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
HOME-PURVES-HUME-CAMPBELL
of Purves Hall,Berwick
25 Jul 1665 NS 1 William Purves c 1685
c 1685 2 Alexander Purves 1701
1701 3 William Purves 1730
1730 4 William Purves 14 Jan 1701 18 Jun 1762 61
18 Jun 1762 5 Alexander Purves 15 Jan 1739 13 Nov 1812 73
13 Nov 1812 6 William Purves-Hume-Campbell 4 Oct 1767 9 Apr 1833 65
9 Apr 1833 7 Hugh Purves-Hume-Campbell 15 Dec 1812 30 Jan 1894 81
MP for Berwickshire 1834-1847
30 Jan 1894 8 John Home-Purves-Hume-Campbell 9 Aug 1879 25 Feb 1960 80
to†††† Dormant on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
25 Feb 1960
HONYMAN of Armadale,Sutherland
19 May 1804 UK 1 William Honyman 5 Jan 1825
5 Jan 1825 2 Richard Bemptde Johnstone Honyman 4 May 1787 23 Feb 1842 54
MP for Orkney 1812-1818
23 Feb 1842 3 Ord John Honyman 25 Mar 1794 27 Jan 1863 68
27 Jan 1863 4 George Essex Honyman 22 Jan 1819 16 Aug 1875 56
16 Aug 1875 5 William Macdonald Honyman 31 Aug 1820 5 Dec 1911 91
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
5 Dec 1911
HONYWOOD of Evington,Kent
19 Jul 1660 E 1 Edward Honywood c 1628 1670
1670 2 William Honywood c 1654 8 Jun 1748
MP for Canterbury 1685-1698
8 Jun 1748 3 John Honywood c 1710 26 Jun 1781
26 Jun 1781 4 John Honywood c 1757 29 Mar 1806
MP for Steyning 1784-1785 and 1788-1790,
Canterbury 1790-1796 and 1797-1802 and
Honiton 1802-1806
29 Mar 1806 5 John Courtenay Honywood 1787 12 Sep 1832 45
12 Sep 1832 6 John Edward Honywood 16 Mar 1812 17 Jul 1845 33
17 Jul 1845 7 Courtenay Honywood 5 Mar 1835 17 Apr 1873 38
17 Apr 1873 8 John William Honywood 15 Apr 1857 17 Jun 1907 50
1907 9 Courtenay John Honywood 29 May 1880 4 Jul 1944 64
4 Jul 1944 10 William Wynne Honywood 7 Apr 1891 10 Aug 1982 91
10 Aug 1982 11 Filmer Courtenay William Honywood 20 May 1930
HOOD of Catherington,Ireland
20 May 1778 GB 1 Samuel Hood 12 Dec 1724 27 Jan 1816 91
He was subsequently created Baron Hood
(qv) in 1782 with which title the
baronetcy remains merged
HOOD of St Audries,Somerset
13 Apr 1809 UK See "Fuller-Acland-Hood"
HOOD of Wimbledon,Surrey
16 Jan 1922 UK 1 Joseph Hood 31 Mar 1863 10 Jan 1931 67
MP for Wimbledon 1918-1924
10 Jan 1931 2 Harold Joseph Hood 23 Jan 1916 5 Sep 2005 89
5 Sep 2005 3 John Joseph Harold Hood 27 Aug 1952
HOOKE of Flanchford,Surrey
22 Jul 1662 E 1 Thomas Hooke 8 Jul 1641 1678 36
1678 2 Hele Hooke c 1665 Jul 1712
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Jul 1712
HOOPER of Tenterden,Kent
11 Jul 1962 UK 1 Frederic Collins Hooper 19 Jul 1892 4 Oct 1963 71
4 Oct 1963 2 Anthony Robin Maurice Hooper 26 Oct 1918 25 May 1987 68
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
25 May 1987
HOPE of Craighall,Fife
19 Feb 1628 NS 1 Thomas Hope 1 Oct 1646
1 Oct 1646 2 John Hope c 1605 28 Apr 1654
28 Apr 1654 3 Thomas Hope 11 Feb 1633 c 1660
c 1660 4 Thomas Hope c 1686
c 1686 5 William Hope c 1707
c 1707 6 William Hope (later Bruce-Hope) 5 Apr 1729
5 Apr 1729 7 John Bruce-Hope c 1684 5 Jun 1766
MP for Clackmannan & Kinross 1727-1734 and
1741-1747
5 Jun 1766 8 Thomas Hope 17 Apr 1771
17 Apr 1771 9 Archibald Hope 1735 10 Jun 1794 58
10 Jun 1794 10 Thomas Hope 1768 1801 33
1801 11 John Hope 13 Apr 1781 5 Jun 1853 72
MP for Midlothian 1845-1853
5 Jun 1853 12 Archibald Hope 28 Feb 1808 24 Jan 1883 74
24 Jan 1883 13 John David Hope 27 Apr 1809 14 Jul 1892 83
14 Jul 1892 14 William Hope 12 Jul 1819 5 Apr 1898 78
5 Apr 1898 15 Alexander Hope 22 Oct 1824 7 Mar 1918 93
7 Mar 1918 16 John Augustus Hope 7 Jul 1869 17 Apr 1924 54
MP for Midlothian 1912-1918 and
Midlothian and Peebles North 1918-1922
17 Apr 1924 17 Archibald Philip Hope 27 Mar 1912 27 Jul 1987 75
27 Jul 1987 18 John Carl Alexander Hope 10 Jun 1939 30 Oct 2007 68
30 Oct 2007 19 Alexander Archibald Douglas Hope 16 Mar 1969
HOPE of Kerse,Stirling
30 May 1672 NS 1 Alexander Hope 12 Dec 1637 Dec 1673 36
Dec 1673 2 Alexander Hope 13 Aug 1663 10 Feb 1719 55
10 Feb 1719 3 Alexander Hope 3 Jan 1697 24 Feb 1749 52
24 Feb 1749 4 Alexander Hope c 1794
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
c 1794
HOPE of Kirkliston
1 Mar 1698 NS 1 William Hope 15 Apr 1660 1 Feb 1724 63
1 Feb 1724 2 George Hope c 1685 20 Nov 1729
20 Nov 1729 3 William Hope c 1726 1763
On his death the baronetcy became dormant.
In September 1989, the 4th Marquess of
Linlithgow proved his right to this baronetcy and
as a result the baronetcy is now merged with that
peerage
HOPE of Kinnettles,Angus
13 Jan 1932 UK 1 Harry Hope 24 Sep 1865 29 Dec 1959 94
MP for Buteshire 1910-1918, Stirling and
and Clackmannan West 1918-1922 and
Forfarshire 1924-1931
29 Dec 1959 2 James Hope 2 May 1898 8 Oct 1979 81
8 Oct 1979 3 Robert Holms-Kerr Hope 12 Apr 1900 8 Apr 1993 92
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
8 Apr 1993
HOPE-DUNBAR of Baldoon,Wigtown
13 Oct 1664 NS 1 David Dunbar c 1610 12 Dec 1686
to†††† The baronetcy became dormant on his death
12 Dec 1686
1 Jun 1916 6 Charles Dunbar Hope-Dunbar 12 Jul 1873 6 Jan 1958 84
His claim to the title was allowed on
1 June 1916
For further information on his claim,see the
note at the foot of this page
6 Jan 1958 7 Basil Douglas Hope-Dunbar 16 Feb 1907 21 Jul 1961 54
21 Jul 1961 8 David Hope-Dunbar 13 Jul 1941
HOPKINS of Athboy,Meath
25 Jul 1795 I 1 Francis Hopkins 2 Aug 1756 19 Sep 1814 58
19 Sep 1814 2 Francis Hopkins 28 May 1813 11 May 1860 46
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
11 May 1860
HOPKINS of St Pancras,London
3 Jul 1929 UK 1 John Wells Wainwright Hopkins 16 Feb 1863 16 Feb 1946 83
to†††† MP for St.Pancras SE 1918-1923 and
16 Feb 1946 1924-1929
Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
HORDER of Shaston,Dorset
14 Jul 1923 UK 1 Thomas Jeeves Horder 7 Jan 1871 13 Aug 1955 84
He was subsequently created Baron Horder
(qv) in 1933 with which title the baronetcy
then merged until its extinction in 1997
HORLICK of Cowley Manor,Gloucs
18 Jul 1914 UK 1 James Horlick 30 Apr 1844 7 May 1921 77
7 May 1921 2 Ernest Burford Horlick 29 Feb 1880 7 Oct 1934 54
7 Oct 1934 3 Peter James Cunliffe Horlick 4 Mar 1908 29 Jan 1958 49
29 Jan 1958 4 James Nockells Horlick 22 Mar 1886 31 Dec 1972 86
MP for Gloucester 1923-1929
31 Dec 1972 5 John James Macdonald Horlick 9 Apr 1922 20 Feb 1995 72
20 Feb 1995 6 James Cunliffe William Horlick 19 Nov 1956
HORNBY of Brookhouse,Lancs
21 Feb 1899 UK 1 William Henry Hornby 29 Aug 1841 22 Oct 1928 87
MP for Blackburn 1886-1910
22 Oct 1928 2 Henry Russell Hornby 12 Sep 1888 3 Jan 1971 82
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
3 Jan 1971
HORNE of Shackleford,Surrey
25 Mar 1929 UK 1 William Edgar Horne 21 Jan 1856 26 Sep 1941 85
MP for Guildford 1910-1922
26 Sep 1941 2 Alan Edgar Horne 19 Sep 1889 4 Feb 1984 94
4 Feb 1984 3 Alan Gray Antony Horne 11 Jul 1948
HORSBRUGH-PORTER of Merrion Square,co.Dublin
22 Jul 1902 UK 1 Andrew Marshall Porter 27 Jun 1837 9 Jan 1919 81
MP for co.Londonderry 1881-1883.
Solicitor General [I] 1881-1882. Attorney
General [I] 1882-1883. Master of the Rolls
[I] 1883-1906.PC [I] 1883
9 Jan 1919 2 John Scott Horsbrugh-Porter 18 Jul 1871 7 Mar 1953 81
7 Mar 1953 3 Andrew Marshall Horsbrugh-Porter 1 Jun 1907 5 Feb 1986 78
5 Feb 1986 4 John Simon Horsbrugh-Porter 18 Dec 1938 10 Mar 2013 74
10 Mar 2013 5 Andrew Alexander Marshall Horsbrugh-Porter 19 Jan 1971
HORSFALL of Kilkenny
1642 I 1 Ciprian Horsfall c 1693
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
c 1693
HORSFALL of Hayfield,Yorks
27 Nov 1909 UK 1 John Cousin Horsfall 8 Dec 1846 18 Oct 1920 73
18 Oct 1920 2 John Donald Horsfall 1 Jun 1891 25 Mar 1975 83
25 Mar 1975 3 John Musgrave Horsfall 26 Aug 1915 12 Jan 2005 89
12 Jan 2005 4 Edward John Wright Horsfall 17 Dec 1940
HORT of Castle Strange,Middlesex
8 Sep 1767 GB 1 John Hort 8 Aug 1735 23 Oct 1807 72
23 Oct 1807 2 Josiah William Hort 6 Jul 1791 24 Aug 1876 85
MP for Kildare 1831-1832
24 Aug 1876 3 John Josiah Hort 14 Jan 1824 5 Jan 1882 57
5 Jan 1882 4 William Fitzmaurice Hort 20 Jan 1827 18 Sep 1887 60
18 Sep 1887 5 Fenton Josiah Hort 29 Mar 1836 4 Feb 1902 65
4 Feb 1902 6 Arthur Fenton Hort 15 Jan 1864 7 Mar 1935 71
7 Mar 1935 7 Fenton George Hort 1 May 1896 5 Mar 1960 63
5 Mar 1960 8 James Fenton Hort 6 Sep 1926 19 Jul 1995 68
19 Jul 1995 9 Andrew Edwin Fenton Hort 15 Nov 1954
HORTON of Chadderton,Lancs
22 Jan 1764 GB 1 William Horton c 1715 25 Feb 1774
25 Feb 1774 2 Watts Horton 17 Nov 1753 13 Nov 1811 57
13 Nov 1811 3 Thomas Horton 21 Jul 1758 2 Mar 1821 62
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
2 Mar 1821
HOSKYNS of Harewood,Hereford
18 Dec 1676 E 1 Bennet Hoskyns 1609 10 Feb 1680 70
MP for Wendover 1640, Hereford 1640-1648
and Herefordshire 1656-1658 and 1659
10 Feb 1680 2 John Hoskyns 23 Jul 1634 12 Sep 1705 71
MP for Herefordshire 1685-1689
12 Sep 1705 3 Bennet Hoskyns 28 Jan 1675 17 Dec 1711 36
17 Dec 1711 4 Hungerford Hoskyns c 1677 21 Dec 1767
MP for Herefordshire 1717-1722
21 Dec 1767 5 Chandos Hoskyns 22 Apr 1720 29 May 1773 53
29 May 1773 6 Hungerford Hoskyns c 1753 10 Jul 1802
10 Jul 1802 7 Hungerford Hoskyns 12 Jun 1776 27 Feb 1862 85
27 Feb 1862 8 Hungerford Hoskyns 19 Sep 1804 21 Nov 1877 73
21 Nov 1877 9 John Leigh Hoskyns 4 Feb 1817 7 Dec 1911 94
7 Dec 1911 10 Chandos Hoskyns 28 Apr 1848 22 Jul 1914 66
22 Jul 1914 11 Leigh Hoskyns 14 Feb 1850 12 Sep 1923 73
12 Sep 1923 12 Edwyn Hoskyns 22 May 1851 2 Dec 1925 74
2 Dec 1925 13 Edwyn Clement Hoskyns 9 Aug 1884 28 Jun 1937 52
28 Jun 1937 14 Chandos Wren Hoskyns 14 Dec 1923 3 Apr 1945 21
3 Apr 1945 15 John Chevallier Hoskyns 23 May 1926 12 Apr 1956 29
12 Apr 1956 16 Benedict Leigh Hoskyns 27 May 1928 2 Jun 2010 82
2 Jun 2010 17 Edwin Wren Hoskyns 4 Feb 1956
HOSTE of the Navy
21 Sep 1814 UK 1 William Hoste 30 Aug 1780 6 Dec 1828 48
6 Dec 1828 2 William Legge George Hoste 19 Mar 1818 10 Sep 1868 50
10 Sep 1868 3 William Henry Charles Hoste 19 Nov 1860 11 Jun 1902 41
11 Jun 1902 4 William Graham Hoste 12 Aug 1895 9 May 1915 19
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
9 May 1915
HOTHAM of Scarborough,Yorks
4 Jan 1622 E 1 John Hotham 2 Jan 1645
MP for Beverley 1625,1626,1628-1629,1640
and 1640-1643
2 Jan 1645 2 John Hotham 21 Mar 1632 29 Mar 1689 57
MP for Beverley 1660-1685 and 1689
29 Dec 1689 3 John Hotham 2 Aug 1655 25 Aug 1691 36
MP for Beverley 1689-1690
25 Aug 1691 4 Charles Hotham c 1663 8 Jan 1723
MP for Scarborough 1695-1702 and
Beverley 1702-1723
8 Jan 1723 5 Charles Hotham 27 Apr 1693 25 Jan 1738 44
MP for Beverley 1723-1727 and 1729-1738
25 Jan 1738 6 Charles Hotham Oct 1767
Oct 1767 7 Beaumont Hotham 9 Sep 1771
Sep 1771 8 Charles Hotham-Thompson May 1729 25 Jan 1794 64
MP for St.Ives 1761-1768
25 Jan 1794 9 John Hotham 16 Mar 1734 3 Nov 1795 61
3 Nov 1795 10 Charles Hotham 25 May 1766 18 Jul 1811 45
18 Jul 1811 11 William Hotham 8 Apr 1736 7 May 1813 77
He had previously been created Baron
Hotham (qv) in 1797 with which title the
baronetcy remains merged
HOULDSWORTH of Reddish,Lancs
and Coodham,Ayr
20 Jul 1887 UK 1 William Henry Houldsworth 20 Aug 1834 18 Apr 1917 82
MP for Manchester 1883-1885 and Manchester
North West 1885-1906
18 Apr 1917 2 Henry Hamilton Houldsworth 17 Sep 1867 18 Dec 1947 80
18 Dec 1947 3 William Thomas Reginald Houldsworth 24 Aug 1874 31 Dec 1960 86
31 Dec 1960 4 Reginald Douglas Henry Houldsworth 9 Jul 1903 19 Jan 1989 85
19 Jan 1989 5 Richard Thomas Reginald Houldsworth 2 Aug 1947
HOULDSWORTH of Heckmondwicke,Yorks
25 Jan 1956 UK 1 Hubert Stanley Houldsworth 20 Apr 1889 1 Feb 1956 66
1 Feb 1956 2 Harold Basil Houldsworth 21 Jul 1922 24 Mar 1990 67
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
24 Mar 1990
HOUSTON of Houston,Renfrew
29 Feb 1668 NS 1 Patrick Houston 1696
1696 2 John Houston Dec 1717
Dec 1717 3 John Houston 27 Jan 1722
MP for Linlithgowshire 1708-1713 and
1714-1715
27 Jan 1722 4 John Houston 27 Jul 1751
27 Jul 1751 5 Patrick Houston c 1698 5 Feb 1762
5 Feb 1762 6 Patrick Houston c 1743 24 Mar 1785
24 Mar 1785 7 George Houston c 1745 1795
1795 8 Patrick Houston c 1835
On his death the baronetcy remained in
existence,but no descendants assumed
the title
HOUSTON of West Toxteth,Lancs
17 Jan 1922 UK 1 Robert Paterson Houston 31 May 1853 14 Apr 1926 72
to†††† MP for West Toxteth 1892-1924
14 Apr 1926 Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
For information of this baronet's widow,see
the note at the foot of this page
HOUSTOUN-BOSWALL of Houstoun
19 Jul 1836 UK 1 William Houstoun 10 Aug 1766 8 Apr 1842 75
8 Apr 1842 2 George Augustus Frederick
Houstoun (Houstoun-Boswall from 1847) 4 Oct 1809 8 Jan 1886 76
8 Jan 1886 3 George Lauderdale Houstoun-Boswall 11 Dec 1847 8 Feb 1908 60
8 Feb 1908 4 George Reginald Houstoun-Boswall 6 Dec 1877 27 Sep 1915 37
27 Sep 1915 5 Thomas Randolph Houstoun-Boswall 5 Feb 1882 4 Dec 1953 71
4 Dec 1953 6 Gordon Houstoun-Boswall 15 Mar 1887 28 Feb 1961 73
28 Feb 1961 7 Thomas Houstoun-Boswall 13 Feb 1919 16 May 1982 63
16 May 1982 8 Thomas Alford Houstoun-Boswall 23 May 1947
HOWARD of Bushey Park,Wicklow
1838 UK 1 Ralph Howard c 1802 15 Aug 1873
to†††† MP for Wicklow 1829-1847 and 1848-1852
15 Aug 1873 Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
HOWARD of Great Rissington,Gloucs
1 Dec 1955 UK 1 Harold Walter Seymour Howard Apr 1888 15 Apr 1967 79
15 Apr 1967 2 Hamilton Edward de Courcy Howard 29 Oct 1915 16 Mar 2001 85
16 Mar 2001 3 David Howarth Seymour Howard 29 Dec 1945
HOWARD-LAWSON of Brough Hall,Yorks
8 Sep 1841 UK 1 William Lawson††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 8 May 1796 22 Jun 1865 69
22 Jun 1865 2 John Lawson††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 17 Dec 1829 10 Dec 1910 80
10 Dec 1910 3 Henry Joseph Lawson††††††††††††††† 25 Dec 1877 21 Oct 1947 69
21 Oct 1947 4 Ralph Henry Lawson††††††††††††††††† 27 Sep 1905 13 Feb 1975 69
13 Feb 1975 5 William Howard Lawson††††††††††† 15 Jul 1907 3 Jun 1990 82
3 Jun 1990 6 John Philip Howard (Howard-Lawson from 1992) 6 Jun 1934
HOWE of Cold Barwick,Wilts
20 Jun 1660 E 1 George Grubham Howe 26 Sep 1676
MP for Hindon 1660-1677
26 Sep 1676 2 James Howe c 1669 19 Jan 1736
to†††† MP for Hindon 1698-1701,1702-1705 and
19 Jan 1736 1708-1709
Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
HOWE of Compton,Gloucs
22 Sep 1660 E 1 John Howe c 1671
MP for Gloucestershire 1654-1655 and
1656-1658
c 1671 2 Richard Grobham Howe 28 Aug 1621 3 May 1703 81
MP for Wiltshire 1656-1658 and 1675-1679,
Wilton 1659 and 1660 and Hindon 1679-1685
3 May 1703 3 Richard Grobham Howe c 1652 3 Jul 1730
MP for Tamworth 1685-1689,Cirencester
1690-1698 and Wiltshire 1701 and 1702-1727
3 Jul 1730 4 Emanuel Scrope Howe c 1700 29 Mar 1735
He had previously succeeded to the
Viscountcy of Howe (qv) in 1713 with which
title the baronetcy then merged until its
extinction in 1814
HOYLE of Banney Royd,Yorks
30 Jun 1922 UK 1 Emmanuel Hoyle 23 Sep 1866 9 May 1939 72
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
9 May 1939
HOZIER of Newlands,Glasgow
12 Jun 1890 UK 1 William Wallace Hozier 24 Feb 1825 30 Jan 1906 80
He was subsequently created Baron
Newlands (qv) in 1898 with which title the
baronetcy then merged until its extinction
in 1929
HUBAND of Ipsley,Warwicks
2 Feb 1661 E 1 John Huband c 1649 1710
1710 2 John Huband 24 Jan 1717
24 Jan 1717 3 John Huband c 1713 10 Nov 1730
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
10 Nov 1730
HUDSON of Melton Mowbray,Leics
3 Jul 1660 E 1 Henry Hudson c 1609 27 Aug 1690
Aug 1690 2 Edward Hudson c 1637 9 Jun 1702
Jun 1702 3 Benjamin Hudson c 1665 c 1730
c 1730 4 Charles Hudson 1 Apr 1752
1 Apr 1752 5 Skeffington Hudson 11 May 1683 26 Feb 1760 76
26 Feb 1760 6 Charles Hudson 18 Oct 1773
18 Oct 1773 7 Charles Vallavine Hudson 14 Sep 1755 c 1781
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
c 1781
HUDSON of North Hackney,Middlesex
9 Jul 1942 UK 1 Austin Uvedale Morgan Hudson 6 Feb 1897 29 Nov 1956 59
to†††† MP for Islington East 1922-1923, Hackney
29 Nov 1956 North 1924-1945 and Lewisham North
1950-1956
Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
HUDSON-KINAHAN of Glenville,Cork
26 Sep 1887 UK 1 Edward Hudson Hudson-Kinahan 27 Nov 1828 8 Mar 1892 63
8 Mar 1892 2 Edward Hudson Hudson-Kinahan 3 Nov 1865 17 May 1938 72
17 May 1938 3 Robert Henry Hudson-Kinahan 13 Sep 1872 26 Dec 1949 77
to†††† Extinct on his death
26 Dec 1949
HUGHES of East Bergholt,Suffolk
17 Jul 1773 GB 1 Richard Hughes c 1708 23 Sep 1779
23 Sep 1779 2 Richard Hughes c 1729 5 Jan 1812
5 Jan 1812 3 Robert Hughes 17 Sep 1739 4 Jun 1814 74
4 Jun 1814 4 Richard Hughes 2 Jun 1768 3 Jan 1833 64
3 Jan 1833 5 Richard Hughes 10 Oct 1803 16 May 1863 59
16 May 1863 6 Edward Hughes 31 Mar 1807 8 Aug 1871 64
8 Aug 1871 7 Frederick Hughes 1816 1 Feb 1889 72
1 Feb 1889 8 Thomas Collingwood Hughes 12 Aug 1800 22 May 1889 88
22 May 1889 9 Alfred Hughes 3 Jan 1825 1 Apr 1898 73
1 Apr 1898 10 Alfred Collingwood Hughes 12 May 1854 9 Dec 1932 78
9 Dec 1932 11 Reginald Johnasson Hughes 22 Jun 1882 6 May 1945 62
6 May 1945 12 Robert Heywood Hughes 2 Nov 1865 3 Jan 1951 85
3 Jan 1951 13 Richard Edgar Hughes 8 Jun 1897 29 Aug 1970 73
29 Aug 1970 14 David Collingwood Hughes 29 Dec 1936 13 May 2003 66
13 May 2003 15 Thomas Collingwood Hughes 16 Feb 1966
HUGHES of Denford,Berks
10 Jul 1942 UK 1 Thomas Harrison Hughes 13 Apr 1881 31 Oct 1958 77
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
31 Oct 1958
HUGHES-HUNTER of Plas Goch,Anglesey
5 Dec 1906 UK 1 Charles Hughes-Hunter 27 Jul 1844 2 Feb 1907 62
2 Feb 1907 2 William Bulkeley Hughes Hughes-Hunter 20 Apr 1880 17 Jun 1951 71
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
17 Jun 1951
HUGHES-MORGAN
of Manascin,Pencelly,Brecon
27 Jun 1925 UK 1 David Hughes-Morgan 16 Aug 1871 16 Mar 1941 69
16 Mar 1941 2 John Vernon Hughes-Morgan 12 Aug 1900 13 Jan 1969 68
13 Jan 1969 3 David John Hughes-Morgan 11 Oct 1925 15 Jul 2006 80
15 Jul 2006 4 Ian Parry David Hughes-Morgan 22 Feb 1960
HULSE of Lincoln's Inn Fields
7 Feb 1739 GB 1 Edward Hulse c 1682 10 Apr 1759
10 Apr 1759 2 Edward Hulse 1714 1 Dec 1800 86
1 Dec 1800 3 Edward Hulse 17 Aug 1744 30 Sep 1816 72
30 Sep 1816 4 Charles Hulse 12 Oct 1771 25 Oct 1854 83
25 Oct 1854 5 Edward Hulse 2 Apr 1809 11 Jun 1899 90
11 Jun 1899 6 Edward Henry Hulse 25 Aug 1859 29 May 1903 43
MP for Salisbury 1886-1897
For information on the death of this baronet,
see the note at the foot of this page
29 May 1903 7 Edward Hamilton Westrow Hulse 31 Aug 1880 16 Mar 1915 34
16 Mar 1915 8 Hamilton John Hulse 21 Feb 1864 5 Dec 1931 67
5 Dec 1931 9 Hamilton Westrow Hulse 20 Jun 1909 10 Apr 1996 86
For further information on this baronet,see the
note at the foot of this page
10 Apr 1996 10 Edward Jeremy Westrow Hulse 22 Nov 1932
HULTON of Hulton Park,Lancs
23 Dec 1905 UK 1 William Wilbraham Blethyn Hulton 31 Jul 1844 3 Apr 1907 62
3 Apr 1907 2 William Rothwell Hulton 16 Feb 1868 27 Jun 1943 75
27 Jun 1943 3 Roger Bradyll Hulton 30 Mar 1891 23 Apr 1956 65
23 Apr 1956 4 Geoffrey Alan Hulton 21 Jan 1920 20 Nov 1993 73
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
20 Nov 1993
HULTON of Downside,Leatherhead,Surrey
25 Jun 1921 UK 1 Edward Hulton 1860 23 May 1925 64
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
23 May 1925
HUMBLE of London
21 Jun 1660 E 1 William Humble 1612 26 Dec 1686 74
26 Dec 1686 2 William Humble c 1667 Feb 1687
Feb 1687 3 George Humble c 1670 Mar 1703
Mar 1703 4 John Humble 1680 7 Feb 1724
7 Feb 1724 5 William Humble Oct 1742
Oct 1742 6 John Humble c 1739 6 Feb 1745
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
6 Feb 1745
HUMBLE of Kensington,Middlesex
16 Mar 1687 E 1 William Humble c 1650 12 Aug 1709
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
12 Aug 1709
HUMBLE of Cloncoskoran,Waterford
30 Sep 1831 UK See "Nugent"
HUME of Polwarth
19 Dec 1637 NS 1 Patrick Hume Apr 1648
Apr 1648 2 Patrick Hume 13 Jan 1641 2 Aug 1724 83
He was subsequently created Earl of
Marchmont (qv) in 1697 with which title
the baronetcy then merged until it became
dormant in 1794
HUME of Wormleybury,Herts
4 Apr 1769 GB 1 Abraham Hume c 1703 10 Oct 1772
MP for Steyning 1747-1754 and Tregony
1761-1768
10 Oct 1772 2 Abraham Hume 20 Feb 1749 24 Mar 1838 89
to†††† MP for Petersfield 1774-1780 and Hastings
24 Mar 1838 1807-1818
Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
HUME-WILLIAMS of Ewhurst,Surrey
28 Nov 1922 UK 1 Ellis Hume-Williams 19 Aug 1863 4 Feb 1947 83
MP for Bassetlaw 1910-1929.PC 1929
4 Feb 1947 2 Roy Ellis Hume-Williams 31 Jul 1887 30 Aug 1980 93
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
30 Aug 1980
HUMPHERY of Penton Lodge,Hants
10 Dec 1868 UK 1 Sir William Henry Humphery 25 Mar 1827 31 Mar 1909 82
to†††† MP for Andover 1863-1867
31 Mar 1909 Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
HUMPHREYS of London
30 Nov 1714 GB 1 William Humphreys c 1651 26 Oct 1735
MP for Marlborough 1715-1722
26 Oct 1735 2 Orlando Humphreys 14 Jun 1737
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
14 Jun 1737
HUNGATE of Saxton,Yorks
15 Aug 1642 E 1 Philip Hungate 20 Dec 1655
Dec 1655 2 Francis Hungate 1643 c 1682
c 1682 3 Philip Hungate 1661 10 Apr 1690 28
10 Apr 1690 4 Francis Hungate 1683 26 Jul 1710 27
26 Jul 1710 5 Philip Hungate c 1685 c 1740
c 1740 6 Charles Carrington Hungate 1686 3 Nov 1749 63
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
3 Nov 1749
HUNLOKE of Wingerworth,Derby
28 Feb 1643 E 1 Henry Hunloke 28 Oct 1618 13 Jan 1648 29
13 Jan 1648 2 Henry Hunloke 20 Nov 1645 3 Jan 1715 69
3 Jan 1715 3 Thomas Windsor Hunloke 10 Nov 1684 30 Jan 1752 67
30 Jan 1752 4 Henry Hunloke 25 Mar 1724 15 Nov 1804 80
15 Nov 1804 5 Thomas Windsor Hunloke 2 Mar 1773 19 Jan 1816 42
19 Jan 1816 6 Henry John Joseph Hunloke 29 Sep 1812 8 Feb 1856 43
8 Feb 1856 7 James Hunloke 5 Jul 1784 22 Jun 1856 71
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
22 Jun 1856
HUNT of Curragh,Limerick
4 Dec 1784 I See "De Vere"
HUNT of Kensington,Middlesex
13 Oct 1892 UK 1 Frederick Seager Hunt 27 Apr 1838 21 Jan 1904 65
to†††† MP for Marylebone West 1885-1895 and
21 Jan 1904 Maidstone 1895-1898
Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
HUNTER of London
15 Dec 1812 UK 1 Claudius Stephen Hunter 24 Feb 1775 20 Apr 1851 76
20 Apr 1851 2 Claudius Stephen Paul Hunter 21 Sep 1825 7 Jan 1890 64
7 Jan 1890 3 Charles Roderick Hunter 6 Jul 1858 24 Jun 1924 65
to†††† MP for Bath 1910-1918
24 Jun 1924 Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
HUNTER of Plas Goch,Anglesey
5 Dec 1906 UK See "Hughes-Hunter"
HUNTER-BLAIR of Dunskey,Wigtown
27 Jun 1786 GB 1 James Hunter-Blair Feb 1741 1 Jul 1787 46
MP for Edinburgh 1781-1784
1 Jul 1787 2 John Hunter-Blair c 1772 24 May 1800
24 May 1800 3 David Hunter-Blair c 1778 26 Dec 1857
26 Dec 1857 4 Edward Hunter-Blair 24 Mar 1818 7 Oct 1896 78
7 Oct 1896 5 David Oswald Hunter-Blair 30 Sep 1853 12 Sep 1939 85
12 Sep 1939 6 Edward Hunter-Blair 14 Mar 1858 11 Apr 1945 87
11 Apr 1945 7 James Hunter-Blair 7 May 1889 29 Nov 1985 96
29 Nov 1985 8 Edward Thomas Hunter-Blair 15 Dec 1920 21 Oct 2006 85
21 Oct 2006 9 Patrick David Hunter-Blair 12 May 1958
HUNTINGTON of the Clock House,Chelsea
20 Jul 1906 UK 1 Charles Philip Huntington 1833 23 Dec 1906 73
MP for Darwen 1892-1895
23 Dec 1906 2 Henry Leslie Huntington 5 Jul 1885 24 Apr 1907 21
24 Apr 1907 3 Charles Philip Huntington 17 Jan 1888 28 Jan 1928 40
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
28 Jan 1928
HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY of Grimley,Worcs
8 Feb 1918 UK 1 Herbert Huntington-Whiteley 8 Dec 1857 22 Jan 1936 78
MP for Ashton under Lyne 1895-1906 and
Droitwich 1916-1918
22 Jan 1936 2 Herbert Maurice Huntington-Whiteley 25 Jul 1896 18 May 1975 78
18 May 1975 3 Hugo Baldwin Huntington-Whiteley 31 Mar 1924 17 Jun 2014 90
17 Jun 2014 4 John Miles Huntington-Whiteley 18 Jul 1929
HURLY of Knockalong,Limerick
c 1645 I 1 Thomas Hurly c 1647
c 1647 2 Maurice Hurly c 1684
c 1684 3 William Hurly 1691
to†††† He was attainted and the baronetcy
1691 forfeited
HUSSEY of Honington,Hunts
29 Jun 1611 E 1 Edward Hussey 10 Oct 1585 22 Mar 1648 62
MP for Lincolnshire 1640
22 Mar 1648 2 Thomas Hussey 14 Jan 1639 19 Dec 1706 67
MP for Lincoln 1681-1685 and Lincolnshire
1685-1698
19 Dec 1706 3 Edward Hussey c 1661 19 Feb 1725
MP for Lincoln 1689-1695,1698-1700 and
1701-1705
He had previously succeeded to the
baronetcy of Hussey created in 1661 (qv)
in 1680 when the two baronetcies then
merged
19 Feb 1725 4 Henry Hussey c 1702 14 Feb 1730
14 Feb 1730 5 Edward Hussey 1 Apr 1734
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
1 Apr 1734
HUSSEY of Caythorpe,Lincs
21 Jul 1661 E 1 Charles Hussey 30 Oct 1626 2 Dec 1664
MP for Lincolnshire 1656-1658 and
1661-1664
2 Dec 1664 2 Charles Hussey Apr 1680
Apr 1680 3 Edward Hussey c 1661 19 Feb 1725
He subsequentlysucceeded to the
baronetcy of Hussey created in 1611 (qv)
in 1706 when the two baronetcies then
merged until their extinction in 1734
HUTCHINSON of Castlesallagh,Wicklow
11 Dec 1782 I See "Synge-Hutchinson"
HUTCHISON of Hardiston,Kinross
23 Jul 1923 UK 1 Thomas Hutchison 16 Dec 1866 12 Apr 1925 58
12 Apr 1925 2 Eric Alexander Ogilvy Hutchison 28 Feb 1897 7 Feb 1972 74
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
7 Feb 1972
HUTCHISON of Thurle,Berks
6 Jul 1939 UK 1 Robert Hutchison 28 Oct 1871 12 Feb 1960 88
12 Feb 1960 2 Peter Hutchison 27 Sep 1907 16 Jan 1998 90
16 Jan 1998 3 Robert Hutchison 25 May 1954
HUTCHISON of Rossie,Perth
26 Jan 1956 UK 1 James Riley Holt Hutchison 10 Apr 1893 24 Feb 1979 85
MP for Glasgow Central 1945-1950 and
Scotstoun 1950-1959
24 Feb 1979 2 Peter Craft Hutchison 5 Jun 1935
HYDE of Albury,Herts
8 Nov 1621 E 1 Nicholas Hyde c 1561 c 1625
c 1625 2 Thomas Hyde 18 May 1665
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
18 May 1665
HYDE of Birmingham,Warwicks
19 Jan 1922 UK 1 Charles Hyde 23 Oct 1876 26 Nov 1942 66
to†††† Extinct on his death††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
26 Nov 1942
Sir Charles Dunbar Hope-Dunbar, 6th baronet
The baronetcy of Dunbar of Baldoon was created in 1664, but on the death of the first baronet
in 1686, it became dormant until successfully claimed by Captain Charles Dunbar Hope in 1916.
Once he had proved his right to the baronetcy, he changed his surname to Hope-Dunbar.
The following (edited) report of the claim appeared in 'The Times' on 30 May 1916:-
'The Baronetage Committee of the Privy Council sat in the Council Chamber in Downing-street
yesterday to hear a petition by Captain Charles Dunbar Hope to be placed on the official roll
of baronets in respect of the Baronetcy of Dunbar of Baldoon.
'Captain Hope's claim was successful.
'Mr. Macphail [counsel for Captain Hope] said that from early times various lands were acquired
by the lairds of Baldoon, and these, in 1655, were possessed by David Dunbar of Baldoon. In
1664 Charles II conferred on David Dunbar the dignity of knight baronet. In 1641 he had married
married Elizabeth, daughter of John M'Culloch, of Myretown, by whom he had one son (David)
and three daughters. On his wife's death Sir David, in 1666, married Anna Sydserf, daughter of
Sir Archibald Sydserf, of Lowden, but from that marriage there was no surviving issue.
'In 1669, David the younger married Janet Dalrymple, daughter of the first Viscount of Stair and
the original, it is believed, of Scott's "Bride of Lammermoor." She died soon after her marriage,
without issue, and in 1674 he married Helenor Montgomery, daughter of Howard, seventh Earl
of Eglinton. It was from that second marriage that the present claim arose. On the marriage
contract life-rent provisions were made for certain lands in favour of Lady Helenor. The original
settlement could not be found, but Sir David Dunbar of Baldoon settled the whole of his estates
on his son, David, and his heirs male.
'In 1682 Lady Helenor was left a widow with two children - David and Mary. David died in 1685.
Mary thus became the heir female, and she was also the person to whom the estates were
destined by marriage settlement. She married Basil, sixth son of the Duke of Hamilton. Lord
Basil lost his life in 1701 while rescuing a servant from drowning. He was succeeded by his son
William, who died in the next year, and he in turn was succeeded by his brother Basil. Basil
the younger took part in the Rising of 1715, and was sentenced to death, and his estates
were forfeited. Ultimately he received a pardon. In connexion with the forfeiture a question
arose whether the Baldoon estates belonged to Basil or to his mother. Both the Court of
Session and the Commissioners and Trustees for forfeited estates decided that they belonged
to Mary Dunbar, and were not affected by the forfeiture pronounced on her son.
'In 1742 Basil died, his son Dunbar succeeding his great-uncle as Earl of Selkirk. Lady Mary
Hamilton lived till 1760, when, under her will, she was succeeded by her grandson Dunbar.
In later years the heirs male of Mary Dunbar became extinct.
'Isabella Helen, wife of the Hon. Charles Hope, succeeded to the family estates in 1885, and
died in 1893. She was succeeded by her eldest son, a captain in the Royal Navy; he died
in 1915, and was succeeded by the present claimant.
'The Lord Advocate did not contest the claim, but he reserved for their Lordships' consideration
certain points of law.
'After consultation in private, the Lord President announced that their Lordships would humbly
advise his Majesty that the name of Charles Dunbar Hope ought to be placed on the official
roll of baronets in respect of the baronetcy of Dunbar of Baldoon.'
Fanny Lucy Houston, wife of Sir Robert Paterson Houston, 1st and only baronet
The following biography of Lady Houston appeared in the Australian monthly magazine "Parade"
in its issue for July 1950:-
'It is an intriguing thought, and not an over-fanciful one, that had it not been for a woman the
Battle of Britain, and the world today might have been divided between the Nazis and the
Nipponese. For the speedy Spitfire that clawed the Huns from the clouds in 1940 was an
adaption of a plane developed in 1931 to win the international air race, the Schneider Trophy;
and had it not been for the generosity and patriotism of an extraordinary woman, Britain would
not have had an entry that year in that famous race. The British Government of the time,
enmeshed in the toils of world depression, had decided funds were too low to foot the bill that
an entry in the race entailed, when Dame Fanny Lucy Houston, D.B.E., came forward with the
£100,000 required, motivated by a queer mixture of earnest patriotism and desire to shame a
government she detested.
'It was not the first, nor the last, time that this capricious woman philanthropist came forward
to finance a project she conceived to be of importance to the upholding of Britain's name and
fame. Yet, with more millions than she could ever spend, she hated paying income tax. With
every wile the law allowed she dodged liability for this impost. Then, when she had "done the
government in the eye" she made a free gift to the country of much more than the taxation
she had legally evaded. Her overwhelming patriotism and eccentric behaviour made her a
national "character." As hard as a diamond in many ways, she was also as many-sided.
'Her origins were obscure. On occasions she would display a coyish ignorance of world affairs
fitting to a nit-witted social butterfly; at other times, and mostly, she displayed the shrewd
hard-bargaining abilities of a Billingsgate porter - and her language, too, savoured more of
Billingsgate than Mayfair when she was aroused to violent argument. Once, after signing a
cheque for £70,000 for one of her many philanthropies with the regal air of a duchess she
wandered around decked in a queen's ransom in furs eating thick slabs of bread and treacle
with all too obvious gusto.
'In these and other ways she showed that she had not always been decked in ermine and
reared to the purple. Her favourite quotation, which she frequently repeated, was Kipling's
assertion that "The female of the species is more deadly than the male," and she would shout
these words with particular emphasis after winning a verbal battle with a cabinet minister or
roundly abusing a traffic policeman for delaying her car. It would have been appropriate had the
name "Spitfire" for the famous plane originated in the mind of some official at the Air Ministry
who had suffered the lash of her tongue.
'Britain's victory in the Schneider Trophy Contest of 1931 and the triumph of the Spitfire was,
at all events, due in a measure to this unconventional woman. In 1930 the Socialist Government
under Ramsay Macdonald resolved that entry in the Schneider Trophy race was an unwarranted
expense. Great Britain had won the race in 1927 and 1929 and needed only one more victory to
win the Trophy outright, but it was decided that the country could not afford to compete,
though it was obvious to any thinking person that the next war would be decided in the air and
that the department of aircraft was of paramount importance to Britain's future defence.
'Lady Houston determined that Britain should compete, and in January, 1931, she sent one of
her typical telegrams to Ramsay Macdonald announcing that "to prevent the Socialist
Government being spoil-sports" she would meet all expenses involved in Great Britain's entry
for the Schneider Trophy.
'It was only natural that Lady Houston, being the kind of woman she was, also followed up her
telegram by telling the Government in her own way, what she thought of their niggardly policy.
The Government hit back by refusing to accept her offer unless accompanied by a banker's
guarantee. "This," cried Lady Houston, when she read the letter, " is the sort of insult only a
Socialist Government could be guilty of": but she immediately instructed her bankers to provide
the necessary guarantee.
'In spite of a churlish attitude displayed by the Government, England won the Schneider Trophy.
Nine years later Great Britain also won the immortal Battle of Britain with a plane evolved from
the type designed to win the famous Trophy.
'Lady Houston was always reticent concerning her early years. Should anyone mention her
infancy she would always steer the conversation into other channels. Later, when she became
proprietor of the Saturday Review, she would tour London and its suburbs in an open Rolls-
Royce to see if the bill-posters had placed her posters where she wanted them. Sometimes she
would stop the car outside a small pub and send for a glass of stout. Perched on the high back
seat she would enjoy her drink while urchins clustered round and gawked at the funny-looking
old lady dressed in sables and drinking stout, at the same time declaring that "Guinness" was
losing its kick. In an unguarded moment she once confessed that as a child she used to run
wild through the City's streets.
'She was born Fanny Lucy Radmall in 1857 in the time Florence Nightingale became a national
heroine. The influence of this remarkable character upon the future Lady Houston was later
reflected in her lavish donations to hospitals and her interest in the welfare of nurses. She
boasted that she had left school at twelve years of age and had not been "handicapped" by
a university education. When she was eighteen she decided to make the stage her career and
obtained a small part in a West-End production. At that time she was a very beautiful woman,
and as "Poppy" Radmall she became one of the toasts of London Town, among such notable
charmers as Lili Langtry, Mabel Love and Edna May. She became the leader of an artistic circle
whose support was always sought to sponsor any charitable cause.
'In 1883 she married Theodore Brin[c]kman. This marriage was dissolved on her petition in 1895.
[For information on Brinckman's second marriage, see the note under that baronetcy]. Then in
1901 she married the ninth Lord Byron. She was forty≠four, but still beautiful and vivacious.
When "Poppy" Radmall was called to play the role of Lady Byron she carried the part with the
verve and aplomb of one born into the peerage. Her home, Byron Cottage, near Hampstead
Heath, became the rendezvous of leading artists, actors and musicians of the day. Anna
Pavlova, one of her neighbours, was a frequent visitor. At the outbreak of war in 1914 she
established and controlled a Home for Tired Nurses, and in recognition of her numerous other
patriotic works she was created, in 1917, a Dame Commander of the British Empire. At the
close of that year [actually March 1917] Lord Byron died.
'Now a widow of sixty, she still retained much of her beauty and charm, and instead of closing
her book of activities she merely turned over another leaf and started another chapter. The
opportunity now came for this coy little lady to justify her faith in her favourite maxim
concerning the female of the species. Across her orbit, flashing like a comet, came Robert
Paterson Houston, nicknamed the Robber Baron. He was one of those tough business bullies
who took a keen delight in riding roughshod over all who opposed him.
'Houston was ruthless and shrewd. He had founded a line of steamers bearing his name, and
during the war of 1914-18 his wealth had multiplied so hugely that he settled in the Channel
Islands to avoid taxation. This rapacious, bewhiskered tax-dodger was a hard nut to crack,
but when Lady Byron met him she plied her feminine wiles so skilfully that his hard heart burst
open like a ripe acorn and he laid the kernel of his riches at her feet. As a birthday gift to his
future bride Robert Houston gave her a string of black pearls for which he paid £100,000. She
always wore this magnificent necklace above a large brooch which she confessed came from
Woolworths.
'In 1924 Lady Byron, formerly Mrs. Brinkman, nee "Poppy" Radmall, was married to Robert
Houston. When he died two years later in Jersey aboard his palatial steam yacht "Liberty" he
left the bulk of his fortune to her.
'She now had five millions sterling to play with, and it was at this period of her life that Lady
Houston became deeply religious. Like Joan of Arc, she declared she had had a vision in which
she was ordained to serve her country and the British Empire. Her patriotism was the
contradiction of Dr. Johnson's familiar definition. To her the British Empire was sacrosanct, and
with fanatical zeal she attacked any politician who failed in her opinion to uphold its greatness.
She acquired the Saturday Review to use its columns to criticise the government and to
proclaim her political philosophy, which future events proved to be fundamentally sound. This
hobby cost her £60,000 a year.
'As Robert Houston was domiciled in Jersey, the death duties arising from his estate were
beyond the reach of the Treasury. Questions were asked in the House of Commons concerning
the Houston millions, and the best legal minds tried to devise some means whereby the
exchequer could grasp some of this cash; but they found it was beyond its reach. But Lady
Houston quickly solved the riddle of the death duties. She made an appointment with Winston
Churchill, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, and in her pungent style soon settled the argument
by handing over a cheque for £1,500,000. Churchill acknowledged that legally the Treasury had
no claim and accepted it as a gift by Lady Houston to her country.
'After the death of Robert Houston, his palatial yacht, Liberty, was laid up most of the year.
When in commission it was anchored in Poole Harbour or in the Solent, and at night, by means
of illuminated signs slung between the masts, Lady Houston would tell the world what she
thought of Britain's Prime Ministers, Ramsay Macdonald and Stanley Baldwin. At certain hours
the main deck of the "Liberty" was closed to officers and men to allow the owner to take her
daily exercise in the nude. Even in advanced age she continued the practice, claiming that the
chill sea air striking her naked body was responsible for her unusual vitality.
'In the Spring of 1932 certain firms interested in the development of aviation proposed a flight
over Mount Everest. Arrangements were almost complete when the financial crisis of the world
depression intensified and many who had promised support found themselves unable to
contribute. Lord Clydesdale [later the 14th Duke of Hamilton and the 11th Duke of Brandon],
one of the originators of the scheme and chief pilot of the expedition, approached Lady Houston
and she made the project possible with a donation of £15,000. The "Houston Mount Everest
Flight was an outstanding success.
'Following the Schneider Trophy success Lady Houston turned her attention to the air defence
of London. In 1932 she learned that London was practically without air defence of any kind. She
immediately offered £200,000 to provide 40 planes for the city's protection. This offer was
bluntly refused by the Government. In December, 1933, she repeated the offer. Twelve days
later she announced that her offer had not been accepted, refused or even acknowledged, so
she wrote "An Open Letter to Ye Citizens of London, by Lady Houston, D.B.E., in the following
strain:
"Londoners. You are citizens of no mean city, and yet the London we love and are proud of is
the only capital without any defence against any invasion from the air. Do you realise what
this means? It means that your homes and your children could be destroyed in a few hours. I
am told it will cost £200,000 and I will gladly give this sum to save London and its inhabitants
from the terrible danger. The Government will do nothing unless you tell them they must accept
my offer. Your true friend, Lucy Houston."
'Blatant, popularity-seeking the government said - all poppycock and nonsense; the government
was quite capable able of doing what was necessary for the air defence of London - and it did
exactly nothing. Alas! Within a decade, Londoners were to know, as they hurried to the under-
grounds for shelter from the hail of Nazi bombs, just how right the irascible old lady was, and
how wrong was the government she despised. Her 40 planes would have been welcome then.
'But she was no longer there to shout: "I ruddy well told you so." Approaching 80 and ailing,
she was profoundly shocked by the abdication of King Edward VIII to marry Mrs. Simpson in
1936 and exhausted much of her failing strength abusing the politicians she blamed for "King
Eddie's" decision. She refused to eat and was obliged to take to her bed. One day [29 Dec
1936] one of her doctors told her it was time for her to go to sleep. Her reply was typical:
"Yes," she answered, "and a damned long sleep it's going to be." She was right, for she never
woke again.'
Sir Edward Henry Hulse, 6th baronet
Sir Edward committed suicide in May 1903, as was reported in 'The Irish Times' of 1 June 1903:-
'Sir Edward Hulse, who was found dead in his bedroom yesterday, shot through the head, had,
it appears, been suffering considerably for some time from ma fracture of the thigh, which he
sustained several years ago. A post-mortem examination showed that the fracture had never
healed, but this had, nevertheless, not prevented him from attending to his business affairs.
Sir Edward retired to rest at midnight on Friday apparently in his usual spirits. When the valet
entered his master's bedroom at about seven o'clock yesterday morning he found Sir Edward
quite dead from a revolver shot through the head. The revolver lay close by the side of the
deceased. An inquest will be held next Tuesday. The funeral took place at Brakfontein [in South
Africa], and was attended by many leading citizens.'
At the ensuing inquest, the jury found a verdict of "suicide during temporary insanity caused by
excruciating pain."
Sir Hamilton Westrow Hulse, 9th baronet
From 'The Times' of 24 December 1994:-
'An 85-year-old war hero faced one of the greatest dramas of his life early yesterday when he
and his wife evacuated the bedroom of their blazing home by using knotted sheets.
'Sir Westrow Hulse, a war-time fighter pilot twice mentioned in dispatches, and his wife
Elizabeth, 83, both slithered 20ft to safety by tying their bed-linen together and hanging it from
an upstairs window. Both were unhurt. Their 17th century New Forest cottage in the village of
Breamore , near Fordingbridge, Hampshire, was destroyed.
'Forty firefighters from Hampshire and Dorset tackled the blaze, which began at about 3am and
quickly engulfed the two-storey thatched cottage. Police said that they were not aware of any
suspicious circumstances surrounding the fire. Sir Westrow, a wing commander in the war-time
RAF Volunteer Reserve who trained as a barrister before turning his hand to farming, was woken
up by the smell of burning and found the house ablaze. Police said that the fire tore up the
stairs, cutting off the couple's only means of escape. Sir Westrow quickly tied the bedsheets
into a rope, and sent his wife down first from the bedroom window.
'Yesterday the house was still smouldering, and the bedsheets still dangled from the window
as firefighters doused the last smoking embers of the blaze. Sir Westrow and Lady Hulse were
recovering at the nearby home of Sir Westrow's son by his first wife.
'Edward Hulse said of his parents yesterday: "They are both remarkable people. He is 85. Who
would have thought someone of that age could act like that?"
'Mr. Hulse's wife Verity added: "They are remarkably well considering everything. They had a
very lucky escape. My mother-in-law came out first and went to look for help. She had only
her nightdress on but she went off down the road to a neighbour's house to get help. Every-
thing happened so quickly; they smelled burning and found the rest of the house on fire."
'Sub-officer Steve Collins, of the Hampshire fire brigade, one of the first on the scene, said:
"When we arrived, Sir Westrow was standing outside with an eiderdown wrapped round him,
and she had a nightgown on. There was a big white sheet hanging out of the bedroom window,
and the rest of the house was completely ablaze. They are both very lucky people; it is a long
way down and, for people of their age, it is remarkable."
'Derek Budd, a near neighbour, was woken by his eight-year-old grandson, who said: "There's
a woman at the gate, grandad." Mr. Budd went downstairs and found Lady Westrow shouting:
"Budd, Budd, ring 999; the cottage is on fire."
'Mr. Budd, a retired butler, said: "She was still in her nightclothes. I went to let her in but she
said: 'Don't bother about me, just ring the fire brigade.' I made her come in or she would have
frozen to death. She rang the fire brigade herself. The pair of them seemed remarkably calm
given the circumstances; they are typical aristocracy and typically resilient. All they have now
is what they stand up in, and that is just a pair of pyjamas and a dressing gown."
'Sir Westrow and his wife had lived in the cottage for 22 years, after vacating the nearby manor
house now occupied by Sir Westrow's son and taking with them a large collection of antique
furniture and jewellery, all of which is likely to have been lost.
'Sir Westrow, a baronet educated at Eton College and Christ Church, married for the fourth
time in 1954.'
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