BARONETAGE
Last updated 03/07/2014
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
FLETCHER-VANE of Hutton,Cumberland
27 Jun 1786 GB 1 Lyonel Wright Vane-Fletcher 28 Jun 1723 19 Jul 1786 63
19 Jul 1786 2 Frederick Vane-Fletcher (later Fletcher-Vane) 27 Feb 1760 26 Feb 1832 71
MP for Winchelsea 1792-1794 and 1806-1807
and Carlisle 1796-1802
26 Feb 1832 3 Francis Fletcher-Vane 29 Mar 1797 15 Feb 1842 44
15 Feb 1842 4 Henry Ralph Fletcher-Vane 13 Jan 1830 15 Jun 1908 78
For information on a claim made to the baronetcy
in 1872,see the note at the foot of this page
15 Jun 1908 5 Francis Patrick Fletcher-Vane 16 Oct 1861 10 Jun 1934 72
to     Extinct on his death
10 Jun 1934
  FLOOD of Newton Ormond,Kilkenny
31 May 1780 I 1 Frederick Flood 1739 1 Feb 1824 84
to     MP for Wexford County 1812-1818
1 Feb 1824 Extinct on his death
FLOWER of Lobb,Oxon
1 Dec 1809 UK 1 Charles Flower c 1763 15 Sep 1834
15 Sep 1834 2 James Flower 14 Dec 1794 17 May 1850 55
to     MP for Thetford 1842-1847
17 May 1850 Extinct on his death
FLOYD of Chearsley Hill,Bucks
30 Mar 1816 UK 1 John Floyd 22 Feb 1748 10 Jan 1818 69
10 Jan 1818 2 Henry Floyd 2 Sep 1793 4 Mar 1868 74
4 Mar 1868 3 John Floyd 31 Jul 1823 2 May 1909 85
2 May 1909 4 Henry Robert Peel Floyd 1 Nov 1855 25 May 1915 59
25 May 1915 5 Henry Robert Kincaid Floyd 7 May 1899 5 Nov 1968 69
Lord Lieutenant Buckinghamshire 1961-1968
5 Nov 1968 6 John Duckett Floyd 1 Nov 1903 1 Apr 1975 71
1 Apr 1975 7 Giles Henry Charles Floyd 27 Feb 1932
FLUDYER of Lee Place,Kent
14 Nov 1759 GB 1 Samuel Fludyer c 1704 21 Jan 1768
MP for Chippenham 1754-1768
21 Jan 1768 2 Samuel Brudenell Fludyer 8 Oct 1759 17 Feb 1833 73
MP for Aldborough 1781-1784
17 Feb 1833 3 Samuel Fludyer 31 Jan 1800 12 Mar 1876 76
12 Mar 1876 4 John Henry Fludyer 19 Dec 1803 4 Aug 1896 92
4 Aug 1896 5 Arthur John Fludyer 12 Oct 1844 27 Jan 1922 77
to     Extinct on his death
27 Jan 1922
FOLEY of Thorpe Lee,Surrey
1 Jul 1767 GB 1 Ralph Foley c 1727 7 Mar 1782
to     Extinct on his death
7 Mar 1782
FOLJAMBE of Walton,Derby
24 Jul 1622 E 1 Francis Foljambe 17 Dec 1640
to     MP for Pontefract 1626
17 Dec 1640 Extinct on his death
FOOTE of London
21 Nov 1660 E 1 Thomas Foote c 1592 12 Oct 1688
to     MP for London 1654-1655 and 1656-1658
12 Oct 1688 Extinct on his death
FORBES of Monymusk,Aberdeen
30 Mar 1626 NS See "Stuart-Forbes"
FORBES of Castle Forbes,co.Longford
29 Sep 1628 NS 1 Arthur Forbes 14 Apr 1632
14 Apr 1632 2 Arthur Forbes 1623 1695 72
He was subsequently created Earl of 
Granard (qv) in 1684 with which title the
baronetcy remains merged
FORBES of Craigievar,Aberdeen
20 Apr 1630 NS 1 William Forbes 1648
1648 2 John Forbes 1636 1703 67
1703 3 William Forbes 1660 c 1730
c 1730 4 Arthur Forbes 1709 1 Jan 1773 63
MP for Aberdeenshire 1732-1747
1 Jan 1773 5 William Forbes 1755 15 Feb 1816 60
15 Feb 1816 6 Arthur Forbes 1784 early 1823 38
early 1823 7 John Forbes 2 Jul 1785 16 Feb 1846 60
16 Feb 1846 8 William Forbes-Sempill,later [1884] 17th
Lord Sempill May 1836 21 Jul 1905 69
21 Jul 1905 9 John Forbes-Sempill,18th Lord Sempill 21 Aug 1863 28 Feb 1934 70
28 Feb 1934 10 William Francis Forbes-Sempill,19th
Lord Sempill 24 Sep 1893 30 Dec 1965 72
30 Dec 1965 11 Ewan Forbes 6 Sep 1912 12 Sep 1991 79
For further information on this baronet,see 
the note at the foot of this page
12 Sep 1991 12 John Alexander Cumnock Forbes 29 Aug 1927 9 Oct 2000 73
9 Oct 2000 13 Andrew Iain Forbes 28 Nov 1945
FORBES of Foveran,Scotland
10 Apr 1700 NS 1 Samuel Forbes c 1663 16 Jul 1717
16 Jul 1717 2 Alexander Forbes c 1750
c 1750 3 John Forbes c 1760
to     On his death the baronetcy became dormant
c 1760
FORBES of Newe and Edinglassie,Aberdeen
4 Nov 1823 UK 1 Charles Forbes 3 Apr 1773 20 Nov 1849 76
MP for Beverley 1812-1818 and Malmesbury
1818-1832
20 Nov 1849 2 Charles Forbes 15 Jul 1832 23 May 1852 19
23 May 1852 3 Charles Forbes 21 Sep 1803 2 Nov 1877 74
2 Nov 1877 4 Charles John Forbes 24 Mar 1843 24 Jul 1884 41
24 Jul 1884 5 Charles Stewart Forbes 19 Jan 1867 12 Dec 1927 60
12 Dec 1927 6 John Stewart Forbes 8 Jan 1901 23 Jul 1984 83
23 Jul 1984 7 Hamish Stewart Forbes 15 Feb 1916 3 Sep 2007 91
3 Sep 2007 8 James Thomas Stewart Forbes 28 May 1957
FORBES-LEITH of Jessfield,Midlothian
7 Mar 1923 UK 1 Charles Rosdew Forbes-Leith 20 Feb 1859 2 Nov 1930 71
MP for Torquay 1910-1923
2 Nov 1930 2 Robert Ian Algernon Forbes-Leith 27 Dec 1902 17 Mar 1973 70
Lord Lieutenant Aberdeen 1959-1973.
KT 1972
17 Mar 1973 3 Andrew George Forbes-Leith 20 Oct 1929 4 Nov 2000 71
4 Nov 2000 4 George Ian David Forbes-Leith 26 May 1967
FORD of Ember Court,Surrey
22 Feb 1793 GB See "St.Clair-Ford"
FORD of Westerdunes,East Lothian
27 Jul 1929 UK 1 Patrick Johnstone Ford 5 Mar 1880 28 Sep 1945 65
MP for Edinburgh North 1920-1923 and
1924-1935
28 Sep 1945 2 Henry Russell Ford 30 Apr 1911 22 Dec 1989 78
22 Dec 1989 3 Andrew Russell Ford 29 Jun 1943
FORESTIER-WALKER of Castleton,Monmouth
28 Mar 1835 UK 1 George Townshend Walker                25 May 1764 14 Nov 1842 78
14 Nov 1842 2 George Ferdinand Radziwill Walker (Forestier-
Walker from 1893)                                              24 May 1825 1 Aug 1896 71
1 Aug 1896 3 George Ferdinand Radziwill Forestier-
Walker                                              7 Jul 1855 18 Jul 1933 78
18 Jul 1933 4 George Ferdinand Forestier-Walker 20 May 1899 1 Oct 1976 77
1 Oct 1976 5 Clive Radziwill Forestier-Walker 30 Apr 1922 14 Mar 1983 60
14 Mar 1983 6 Michael Leolin Forestier-Walker 24 Apr 1949
FORESTIER-WALKER of Rhiwderin,Monmouth
Jun/Jul 1929 UK 1 Sir Charles Leolin Forestier-Walker 6 May 1866 13 May 1934 68
to     MP for Monmouth 1918-1934
13 May 1934 Extinct on his death
FORREST of Comiston,Midlothian
7 Aug 1838 UK 1 James Forrest 1780 5 Apr 1860 79
5 Apr 1860 2 John Forrest 18 Apr 1817 5 Jun 1883 66
5 Jun 1883 3 William Forrest 6 Apr 1823 30 Aug 1894 71
30 Aug 1894 4 James Forrest 2 Sep 1853 18 Sep 1899 46
18 Sep 1899 5 William Charles Forrest 5 Jan 1857 25 Sep 1928 71
to     Extinct on his death
25 Sep 1928
FORRESTER of Corstophine,Edinburgh
17 Nov 1625 NS 1 George Forrester 1654
He was subsequently created Lord Forrester
(qv) in 1633 with which title the
baronetcy then merged until it became 
dormant in 1654
FORSTER of Bamborough,Northumberland
7 Mar 1620 E 1 Claude Forster c 1623
to     Extinct on his death
c 1623
FORSTER of Aldermaston,Berks
20 May 1620 E 1 Humphrey Forster 1595 12 Oct 1663 68
12 Oct 1663 2 Humphrey Forster 21 Dec 1650 13 Dec 1711 60
to     MP for Berkshire 1677-1679,1685-1689
13 Dec 1711 and 1690-1701
Extinct on his death
FORSTER of Stokesby,Yorks
18 Sep 1649 E 1 Richard Forster 17 Jan 1661
17 Jan 1661 2 Richard Forster c 1623 c 1680
c 1680 3 Richard Forster c 1653 c 1710
to     Extinct on his death
c 1710
FORSTER of East Greenwich,Kent
11 Jul 1661 E 1 Reginald Forster c 1618 27 Jun 1684
Jun 1684 2 Reginald Forster c 1640 11 Aug 1705
to     Extinct on his death
11 Aug 1705
FORSTER of Coolderry,Monaghan
15 Jan 1794 I 1 Thomas Forster 9 Sep 1751 3 Dec 1843 92
3 Dec 1843 2 George Forster 21 Mar 1796 4 Apr 1876 80
MP for Monaghan 1852-1865
4 Apr 1876 3 Thomas Oriel Forster 7 Jun 1824 28 Dec 1895 71
28 Dec 1895 4 Robert Forster 27 Apr 1827 21 Jan 1904 76
to     Extinct on his death
21 Jan 1904
FORSTER of Lysways Hall,Staffs
17 Mar 1874 UK 1 Charles Forster 3 Aug 1815 26 Jul 1891 75
MP for Walsall 1852-1891
26 Jul 1891 2 Charles Forster 1 Jun 1841 3 Jul 1914 73
   
3 Jul 1914 3 Francis Villiers Forster 9 May 1850 11 Mar 1930 79
to     Extinct on his death
11 Mar 1930
FORSTER of The Grange,Surrey
2 Feb 1912 UK 1 Ralph Collingwood Forster 18 Jan 1850 17 Apr 1930 80
to     Extinct on his death
17 Apr 1930
FORTESCUE of Salden,Bucks
17 Feb 1636 NS 1 John Fortescue 1592 Sep 1656 64
Sep 1656 2 John Fortescue 13 Jul 1614 14 Jun 1683 68
Jun 1683 3 John Fortescue 1644 1717 73
1717 4 Francis Fortescue c 1662 9 Nov 1729
to     On his death the baronetcy became dormant
9 Nov 1729
FORTESCUE of Fallapit,Devon
31 Mar 1664 E 1 Edmund Fortescue 22 Sep 1642 30 Dec 1666 24
MP for Plympton Erle 1666-1667
30 Dec 1666 2 Sandys Fortescue 6 Jul 1661 27 Oct 1683 22
to     Extinct on his death
27 Oct 1683
  FORTESCUE of Woodleigh,Devon
29 Jan 1667 E 1 Peter Fortescue c 1620 14 Aug 1685
to     Extinct on his death
Aug 1685
FORTESCUE-FLANNERY
of Wethersfield Manor,Essex
13 Dec 1904 UK See "Flannery"
FORWOOD of The Priory,Gateacre,Lancs
5 Sep 1895 UK 1 Arthur Bower Forwood 23 Jun 1836 27 Sep 1898 62
MP for Ormskirk 1885-1898. Parliamentary
and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty
1886-1892.  PC 1892
27 Sep 1898 2 Dudley Baines Forwood 31 May 1875 22 Dec 1961 86
22 Dec 1961 3 Dudley Richard Forwood 6 Jun 1912 25 Jan 2001 88
25 Jan 2001 4 Peter Noel Forwood 15 Oct 1925
FOSTER of Glyde Court,Louth
30 Sep 1831 UK 1 Augustus John Foster 4 Dec 1780 1 Aug 1848 67
MP for Cockermouth 1812-1816  PC 1822
For information on the death of this baronet,
see the note at the foot of this page
1 Aug 1848 2 Frederick George Foster 3 Jan 1816 25 Dec 1857 41
25 Dec 1847 3 Cavendish Hervey Foster 7 May 1817 27 Nov 1890 73
27 Nov 1890 4 Augustus Vere Foster 30 Mar 1873 7 Nov 1947 74
to     Extinct on his death
7 Nov 1947
FOSTER of Norwich,Norfolk
3 Aug 1838 UK 1 William Foster 16 Jun 1798 2 Dec 1874 76
2 Dec 1874 2 William Foster 24 Mar 1825 15 Feb 1911 85
15 Feb 1911 3 William Yorke Foster 1 Apr 1860 14 Jun 1948 88
14 Jun 1948 4 Henry William Berkeley Foster 3 Apr 1892 2 Jan 1960 67
to     Extinct on his death
2 Jan 1960
FOSTER of Bloomsbury,London
5 Feb 1930 UK 1 Thomas Gregory Foster 10 Jun 1866 24 Sep 1931 65
24 Sep 1931 2 Thomas Saxby Gregory Foster 1 Feb 1899 17 May 1957 58
17 May 1957 3 John Gregory Foster 26 Feb 1927 24 Nov 2006 79
24 Nov 2006 4 Saxby Gregory Foster  3 Sep 1957
FOULIS of Ingleby,Yorks
6 Feb 1620 E 1 David Foulis 24 Aug 1642
Aug 1642 2 Henry Foulis c 1607 13 Sep 1643
13 Sep 1643 3 David Foulis 14 Mar 1633 13 Mar 1695 61
MP for Northallerton 1685-1689
13 Mar 1695 4 William Foulis 9 Mar 1659 7 Oct 1741 82
Oct 1741 5 William Foulis c 1680 11 Dec 1756
Dec 1756 6 William Foulis 1729 17 Jun 1780 50
Jun 1780 7 William Foulis 30 Apr 1759 5 Sep 1802 43
5 Sep 1802 8 William Foulis 29 May 1790 7 Nov 1845 55
7 Nov 1845 9 Henry Foulis 15 Sep 1800 7 Oct 1876 76
to     Extinct on his death
7 Oct 1876
FOULIS of Colinton,Edinburgh
7 Jun 1634 NS See "Liston-Foulis"
FOULIS of Ravelstoun,Scotland
15 Oct 1661 NS 1 John Foulis 20 Feb 1638 5 Aug 1707 69
5 Aug 1707 2 Archibald Primrose c 1692 15 Nov 1746
to     He was executed for treason and the
15 Nov 1746 baronetcy forfeited
FOWELL of Fowellscombe,Devon
30 Apr 1661 E 1 Edmund Fowell 15 Aug 1593 9 Oct 1674 81
MP for Ashburton 1640-1648
Oct 1674 2 John Fowell 14 Aug 1623 8 Jan 1677 53
MP for Ashburton 1659 and 1660-1677
8 Jan 1677 3 John Fowell 12 Dec 1665 26 Nov 1692 26
to     MP for Totnes 1689-1692
Nov 1692 Extinct on his death
FOWKE of Lowesby,Leics
7 Feb 1814 UK 1 Frederick Gustavus Fowke Jan 1782 17 May 1856 74
17 May 1856 2 Frederick Thomas Fowke 29 Jun 1816 12 May 1897 80
12 May 1897 3 Frederick Ferrers Conant Fowke 13 May 1879 22 May 1948 69
22 May 1948 4 Frederick Woollaston Rawdon Fowke 14 Dec 1910 9 Dec 1987 76
9 Dec 1987 5 David Frederick Gustavus Fowke 28 Aug 1950
FOWLER of Islington,Middlesex
21 May 1628 E 1 Thomas Fowler c 1586 1656
to     Extinct on his death
1656
FOWLER of Harnage Grange,Salop
1 Nov 1704 E 1 William Fowler 1717
1717 2 Richard Fowler c 1731
c 1731 3 William Fowler c 1718 c 1746
c 1746 4 William Fowler 25 Nov 1760
25 Nov 1760 5 Hans Fowler 1 Mar 1771
to     Extinct on his death
1 Mar 1771
FOWLER of Gastard House,Wilts
1 Aug 1885 UK 1 Robert Nicholas Fowler 12 Sep 1828 22 May 1891 62
MP for Penrhyn & Falmouth 1868-1874 and
London 1880-1891
22 May 1891 2 Thomas Fowler 12 Aug 1868 20 Apr 1902 33
to     Extinct on his death
20 Apr 1902
FOWLER of Braemore,Ross
17 Apr 1890 UK 1 John Fowler 15 Jul 1817 21 Nov 1898 81
21 Nov 1898 2 John Arthur Fowler 27 Jun 1854 25 Mar 1899 44
25 Mar 1899 3 John Edward Fowler 21 Apr 1885 22 Jun 1915 30
22 Jun 1915 4 Montague Fowler 12 Nov 1858 1 Apr 1933 74
to     Extinct on his death
1 Apr 1933
  FOWNES of Dublin
26 Oct 1724 I 1 William Fownes by 1672 3 Apr 1735
3 Apr 1735 2 William Fownes 1709 5 Apr 1778 68
to     PC [I] 1761
5 Apr 1778 Extinct on his death
FOX of Liverpool,Lancs
30 Jan 1924 UK 1 Gilbert Wheaton Fox 1 Jul 1863 21 Feb 1925 61
21 Feb 1925 2 Gifford Wheaton Grey Fox 2 Feb 1903 11 Feb 1959 56
to     MP for Henley 1932-1950
11 Feb 1959 Extinct on his death
FRANK of Withyam,Sussex
19 Jun 1920 UK 1 Howard Frank 10 Nov 1871 10 Jan 1932 60
10 Jan 1932 2 Howard Frederick Frank 5 Apr 1923 10 Sep 1944 21
10 Sep 1944 3 Robert John Frank 16 Mar 1925 22 Feb 1987 61
22 Feb 1987 4 Robert Andrew Frank 16 May 1964
FRANKLAND of Thirkelby,Yorks
24 Dec 1660 E 1 William Frankland c 1640 2 Aug 1697
MP for Thirsk 1671-1681
2 Aug 1697 2 Thomas Frankland Sep 1665 30 Oct 1726 61
MP for Thirsk 1685-1695 and 1698-1711 and
Hedon 1695-1698
30 Oct 1726 3 Thomas Frankland c 1685 17 Apr 1747
MP for Harwich 1708-1713 and Thirsk
1713-1747
17 Apr 1747 4 Charles Henry Frankland c 1716 11 Jan 1768
11 Jan 1768 5 Thomas Frankland 26 Jun 1718 21 Nov 1784 66
MP for Thirsk 1747-1780 and 1784
21 Nov 1784 6 Thomas Frankland 18 Sep 1750 4 Jan 1831 80
MP for Thirsk 1774-1780 and 1796-1801
4 Jan 1831 7 Robert Frankland 16 Jul 1784 11 Mar 1849 64
MP for Thirsk 1815-1834
11 Mar 1849 8 Frederick William Frankland 11 May 1793 11 Mar 1878 84
11 Mar 1878 9 William Adolphus Frankland 12 Aug 1837 29 Nov 1883 46
29 Nov 1883 10 Frederick William Francis George Frankland 2 Sep 1868 19 Dec 1937 69
19 Dec 1937 11 Thomas William Assheton Frankland 18 Aug 1902 5 Aug 1944 41
5 Aug 1944 12 James Assheton Frankland 23 Feb 1943
He subsequently succeeded to the Barony
of Zouche (qv) in 1965 with which title 
the baronetcy then merged
FRANKLAND-PAYNE-GALLWEY
of Hampton Hill,Middlesex
8 Dec 1812 UK See "Payne-Gallwey"
FRANKLIN of Moor Park,Herts
16 Oct 1660 E 1 Richard Franklin 20 Jul 1630 16 Sep 1685 55
MP for Hertfordshire 1661-1679
Sep 1685 2 Richard Franklin c 1655 1695
1695 3 Thomas Franklin c 1656 5 Oct 1728
to     Extinct on his death
5 Oct 1728
FRASER of Durris,Kincardine
2 Aug 1673 NS 1 Alexander Fraser c 1607 28 Apr 1681
28 Apr 1681 2 Peter Fraser after 1659 10 May 1729
to     Extinct on his death
10 May 1729
FRASER of Ledeclune,Inverness
27 Nov 1806 UK 1 William Fraser 10 Feb 1818
10 Feb 1818 2 William Fraser 18 Jun 1787 23 Dec 1827 40
23 Dec 1827 3 James John Fraser 5 Jun 1834
5 Jun 1834 4 William Augustus Fraser 10 Feb 1826 17 Aug 1898 72
MP for Barnstaple 1852-1854 and 1857-1859,
Ludlow 1863-1865 and Kidderminster 1874-
1880
17 Aug 1898 5 Keith Alexander Fraser 24 Dec 1867 21 Sep 1935 67
MP for Harborough 1918-1923
21 Sep 1935 6 Keith Charles Adolphus Fraser 14 Sep 1911 13 May 1979 67
to     Extinct on his death
13 May 1979
FRASER of Cromarty,Scotland
29 Jun 1921 UK 1 John Malcolm Fraser 24 Dec 1878 4 May 1949 70
Lord Lieutenant Surrey 1939-1949
4 May 1949 2 Basil Malcolm Fraser 2 Jan 1920 9 Apr 1992 72
to     Extinct on his death
9 Apr 1992
FRASER of Tain,Ross
12 Jul 1943 UK 1 John Fraser 23 Mar 1885 1 Dec 1947 62
1 Dec 1947 2 James David Fraser 19 Jul 1924 8 Jan 1997 72
8 Jan 1997 3 Iain Michael Duncan Fraser 27 Jun 1951
FRASER
19 Jan 1961 UK 1 Hugh Fraser 15 Jan 1903 6 Nov 1966 63
He was subsequently created Baron Fraser
of Allander (qv) in 1964 with which title 
the baronetcy then merged until its
extinction in 1987.
FREAKE of Cromwell House,London
23 May 1882 UK 1 Charles James Freake 7 Apr 1814 6 Oct 1884 70
6 Oct 1884 2 Thomas George Freake 12 Oct 1848 21 Dec 1920 72
For further information on this baronet,
see the note at the foot of this page
21 Dec 1920 3 Frederick Charles Maitland Freake 7 Mar 1876 22 Dec 1950 74
22 Dec 1950 4 Charles Arland Maitland Freake 13 Oct 1904 14 Nov 1951 47
to     Extinct on his death
14 Nov 1951
FREDERICK of Burwood House,Surrey
10 Jun 1723 GB 1 John Frederick 10 Mar 1678 3 Oct 1755 77
3 Oct 1755 2 John Frederick  May 1728 24 Mar 1757 28
24 Mar 1757 3 Thomas Frederick Mar 1731 16 Dec 1770 39
16 Dec 1770 4 John Frederick 28 Nov 1708 9 Apr 1783
MP for New Shoreham 1740-1741 and West 
Looe 1743-1761
9 Apr 1783 5 John Frederick 18 Mar 1750 16 Jan 1825 74
MP for Newport 1774-1780, Christchurch
1781-1790 and Surrey 1794-1807
16 Jan 1825 6 Richard Frederick 30 Dec 1780 20 Sep 1873 92
20 Sep 1873 7 Charles Edward Frederick 2 May 1843 1913 70
For further information on this baronet,see
the note at the foot of this page
1913 8 Charles Edward St.John Frederick 11 Sep 1876 21 Oct 1938 62
21 Oct 1938 9 Edward Boscawen Frederick 29 Jun 1880 26 Oct 1956 76
26 Oct 1956 10 Charles Boscawen Frederick 11 Apr 1919 21 Mar 2001 81
21 Mar 2001 11 Christopher St.John Frederick 28 Jun 1950
FREELING of Ford,Sussex
11 Mar 1828 UK 1 Francis Freeling 25 Aug 1764 10 Jul 1836 71
10 Jul 1836 2 George Henry Freeling 22 Sep 1789 29 Nov 1841 52
29 Nov 1841 3 Francis Freeling 11 Dec 1816 14 Sep 1845 28
14 Sep 1845 4 Henry Hill Freeling 12 Jan 1818 12 Mar 1871 53
12 Mar 1871 5 Arthur Henry Freeling 26 Jul 1820 26 Mar 1885 64
26 Mar 1885 6 Harry Freeling 5 Jun 1852 20 Apr 1914 61
20 Apr 1914 7 James Robert Freeling 3 Jun 1825 30 Oct 1916 91
30 Oct 1916 8 Clayton Pennington Freeling 26 Nov 1857 8 Jul 1927 69
For information of this baronet,see the note
at the foot of this page
8 Jul 1927 9 Charles Edward Luard Freeling 1858 15 Mar 1941 82
to     Extinct on his death
15 Mar 1941
FREEMAN of Murtle,Aberdeen
4 Jul 1945 UK 1 Wilfred Rhodes Freeman 18 Jul 1888 15 May 1953 64
15 May 1953 2 John Keith Noel Freeman 28 Jul 1923 5 Jun 1981 57
5 Jun 1981 3 James Robin Freeman 21 Jul 1955
  FREKE of West Bilney,Norfolk
4 Jun 1713 GB 1 Ralph Freke 2 Jun 1675 1717 42
1717 2 Percy Freke 30 Apr 1700 10 Apr 1728 27
10 Apr 1728 3 John Redmond Freke by May 1707 13 Apr 1764
to     Extinct on his death
13 Apr 1764
FREKE of Freke Castle
15 Jul 1768 I See "Evans-Freke"
FREMANTLE of Swanbourne,Berks
14 Aug 1821 UK 1 Thomas Francis Fremantle 11 Mar 1798 3 Dec 1890 92
He was subsequently created Baron
Cottesloe (qv) in 1874 with which title
the baronetcy remains merged
FRERE of Water Eaton,Oxon
22 Jul 1620 E 1 Edward Frere c 1564 29 Sep 1629
to     Extinct on his death
Sep 1629
FRERE of Wimbledon,Surrey
24 May 1876 UK 1 Henry Bartle Edward Frere 29 Mar 1815 29 May 1884 69
Governor of Bombay 1862-1867 and South
Africa 1877-1880.  PC 1873
29 May 1884 2 Bartle Compton Arthur Frere 24 Oct 1854 29 Apr 1933 78
to     Extinct on his death
29 Apr 1933
FRY of Woodburn,Durham
6 Feb 1894 UK 1 Theodore Fry 1 May 1836 5 Feb 1912 75
MP for Darlington 1880-1895
5 Feb 1912 2 John Pease Fry 26 Feb 1864 25 Jan 1957 92
25 Jan 1957 3 Theodore Penrose Fry 6 Apr 1892 6 Aug 1971 79
6 Aug 1971 4 John Nicholas Pease Fry 23 Oct 1897 14 Jan 1985 87
14 Jan 1985 5 Francis Wilfrid Fry 2 May 1904 26 Jul 1987 83
to     Extinct on his death
26 Jul 1987
FRY of Oare,Wilts
29 Jul 1929 UK Geoffrey Storrs Fry 27 Jul 1888 13 Oct 1960 72
to     Extinct on his death
13 Oct 1960
FRYER
13 Dec 1714 GB 1 John Fryer 11 Sep 1726
to     Extinct on his death
11 Sep 1726
FULLER of Inner Temple,London
1 Aug 1687 E 1 James Chapman Fuller 1709
to     Extinct on his death
1709
FULLER of Neston Park,Wilts
7 Jul 1910 UK 1 John Michael Fleetwood Fuller 21 Oct 1864 4 Sep 1915 50
MP for Westbury 1900-1911. Governor of
Victoria 1911-1914
4 Sep 1915 2 John Gerard Henry Fleetwood Fuller 8 Jul 1906 16 Oct 1981 75
16 Oct 1981 3 John William Fleetwood Fuller 18 Dec 1936 3 Apr 1998 61
3 Apr 1998 4 James Henry Fleetwood Fuller 1 Nov 1970
FULLER-ACLAND-HOOD of St Audries,Somerset
13 Apr 1809 UK 1 Samuel Hood 1762 24 Dec 1814 52
The letters patent which created this baronetcy
contain a special remainder to "Alexander Hood,
nephew of the said Sir Samuel Hood, and the
heirs male of his body lawfully begotten."
24 Dec 1814 2 Alexander Hood 5 Jul 1793 7 Mar 1851 57
MP for Somerset West 1847-1851
7 Mar 1851 3 Alexander Bateman Periam Fuller-
Acland-Hood 20 Apr 1819 29 Apr 1892 73
MP for Somerset West 1859-1868
29 Apr 1892 4 Alexander Fuller-Acland-Hood,later [1911] 1st
Baron St.Audries - he subsequently succeeded to 26 Sep 1853 4 Jun 1917 63
the baronetcy of Bateman [UK 1806] in 1905
 
4 Jun 1917 5 Alexander Peregrine Fuller-Acland-Hood,2nd
Baron St.Audries 24 Dec 1893 16 Oct 1971 77
16 Oct 1971 6 Alexander William Fuller-Acland-Hood 5 Mar 1901 6 Feb 1990 88
to     Extinct or dormant on his death
6 Feb 1990
FULLER-ELIOTT-DRAKE
of Nutwell Court,Devon
22 Aug 1821 UK 1 Thomas Trayton Fuller-Eliott-Drake 18 Feb 1785 6 Jun 1870 85
6 Jun 1870 2 Francis George Augustus Fuller-
to     Eliott-Drake 24 Dec 1837 25 Jul 1916 78
25 Jul 1916 Extinct on his death
FULLER-PALMER-ACLAND
9 Dec 1818 UK See "Acland"
     
  FURNESE of Waldershare,Kent
27 Jun 1707 GB 1 Henry Furnese 30 May 1658 30 Nov 1712 54
MP for Bramber 1698-1699 and Sandwich
1701 and 1701-1712
30 Nov 1712 2 Robert Furnese 1 Aug 1687 14 Mar 1733 45
MP for Truro 1708-1710,New Romney
1710-1727 and Kent 1727-1733
14 Mar 1733 3 Henry Furnese c 1716 28 Mar 1735
to     Extinct on his death
28 Mar 1735
FURNESS of Tunstall Grange,Durham
18 Jun 1913 UK 1 Stephen Wilson Furness 26 May 1872 6 Sep 1914 42
MP for Hartlepool 1910-1914
6 Sep 1914 2 Christopher Furness 18 Oct 1900 21 Jun 1974 73
21 Jun 1974 3 Stephen Roberts Furness 10 Oct 1933
FUST of Hill,Gloucs
21 Aug 1662 E 1 Edward Fust 16 Apr 1606 6 Apr 1674 67
6 Apr 1674 2 John Fust 5 Dec 1637 12 Feb 1699 61
12 Feb 1699 3 Edward Cocks Fust c 1668 13 Aug 1713
13 Aug 1713 4 Edward Fust 17 Oct 1693 27 Feb 1728 34
27 Feb 1728 5 Francis Fust 17 Mar 1705 26 Jun 1769 64
26 Jun 1769 6 John Fust 26 Aug 1726 16 Apr 1779 52
to     Extinct on his death
16 Apr 1779
  FYTCHE of Eltham,Kent
7 Sep 1688 E 1 Thomas Fytche 17 Dec 1637 16 Sep 1688 50
16 Sep 1688 2 Comport Fytche 18 Oct 1676 29 Dec 1720 44
29 Dec 1720 3 William Fytche c 1714 13 Jun 1736
to     Extinct on his death
13 Jun 1736
The claim made to the baronetcy of Fletcher-Vane in 1872
In November 1872, the case of 'Vane v. Vane' was heard in the Vice-Chancellor's Court in
London. The following edited report on the proceedings is taken from the 'Manchester Times'
of 9 November 1872:-
'The object of this suit, which was instituted by "Sir Frederick Henry Vane, Bart. (heretofore
commonly called Frederick Henry Vane), against Henry Ralph Vane (heretofore commonly 
called Sir Henry Ralph Vane, Bart.)" and others, was to obtain a declaration that the plaintiff,
as the eldest son of Sir Frederick Fletcher Vane, deceased, is entitled to the family estates
in Cumberland and Westmorland, and to have an account taken of the rents and profits
received by the defendant, with an order for payment to the plaintiff of what should be 
found due. 
'The case made by the bill was that Sir Frank [i.e. Francis] Fletcher Vane, the father of the
plaintiff, before his marriage cohabited with, and three illegitimate children by, Miss Hannah
Bowerbank, the lady whom he subsequently married, the first of such children having been
born in 1794 and the second in 1795. It was upon the legitimacy of the third of these children
that the question turned. The plaintiff alleged that pending arrangements for his father's 
marriage with Miss Bowerbank, she was prematurely confined of a third child, a son, and that 
the marriage did not, in fact, take place until nearly three weeks after her confinement - viz.,
on March 9, 1797. The child thus born, as the plaintiff alleged about three weeks before the
marriage, on the 9th of March, was baptised by the name of Francis Fletcher Vane at St. 
George's, Bloomsbury, on the 19th of April, 1797, and in the entry of his baptism he was 
stated to have been born on the 29th of March, 1797. As to this entry, it was alleged by the
plaintiff that the register had been tampered with, and that the date of the birth was added
some time after the original entry. The bill then stated that Sir Frederick Fletcher Vane 
brought up Francis Fletcher Vane, the child thus born, as his legitimate heir. After the marriage
two other children - i.e. a daughter and the plaintiff, who was born on May 10, 1807. Francis
Fletcher Vane married in 1823, and upon the death of his father in 1832 assumed the title and
the family estates. He died in 1842, and the defendant, Sir Henry Ralph Vane, who was his 
eldest son, and consequently the nephew of the plaintiff, succeeded him. Lady Vane, the 
widow of Sir Frederick Fletcher Vane, did not die until 1866, and the plaintiff accounted for
the length of time which had elapsed before he attempted to assert his rights by the 
statement that from the year 1826, when at the age of 19 he obtained a commission in the 
12th Lancers, down to the year 1866 he had only been for a few days at a time the family
place in Cumberland, and that in that year he had for the first time became aware through
inquiries made, in consequence of some remarks let fall by the widow of Sir Francis and of a
subsequent conversation with the widow of Sir Frederick before her death, that there was any
doubt as to the legitimacy of his elder brother. The plaintiff further charged that the 
illegitimacy of Sir Francis was not only known to Sir Frederick and his wife, but also was
disclosed by Sir Frederick to Sir Francis, and was known by Sir Francis's wife and her father,
and was fraudulently concealed from the plaintiff. '
A decision in this case was eventually reached in November 1876. In normal circumstances, 
given that Sir Henry Ralph Fletcher-Vane had succeeded to the title and estates in 1842,
any attempt to claim the title and estates would have been defeated by the Statute of
Limitations. However, a loophole in the law stated that, in the event of a "concealed fraud,"
the right of a claimant to bring an action in equity ran for twenty years after the discovery of
such fraud. This is what the claimant relied upon, arguing that his parents had committed
such a fraud by falsely representing that his brother had been born after their marriage,
whereas he had been born before. The Court was satisfied, however, that Francis had been
born after the marriage, and as such the plaintiff's case entirely failed, and therefore his
application must be dismissed.
Sir Ewan Forbes, 11th baronet
In all standard peerage references published between 1912 and 1952, the children of the
18th Lord Sempill are shown as William Francis Forbes-Sempill, later 19th Lord Sempill, and
three daughters, Gwendolen Janet (died 1910), Margaret, born 1905, and Elizabeth, born 
1912.
In September 1952, it was announced that Elizabeth had now become Ewan. The following
report appeared in 'The Chicago Daily Tribune' on 13 September 1952:-
'Dr. Elizabeth Forbes-Sempill, younger daughter of the late 18th Baron Sempill and sister of
the present 19th baron, today publicly adopted a male christian name.
'An advertisement in the Scottish Aberdeen Press and Journal said Dr. Forbes-Sempill would
be known as Dr. Ewan Forbes-Sempill.
'She recently obtained a warrant for re-registration of birth from the sheriff in Aberdeen.
The London Evening Standard said, "The case of Miss Elizabeth Forbes-Sempill, who has
changed sex at the age of 40, is the first of its kind to cause changes in the books of
social reference." Dr. Forbes-Sempill's relationship to the 19th baron is now that of "brother,"
it said.
'Dr. Forbes-Sempill was graduated from Aberdeen university in 1944 and has been practicing
medicine at Alford for several years. She is a Scottish folk dance enthusiast, and the founder
and leader of a team of dancers called the Dancers of Don.
'William Francis Forbes-Sempill, 58, the 19th baron, has four daughters living but no son. The
doctor's new status as his "brother" may involve a change in succession, experts said. Besides
being a Scottish baron or lord, William Francis Forbes-Sempill is also a baronet of Nova Scotia,
entitled to be called "sir."
'Cyril Hankinson, editor of "Debrett," a reference book listing Britain's blue bloods, was quoted
as saying that the re-registration of the doctor's birth and change in Christian name would
not affect the present succession to the barony of Sempill, created in 1488, but might affect
the succession to the baronetcy.
"The present heiress to the barony," Hankinson said, "is Lord Sempill's eldest daughter, Ann
Moira. I think this event leaves her position unimpaired, as the barony can descend in the
female line. The baronetcy, however, can not so descend, and I think this change means that
Dr. Ewan Forbes-Sempill becomes the heir presumptive to the baronetcy, thus displacing the
present peer's uncle, Rear Adm. A.L.O. Forbes-Sempill.
'An Associated Press dispatch said Dr. Forbes-Sempill was dressed in a man's suit at her
Aberdeenshire home.
'The London Daily Mirror quoted Dr. Forbes-Sempill as saying: "I regard this as a reprieve after
40 years of being mistaken alternatively for male and female, from living a lie, trying to be
something that I never was entirely - a woman."
"I underwent a course of medical treatment for several years finally to establish my 
masculinity. I was not involved in any operation and, being a doctor myself, I knew what was
going on.
"I have biologically, as well as socially, a man for several months, leading a bachelor's life and
discarding the last remnants of my tedious upbringing as a girl. I have discarded all the relics
of those years of torture - makeup, perfume, jewellery and so forth."
 
A month after making the announcement, Dr. Ewan Forbes-Sempill married his housekeeper,
Miss Isabella Mitchell, a woman reported as being in her mid-thirties.
When Lord Sempill died in 1965, Ewan claimed the title as the late Lord's nearest male relative.
His claim was opposed by Lord Sempill's cousin, John Forbes-Sempill. The dispute lasted for
three years, during which time the Scottish Court of Session ruled that Ewan was the male
heir. However, John Forbes-Sempill persisted in his claim, relying on Ewan's original birth
certificate, until 5 December 1968, when James Callaghan, the then Home Secretary, directed
that the name of Sir Ewan Forbes-Sempill be entered in the roll of the baronetage as the 11th
baronet.
Sir Augustus John Foster, 1st baronet
Sir Augustus committed suicide in August 1848. The following report of the subsequent inquest
appeared in 'The Era' [London] on 20 August 1848:-
'On Thursday week an inquest was held at Branksea Castle, on the body of the Right Hon. Sir
Augustus John Foster, Bart, P.C., G.C.H., aged 68, before Henry Everingam, Esq., Mayor of
Wareham. The deceased had been for several months labouring under disease of the heart and
lungs. His medical attendant, T. Salter, Esq., of Poole, visited him on Tuesday, the 1st inst., 
at seven o'clock in the evening, and offered to stay the night, which deceased declined. He
had then just had a severe attack, suffered great pain, and was scarcely expected to survive
a minute. His mental faculties were not right. If sensible when addressed, he soon wandered.
Acute pain and consequent want of sleep for a considerable period had caused delirium. Sir
Augustus retired at about a quarter before eight, on Mr. Salter's leaving him, and a few minutes
afterwards he was heard to give a groan, by a servant in an adjoining room, who immediately
called Mr. Foster, a son of the deceased; they, supposing he was attacked by one of his usual
fits, attempted to revive him by administering hollands [Dutch gin]. The servant was told by
Mr. Foster to feel deceased's pulse, and on taking his hand for that purpose, discovered an 
open razor in it, and blood was then, it being dark, first observed on the bed linen. There were 
two large wounds in the throat, one of which was 3½ inches long, in a transverse direction, 
very deep, and the large blood vessels in the neighbourhood were divided, from whence 
haemorrhage, sufficient to cause death, had taken place. Mr. Salter had no doubt of the mental
derangement of deceased, and a verdict of Temporary Insanity was returned.'
Sir Thomas George Freake, 2nd baronet
On 1 October 1890, Sir Thomas appeared in the Westminster Police Court charged with having,
on 29 September, stolen a key, two boxes containing photographic negatives, and a bundle
of letters, the property of Mr. Edward Gibson. He was further charged with forging a telegram.
Evidence showed that Sir Thomas Freake and Edward Gibson had formerly been intimate 
friends, but both had conducted 'immoral relations' with an unnamed lady. It appeared that
this lady had written a number of letters to Sir Thomas, and that these letters were now in
the possession of Gibson, who refused to part with them. Sir Thomas therefore resorted to 
'foul' means to obtain these letters.
On 29 September, Gibson took the letters to the St.George's Club in Hanover Square where, in
the presence of a man named Hodson, he deposited the letters in his private locker. Hodson 
then informed Gibson that Sir Thomas had invited them to lunch at his house. Suspecting 
nothing untoward, Gibson lunched at Sir Thomas's house. After lunch, Sir Thomas suggested 
that Gibson might like to view a nearby mansion which had been fitted out for private
theatrical performances. Once there, Gibson was lured into the basement where he was
confronted by Sir Thomas, Hodson, another man named Walker, and the unnamed lady. They
demanded that Gibson hand over his keys and the letters. Gibson refused, whereupon "the
three men set upon him, took him by the throat, threw him on the ground, and held him in
a position of half-strangulation, while handcuffs were put on him by Hodson, and his pockets
were rifled for his keys." One newspaper report contains the superb syntactic error that "a
man stood over Gibson while he was handcuffed with a drawn sword."
Once his assailants had found his keys, including that to his locker at his club, Sir Thomas
went to the local post office and sent a telegram - "To the hall-porter, St. George's Club,
Hanover-square. - Send wooden box in my locker by messenger in cab to 87, Onslow-gardens.
Have sent key. - Gibson." Sir Thomas was therefore successful in obtaining his goal.
The magistrate viewed this matter as being not too serious, and suggested that the matter 
be submitted to arbitration. He noted that the letters had subsequently been returned to the
lady, who had then destroyed them. Eventually it was reported that the matter had been
settled out of court by payment of £1,200 plus £100 in costs.
Sir Charles Edward Frederick, 7th baronet
In late 1874, Sir Charles appeared before the Court of Probate in an attempt to prove the
lawful marriage of his paternal grandfather and, as a consequence, that the baronetcy had
accordingly descended to Sir Charles.
The following report appeared in 'The Illustrated Police News' of 26 December 1874:-
'For several days past a case has been proceeding in the Court of Probate which has involved
points of great personal and public interest, and in which the succession to a Baronetcy was
curiously involved. The case arose under the Legitimacy Declaration Act, and was a petition
by Capt. Charles Edward Frederick, asking the Court to declare that his paternal grandfather,
Colonel Charles Frederick, was lawfully married to Martha Rigden, who for many years was
recognised by him as his wife. The marriage was supposed to have taken place somewhere
about the 20th March, 1773, but no direct proof of it remains. In a family Bible, inherited by
Captain Frederick from Sir Richard Frederick, the late baronet, and which was the property of
the Colonel Charles Frederick whose marriage was in question, is an entry by him of his 
marriage with Martha Rigden on the 20th March, 1773, and of the births of his several children.
Of the sons, Charles, the eldest, was killed in the unfortunate Walcheren expedition [in 1809]
and left no lawful issue; Arnold, the second, was never married, and was killed by the blowing
up of the Queen Charlotte at Leghorn [17 March 1800]; General Edward, father of the
petitioner, was the third son.
'Colonel Charles Frederick left England for Bombay in 1776, leaving his reputed wife and two
young children to the care of her brother, Mr. John Rigden. In the next year his wife followed
him to India, and they lived together there till Colonel Frederick's death in 1791. He had, 
however, returned to England in 1779 to prosecute a complaint against the East India 
Company, and during this visit formed a great friendship with his brother's wife - Mrs. Lenox
Frederick. During a visit to the Continent pending an arrangement with some creditors, he
corresponded with this lady, and his letters were produced. In these letters he continually
speaks of his wife, and of himself as a loving husband "more in love," he says in one letter,
written in February, 1781, "if that is possible, than I was the day I married, though that is
near eight years ago." In another, written in the following April, he thanks his correspondent
for the kind manner in which she had mentioned his wife, and adds, "the greatest and most
unpardonable folly I ever committed in my life was not making her known to my family before
I went to India." In the same letter Colonel Frederick then makes a statement which seems
to throw some light on the difficulties in which the case was involved. He says to his
correspondent, speaking of his father, "I suppose you have heard that I did inform him of my
marriage when I was last in England, but there being no register, and the certificate being 
left in India to entitle her to the Company's allowance in case any accident happened to me,
I could not immediately prove it legally, upon which grounds he refused to acknowledge her."
'At this period in the history of the marriage the certificate, said by Colonel Charles Frederick
to have been "left in India to entitle her to the Company's allowance," seems, if it ever
existed, to have come into use. Mr. Mason, of the India Office, produced the records of the'
Company, in which Colonel Frederick's commissions and pensions and the allowances to his
widow and children were entered. Neither the deeds of the Clive Fund nor the regulations of 
the Company require the production of a marriage certificate, but in nearly every case it was
done, and Mr. Mason named an instance in which the company deferred the grant of a 
pension for four years till the certificate was forthcoming. This case seemed to suggest that
the production of a certificate was usual. Colonel Frederick's widow at once received the
pensions, and there is a record in the report of a sub-committee which states "she had 
produced the necessary certificates to entitle her" to the pensions of a colonel's widow, and 
they recommended her to an additional allowance of £100 a year from the Contingent Military
Fund. These pensions were regularly paid to her till her death at Bath in August, 1794, and
on her tombstone a partially obliterated inscription may still be read, which calls her "Martha,
relict of Charles Frederick, Colonel of his Majesty's Bombay Army." She left her eight children
in very poor circumstances, and her brother, John Rigden, memorialised the Company on their
behalf, and got a grant of twenty pounds a year from the Contingent Fund for each of the
five younger children. Some correspondence afterwards passed between Mr. Rigden and the
two brothers of the deceased Colonel; and endorsed in Mr. Rigden's hand, on the back of one
of the letters is this passage: "I have with much difficulty found the marriage certificate, 
which I also" - but here the paper was torn, and the rest of the sentence is missing. The 
letter had referred to some accounts; and the inference is that the marriage certificate was
that of Charles Frederick and Martha Rigden, and that it was enclosed in the letter.
'But here arose a curious difficulty. In the year 1800 some dispute arose between this same
John Rigden and his nephew, Charles Frederick, who claimed in right of his mother some
property which Rigden held. He disputed his nephew's claim, and in some way the question
of the marriage was then raised, but left unsettled. There had, therefore, been some doubt
as to the marriage from the first; and the question was whether the explanation of it was to
be accepted as legally sufficient to establish the validity of the marriage. The verdict has
decided that in the opinion of the jury it is sufficient, and that the marriage was a legal and
valid one.
'The contention of the other side was that none of these facts were sufficient to establish 
the validity of the marriage, and the attempt to establish it by repute was met by proofs of
contrary beliefs. It was admitted that Edward Frederick and Mrs. Lenox Frederick did believe
in the marriage for a while, but that the Frederick family entirely disbelieved it: and there was
the strange fact that some years after the marriage, Mrs. Frederick was described as a
spinster in some documents executed by members of her own family, and signed herself
Martha Rigden. Moreover, her uncle, William Rigden, whom Mr. Hawkins described as "one of
those irascible old uncles who appear in blue coats with brass buttons, and nankeen 
pantaloons on the British stage," wrote her a letter in 1776 in which he says members of her
family, as well as he himself, think her not married……. A slip of paper found with the letter in
the handwriting of William Rigden contained the memorandum, "Rev. Mr. Duckworth, son of
Prebendary Duckworth, gone to East Indies; married at Starchfield March, 1773. The man that
gave her away dead. Very bad account." This Mr. Duckworth was Vicar of Stoke Pogis, and 
the rector of that parish proved that no record existed in the registers of that church, which,
however, had been very badly kept. These circumstances were, however, all consistent with
the plea that the marriage had been a clandestine one, and had been kept secret at first, till
proof became difficult. The verdict of the jury fixes this interpretation on the events, and, we
think, does substantial justice. The case is, however, only one more proof of the danger of
clandestine marriages, and the need there is for the clearest and most open conduct in all
such matters. In this case a Baronetcy came eventually, and by accidents which it was 
impossible to foresee, to depend upon the legitimacy of the third son of this marriage; and,
subject to the appeal, Captain Frederick is declared the lawful descendant of the couple
married in March, 1773, and will take the title accordingly.'
Sir Clayton Pennington Freeling, 8th baronet
From the Rockhampton, Queensland "Morning Bulletin" of 24 September 1927:-
'Behind the death of Sir Clayton Pennington Freeling, which took place in an old hut in the 
mining village of Smythesdale, Victoria, lies the story of lonely and adventurous life.
'Sir Clayton, according to a cablegram from Melbourne, was "very plainly clad, and very poorly
housed, and had lived the life of a recluse. He was an omnivorous reader, and a keen student 
of mining problems. Nothing of value was found among his effects."
'This lonely baronet, a "Daily Chronicle" representative was informed by a friend of the family,
had lived abroad for nearly 40 years. For some time he was in Alaska, but for the greater part 
of his lifetime he lived in Australia.
'He was 70 when he died, and had not been in England since 1914. His mother, Lady Freeling, 
who has attained the great age of 92, lives in a flat at Hurlingham. She is the widow of Sir
Sanford Freeling [1828-1894], for many years a colonial governor. [Governor of Dominica 1869-
1871, Grenada 1871-1875, Gold Coast 1876-1878 and Trinidad & Tobago 1880-1884].
'Sir Clayton succeeded his uncle, the Rev. Sir James Robert Freeling, in 1916. In his earlier days
he was an officer in the army, but a love of travel and adventure tempted his abroad, and he
sought gold both in Alaska and Australia. Even his relatives knew little of his life during the past
quarter of a century. "He was married," an acquaintance said, "but no one knows where his wife
is, or if, indeed, she is alive. There were no children.
"Before 1908 he made many trips home from Australia, sometimes at intervals of only two years.
But he would not stay long. He would say, 'The sun is calling me, I must return home,' meaning
Australia.
"Often he would lock himself up in a room with his books, but he could be a brilliant conversat-
ionalist if her cared. He wrote occasional poetry; so far as I know none of it was published."
'The successor to the title is Mr. Charles E. L. Freeling, a retired Reading solicitor, who had not
seen his cousin, the late baronet, for 40 years. When a "Daily Chronicle" representative spoke
to him on the telephone, the new baronet said, "The whole thing is a nuisance, but fortunately
will all be forgotten inside 24 hours."
Sir Stephen Wilson Furness, 1st baronet
Sir Stephen died at Broadstairs, on the Kentish coast when, while opening an upper storey
window of the hotel in which he was staying, he overbalanced and fell to the pavement below.
The date of his death is shown in various publications such as "Who Was Who" and Stenton
and Lees' "Who's Who of British Members of Parliament 1886-1918" as being 6 August 1914,
but there is no doubt that the correct date was 6 September 1914, as is evidenced by the
newspapers of the time. 
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