BARONETAGE
Last updated 15/12/2014
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
KABERRY of Adel-cum-Eccup,Yorks
28 Jan 1960 UK 1 Donald Kaberry,later [1983] Baron Kaberry
of Adel [L] 18 Aug 1907 13 Mar 1991 83
MP for Leeds NW 1950-1983
13 Mar 1991 2 Christopher Donald Kaberry 14 Mar 1943
KAY of East Sheen,Surrey
5 Dec 1803 UK 1 Brook Watson 7 Feb 1735 2 Oct 1807 72
MP for London 1784-1793
2 Oct 1807 2 William Kay 16 May 1850
16 May 1850 3 Brook Kay 10 Jul 1780 16 May 1866 85
16 May 1866 4 Brook Kay 8 Aug 1820 15 Mar 1907 86
15 Mar 1907 5 William Algernon Kay 23 May 1837 11 Oct 1914 77
11 Oct 1914 6 William Algernon Ireland Kay 21 Mar 1876 4 Oct 1918 42
to     Extinct on his death
4 Oct 1918
KAY-SHUTTLEWORTH
of Gawthorpe Hall,Lancs
22 Dec 1849 UK 1 James Phillips Kay-Shuttleworth 20 Jul 1804 26 May 1877 72
26 May 1877 2 Ughtred James Kay-Shuttleworth 18 Dec 1844 20 Dec 1939 95
He was subsequently created Baron
Shuttleworth (qv) in 1902 with which
title the baronetcy remains merged
KAYE of Woodesham,Yorks
4 Feb 1642 E 1 John Kaye 15 Aug 1616 25 Jul 1662 46
25 Jul 1662 2 John Kaye c 1641 8 Aug 1706  
MP for Yorkshire 1685-1698,1701 and
1702-1706
8 Aug 1706 3 Arthur Kaye c 1670 10 Jul 1726 66
MP for Yorkshire 1710-1726
10 Jul 1726 4 John Lister Kaye 4 Sep 1697 5 Apr 1752 54
MP for York 1734-1740
5 Apr 1752 5 John Lister Kaye 26 Jun 1725 27 Dec 1789 64
27 Dec 1789 6 Richard Kaye 11 Aug 1736 25 Dec 1809 73
to     Extinct on his death
25 Dec 1809
KAYE of Denby,Yorks
28 Dec 1812 UK See "Lister-Kaye"
KAYE of Huddersfield,Yorks
8 Mar 1923 UK 1 Joseph Henry Kaye 6 Sep 1856 24 Dec 1923 67
24 Dec 1923 2 Henry Gordon Kaye 24 Feb 1889 19 Feb 1956 66
19 Feb 1956 3 Stephen Henry Gordon Kaye 24 Mar 1917 12 Jun 1983 66
12 Jun 1983 4 David Alexander Gordon Kaye 26 Jul 1919 23 Jun 1994 74
23 Jun 1994 5 Paul Henry Gordon Kaye 19 Feb 1958
KEANE of Belmont and Cappoquin,co.Waterford
1 Aug 1801 UK 1 John Keane 21 May 1757 19 Apr 1829 71
19 Apr 1829 2 Richard Keane Mar 1780 16 Feb 1855 74
MP for Waterford County 1832-1835
1855 3 John Henry Keane 12 Jan 1816 26 Nov 1881 65
26 Nov 1881 4 Richard Francis Keane 13 Jun 1845 17 Oct 1892 47
17 Oct 1892 5 John Keane 3 Jun 1873 30 Jan 1956 82
30 Jan 1956 6 Richard Michael Keane 29 Jan 1909 28 Dec 2010 101
28 Dec 2010 7 John Charles Keane 16 Sep 1941
KEARLEY of Wittington,Bucks
22 Jul 1908 UK 1 Hudson Ewbanke Kearley 1 Sep 1856 5 Sep 1934 78
He was subsequently created Baron
Devonport (qv) in 1910 with which title
the baronetcy then merged
KEATE of The Hoo,Herts
12 Jun 1660 E 1 Jonathan Keate 14 Feb 1633 17 Sep 1700 67
MP for Hertfordshire 1679-1681
17 Sep 1700 2 Gilbert Hoo Keate c 1661 13 Apr 1705
13 Apr 1705 3 Henry Hoo Keate c 1696 8 Aug 1744
8 Aug 1744 4 William Keate c 1700 6 Mar 1757
to     Extinct on his death
6 Mar 1757
KEITH
28 May 1625 NS 1 William Keith c 1585 28 Oct 1635
He had previously succeeded to the
Earldom of Marischal (qv) in 1623 with 
which title the baronetcy then merged 
until its forfeiture in 1716
KEITH of Ludquharn
28 Jul 1629 NS 1 William Keith c 1655
c 1655 2 Alexander Keith c 1680
c 1680 3 William Keith c 1700
c 1700 4 William Keith c 1669 18 Nov 1749
18 Nov 1749 5 Robert Keith 14 Feb 1771
to     On his death the baronetcy became 
14 Feb 1771 dormant
KEITH of Powburn,Kincardine
4 Jun 1663 NS 1 James [or George] Keith after 1663
to     On his death the baronetcy became either
after 1663 extinct or dormant
KEITH-MURRAY of Ochertyre,Perth
7 Jun 1673 NS See "Murray"
KEKEWICH of Peamore,Devon
11 Jan 1921 UK 1 Trehawke Herbert Kekewich 11 Jul 1851 10 Mar 1932 80
to     Extinct on his death
10 Mar 1932
KELK of Bentley Priory,Wilts
16 May 1874 UK 1 John Kelk 21 Feb 1816 12 Sep 1886 70
MP for Harwich 1865-1868
12 Sep 1886 2 John William Kelk 13 Jan 1851 22 Mar 1923 72
to     Extinct on his death
22 Mar 1923
KELLETT of Lota,co.Cork
6 Aug 1801 UK 1 Richard Kellett 16 May 1761 19 Dec 1853 92
19 Dec 1853 2 William Henry Kellett 10 Oct 1794 Feb 1886 91
For information on the succession of this
baronetcy,see the note at the foot of this page
Feb 1886 3 Henry de Castres Kellett 15 Sep 1851 20 Jun 1924 72
20 Jun 1924 4 Henry de Castres Kellett 2 Oct 1882 25 Jul 1966 83
25 Jul 1966 5 Henry de Castres Kellett 3 Jun 1914 6 Aug 1966 52
2 Aug 1966 6 Stanley Everard Kellett 1911 1983 72
1983 7 Stanley Charles Kellett 5 Mar 1940
KEMEYS of Kevanmabley,Glamorgan
13 May 1642 E 1 Nicholas Kemeys 25 May 1648
MP for Monmouthshire 1628-1629
For further information on this baronet,
see the note at the foot of this page
25 May 1648 2 Charles Kemeys c 1614 c Jun 1658
c Jun 1658 3 Charles Kemeys 18 May 1651 22 Dec 1702 51
MP for Monmouthshire 1685-1689 and
1695-1698 and Monmouth 1690-1695
Dec 1702 4 Charles Kemeys 23 Nov 1688 29 Jan 1735 46
to     MP for Monmouthshire 1713-1715 and
29 Jan 1735 Glamorgan 1716-1734
Extinct on his death
KEMP of Gissing,Norfolk
14 Mar 1642 E 1 Robert Kemp 20 Aug 1647
20 Aug 1647 2 Robert Kemp 2 Feb 1627 26 Sep 1710 83
MP for Norfolk 1675-1679 and Dunwich
1679-1681
26 Sep 1710 3 Robert Kemp 25 Jun 1667 18 Dec 1734 67
MP for Dunwich 1701-1705, 1708-1709 and 
1713-1715 and Suffolk 1732-1734
18 Dec 1734 4 Robert Kemp 9 Nov 1699 15 Feb 1752 52
MP for Orford 1730-1734
15 Feb 1752 5 John Kemp 19 Dec 1700 25 Nov 1761 61
25 Nov 1761 6 John Kemp 1754 16 Jan 1771 16
16 Jan 1771 7 Benjamin Kemp 29 Dec 1708 25 Jan 1777 68
25 Jan 1777 8 William Kemp 31 Dec 1717 5 Nov 1799 81
5 Nov 1799 9 William Robert Kemp 18 May 1744 11 Oct 1804 60
11 Oct 1804 10 William Robert Kemp 14 Nov 1791 29 May 1874 82
29 May 1874 11 Thomas John Kemp 14 Oct 1793 7 Aug 1874 80
7 Aug 1874 12 Kenneth Hagar Kemp 21 Apr 1853 22 Apr 1936 83
to     Extinct on his death
22 Apr 1936
KEMPE of Pentlow,Essex
5 Feb 1627 E 1 George Kempe 12 Nov 1602 Jan 1667 64
to     Extinct on his death
Jan 1667
KENNARD of Hordle Cliff,Hants
11 Feb 1891 UK 1 Coleridge Arthur Fitzroy Kennard 12 May 1885 7 Oct 1948 63
For information on the reason for the creation of
a baronetcy for a 5-year-old child,see the note
at the foot of this page
7 Oct 1948 2 Lawrence Ury Charles Kennard 6 Feb 1912 3 May 1967 55
3 May 1967 3 George Arnold Ford Kennard 27 Apr 1915 13 Dec 1999 84
to     Extinct on his death
13 Dec 1999 For further information on this baronet,see the
note at the foot of this page
KENNAWAY of Hyderabad,India
25 Feb 1791 GB 1 John Kennaway 6 Mar 1758 1 Jan 1836 77
1 Jan 1836 2 John Kennaway 15 Dec 1797 19 Feb 1873 75
19 Feb 1873 3 John Henry Kennaway 6 Jun 1837 6 Sep 1919 82
MP for Devon East 1870-1885 and Honiton
1885-1910. PC 1897
6 Sep 1919 4 John Kennaway 7 Apr 1879 3 Aug 1956 77
3 Aug 1956 5 John Lawrence Kennaway 7 Sep 1933
KENNEDY
25 Jan 1665 I 1 Robert Kennedy Mar 1668
Mar 1668 2 Richard Kennedy Jan 1685
Jan 1685 3 Robert Kennedy c 1650 1688
1688 4 Richard Kennedy c 1686 Apr 1710
to     On his death the next heir was under 
Apr 1710 attainder and the baronetcy was thus
forfeited
KENNEDY of Girvan,Ayr
4 Aug 1673 NS 1 John Kennedy c 1700
c 1700 2 Gilbert Kennedy Jun 1740
to     Extinct on his death
Jun 1740
KENNEDY of Culzean,Ayr
8 Dec 1682 NS 1 Archibald Kennedy 1710
For information on his daughter, Susanna, 3rd
wife of the 9th Earl of Eglinton, see the note
at the foot of the page containing details of
the Eglinton peerage.
1710 2 John Kennedy Jul 1742
Jul 1742 3 John Kennedy 10 Apr 1744
10 Apr 1744 4 Thomas Kennedy 30 Nov 1775
He subsequently succeeded to the Earldom
of Cassillis (qv) in 1759 with which
title the baronetcy then merged until
the baronetcy became extinct in 1792
KENNEDY of Clowburn,Lanark
8 Jun 1698 NS 1 Andrew Kennedy c Feb 1717
c Feb 1717 2 John Vere Kennedy 26 May 1729
to     On his death the baronetcy became either
May 1729 extinct or dormant
KENNEDY of Johnstown,co.Dublin
18 Jul 1836 UK 1 John Kennedy 1785 15 Oct 1848 63
15 Oct 1848 2 Charles Edward Bayly Kennedy 13 Feb 1820 4 Dec 1880 60
4 Dec 1880 3 John Charles Kennedy 23 Mar 1856 22 May 1923 67
22 May 1923 4 John Ralph Bayly Kennedy 9 Apr 1896 9 Aug 1968 72
9 Aug 1968 5 James Edward Kennedy 18 Jan 1898 24 Jun 1974 76
24 Jun 1974 6 Derrick Edward de Vere Kennedy 5 Jun 1904 27 Jun 1976 72
27 Jun 1976 7 George Ronald Derrick Kennedy 19 Nov 1927 21 Jan 1988 60
21 Jan 1988 8 Michael Edward Kennedy 12 Apr 1956 6 May 2012 56
6 May 2012 9 George Matthew Rae Kennedy 9 Dec 1993
  KENRICK of Whitley,Berks
29 Mar 1679 E 1 William Kenrick 8 Sep 1684
Sep 1684 2 William Kenrick 1665 1699 34
to     Extinct on his death
1699
KENT of Fornham,Suffolk
16 Aug 1782 GB 1 Charles Kent c 1744 14 Mar 1811
MP for Thetford 1784-1790
14 Mar 1811 2 Charles Egleton Kent 4 Mar 1784 5 Dec 1834 50
5 Dec 1834 3 Charles William Egleton Kent 15 Feb 1819 8 Apr 1848 29
to     Extinct on his death
8 Apr 1848 For information on the death of this baronet,
see the note at the foot of this page
KENYON of Gredington,Flint
28 Jul 1784 GB 1 Lloyd Kenyon 5 Oct 1732 4 Apr 1802 69
He was subsequently created Baron Kenyon
(qv) in 1788 with which title the
baronetcy remains merged
KERR of Greenland,Roxburgh
31 Jul 1637 NS 1 Andrew Kerr May 1665
May 1665 2 Andrew Kerr by Jun 1676
by Jun 1676 3 William Kerr Apr 1716
MP for Scotland 1707-1708
Apr 1716 4 William Kerr Aug 1741
Aug 1741 5 Robert Kerr Apr 1746
Apr 1746 6 William Kerr 8 Dec 1755
8 Dec 1755 7 Robert Kerr 16 Aug 1776
to     on his death the baronetcy became
16 Aug 1776 dormant
KERR of Cambridge,Cambs
23 Jul 1957 UK 1 Hamilton William Kerr 1 Aug 1903 26 Dec 1974 71
to     MP for Oldham 1931-1945 and Cambridge
26 Dec 1974 1950-1966
Extinct on his death
KERRISON of Hoxne Hall,Suffolk
8 Aug 1821 UK 1 Edward Kerrison 30 Jul 1776 9 Mar 1853 76
MP for Shaftesbury 1813-1818,Northampton
1818-1820 and Eye 1824-1852
9 Mar 1853 2 Edward Clarence Kerrison 2 Jan 1821 12 Jul 1886 65
to     MP for Eye 1852-1866 and Suffolk East 1866-1867
12 Jul 1886 Extinct on his death
KEY of Thornbury,Gloucs
17 Aug 1831 UK 1 John Key 16 Aug 1794 15 Jul 1858 63
MP for London 1832-1833
15 Jul 1858 2 Kingsmill Grove Key 7 May 1815 28 Dec 1899 84
28 Dec 1899 3 John Kingsmill Causton Key 22 Aug 1853 27 Apr 1926 72
27 Apr 1926 4 Kingsmill James Key 11 Oct 1864 9 Aug 1932 67
to     Extinct on his death
9 Aug 1932
KEYES of Zeebrugge,and Dover,Kent
10 Oct 1919 UK 1 Sir Roger John Brownlow Keyes 4 Oct 1872 26 Dec 1945 72
He was subsequently created Baron Keyes
(qv) in 1943 with which title the
baronetcy remains merged,although as at
30/06/2014,the baronetcy does not appear on 
the Official Roll of the Baronetage
KEYT of Ebrington,Gloucs
22 Dec 1660 E 1 John Keyt 6 Jul 1616 26 Aug 1662 46
26 Aug 1662 2 William Keyt 1638 30 Nov 1702 64
30 Nov 1702 3 William Keyt 8 Jul 1688 Sep 1741 53
MP for Warwick 1722-1735
Sep 1741 4 Thomas Charles Keyt 1713 24 Jul 1755 42
24 Jul 1755 5 Robert Keyt 24 Dec 1724 6 Jul 1784 59
to     Extinct on his death
6 Jul 1784
KILLIGREW of Arwennick,Cornwall
22 Dec 1660 E 1 William Killigrew 17 Jul 1665
Jul 1665 2 Peter Killigrew c 1634 8 Jan 1705
to     MP for Camelford 1660
8 Jan 1705 Extinct on his death
KIMBER of Lansdown Lodge,Wandsworth
24 Aug 1904 UK 1 Henry Kimber 13 Jul 1834 18 Dec 1923 89
MP for Wandsworth 1885-1913
18 Dec 1923 2 Henry Dixon Kimber 8 Nov 1862 4 Sep 1950 87
4 Sep 1950 3 Charles Dixon Kimber 7 Jan 1912 10 Apr 2008 96
10 Apr 2008 4 Timothy Roy Henry Kimber 3 Jun 1936 4 Dec 2012 76
4 Dec 2012 5 Rupert Edward Watkin Kimber 20 Jun 1962
KINAHAN of Glenville,Cork
26 Sep 1887 UK See "Hudson-Kinahan"
KING of Boyle Abbey,co.Roscommon
27 Sep 1682 I 1 Robert King c 1625 1708
1708 2 John King 1673 19 Mar 1721 47
19 Mar 1721 3 Henry King 1680 1 Jan 1741 59
PC [I] 1733
1 Jan 1741 4 Robert King,later [1748] 1st Baron 
Kingsborough 18 Feb 1724 22 May 1755 31
22 May 1755 5 Edward King 29 Mar 1726 8 Nov 1797 71
He was subsequently created Earl of
Kingston (qv) in 1768 with which title
the baronetcy remains merged,although,as
at 30/06/2014,the baronetcy does not appear
on the Official Roll of the Baronetage
KING of West Wycombe,Bucks
28 Jun 1707 GB See "Dashwood"
KING of Bellevue,Kent
18 Jul 1792 GB See "Duckworth-King"
KING of Charlestown,co.Roscommon
1 Jul 1815 UK 1 Gilbert King 3 Jul 1739 8 Aug 1818 79
8 Aug 1818 2 Robert King 1785 1825 40
1825 3 Gilbert King 13 Jun 1812 14 Nov 1895 83
14 Nov 1895 4 Gilbert King 30 May 1846 9 Jul 1920 74
9 Jul 1920 5 George Adolphus King 3 Sep 1864 15 Aug 1954 89
15 Aug 1954 6 Alexander William King 25 Nov 1892 7 Apr 1969 76
7 Apr 1969 7 Peter Alexander King 13 Nov 1928 10 Jul 1973 44
10 Jul 1973 8 Wayne Alexander King 2 Feb 1962
KING of Corrard,Fermanagh
6 Nov 1821 UK 1 Abraham Bradley King 31 Mar 1774 27 Feb 1838 63
27 Feb 1838 2 James Walker King 12 May 1796 25 Jan 1874 77
25 Jan 1874 3 Charles Simeon King 8 Dec 1840 3 Apr 1921 80
to     Extinct on his death
3 Apr 1921
KING of Campsie,Stirling
10 Oct 1888 UK 1 James King 13 Jul 1830 1 Oct 1911 81
1 Oct 1911 2 John Westall King 19 Jan 1863 9 Sep 1940 77
9 Sep 1940 3 James Granville Le Neve King 17 Sep 1898 20 Dec 1989 91
20 Dec 1989 4 John Christopher King 31 Mar 1933 5 Dec 2014 81
5 Dec 2014 5 James Rupert King 24 May 1961
KING of Cornwall Gardens,London
21 Jun 1932 UK 1 Sir Henry Seymour King 4 Jan 1852 14 Nov 1933 81
to     MP for Hull Central 1885-1911
14 Nov 1933 Extinct on his death
  KINGSMILL of Sidmanton,Hants
24 Nov 1800 GB 1 Robert Kingsmill c 1730 23 Nov 1805
MP for Yarmouth (IOW) 1779-1780 and
Tregony 1784-1790
23 Nov 1805 2 Robert Kingsmill 1772 4 May 1823 50
to     Extinct on his death
4 May 1823
KINLOCH of Kinloch,Fife
5 Sep 1685 NS 1 David Kinloch c 1700
c 1700 2 James Kinloch c 1680 1744
1744 3 James Kinloch 5 Feb 1766
to     He was attainted and the baronetcy 
1746 forfeited
KINLOCH of Gilmerton,Haddington
16 Sep 1686 NS 1 Francis Kinloch 17 Dec 1691
Dec 1691 2 Francis Kinloch 11 Sep 1699
Sep 1699 3 Thomas Kinloch 23 Jun 1676 2 Mar 1747 70
2 Mar 1747 4 James Kinloch 8 Aug 1705 25 Mar 1778 72
25 Mar 1778 5 David Kinloch c 1710 18 Feb 1795
18 Feb 1795 6 Francis Kinloch c 1747 16 Apr 1795
16 Apr 1795 7 Archibald Gordon Kinloch 24 Oct 1800
For further information on this baronet,who 
murdered his brother,the 6th baronet,see the
note at the foot of this page
24 Oct 1800 8 Alexander Kinloch 12 Feb 1813
12 Feb 1813 9 David Kinloch 1 Sep 1805 23 Feb 1879 73
23 Feb 1879 10 Alexander Kinloch 1 Feb 1830 11 Mar 1912 82
11 Mar 1912 11 David Alexander Kinloch 20 Feb 1856 27 Oct 1944 88
27 Oct 1944 12 Alexander Davenport Kinloch 17 Sep 1902 22 Nov 1982 80
22 Nov 1982 13 David Kinloch 5 Aug 1951
KINLOCH of Kinloch,Perth
16 Apr 1873 UK 1 George Kinloch 13 Oct 1800 17 Jun 1881 80
17 Jun 1881 2 John George Smyth Kinloch 8 Jan 1849 20 May 1910 61
MP for Perthshire East 1889-1903
20 May 1910 3 George Kinloch 1 Mar 1880 16 Mar 1948 68
16 Mar 1948 4 John Kinloch 1 Nov 1907 28 May 1992 84
28 May 1992 5 David Oliphant Kinloch 15 Jan 1942
KINLOCH-COOKE
of Brighthelmstone,Sussex
1 Mar 1926 UK 1 Clement Kinloch-Cooke 1854 4 Sep 1944 90
to     MP for Devonport 1910-1923 and Cardiff
4 Sep 1944 East 1924-1929
Extinct on his death
KIRKALDY of Grange
14 May 1664 NS 1 John Kirkaldy c 1680
to     Presumably extinct on his death
c 1680
KIRKPATRICK of Closeburn,Dumfries
26 Mar 1685 NS 1 Thomas Kirkpatrick c 1695
c 1695 2 Thomas Kirkpatrick c 1730
c 1730 3 Thomas Kirkpatrick 1704 Oct 1771 67
Oct 1771 4 James Kirkpatrick 7 Jun 1804
7 Jun 1804 5 Thomas Kirkpatrick 1777 21 Oct 1844 67
21 Oct 1844 6 Charles Sharpe Kirkpatrick May 1811 9 Oct 1867 56
9 Oct 1867 7 Thomas Kirkpatrick 26 Apr 1839 23 Jun 1880 41
23 Jun 1880 8 James Kirkpatrick 22 Mar 1841 20 Nov 1899 58
20 Nov 1899 9 Charles Sharpe Kirkpatrick 2 Feb 1874 2 Jun 1937 63
2 Jun 1937 10 James Alexander Kirkpatrick 24 Oct 1918 4 Apr 1954 35
4 Apr 1954 11 Ivone Elliott Kirkpatrick 1 Oct 1942
KITSON of Gledhow,Yorks
28 Aug 1886 UK 1 James Kitson 22 Sep 1835 16 Mar 1911 75
He was subsequently created Baron
Airedale (qv) in 1907 with which title
the baronetcy then merged until its
extinction in 1996.
KLEINWORT of Bolnore,Sussex
29 Nov 1909 UK 1 Alexander Drake Kleinwort 17 Oct 1858 8 Jun 1935 76
8 Jun 1935 2 Alexander Santiago Kleinwort 31 Oct 1892 26 Mar 1983 90
26 Mar 1983 3 Kenneth Drake Kleinwort 28 May 1935 8 Jul 1994 59
8 Jul 1994 4 Richard Drake Kleinwort 4 Nov 1960
KNATCHBULL of Mersham Hatch,Kent
4 Aug 1641 E 1 Norton Knatchbull 26 Dec 1602 5 Feb 1685 82
MP for Kent 1640 and New Romney 1640-
1648 and 1660-1679
5 Feb 1685 2 John Knatchbull c 1636 15 Dec 1696
MP for New Romney 1660-1661 and Kent
1685-1695
15 Dec 1696 3 Thomas Knatchbull c 1712
c 1712 4 Edward Knatchbull c 1674 3 Apr 1730
MP for Rochester 1702-1705, Kent 1713-
1715 and 1722-1727 and Lostwithiel 1728-
1730
3 Apr 1730 5 Wyndham Knatchbull-Wyndham 23 Jul 1749
23 Jul 1749 6 Wyndham Knatchbull-Wyndham 16 Feb 1737 26 Sep 1763 26
MP for Kent 1760-1763
26 Sep 1763 7 Edward Knatchbull 12 Dec 1704 21 Nov 1789 84
21 Nov 1789 8 Edward Knatchbull 22 May 1758 21 Sep 1819 61
MP for Kent 1790-1802 and 1806-1819
 
21 Sep 1819 9 Edward Knatchbull 20 Dec 1781 24 May 1849 67
MP for Kent 1819-1831 and Kent East
1832-1845.  PC 1834. Paymaster-General
1834-1835 and 1841-1845
For further information on this baronet's
brother, John, see the note at the foot
of this page.
24 May 1849 10 Norton Joseph Knatchbull 10 Jul 1808 2 Feb 1868 59
2 Feb 1868 11 Edward Knatchbull 26 Apr 1838 30 May 1871 33
30 May 1871 12 Wyndham Knatchbull 9 Aug 1844 30 Jul 1917 72
MP for Kent East 1875-1876
30 Jul 1917 13 Cecil Marcus Knatchbull-Hugessen 27 Nov 1863 15 Feb 1933 69
He had previously succeeded to the Barony
of Brabourne (qv) in 1915 with which title the
baronetcy remains merged,although as at
30/06/2014 the baronetcy does not appear on
the Official Roll of the Baronetage
KNELLER of Whitton,Middlesex
24 May 1715 GB 1 Godfrey Kneller 8 Aug 1646 19 Oct 1723 77
to     Extinct on his death
19 Oct 1723
KNIGHTLEY of Offchurch,Warwicks
30 Aug 1660 E 1 John Knightley c 1611 c 1670
c 1670 2 John Knightley 1689
to     Extinct on his death
1689
KNIGHTLEY of Fawsley,Northants
2 Feb 1798 GB 1 John Knightley 17 Feb 1747 29 Jan 1812 64
29 Jan 1812 2 Charles Knightley 30 Jan 1781 30 Aug 1864 83
MP for Northamptonshire South 1835-1852
30 Aug 1864 3 Rainald Knightley,later [1892] 1st 
Baron Knightley 22 Oct 1819 19 Dec 1895 76
19 Dec 1895 4 Valentine Knightley 30 Sep 1812 28 Apr 1898 85
28 Apr 1898 5 Charles Valentine Knightley 22 Jul 1853 20 Mar 1932 78
20 Mar 1932 6 Henry Francis Knightley 30 Jul 1854 3 Mar 1938 83
to     Extinct on his death
3 Mar 1938
KNIGHTON of Carlston,Dorset
1 Jan 1813 UK 1 William Knighton 1776 11 Oct 1836 60
11 Oct 1836 2 William Wellesley Knighton 1811 13 Mar 1885 73
to     Extinct on his death
13 Mar 1885
KNILL of The Grove,Kent
11 Aug 1893 UK 1 Stuart Knill 11 Apr 1824 19 Nov 1898 74
19 Nov 1898 2 John Knill 4 Sep 1856 26 Mar 1934 77
26 Mar 1934 3 John Stuart Knill 11 Apr 1886 17 Apr 1973 87
For further information on this baronet,see
the note at the foot of this page
17 Apr 1973 4 John Kenelm Stuart Knill 8 Apr 1913 15 Apr 1998 85
15 Apr 1998 5 Thomas John Pugin Bartholomew Knill 23 Aug 1952
KNIVETON of Mercaston,Derby
29 Jun 1611 E 1 William Kniveton c 1632
MP for Derbyshire 1604-1611
c 1632 2 Gilbert Kniveton c 1641
MP for Derby 1614
c 1641 3 Andrew Kniveton 24 Dec 1669
Dec 1669 4 Thomas Kniveton c 1706
to     Extinct on his death
c 1706
KNOTT of Close House,Northumberland
4 Jul 1917 UK 1 James Knott 31 Jan 1855 8 Jun 1934 79
MP for Sunderland 1910
8 Jun 1934 2 Thomas Garbutt Knott 14 Jul 1879 10 Apr 1949 69
to     Extinct on his death
10 Apr 1949
KNOLLYS of Grove Place,Hants
6 May 1642 E 1 Henry Knollys c 1611 Jul 1648
to     Extinct on his death
Jul 1648
  KNOLLYS of Thame,Oxon
1 Apr 1754 GB 1 Francis Knollys c 1722 29 Jun 1772
to     MP for Reading 1761-1768
29 Jun 1772 Extinct on his death
  KNOWLES of Lovell Hill,Berks
31 Oct 1765 GB 1 Charles Knowles c 1704 9 Dec 1777  
MP for Gatton 1749-1752. Governor of
Jamaica 1752-1758
9 Dec 1777 2 Charles Henry Knowles 24 Aug 1754 28 Nov 1831 77
28 Nov 1831 3 Francis Charles Knowles 10 Jun 1802 19 Mar 1892 89
19 Mar 1892 4 Charles George Frederick Knowles 14 Mar 1832 3 Mar 1918 85
3 Mar 1918 5 Francis Howe Seymour Knowles 13 Jan 1886 4 Apr 1953 67
4 Apr 1953 6 Francis Gerald William Knowles 9 Mar 1915 13 Jul 1974 59
13 Jul 1974 7 Charles Francis Knowles 20 Dec 1951
KNOWLES of Westwood,Lancs
14 Dec 1903 UK 1 Lees Knowles 16 Feb 1857 7 Oct 1928 71
to     MP for Salford West 1886-1906
7 Oct 1928 Extinct on his death
KNOX-GORE of Belleek,Mayo
5 Dec 1868 UK 1 Francis Arthur Knox-Gore 23 Jun 1803 21 May 1873 69
Lord Lieutenant Sligo 1831-1868
21 May 1873 2 Charles James Knox-Gore 20 Sep 1831 22 Dec 1890 59
to     Extinct on his death
22 Dec 1890
KNYVETT of Buckenham,Norfolk
22 May 1611 E 1 Philip Knyvett 28 Feb 1655
Feb 1655 2 Robert Knyvett 9 Oct 1699
to     Extinct on his death
Oct 1699
KYNASTON of Hardwick,Salop
8 Dec 1818 UK 1 John Kynaston  (Powell from 1797)  5 Feb 1753 24 Oct 1822 69
MP for Shropshire 1784-1822
24 Oct 1822 2 Edward Kynaston 7 Jan 1758 26 Apr 1839 81
26 Apr 1839 3 John Roger Kynaston 2 Jul 1797 7 Mar 1866 68
to     Extinct on his death
7 Mar 1866
KYRLE of Much Marcle,Hereford
17 May 1627 E 1 John Kyrle 1650
1650 2 John Kyrle c 1617 4 Jan 1680
to     MP for Herefordshire 1668-1679
4 Jan 1680 Extinct on his death
KYRLE-MONEY of Horn House,Hereford
1838 UK 1 James Kyrle-Money c 1775 26 Jun 1843
to     Extinct on his death                          
26 Jun 1843
The Kellett baronetcy
All sorts of confusion seems to have surrounded the holder of this title between 1883 and 
1906. The standard peerage reference works of the time all state that the holder of the
title was Sir William Augustus Kellett, who had succeeded to the title in 1886.
A letter from the London correspondent of the Melbourne 'Argus,' published on 29 January
1906 informs the paper's readers that:-
'Sir William Kellett, Bart., who died the other day, had a very romantic career. He was only
57 years of age, and had held the title 20 years. He was nephew of the first baronet, first
cousin of the second and succeeded to the baronetcy under a special remainder. He was
originally a school master, lived for a time in India, and in the eighties he was a music 
teacher in Romney. When he claimed the baronetcy in 1886 he went to Australia to look
after what was left of the family estates. He found that everything was mortgaged, and
the deeds were held by solicitors for the benefit of creditors. When he returned to England
he again supported himself by teaching music. His health broke down, and he was compelled
to ask the Totnes poor-law guardians for relief. He was granted 3/- a week and, later, he
was admitted to the St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Home, at Plymouth, where he died on [27
December 1905.] The newspapers state that, though he was penniless and a confirmed
invalid, he was about to be married to a daughter of the late Mr. James Jermy, of Stanfield-
hall, Norfolk. He is succeeded in the title by his brother Henry, who is believed to be in
Australia, but his whereabouts is said to be uncertain, for his relatives in England have not
heard of him for some time.'
Notice of his death was also recorded in the Court Circular section of 'The Times' on 2
January 1906 in a paragraph which stated that "the funeral of Sir William Kellett, who died
last week in a Roman Catholic home for the aged poor, took place yesterday at the 
cemetery, Plymouth. The mourners were four inmates of the home, and the service was
conducted by one of the priests visiting the institution.
The article in the 'Argus' on 29 January 1906 caused an immediate response. A letter to the
editor appeared in the 3 February 1906 edition, which read:-
'Sir - In the letter of your London correspondent, published on Monday, January 29, mention
is made of the death, in poverty of "Sir William Kellett," at the age of 57. He is described as
having held the title for 20 years. As a matter of fact he had no right to the title at all.
'The title was last held by my uncle, Sir William Augustus Kellett, who, accompanied by my
father, arrived in Victoria in 1839. In the forties and early fifties he was engaged in business
in Collins-street (near Queen-street), Melbourne. He was married on the 15th May, 1851, to
Mary Gibson, at the Cathedral Church of St. James, Melbourne, and of that marriage there
was issue a daughter, named Theresa. He died at Hawthorn, and was buried on 30th April,
1883, in Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, aged 68 years. 
'It was necessary to prove this when substantiating a claim under my father's will to money
paid into Chancery under the Trustees Relief Act, which was done before the High Court of
Justice, in Ireland, Chancery division, to the satisfaction of the Master of the Rolls, on the
24th June, 1902……….
'For reasons it is unnecessary to particularise I have not assumed the title during the past
20 years, but it is plainly evident to me that, in justice to my sons and to prevent future
complications, I must assert my position.
'Yours etc, Henry de Castries Kellett, Bart.
   High-street, Kew, Feb 2.'
This letter is somewhat unsatisfactory in its assertion that Sir William Augustus Kellett had
been the last person to hold the title. There seems to be no doubt at all that, since he had
died in April 1883, he never succeeded to the title, as the 2nd baronet did not die until
February 1886.  And yet, as late as 1916, "Dod's Peerage" describes Sir Henry de Castries
Kellett as being the 4th baronet. On the other hand, Sir Henry is shown in "Who's Who" as
the 3rd baronet.
To confuse the matter even further, the following article appeared in the 'Chicago Daily
Tribune' on 29 March 1906:-
'At the close of last year there died in St. Joseph's Roman Catholic home at Plymouth an
old man of 70 whose misfortunes had excited a good deal of attention and sympathy and
who used to be known as Sir William Kellet [sic], "the pauper baronet." He previously had
been an inmate of the parish workhouse at Totnes, and it was the horror of a number of
charitably inclined people at the idea of the titled chief of so ancient a family as the Kellets
spending his old age in the workhouse that led them to provide for his welfare in a Catholic
home.
'According to his own story he was the son of a London merchant, ruined by reverses,
and earning his bread as the manager of a private school in Kent when, in 1880, he was
notified that through the death of his cousin in Australia he had inherited the latter's title
and estates, the property being estimated at [US] $500,000. He parted with his school,
according to his own account, at a considerable sacrifice, and, scarping together all the
little money he possessed, sailed for Australia, only to find that his cousin's estate had
been left so heavily encumbered that it was hopeless to expect anything from it.
Accordingly he returned to England and took up music and teaching.
'He asserted that he had lost his first wife many years ago, and in 1904 was about to
contract a second marriage with a woman at Kingston, who offered to provide for him for
life in return for his name and title. But when she the physical wreck to whom she was
about to ally herself to, she broke off the match, being unwilling , even for the sake of
becoming a baronet's wife, to go through a ceremony of marriage with so pitiable an 
object, crippled, as the man was, by two successive strokes of paralysis.
'And now comes the extraordinary part of the affair. It seems that the man was an imposter
who gulled even the compilers of "Burke's," "Debrett's," and other standard works of 
reference dealing with the baronetage, and it is amazing, in view of all the publicity which
his misfortunes received in the press, that the fact of his pretensions should not have
become known.
'It came out that the real Sir William Kellet died in Australia in 1883 after having spent the
previous forty years of his life in the antipodes without ever coming to England. He was
buried in the Baroondara [sic] cemetery at Kew, in Victoria, April 18, 1883, and left but one
child, a daughter of the name of Theresa, by a marriage contracted at St. James' Cathedral,
at Melbourne, May 15, 1851. He was succeeded by his brother, the late Sir Henry de
Castries Kellet. Sir Henry died about five years ago, and was succeeded by his son
and namesake, who lives in Victoria. [my emphasis]
'Proofs of the death of Sir William Kellet in April, 1883, had to be furnished not merely to the
courts of the colony of Victoria but also to the chancery division of the High Court of 
Justice in Ireland at the time of the probating of the will of his brother, the late Sir Henry, in
June, 1902. The court records of that year at Dublin show that the demise of Sir William, in 
1883, and that of his younger brother and successor, Sir Henry Kellet, in 1901, were 
established to the satisfaction of the master of the rolls at Dublin June 24, 1902. It was 
likewise made clear at that time that the real Sir William was 73 when he died, in 1883, and 
that he would therefore have been 95 had he survived until last year.
'The fact is therefore established that the so-called "pauper baronet," upon whom so much
pity was wasted, was a rank imposter, clever enough to mislead not only all sorts of kind-
hearted people but also the compilers of "Peerages" and other standard works of reference,
not one of which seems to have taken any note of the records of the Dublin court of 
chancery in 1902.'
So who is this Sir Henry de Castries Kellet who is alleged to have died around 1901? - I've 
no idea. If any reader has access to the records of the Irish courts for the year 1902, I'd
be very pleased to hear from them, but, in the meantime, the listing of the holders of this
title follows the history as shown in Burke's Peerage.
The undisputed Sir Henry de Castries Kellett died on 20 June 1924 when the hire-car in 
which he was a passenger was struck by a tram in Cotham Road, Kew, a suburb of 
Melbourne. His widow was eventually awarded £1,518 damages against the Melbourne and
Metropolitan Tramways Board.
Sir Nicholas Kemeys, 1st baronet
According to an article in the New Zealand 'Hawke's Bay Herald' of 4 December 1897:-
'Sir Nicholas Kemeys, Baronet, of Cefn Mably, was accounted one of the strongest men of
his day, and a tradition corroborative of his great strength still exists in Glamorganshire.
One summer evening as Sir Nicholas was walking in the deer park at Cefn Mably with some
guests, an athletic man, leading an ass, upon which was his wallet, approached, and, 
respectfully saluting the company said he humbly supposed that the huge gentleman he 
had the honour of addressing was the strong Sir Nicholas Kemeys. The stranger, being
answered in the affirmative, declared himself a noted Cornish wrestler who had never been
thrown, and that having heard from a Welshman whom he had met in Bristol of the great
bodily strength of Sir Nicholas he had made this journey to see his honour, adding that, if it
were not asking too great a favour, he trusted Sir Nicholas would condescend and try a
fall with him. The baronet smilingly assented, but advised the Cornishman first to go to the
buttery and get refreshed. The Cornishman declined with many thanks, saying he was quite
fresh; so they fell to wrestling, and in a moment the Cornishman was thrown upon his back.
The baronet assisted him to rise, and asked him if he were now satisfied with his strength.
The reply was as follows:- "Not unless you throw me over the Park wall." The story goes
that this request was readily complied with, the unsatisfied wrestler entreating that Sir
Nicholas would throw his ass after him over the wall, which was accordingly done. A place
is still shown in the ancient park wall as the scene of the exploit. A fine picture now at Cefn
Mably, in the possession of Colonel Kemeys Tynte, represents Sir Nicholas as of great
stature and apparently of gigantic strength. He was killed at Chepstow Castle in defending 
it against the troops of Cromwell, having slain many of the enemy with his own hand in the 
sortie in which he fell.'
Sir Coleridge Arthur Fitzroy Kennard, 1st baronet
Sir Coleridge was created a baronet at the age of 5 years and 9 months. The baronetcy was
originally intended for his grandfather and namesake, Coleridge Kennard, but he died on 
Christmas Day 1890, before the baronetcy could be gazetted. The elder Coleridge had been MP
for Salisbury 1882-1885, and had contributed greatly to the Conservative cause, particularly in
relation to the foundation of a Conservative newspaper, the "Evening News." His grandson was
therefore created a baronet in his place.
For another instance of a boy being created a baronet in similar circumstances, see the
baronetcy of Hills.
Sir George Arnold Ford Kennard, 3rd baronet
Extracted from Sir George's obituary in 'The Times' of 22 December 1999:-
"Loopy" Kennard was regarded in the Army as an eccentric. He certainly behaved unusually on
occasion, for example firing his revolver over the heads of his squadron sentries in Malaya to
test their alertness (and receiving a fusillade in response). But it was his matter-of-fact way 
of regarding and describing the awful barbarity of war that marked him out. He came from a
family which had made and lost huge wealth, and this may have contributed to the happy
combination of his supreme self-confidence and his unfailing common touch.
'Kennard spent much of the war [WW2] as a prisoner of the Germans, but the manner of his
capture was quite in keeping with his lifestyle. After Wavell's victory against the Italians in
the Western Desert, the 4th Hussars were sent to Salonika in 1941 as part of the vain attempt
to prevent Greece being overrun by the Axis forces. The Commonwealth divisions fought
tenaciously but were critically short of air support and their tanks were outgunned by the 
German Panzers.
'After several unsuccessful encounters, Kennard and a handful of officers and men of the 4th
Hussars found themselves in the Peloponnese with their backs to the Mediterranean. They 
hoped to hold out long enough to be rescued, but while tending a wounded brother officer
Kennard was surprised to be addressed by someone speaking English in a German accent he
recognised. It was Otto Herzog, the cousin of a German family he had known well before the
war. Each fluent in the other's language, the pair then acted as go-betweens, arranging the
surrender of some 10,000 Allied troops who would otherwise have been shelled to pieces on
the beaches.
'Kennard was subsequently involved in a number of escape attempts from Oflag VIB at
Warburg in Westphalia. Having been dragged ignominiously heels-first from a narrow tunnel
in which he and others were digging, he decided on an easier and less arduous route.
Recovering in the prison hospital from dysentery, he and a companion enlisted the help of a
foreman of a French forced-labour group to leave a plank behind at the end of their day's
work. The plan was simple. The two laid the plank from the hospital window to the nearby
perimeter fence, crawled across, jumped down and began walking westwards.
'They made good progress, travelling only by night, keeping away from roads and stealing
food from farms. After six weeks on the run, an encounter with a German sentry in Holland
forced the two to split up. Each sought help from Dutch civilians but so great was the risk of
German reprisals for aiding Allied escapers that both were recaptured a few hours later.
'After being moved to a different camp, Kennard and Humphrey Luya of the Royal Artillery
broke away from a marching column of prisoners and bolted into a wood. By this late stage
of the war, the guards were either old men or mere boys, so no determined attempt was
made to recapture them. Two days crouching in a thicket in the middle of a German
defensive position until it was evacuated led to the pair's liberation by the American Army.'
Sir Charles William Egleton Kent, 3rd baronet
Sir Charles was found dead in his bed in April 1848, having suffered an aneurism of the arch of
the aorta. The following report of the subsequent inquest appeared in the "Morning Post" of
13 April 1848:-
 
'Yesterday Mr. G.I. Mills, the Deputy-Coroner, held an inquest in the officers' room of the
Regent's Park Barracks, Albany-street, on the body of Captain Sir Charles William Kent, Bart.,
aged 29, of the 1st Regiment of Life Guards, who was found dead under the following circum-
stances - William Gledhall deposed that he was valet to the deceased Baronet. Sir Charles
had been ailing for some time past, and complained of a pain in his left side. On Saturday
morning last, about half-past nine o'clock, he went up to the deceased's room, and on inquiring
of his master how he was, he replied "Much better." Shortly before eleven o'clock Colonel Hall,
the commander of the regiment, called, and inquired how deceased was, and, on being informed
that he was better, the colonel went to deceased's apartment. The cries of Colonel Hall caused
him to run to his master's apartment. He then found his master deluged in blood, and apparently
lifeless. He ran for Dr. Campbell, the surgeon of the regiment, and, on that gentleman's arrival,
he pronounced life to have been extinct some time. Colonel Hall said he was commanding-officer
of the 1st Regiment of Life Guards, now quartered at the Regent's Park Barracks. On Saturday
morning, about eleven o'clock, he called at the quarters of Captain Sir Charles William Kent to
inquire after his health, and was informed by the previous witness that he was much better. On
entering deceased's apartment he was alarmed on seeing him in bed, and the bed clothes 
covered with blood. He raised an alarm, and sent instantly for Dr. Campbell, the regimental
surgeon, who, on arrival, said deceased was dead. Dr. Campbell deposed that, when he was
called in, the deceased Baronet was quite dead. He had made a post mortem examination of
the body and found the cause of death was a rupture of the descending aorta into the
oesophagus. The Deputy Coroner explained to the Jury the nature of the disease under which
deceased laboured, and remarked that it was precisely that under which Dr. [Robert] Liston
[1794-1847], the eminent surgeon, had died of. It was a singular fact that Dr. Liston, who, 
without doubt, was the most eminent surgeon of his day, and who was so successful in the
cure of every one else, had been for years endeavouring to discover the disease which he
himself laboured under unsuccessfully. The Jury ultimately returned a verdict in accordance
with the medical testimony.'
Sir Archibald Gordon Kinloch, 7th baronet
Sir Archibald was tried in the Scottish High Court of Justiciary in 1795 on a charge of murdering
his older brother, Sir Francis Kinloch, 6th baronet. 
The relevant section of the indictment read as follows:-
'Sir Archibald Gordon Kinloch of Gilmerton, Bart., present prisoner in the Tolbooth of Edinburgh,
you are indicted and accused, at the instance of Robert Dundas, Esq., of Arniston, His
Majesty's Advocate for His Majesty's interest, that whereas, by the Laws of God, the laws of
this and every other well-governed realm, Murder, more specifically when committed by a
brother against a brother, is a crime of a most heinous nature, and severely punishable; Yet
true it is and of verity that you, the said Sir Archibald Gordon Kinloch, are guilty actor, or art
and part, of the foresaid crime, aggravated as aforesaid; in so far as, you, the said Sir 
Archibald Gordon Kinloch, being, on the 14th day of April, 1795, in the house of Gilmerton.
belonging to the deceased Sir Francis Kinloch of Gilmerton, Bart., your brother-german [i.e. a 
full brother], situated in the parish of Athelstonford, and County of Haddington, did, on the
night of the said 14th, or early in the morning of 15th April 1795, or on one or other of the
days or nights of that month, or of the month of March immediately preceding, or of May
immediately following, come down from your bed-chamber, in the house of Gilmerton aforesaid,
to the parlour or dining-room where your said brother then was, you having, at the time, two
loaded pistols somewhere concealed about your clothes; and having soon thereafter left the
said parlour or dining-room, and your said brother having followed, and being then close by
you the said Sir Archibald Gordon Kinloch, on the stair leading to the upper apartments, you
did then and there murder the said Sir Francis Kinloch, your brother, by wickedly and
feloniously discharging one of the said loaded pistols at your said brother, by which he received 
a mortal wound; the ball having penetrated below the point of the sternum, or breast-bone,
towards the right side: And the said Sir Francis Kinloch having languished in great pain till the
evening of the 16th of the said month of April, did then expire, in consequence of the wound
given him by you, the said Sir Alexander Gordon Kinloch, and notwithstanding of every medical
assistance having been procured.........All which, or part thereof being found proven by the
verdict of an Assize, before the Lord Justice General, Lord Justice Clerk, and Lords 
Commissioners of Justiciary, you, the said Sir Archibald Gordon Kinloch, ought to be punished
with the pains of law, to deter others from committing the like crimes in all time coming.'
Kinloch's legal counsel, Mr. Hume, stated to the Court that "the nature of the defence which
was to be offered was that, although it should be proved that he [Kinloch] was the unfortunate
instrument of the unhappy deed charged against him, yet that at the time it was committed, he
was in the most lamentable state of a deranged mind, so as to be totally insensible of what was
done, and even afterwards, did not retain the smallest recollection of what had happened." He
further stated that, while in the West Indies, [Kinloch] had been seized with a fever, from 
which time he never was considered as possessing a sound mind, but was subject to 
melancholy and fits of jealousy; and this had such an effect upon him as to make him attempt 
to take away his own life.
Kinloch was subsequently found guilty of his brother's murder, "when their Lordships adjudged
him to be confined in the Tolbooth of Edinburgh during all the days of his life; or, at least, until
any friend or other person, shall become caution to secure and confine him in sure custody
during all the days of his life, under the penalty of £10,000 sterling."
John Knatchbull, brother of Sir Edward Knatchbull, 9th baronet (c 1792-1844)
The baronetcy of Knatchbull, created in 1641, has since 1917 been a subsidiary title of
the Barons Brabourne. In Burke's Peerage, the 8th baronet is shown as having a number
of sons, one of whom succeeded him as baronet. Apart from the first son born from his 
second marriage, another son from this marriage is described as being 'other issue.' Perhaps 
this is not surprising, since the man dismissed as being 'other issue' was hanged for murder
in Sydney in 1844.
John Knatchbull was probably the John Knatchbull baptized on 24 January 1793 at Norton in
Kent, the son of Sir Edward Knatchbull, 8th baronet and his second wife, Frances. Sir 
Edward, who married three times, appears to have had at least 20 children. John was sent
to Winchester School before he joined the Navy as a volunteer in August 1804. Over the 
next fourteen years, he served with distinction in a variety of naval vessels, but he appears
to have been a brutal officer. Ultimately he was court-martialled for brutality, was found 
guilty and he had to resign his commission.
At the Surrey Assizes on 21 August 1824, Knatchbull was convicted, under the name of 
John Fitch, of 'stealing with force and arms' and sentenced to 14 years transportation. He
arrived in Sydney in April 1825 and was sent to Bathurst, 120 miles west of Sydney, where
in November 1826 he was appointed constable to the mail service between Bathurst and
Mount York. He gained an early 'ticket-of-leave' (a document which allowed well-behaved
convicts certain freedoms) by tricking eight fellow convicts into an escape attempt and then
informing on them. Armed with his ticket-of-leave, he made his way to Liverpool (20 miles
south-west of Sydney). 
On 31 December 1831, he was charged with forging a Judge's signature to a cheque drawn
on the Royal Bank of Australia. Found guilty, he was sentenced to death on 22 February 
1832, but the sentence was commuted to seven years' transportation to Norfolk Island.
While waiting for the ship, the Governor Philip to sail to Norfolk Island, Knatchbull instigated 
a plot to capture the ship once it sailed. About 4 lb of arsenic was smuggled aboard and it
was Knatchbull's intention to poison the crew of the ship. After the ship had sailed, he tried
to put his plan into effect but was betrayed and Knatchbull was handcuffed to the 
mainbrace for the rest of the voyage. 
Within a year he hatched another escape plot. It was planned that the convicts would
capture the entire island (Norfolk Island is only about 13 square miles), then board and
capture the first government ship which arrived and then sail away to freedom. The mutiny
failed and Knatchbull, true to form, offered to give evidence against his fellow convicts.
Thirteen men were hanged as a result.
In 1839 his sentence expired and he was returned to Sydney. Ordinarily he would have been
sent to a road-gang, but he pleaded illness and was sent to Port Macquarie instead. In
July 1842, he was again given a ticket-of-leave and returned to Sydney, where he was
offered the job as master of a coastal cutter. In order to take this job, he had to obtain the
permission of the Governor, Sir George Gipps, who granted it, being aware that Knatchbull's
half-brother was by now a Cabinet Minister back in London.
Meanwhile, Knatchbull had persuaded a young widow, Mrs Craig, to marry him, but he had no
money - his landlord was pressing him for the rent and he had nothing with which to pay for
the impending wedding. On 6 January 1844, he took a tomahawk and entered a chandler's
shop owned by Mrs Ellen Jamieson, where he attacked her and stole her savings. Mrs
Jamieson died twelve days later and Knatchbull was charged with murder.
He was defended at his trial by Robert Lowe (later Viscount Sherbrooke) who submitted that
Knatchbull suffered from a brain disease. As far as I am aware, this was the first occasion
in any British-style court that a plea of moral insanity was raised. However, the jury found
Knatchbull guilty without even leaving the box. He then appealed unsuccessfully against the
sentence on the ground that the judge had not directed that his body be dissected and
anatomized after execution, thus making the sentence illegal.
His hanging, which took place on 13 February 1844, was Sydney's social event of the year.
Another brother, Charles Knatchbull, appears in the columns of The Times during 1823 and
1834, featuring in trials in which he was charged with obtaining money by false pretences
and theft.
For further reading on the life of John Knatchbull, I recommend "John Knatchbull; Quarterdeck
to Gallows" by Colin Roderick (Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1963).
Sir John Stuart Knill, 3rd baronet
Sir Stuart (he apparently did not use his first name) succeeded to the baronetcy in 1934, but,
at about the same time, he appears to have lost his entire fortune. In the 'Sydney Morning
Herald' of 12 April 1937, a short article states that 'The "Daily Mirror" gives prominence to a 
story that Sir John Stuart Knill, who, four years ago, had an estate in Hertfordshire and an
income of £4,000 a year, now runs a bric-a-brac stall in the Caledonian market. The newspaper
says a good week's income for him now is £1, including a fee of 5s 3d on Sundays for    
sweeping the streets of Chelsea, and that he often goes for a day without a meal.'
 
But somehow Sir Stuart managed to survive. We next meet with him in February 1951, when he
was battling to avoid eviction from his residence. On 16 February 1951, the 'Sydney Morning
Herald' reported that 'A baronet who once owned a 2,000-acre estate in Hertfordshire, 
chauffeur-driven cars, and had an income of £4,000 a year, said yesterday that he and his 
family were now living of £2/16/2 national assistance a week. The baronet, Sir John Stuart Knill, 
64, was appearing at the Stonehaven (Scotland) Sheriff Court to resist a claim by his landlady 
for eviction. The landlady….said that in the £1 a week, partly furnished room which Sir John and
his family occupied [in Lauriston Castle, Kincardineshire], he kept 14 rabbits, 16 spaniel puppies,
mice, and a cat. She claimed that Sir John did not pay his rent regularly, but, while receiving
public assistance, had offered to buy the castle. A witness said that Sir John's wife, Lady
Ruth, had begged scraps from a neighbour, claiming "we have not eaten all day." ……Sir John
has been a postman, road-sweeper, and stallholder in a London market since he lost his 
fortune.'
Unfortunately for Sir Stuart, his fight against his eviction was unsuccessful, but he managed
somehow, since on 10 March 1962, the following article appeared in the 'Chicago Daily
Tribune' :-
'Sir John Stuart Knill, an aristocrat hit by hard times after World War I, said today he is trying 
to recoup his lost fortune by hypnotizing his wife so she can win the weekly soccer pool. Each
Sunday, Knill, 75, puts on his best tartan kilt, sets his wife in a chair facing a blank television
set in their tiny living room and hypnotizes her. She stares at the blank screen and tries to
"see" the winning combination.
'So far the pursuit of riches in England's national pastime has failed to yield the results they
hope for but this has not dampened their enthusiasm. One of their problems, Knill said, is that
they can afford to wager only 32 cents a week. This means they have to name eight soccer 
teams that tie to strike it rich. If they name eight they receive $840,000 under the pool betting
system. "We have had 48 per cent correct results and we are going on and doing better," he
said. "We think our forecasts for tomorrow will be the best ever."
'Both feel that their lack of success may be due to poor reception by Lady Knill. "It seems to
depend on the weather for accuracy," she said. "On a dull day I have a job to "read" the 
results. Normally, when he hypnotizes me the TV set appears to be switched on. Sometimes
it seems so bright that I have to ask him to tone it down."
'Knill, son of a former lord mayor of London, and a descendant of Queen Mary of Scotland, once
owned a castle and entertained royalty before he lost his fortune. Now he is the only baronet
in England who lives in a public housing project. He said he turned to his new money making
scheme after successive careers as a road-sweeper, postman, vendor, and cat breeder proved
unrewarding. Lady Knill works as a dishwasher in a local café.'
Given Sir Stuart's financial woes, it seems quite appropriate that the family motto is "Nil
Desperandum."
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