir Robert's death
was diagnosed as being caused by acute anterior poliomyelitis - i.e. polio]
 
'In the early summer of this year Sir Robert, together with Count de Almasy [the subject of the
film "The English Patient"], established a base at Dakhia, the most westerly of the Egyptian
oases, and from the air reconnoitred the waste of sand that extends from Dakhia for a distance
of some three hundred miles. They saw and photographed a wide wadi (valley) containing a
large amount of sunt (acacia) trees, and as this part of the Libyan Desert is devoid of 
vegetation of any kind it is thought that the trees can be accounted for only by the presence
of water rising to or near to the surface, and that the wadi is probably the famous lost oasis
of Zarzura. Unfortunately, the terrific heat and shortage of water made the risk of landing 
exceedingly dangerous, and further exploration was postponed until the winter.
 
'Whether the oasis actually exists in the form that oases usually take, i.e. a spring flowing to
the surface with dense palm groves, is a very moot point, but the local Arab legends are very
firm on the matter, and all ancient Arab historians speak of a wonderful town set in ideal
surroundings, where a race of men cut off from the outside world have lived since the days of
the Persians.'
 
Sir Robert had been married only a fortnight when he set off on this expedition. His widow died
a year after his death, on 15 September 1933, when she fell from the cockpit of her aeroplane
just as it was about to leave the ground.
 
Sir Alexander Thomas Cockburn-Campbell, 5th baronet
The Cockburn-Campbell family have been residents of Western Australia since 1858, when the
second baronet arrived and assumed the position of Superintendent of Police, later becoming
the Resident Magistrate at Albany. The fourth baronet, Sir Thomas, was editor of the "West
Australian" newspaper, and subsequently first President of the Western Australian Legislative
Council. A sufferer from chronic insomnia, he was found unconscious in the Council chamber
and died soon after; at the subsequent inquest he was found to have died from an overdose 
of chlorodyne which he taken to induce sleep.
His eldest son, Sir Alexander, the fifth baronet, after a period in government service, lived a
pioneering life in northern Western Australia as a stockman and station manager, and became
known as the "drover baronet." He spent over 30 years in the Northern Territory and the
Kimberleys and became a living legend in those areas.
He married Maude Giles in 1918. Although the entry under this baronet in Burke's Peerage states
that his wife died in 1923, her actual date of death was 12 February 1926 - an article in the
"West Australian" of 14 June 1926 states that "It will be recalled that Sir Alexander lost his wife
under particularly sad circumstances several months ago...." The 1926 date is also confirmed by
her grand-daughter, who I contacted as a courtesy before publishing this note.
The story of her death is indeed a sad one, illustrating the difficulties caused by distance and
isolation in the remote areas of Australia at that time, prior to the founding of the Royal Flying
Doctor Service in 1928. Quoting from an article in the Perth "Mirror" of 27 March 1926 [a further
indication that her death occurred in that year], "Sir Alexander Campbell and Lady Campbell,
with three children, the eldest aged six [sic], reside at Waterloo Station, 164 miles from
Wyndham. Lady Campbell was preparing to leave for Wyndham, to be confined, when she was
suddenly taken ill. A messenger was sent to Wyndham for a doctor, who set out at once on
horseback, but arrived too late. The unfortunate lady died on the following day. From the
time the messenger left and until the doctor arrived at the bedside 11 days had elapsed."
Sir Alexander finally returned to Perth in 1932 to seek treatment for his eyes. He was 
suffering from trachoma, known as "sandy blight" in outback Australia. Here he remained until
1 July 1935, when he was killed by a train at a Perth level-crossing. The following edited report
of the subsequent inquest appeared in the "Kalgoorlie Miner" on 7 August 1935:-
'The Acting Coroner, Mr. Isaacson, J.P., today [6 August] found that Sir Alexander Cockburn
Campbell, Bart., came by his death, on July 1, through injuries sustained when struck by a
locomotive at the Swan street level crossing, Bassendean [a north-eastern suburb of Perth], 
and that there was no blame attachable to anyone......
'Leslie Stainer Burge, butcher, said that he was at the Swan street level crossing, Bassendean,
at 8.45 a.m. on July 1, waiting for a train from Bassendean to pass. Witness noticed the
deceased also waiting. The train from Bassendean passed within a minute. As the locomotive 
went by the engine-driver pointed ahead to indicate another train, coming from Guildford. The
deceased, however, stepped on to the line as the Bassendean train cleared the crossing. The
whistle sounded as the second train approached, and witness sounded the horn of his car and
shouted warnings to the deceased. The deceased did not appear to hear. He cleared the first
set of rails. Glancing up as he approached the second set, he appeared to have become
confused on seeing the train from Guildford bearing down on him. Had he stood still, witness 
said, the deceased would have escaped. The deceased stepped back on to the line he had
already left, and was struck by the engine and hurled against the cattle pit. He appeared to
be dead when witness went to him.'
Nigel Benjamin Cohen, son and heir of Sir Herbert Benjamin Cohen, 2nd
baronet (18 Jan 1908 - 18 Sept 1931)
Nigel Cohen was killed in an air crash in September 1931. The following report appeared in the
'Manchester Guardian' of 19 September 1931:-
'An aeroplane crashed from a height of 4,000 feet at New Inn Green, Kent, last night, and the
pilot, Mr, Nigel B. Cohen (23), of Sandy Hatch, Hythe, was killed. It is stated that a wing fell
from the machine.
'Cohen had previously taken off from the headquarters of the Cinque Ports Flying Club at 
Lympne.
'The machine crashed in a field at New Inn Green about ten yards from the road. AA Patrol Delo,
who was on duty at the crossroads close by, rushed to the machine but found the pilot dead 
in the wreckage. He told a reporter that the pilot seemed to race the engine and then dive
from about 4,000 feet. When the 'plane was 2,000 feet up the wing fell off.
'Mr, K.K. Brown, the Cinque Ports Club instructor, said that he was watching the machine in the
air and saw the wing fall. Parts of the machine were picked up 200 yards from the wreckage 
and the engine was completely buried in the ground.
'Mr. Brown said he considered that the crash was due to the excessive strain upon the 
structure of the machine owing to its big dive.
'An eye-witness of the crash, Mr. F.W. Bryant, told a reporter that he was in a shed in his
garden when he heard the roar of an aeroplane engine. "I looked out and saw the 'plane diving
towards me," he said. "It seemed to be coming straight for me for several seconds, when
suddenly a wing fell off. Then the 'plane toppled over. I rushed away, as I thought it was going
to crash into my garden, but it missed it by about twenty yards."
'The aeroplane missed the roof of the hotel at the crossroads by inches, and crashed into the
grounds at the rear of the hotel.
'Mr. Cohen was the eldest son of Sir Herbert Benjamin Cohen, Bart., of Sandy Hatch, Hythe,
Kent. Sir Herbert is a barrister, and is a major (retired) of the 4th West Kent Regiment. Mr.
Nigel Cohen was the heir to the baronetcy.'
Sir Mark Cole, 4th baronet [E 1641]
Sir Mark, together with a number of other men, appears to have formed a vigilante group in
an attempt to keep the streets of London safe. The following account is taken from "A 
compleat collection of remarkable tryals of the most notorious malefactors" [London 1718-1721]
'Sir Mark Cole, Bar., John Reading, Robert Squibb, and Hugh Jones, were all indicted at the Old
Bailey, June 6, 1712, for a Riot and Assault committed on the 11th of March, 1712. The 
Evidence was John Bouch, a Watchman in Essex-street, who deposed, that while he was at
his Watch-house, a company of Men came along the Street, and after a while enter'd into a
Consultation, and then two of them singled out, and came to him, and asked him what he did
with that Dog; to which he answer'd, he took care of the Street: whereupon one of them
struck him, and said, d--m me, I'll take care of your Dog and you too; and the Watchman
defending himself, one cry'd stout, as he thought, and presently came up near twenty, with
whom the Watchman skirmish'd, and kept them off for a long time, they intending (as he said
he understood by them) to nail him up in his Watch-house, and roll him about the Street. They
laid at him, some with Swords, and some with Sticks; but he defended himself with his Staff,
till at length they retired, and he pursued them, and by the help of a Constable, and some more
Watchmen, took several of them; among whom (he swore) were the several Defendants; and
that Mr. Salt, the High-Constable, let others go.
'They, in their Defence, had several Witnesses to prove their design to be otherwise than it
was represented; amongst whom was the aforesaid Mr. Salt, who swore, that being informed
some Gentleman had procured a Justice of the Peace's Approbation, to an Intention of theirs,
to msearch the Streets for Mohocks [a gang which terrorised London streets in the early 18th
century], on the Night they assembled at the Bear-tavern, and he with them, to put design
in execution; and after some Consultation, resolved to go two and two, and to meet at certain
Places of Rendezvous; as in Golden-square, then in Marlborough-street, after in Newport-
street; from thence to Covent-Garden, where they took 13 men out of a Gaming-House, and
afterwards went to Clare-Market, where they heard the Lord Hinchingbrook was in the Round-
House, in the Strand, and the Mohocks in Devereux-Court: and making down that way, found
3 persons in Pissing-alley [!], knock'd down in a bloody condition; whom he had to Surgeons,
and got them looked after: and as to what was in Essex-Court, he knew not. He said also,
that while they were abroad in Couples, they agreed, upon any Surprize or Attack, to use the
word stiff, (which the Watchman mistook, and called stout) and that their going out was not 
to molest, but to preserve the Queen's Peace. They had other witnesses, who were in company
with them, who endeavoured to prove they were not near the Watch-house, and that the
Watchman's Dog barking, one of them threw a Stick at him; upon which the Watchman call'd
him Rogue and Villain; swore he would knock his Brains out, and struck at him with his Staff,
which began the Fray. But upon the full hearing, the Jury found them guilty, and the Court
fined them 3s 4d a-piece.'
Sir James Colquhoun of Luss, 4th baronet
Sir James, together with four of his servants, was lost in a squall on Loch Lomond. The
following report of the incident appeared in 'The Scotsman' of 20 December 1873:-
'One of the most painful boat accidents which have occurred in the West of Scotland for a long 
time happened on Thursday evening on Loch Lomond, when Sir James Colquhoun, Bart., of
Colquhoun and Luss, three of his gamekeepers, and a kennel boy, were drowned by the 
swamping of a boat, while making for the shore from the island of Inch Lonaig. Up till last night,
the circumstances of the accident were enveloped in uncertainty, and in all likelihood a probable
guess will be the nearest approach to a knowledge of its causes that will ever be made. The 
calamity besides has caused such excitement, not only in Luss, but throughout the surrounding
district, that it is impossible to get any very accurate details of what is actually known to have 
occurred.
'From what we learn, Sir James Colquhoun, accompanied by his brother William, five keepers, 
and a boy, left Rossdhu Castle early on the forenoon of Thursday, and proceeded in three boats 
to Inch Lonaig. This is one of the largest of the fine wooded islets with which the lower and
more expanded portion of Loch Lomond is studded. It is the most northerly of the group, and 
will be remembered by those who have sailed up the loch as the island passed on the right imm-
ediately after the steamer steers away from Luss pier. This small possession of the Colquhoun 
family, which lies about three quarters of a mile from the eastern and some five furlongs from 
the western shores of the lake, has been used as a deer park by the baronets of Luss for a long
long period, the fine natural forest of old yew trees, which covers one half of its area affording
excellent shelter for the 150 deer that generally occupy the island. The only other inhabitants 
are the keepers and patients of an institution for the treatment and cure of "habitual 
drunkards."
'The object of the party was deer-stalking, it being the custom of Sir James during this festive 
season to present the poor people in the surrounding neighbourhood with a supply of venison.
After remaining on Inch Lonaig for a few hours, during which time Sir James and his brother
succeeded in killing several deer, the party proceeded to their boats, and at four o'clock in
the afternoon left for the mainland.
'Sir James, his principal keeper, John Boyd, two watchers, names James Spottiswood and Angus
McDonald; and Thomas Anderson, a kennel boy, occupied the larger boat, in which were placed
the spoils of the chase. Mr Wm. Colquhoun left about the same time in a skiff, and it is said
that before leaving Sir James remarked to his brother that he had better not attempt making
the land in the skiff, but accompany him in the larger boat. Mr Wm. Colquhoun, however, did 
not contemplate any danger, and declined his brother's offer, and as the sequel proved, in so
doing probably escaped the fate which overtook the rest of the party. The boat occupied by 
the deceased baronet and his unfortunate companions took the lead, and was followed by Mr 
William Colquhoun in his skiff. The evening was somewhat dark, and a strong breeze was
blowing, so that in a short time, the two boats lost sight of each other.
'Sir James, who is said to have been an experienced boatman,, and to know well the course 
over which the craft had to be pulled, took the helm, while the keepers and the boy manned 
the oars. After leaving Inch Lonaig, another island, Inch Conachan, had to be passed, and it
seems to be a disputed question - and one which, probably, will never be solved, seeing that
none of the boat's crew were saved - which side of the island Sir James steered past. Mr
William Colquhoun seems to be of opinion that his brother must have selected the opposite
course from that which he chose. Be this as it may, the boat with Sir James and his four
keepers must have been struck and upset by one of those sudden squalls so common on the
Highland lochs, and the whole of the occupants have perished. It may be mentioned that Mr 
Wm. Colquhoun had considerable difficulty, on account of the squalls, to make the shore in
safety.
'The first suspicion that the boat had been lost was aroused when two keepers, who left Inch 
Lonaig probably three quarters of an hour after the others, went to Rossdhu. Mr Wm. Colquhoun
at once made inquiries if they had not seen the boat occupied by his brother, and their answer
being in the negative, he concluded that some accident had occurred. The two keepers were
at once despatched to search the loch for any trace of the missing boat, but their efforts were
fruitless. By some of the older inhabitants a faint hope was entertained that Sir James, being 
caught in a squall, had landed on Inch Conachar, but this hope proved groundless by the boat,
two oars, the deceased baronet's hat, and two deer being found yesterday morning on the
side of the loch, at a point known as Strathcashell Bay.
 
'Mr Wyllie, the factor, the Chief Constable of Dumbartonshire, and Mr Craig, Sir James 
Colquhoun's agent, were busily engaged yesterday making preparations for operations which will
be commenced today, to drag the loch with the object of recovering the bodies. A steamer will
start early in the morning provided with all the necessaries for dragging the loch, and it is hoped
by this means the whole of the bodies will be recovered.
'When the news of the melancholy catastrophe got abroad, it is needless to say that the people in the
neighbourhood were thrown into a state of the greatest excitement. Not only had they been
deprived of a good landlord, a man much respected in the district and by those who knew him
personally, but four homes had been rendered desolate by the loss of husbands or sons. At the
little village of Luss the scene presented yesterday was one of the most melancholy character.
Men, women, and children were seen to be mourning over the sad calamity, which so 
unexpectedly had carried away Sir James and his four servants. The circumstances of the
accident are all the more heartrending when the time in the year and the philanthropic object
of the mission to the island is recollected. None will mourn Sir James Colquhoun's untimely end
more than the numerous deserving poor of whom at this season he was ever so mindful.'
Sir William Augustus Congreve, 3rd baronet
The following is extracted from the 'Birmingham Daily Post' of 3 March 1882:-
'We are living amid all the weird mysteries of the medieval times. We have had the mysterious
disappearance of Lord Aberdeen [qv] and the disappearance and reappearance of Sir Roger
Tichborne; and now another lost baronet is likely to give the courts of law the same trouble
as they have had upon former occasions. An advertisement which appears in the columns of
The Times [on 22 February 1882] peremptorily demands information concerning Sir William 
Augustus Congreve. The story of this lost baronet is quite as interesting as that of any
"foundling of the forest" over whose adventures we were wont to shed tears when related
by Rosa Matilda [pen-name of Charlotte Dacre (1782-1841), an English author of Gothic 
novels]. His grandfather, Sir William Congreve, was the inventor of the Congreve rocket. The 
father of the lost baronet, for whom search is now being made, died in 1828. The heir 
succeeded to the title at two years of age. When the young man had attained his majority he 
bade his family farewell and started on his own independent venture for Australia. It appears 
that he must have gone at once into the Bush, as nothing was heard of him till the year 1860,
when he suddenly appeared at Sydney, and announced his intention of going to the Fiji 
Islands. The strangest part of the story is in the sequel, which tells us that the younger 
brother, who would be heir to the baronetcy, has also disappeared, and every effort made to
discover his whereabouts has proved unavailing. The advertisement, which urges in the 
strongest terms a communication of some kind from the missing parties, entreats of anyone 
who may have any information to give concerning them to do so at once. As neither of the 
individuals were known to have been married, the baronetcy will lapse should no news of them 
be obtained.'
On 1 August 1882 the Probate and Divorce Division of the Courts heard a motion for an order
to presume the deaths of both Sir William Augustus Congreve and his younger brother, William
Frederick Congreve. According to a report in the 'Leeds Mercury' of 3 August 1882:-
'Mr. Bayford, in making the application, said that both of the brothers had disappeared. The 
younger brother, William Frederick, was formerly in the navy, but left it in 1851. He travelled
to Africa, and the West Indies and corresponded with his relations. In April, 1860, he wrote
a letter saying he was going to Halifax, New Brunswick [Nova Scotia?], and that was the last
which was heard of him. His Lordship [Sir James Hannen, later Baron Hannen] said that a
peculiarity in the case was that the two brothers had disappeared in two parts of the world.
Mr. Bayford said that there was a further peculiarity in the case, viz., that both of the
brothers appeared to have passed by the feigned name of "William Cooke." Both of them were
entitled to property under their uncle's will. The usual advertisements had appeared in the
newspapers in regard to the younger brother. In respect to the elder brother, Sir William
Augustus Congreve, the matter was more complicated. He left England in 1847 for New
Zealand, where he was occupied in agriculture. He from time to time corresponded, the last
letter being received in 1860. From one of the affidavits he was stated to have also passed 
as "William Cook." His Lordship, after looking at the affidavits, said that death might reasonably
be presumed of the younger brother, but the matter must stand over in respect of Sir Wm.
Augustus Congreve.'
The following report appeared in the Melbourne 'Argus' of 12 December 1887:-
'Sir William Augustus Congreve, Bart., known in the colonies as Captain W.E.B. Gurnett, died
at his residence, Surrey-hills, on Friday. The deceased was born in Kent in 1826, came into 
possession of the title on the death of his father, and after seeing active service in the Crimea
as an officer of the 46th Regiment, came to the colonies to accept an appointment under Sir
Geo. Grey.  He has been living in retirement in Sydney for several years. His first wife was 
Lady Anne Beresford, a cousin of Lord Charles Beresford. He married a second time, seven 
years ago, and the eldest of three sons, by the second marriage, succeeds to the title.'
The Congreve baronetcy disappears from the peerage reference works around 1886, when it
no longer appears in Burke's Peerage, although it still appeared in Walford's Peerage until at 
least 1883. The 'Argus' article states that he had married Lady Anne Beresford, but this is in 
contradiction to all of the evidence. The fact of such a marriage would surely have been 
brought out in the hearing to presume leave of the baronet's death. Be that as it may, if the
Argus' article is correct when it states that Congreve left three sons at his death, it may well
be that the Congreve baronetcy still survives, perhaps unknown to its holder.
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