BARONETAGE
Last updated 26/08/2017
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
WAECHTER of Ramanest,Surrey
13 Feb 1911 UK 1 Harry Waechter                       6 Jun 1871 20 May 1929 57
20 May 1929 2 Harry Leonard d'Arcy Waechter 22 May 1912 1985 73
to     Extinct on his death                           
1985 For further information on this baronet, see
the note at the foot of this page
WAKE of Clevedon,Somerset
5 Dec 1621 E 1 Baldwin Wake                                c 1627
c 1627 2 John Wake                                       c 1663
c 1663 3 William Wake                                        Jan 1698
Jan 1698 4 John Wake                                    1660 1714 54
1714 5 Baldwin Wake                             1748
1748 6 Charles Wake-Jones                   Jan 1755
Jan 1755 7 William Wake                            Sep 1765
Sep 1765 8 William Wake                                  1742 29 Oct 1785 43
MP for Bedford 1774-1784                        
29 Oct 1785 9 William Wake                                   5 Apr 1768 28 Jan 1846 77
28 Jan 1846 10 Charles Wake                              21 Nov 1791 23 Sep 1864 72
23 Sep 1864 11 William Wake                                1823 13 Apr 1865 41
13 Apr 1865 12 Hereward Wake                             6 Jul 1852 5 Jan 1916 63
5 Jan 1916 13 Hereward Wake                             11 Feb 1876 4 Aug 1963 87
4 Aug 1963 14 Hereward Wake                            7 Oct 1916
WAKEFIELD of Saltwood,Kent
16 Feb 1917 UK 1 Charles Cheers Wakefield   12 Dec 1859 15 Jan 1941 81
He was subsequently created Baron
Wakefield (qv) in 1930 with which title the
baronetcy then merged until its extinction
in 1941                                                  
WAKEFIELD of Kendal,Westmorland
10 Mar 1962 UK 1 Edward Birkbeck Wakefield 24 Jul 1903 14 Jan 1969 65
MP for Derbyshire West 1950-1962
14 Jan 1969 2 Edward Humphrey Tyrrell Wakefield 11 Jul 1936
WAKELEY of Liss,Hants
30 Jun 1952 UK 1 Sir Cecil Pembry Grey Wakeley 5 May 1892 5 Jun 1979 87
5 Jun 1979 2 John Cecil Nicholson Wakeley 27 Aug 1926 10 Mar 2012 85
10 Mar 2012 3 Nicholas Jeremy Wakeley           17 Oct 1957
WAKEMAN of Beckford,Gloucs
15 Feb 1661 E 1 George Wakeman                       c 1690
to     Patent never sealed - Extinct on his death                           
c 1690
WAKEMAN of Perdiswell Hall,Worcs
20 Feb 1828 UK 1 Henry Wakeman                             27 Feb 1753 23 Apr 1831 78
23 Apr 1831 2 Offley Penbury Wakeman     17 May 1799 21 Sep 1858 59
21 Sep 1858 3 Offley Wakeman                       15 Nov 1850 9 Feb 1929 78
9 Feb 1929 4 Offley Wakeman                       19 Oct 1887 17 Sep 1975 87
17 Sep 1975 5 Offley David Wakeman          6 Mar 1922 24 Feb 1991 68
24 Feb 1991 6 Edward Offley Bertram Wakeman 31 Jul 1934 25 Nov 2008 74
to     Extinct on his death                            
25 Nov 2008
WALDEGRAVE of Hever Castle,Kent
1 Aug 1643 E 1 Edward Waldegrave                c 1568 c 1650
c 1650 2 Henry Waldegrave                             1598 10 Oct 1658 60
10 Oct 1658 3 Charles Waldegrave                    c 1684
c 1684 4 Henry Waldegrave                     1661 24 Jan 1689 37
He was subsequently created Baron
Waldegrave (qv) in 1686 with which title
the baronetcy remains merged         
WALDIE-GRIFFITH
of Munster Grillach,Londonderry
20 Apr 1858 UK 1 Richard John Griffith                   20 Sep 1784 22 Sep 1878 94
22 Sep 1878 2 George Richard Waldie-Griffith 31 Jan 1820 8 May 1889 69
8 May 1889 3 Richard John Waldie-Griffith 24 Apr 1850 24 Jul 1933 83
to     Extinct on his death                            
24 Jul 1933
WALEY-COHEN of Honymead,Somerset
11 Dec 1961 UK 1 Bernard Nathaniel Waley-Cohen 29 May 1914 3 Jul 1991 77
3 Jul 1991 2 Stephen Harry Waley-Cohen 22 Jun 1946
WALKER of Bushey Hall,Herts
28 Jan 1680 E 1 George Walker                        c 1643 1690
1690 2 Walter Walker                               by 1703
to     Extinct on his death                           
by 1703
WALKER of Castleton,Monmouth
28 Mar 1835 UK See "Forestier-Walker"
WALKER of Oakley House,Suffolk
19 Jul 1856 UK 1 Baldwin Wake Walker                    6 Jan 1802 12 Feb 1876 74
12 Feb 1876 2 Baldwin Wake Walker                    24 Sep 1846 28 Jun 1905 58
28 Jun 1905 3 Francis Elliot Walker                 9 Mar 1851 27 Jul 1928 77
27 Jul 1928 4 Baldwin Patrick Walker           10 Sep 1924 6 Jun 2005 80
6 Jun 2005 5 Christopher Robert Baldwin Walker 25 Oct 1969
WALKER of Sand Hutton,Yorks
and Beachampton,Bucks
9 Dec 1868 UK 1 James Walker                         30 May 1803 8 Oct 1883 80
8 Oct 1883 2 James Robert Walker              19 Oct 1829 12 Jun 1899 69
MP for Beverley 1860-1865
12 Jun 1899 3 James Heron Walker               23 May 1865 25 Nov 1900 35
25 Nov 1900 4 Robert James Milo Walker       19 Mar 1890 11 Feb 1930 39
11 Feb 1930 5 James Heron Walker                      7 Apr 1914 9 Jan 2003 88
9 Jan 2003 6 Victor Stewart Heron Walker 8 Oct 1942
WALKER of Pembroke House,Dublin
12 Jul 1906 UK 1 Samuel Walker                               19 Jun 1832 13 Aug 1911 79
MP for co.Londonderry 1884-1885. Solicitor-
General [I] 1883-1885. Attorney-General [I]
1885. Lord Chancellor [I] 1892-1895. 
PC [I] 1885                                        
13 Aug 1911 2 Alexander Arthur Walker          21 Jan 1857 24 Nov 1932 75
24 Nov 1932 3 Cecil Edward Walker             6 Aug 1882 2 Jul 1964 81
2 Jul 1964 4 Hugh Ronald Walker                13 Dec 1925 10 Jan 2004 78
10 Jan 2004 5 Robert Cecil Walker                             26 Sep 1974 28 Feb 2006 31
28 Feb 2006 6 Roy Edward Walker                        10 Aug 1977
WALKER-OKEOVER of Gateacre,Lancs
and Osmaston Manor,Derby
12 Feb 1886 UK 1 Andrew Barclay Walker               15 Dec 1824 27 Feb 1893 68
27 Feb 1893 2 Peter Carlaw Walker                  7 May 1854 15 Oct 1915 61
15 Oct 1915 3 Ian Peter Andrew Munro Walker (Walker-Okeover
from 20 Aug 1956)                     30 Nov 1902 20 Feb 1982 79
Lord Lieutenant Derbyshire 1951-1977
20 Feb 1982 4 Peter Ralph Leopold Walker-Okeover 11 Jul 1947 6 Nov 2003 56
6 Nov 2003 5 Andrew Peter Monro Walker-Okeover 22 May 1978
WALKER-SMITH of Broxbourne,Herts
18 Jul 1960 UK 1 Derek Colclough Walker-Smith,later [1983]
Baron Broxbourne [L]                          13 Apr 1910 22 Jan 1992 81
22 Jan 1992 2 John Jonah Walker-Smith    6 Sep 1939
WALLACE of Craigie Wallace,Ayr
c 1638 NS 1 Hugh Wallace                                    c 1600 c 1660
to     He resigned the baronetcy in 1659
1659
WALLACE of Craigie,Ayr
8 Mar 1670 NS 1 Thomas Wallace                          26 Mar 1680
26 Mar 1680 2 William Wallace                        by 1665 25 Jan 1700
Jan 1700 3 Thomas Wallace                       27 Jan 1665 21 Jan 1728 62
21 Jan 1728 4 Thomas Wallace                        Feb 1702 18 Aug 1770 68
to     Extinct on his death                            
18 Aug 1770
WALLACE of Hertford House,London
24 Nov 1871 UK 1 Richard Wallace                          21 Jun 1818 20 Jul 1890 72
to     MP for Lisburne 1873-1885
20 Jul 1890 Extinct on his death                            
For further information on this baronet, see the
note at the foot of this page.
WALLACE of Terreglestown,Kircudbright
25 Jan 1922 UK 1 Sir Matthew Gemmill Wallace          24 Oct 1854 5 Feb 1940 85
to     Extinct on his death                            
5 Feb 1940
WALLACE of Studham,Beds
8 Jun 1937 UK 1 Sir Cuthbert Sidney Wallace                         20 Jun 1867 24 May 1944 76
to     Extinct on his death                            
24 May 1944
WALLER of Newport,co.Tipperary
1 Jun 1780 I 1 Robert Waller                                c 1736 27 Jul 1780
Jul 1780 2 Robert Waller                          c 1768 1826
1826 3 Charles Townshend Waller                  c 1770 1 Jun 1830
1 Jun 1830 4 Edmund Waller                           Jul 1797 9 Mar 1851 53
9 Mar 1851 5 Edmund Arthur Waller               16 Mar 1846 22 Oct 1888 42
22 Oct 1888 6 Charles Waller                             8 Jun 1835 25 May 1912 76
25 May 1912 7 William Edgar Waller 22 Nov 1863 16 Apr 1943 79
16 Apr 1943 8 Roland Edgar Waller             11 Jan 1892 20 May 1958 66
20 May 1958 9 Robert William Waller              16 Jun 1934 12 Dec 2000 66
12 Dec 2000 10 John Michael Waller                        14 May 1962
WALLER of Goffies Park,Cornwall
30 May 1815 UK 1 Jonathan Wathen Waller        6 Oct 1769 1 Jan 1853 83
1 Jan 1853 2 Thomas Wathen Waller             24 Jun 1805 29 Jan 1892 86
29 Jan 1892 3 George Henry Waller                  2 Sep 1837 9 Feb 1892 54
9 Feb 1892 4 Francis Ernest Waller              11 Jun 1880 25 Oct 1914 34
25 Oct 1914 5 Wathen Arthur Waller         6 Oct 1881 26 Apr 1947 65
26 Apr 1947 6 Edmund Waller                           24 Oct 1871 7 Aug 1954 82
7 Aug 1954 7 John Stanier Waller                      27 Jul 1917 22 Jan 1995 77
to     Extinct on his death                            
22 Jan 1995
WALROND of Bradfield,Devon
24 Feb 1876 UK 1 John Walrond Walrond          1 Mar 1818 23 Apr 1889 71
MP for Tiverton 1865-1868
23 Apr 1889 2 William Hood Walrond              26 Feb 1849 17 May 1925 76
He was subsequently created Baron Waleran
(qv) in 1905 with which title the
baronetcy then merged until its extinction in 1966
WALSH of Little Ireland,Waterford
Jul 1645 I 1 James Walsh                                     c 1580 c 1650
c 1650 2 Robert Walsh                              c 1690
to     Extinct on his death                            
c 1690
WALSH of Dublin
24 Feb 1775 I See "Johnson-Walsh"
WALSH of Aramthwaite,Cumberland
14 Jun 1804 UK 1 John Benn-Walsh                               10 Feb 1759 7 Jun 1825 66
7 Jun 1825 2 John Benn Walsh                               9 Dec 1798 3 Apr 1881 82
He was subsequently created Baron
Ormathwaite (qv) in 1868 with which title
the baronetcy then merged until its
extinction in 1984                                              
WALSHAM of Knill Court,Herts
30 Sep 1831 UK 1 John James Walsham                  6 Jun 1805 10 Aug 1874 69
10 Aug 1874 2 John Walsham                              29 Oct 1830 10 Dec 1905 75
10 Dec 1905 3 John Scarlett Walsham                 15 Oct 1869 14 Feb 1940 70
14 Feb 1940 4 John Scarlett Warren Walsham 29 Nov 1910 22 Oct 1992 81
22 Oct 1992 5 Timothy John Walsham                 26 Apr 1939 14 Jul 2011 72
14 Jul 2011 6 Gerald Percy Robert Walsham 1939
WALTER of Saresden,Oxon
16 Aug 1641 E 1 William Walter                                 c 1604 23 Mar 1675
MP for Weobly 1628-1629 
23 Mar 1675 2 William Walter                                 c 1635 5 Mar 1694
5 Mar 1694 3 John Walter                              c 1674 11 Jun 1722
MP for Appleby 1694-1695 and 1697-1701
and Oxford 1706-1722        
11 Jun 1722 4 Robert Walter                                 29 Aug 1680 20 Nov 1731 51
to     Extinct on his death                            
20 Nov 1731
WALTON of Rushpool,Yorks
11 Jul 1910 UK 1 Joseph Walton                                19 Mar 1849 8 Feb 1923 73
to     MP for Barnsley 1897-1922
8 Feb 1923 Extinct on his death                            
WANDESFORD of Kirklington,Yorks
5 Aug 1662 E 1 Christopher Wandesford          14 Feb 1628 Feb 1687 59
Feb 1687 2 Christopher Wandesford           19 Aug 1656 15 Sep 1707 51
He was subsequently created Viscount
Castlecomer (qv) in 1707 with which title 
the baronetcy then merged until its
extinction in 1784                     
WARBURTON of Arley,Cheshire
27 Jun 1660 E 1 George Warburton                   c 1622 18 May 1676
18 May 1676 2 Peter Warburton                       c 1698
c 1698 3 George Warburton                  1 Jun 1675 23 Jun 1743 68
MP for Cheshire 1702-1705 and 1710-1722
23 Jun 1743 4 Peter Warburton                       c 1708 18 Nov 1774
18 Nov 1774 5 Peter Warburton                          27 Oct 1754 14 May 1813 58
to     Extinct on his death                            
14 May 1813
WARD of Bexley,Kent
19 Dec 1660 E 1 Edward Ward                             c 1618 2 Sep 1684
Sep 1684 2 Edward Ward                                c 1641 18 Mar 1686
Mar 1686 3 Thomas Ward                                 20 Jan 1692
Jan 1692 4 Edward Ward                               2 Aug 1719
Aug 1719 5 Edward Ward                                 2 Mar 1737
2 Mar 1737 6 Edward Ward                                        1721 7 Apr 1742 20
7 Apr 1742 7 Randall Ward                              8 May 1762
8 May 1762 8 Edward Ward                               c 1770
to     Extinct on his death                            
c 1770
WARD of Killagh,Down
9 Dec 1682 I 1 Robert Ward                                  c 1610 1691
to     Extinct on his death                            
1691
WARD of Wellington,New Zealand
20 Jun 1911 UK 1 Sir Joseph George Ward            26 Apr 1856 8 Jul 1930 74
Prime Minister of New Zealand 1906-1912
and 1928-1930.  PC 1907      
8 Jul 1930 2 Cyril Rupert Joseph Ward            22 Sep 1884 10 Nov 1940 56
10 Nov 1940 3 Joseph George Davidson Ward 17 Sep 1909 4 Aug 1970 60
4 Aug 1970 4 Joseph James Laffey Ward 11 Nov 1946
WARD of Wilbraham Place,Chelsea
20 Jan 1914 UK 1 Sir Edward Willis Duncan Ward 17 Dec 1853 11 Sep 1928 74
11 Sep 1928 2 Edward Simons Ward               11 Jul 1882 21 Jul 1930 48
For further information on the death of this
baronet,see the note at the foot of the page
containing details of the peerage of Dufferin & Ava
21 Jul 1930 3 Melvill Willis Ward                         25 May 1885 Sep 1973 88
to     Extinct on his death                            
Sep 1973
WARD of Blyth,Northumberland
29 Jun 1929 UK 1 Albert Lambert Ward                 7 Nov 1875 21 Oct 1956 80
to     MP for Hull NW 1918-1945                      
21 Oct 1956 Extinct on his death                            
WARDE of Barham Court,Kent
11 Sep 1919 UK 1 Charles Edward Warde                 20 Dec 1845 12 Apr 1937 91
to     MP for Medway 1892-1918
12 Apr 1937 Extinct on his death                            
WARDLAW of Pitreavie,Fife
5 Mar 1631 NS 1 Henry Wardlaw                          1565 5 Apr 1637 71
5 Apr 1637 2 Henry Wardlaw                        2 Mar 1653
2 Mar 1653 3 Henry Wardlaw                        24 Mar 1618 by May 1654
by May 1654 4 Henry Wardlaw                        4 Mar 1680
4 Mar 1680 5 Henry Wardlaw                        19 Oct 1648 c May 1683 34
c May 1683 6 Henry Wardlaw                        1674 by Oct 1709
by Oct 1709 7 Henry Wardlaw                        1705 c 1720
c 1720 8 George Wardlaw                        1675 c 1730
c 1730 9 Henry Wardlaw                                   1739
1739 10 David Wardlaw                               1678 c 1750
c 1750 11 Henry Wardlaw                                 Feb 1782
Feb 1782 12 David Wardlaw                                 13 Apr 1793
13 Apr 1793 13 John Wardlaw                                 1 Jan 1823
1 Jan 1823 14 William Wardlaw                             1794 c 1830
c 1830 15 Alexander Wardlaw                c 1790 1833
1833 16 William Wardlaw                           c 1791 23 Dec 1863
23 Dec 1863 17 Archibald Wardlaw                   23 Jan 1793 29 Jan 1874 80
29 Jan 1874 18 Henry Wardlaw                                    22 Mar 1822 13 Apr 1897 75
13 Apr 1897 19 Henry Wardlaw                           8 Feb 1867 4 Feb 1954 86
4 Feb 1954 20 Henry Wardlaw                             31 Aug 1894 19 Apr 1983 88
19 Apr 1983 21 Henry John Wardlaw                  30 Nov 1930 8 May 2005 74
8 May 2005 22 Henry Justin Wardlaw         10 Aug 1963
WARING of Foots Cray Place,Kent
31 May 1919 UK 1 Samuel James Waring                     19 Apr 1860 9 Jan 1940 79
He was subsequently created Baron Waring
(qv) in 1922 with which title the
baronetcy then merged until its extinction in 1940
 
WARING of St Bartholomews,London
29 Jan 1935 UK 1 Sir Holburt Jacob Waring                   3 Oct 1866 10 Feb 1953 86
10 Feb 1953 2 Alfred Harold Waring                        14 Feb 1902 16 Mar 1981 79
16 Mar 1981 3 Alfred Holburt Waring                 2 Aug 1933
WARMINGTON of Pembridge Gardens
28 Jul 1908 UK 1 Cornelius Marshall Warmington 1 Jun 1842 12 Dec 1908 66
MP for Monmouthshire West 1885-1895
12 Dec 1908 2 Marshall Denham Warmington 3 Nov 1871 2 Aug 1935 63
2 Aug 1935 3 Marshall George Clitheroe Warmington 26 May 1910 5 Feb 1995 84
5 Feb 1995 4 Marshall Denham Malcolm Warmington 5 Jan 1934 23 Nov 1996 62
23 Nov 1996 5 David Marshall Warmington 14 Feb 1944 13 Sep 2005 61
13 Sep 2005 6 Rupert Marshall Warmington 17 Jun 1969
WARNER of Parham,Suffolk
16 Jul 1660 E 1 John Warner                              c 1640 21 Mar 1705
to     Extinct on his death                            
21 Mar 1705
WARNER of Brettenham Park,Suffolk
9 Jul 1910 UK 1 Thomas Courtenay Theydon Warner 19 Jul 1857 15 Dec 1934 77
MP for Somerset North 1892-1895 and
Lichfield 1896-1923. Lord Lieutenant
Suffolk 1910-1934                 
15 Dec 1934 2 Edward Courtenay Thomas Warner 4 Jan 1886 2 Oct 1955 69
2 Oct 1955 3 Edward Courtenay Henry Warner 3 Aug 1922 8 Apr 2011 88
8 Apr 2011 4 Philip Courtenay Thomas Warner 3 Apr 1951
  WARRE of Hastercombe,Somerset
2 Jun 1673 E 1 Francis Warre                                    c 1659 1 Dec 1718
to     MP for Bridgwater 1685-1695
1 Dec 1718 and 1699-1700 and Taunton 1701-1715
Extinct on his death                            
WARREN of Little Marlow,Bucks
1 Jun 1775 GB 1 John Borlase Warren             2 Sep 1753 27 Feb 1822 68
to     MP for Great Marlow 1774-1784, Nottingham
27 Feb 1822 1797-1800 and Buckingham 1807
PC 1802                                                   
Extinct on his death                            
WARREN of Warren's Court,co.Cork
7 Jul 1784 I 1 Robert Warren                        20 Aug 1723 1811 87
1811 2 Augustus Louis Carre Warren 1754 30 Jan 1821 66
30 Jan 1821 3 Augustus Warren                  17 May 1791 28 Apr 1863 71
28 Apr 1863 4 John Borlase Warren               13 Sep 1800 4 Dec 1863 63
4 Dec 1863 5 Augustus Riversdale Warren 24 Aug 1833 1 Apr 1914 80
1 Apr 1914 6 Augustus Riversdale John Blennerhasset
Warren                                      11 Mar 1865 28 Aug 1914 49
28 Aug 1914 7 Augustus George Digby Warren 23 Oct 1898 20 Jan 1958 59
20 Jan 1958 8 Thomas Richard Pennefather Warren 12 Sep 1885 8 Dec 1961 76
8 Dec 1961 9 Brian Charles Pennefather Warren 4 Jun 1923 24 Jun 2006 83
to     Dormant on his death                            
24 Jun 2006        
  WARRENDER of Lochend,East Lothian
2 Jun 1715 GB 1 George Warrender                  c 1658 4 Mar 1722
MP for Edinburgh 1715-1722
4 Mar 1722 2 John Warrender                       c 1686 13 Jan 1772
13 Jan 1772 3 Patrick Warrender                      7 Mar 1731 14 Jun 1799 68
MP for Haddington Burghs 1768-1774
14 Jun 1799 4 George Warrender                             5 Dec 1782 21 Feb 1849 66
MP for Haddington Burghs 1807-1812, 
Truro 1812-1818, Sandwich 1818-1826,
Westbury 1826-1830 and Honiton 1830-1832
21 Feb 1849 5 John Warrender                          Mar 1786 21 Jan 1867 80
21 Jan 1867 6 George Warrender                  7 Oct 1825 13 Jun 1901 75
13 Jun 1901 7 George John Scott Warrender 31 Jul 1860 8 Jan 1917 56
8 Jan 1917 8 Victor Alexander George Anthony 
Warrender 23 Jun 1899 14 Jan 1993 93
He was subsequently created Baron
Bruntisfield (qv) in 1942 with which title
the baronetcy remains merged
WASTENEYS of Headon,Notts
18 Dec 1622 E 1 Hardolph Wasteneys                       May 1649
May 1649 2 Hardolph Wasteneys                       c 1612 1673
1673 3 Edmund Wasteneys                      12 Mar 1678
12 Mar 1678 4 Hardolph Wasteneys                       19 Feb 1674 17 Dec 1742 68
to     MP for East Retford 1706-1708
17 Dec 1742 Extinct on his death                            
For information on a claim made to this baronetcy
in 1887,see the note at the foot of this page
WATERLOW of Fairseat,Kent and
Highgate,Middlesex
4 Aug 1873 UK 1 Sir Sydney Hedley Waterlow            1 Nov 1822 3 Aug 1906 83
MP for Dumfries 1868-1869, Maidstone
1874-1880 and Gravesend 1880-1885
3 Aug 1906 2 Philip Hickson Waterlow             30 Oct 1847 20 Sep 1931 83
20 Sep 1931 3 Edgar Lutwyche Waterlow                 15 Jun 1870 12 Jan 1954 83
12 Jan 1954 4 Philip Alexander Waterlow     17 Mar 1897 18 Jul 1973 76
18 Jul 1973 5 Christopher Rupert Waterlow 12 Aug 1959
WATERLOW of Harrow Weald,Middlesex
28 Oct 1930 UK 1 Sir William Alfred Waterlow                23 Apr 1871 6 Jul 1931 60
For information on his involvement in the "Great
Portuguese Banknote Scandal" of 1925, see the
note at the foot of this page
6 Jul 1931 2 William James Waterlow             20 Mar 1905 20 Nov 1969 64
20 Nov 1969 3 Thomas Gordon Waterlow            2 Jan 1911 8 Aug 1982 71
8 Aug 1982 4 James Gerard Waterlow               3 Sep 1939 8 Oct 2013 74
8 Oct 2013 5 Thomas James Waterlow         20 Mar 1970
WATKIN of Rose Hill,Cheshire
12 May 1880 UK 1 Sir Edward William Watkin           26 Sep 1819 14 Apr 1901 81
MP for Great Yarmouth 1857-1858,
Stockport 1864-1868 and  Hythe 1874-1895
14 Apr 1901 2 Alfred Mellor Watkin             19 Aug 1846 30 Nov 1914 68
to     MP for Grimsby 1877-1880
30 Nov 1914 Extinct on his death                            
WATSON of Rockingham Castle,Northants
23 Jun 1621 E 1 Lewis Watson                                14 Jul 1584 5 Jan 1653 68
He was subsequently created Baron
Rockingham (qv) in 1645 with which title
the baronetcy then merged until its 
extinction in 1782                                               
WATSON of Fulmer,Bucks
21 Mar 1760 GB 1 Charles Watson                            9 Jun 1751 26 Aug 1844 93
26 Aug 1844 2 Charles Wager Watson          4 Jan 1800 30 Dec 1852 52
30 Dec 1852 3 Charles Watson (Watson-Copley from 12 Mar 1887) 6 Apr 1828 6 Apr 1888 60
6 Apr 1888 4 Walter Joseph Watson        27 Jun 1836 30 Sep 1904 68
to     Extinct on his death                            
30 Sep 1904
WATSON of East Sheen,Surrey
5 Dec 1803 UK See "Kay"
WATSON of Henrietta Street
27 Jun 1866 UK 1 Thomas Watson                           7 Mar 1792 12 Dec 1882 90
12 Dec 1882 2 Arthur Townley Watson                13 Sep 1830 15 Mar 1907 76
15 Mar 1907 3 Charles Rushworth Watson 21 Sep 1865 27 Mar 1922 56
27 Mar 1922 4 Thomas Aubrey Watson               7 Nov 1911 10 Jan 1941 29
10 Jan 1941 5 James Andrew Watson                 30 Dec 1937
WATSON of Earnock,Lanark
15 Jul 1895 UK 1 John Watson                            9 Jul 1819 26 Sep 1898 79
26 Sep 1898 2 John Watson                                  31 Aug 1860 13 Sep 1903 43
13 Sep 1903 3 John Watson                              24 Feb 1898 23 Mar 1918 20
23 Mar 1918 4 Derrick William Inglefield Watson (Inglefield-
Watson from 1945)               7 Oct 1901 27 Jan 1987 85
27 Jan 1987 5 John Forbes Inglefield-Watson  16 May 1926 7 Feb 2007 80
7 Feb 2007 6 Simon Conran Hamilton Watson 11 Aug 1939 11 Feb 2016 76
11 Feb 2016 7 Julian Frank Somerled Watson 12 Nov 1931 3 May 2016 84
to     Extinct on his death                            
3 May 2016
WATSON of Sulhamstead,Berks
11 Jul 1912 UK 1 William George Watson          26 Dec 1861 12 Jul 1930 68
12 Jul 1930 2 Norman James Watson                 17 Mar 1897 19 May 1983 86
to     Extinct on his death                            
19 May 1983
WATSON of Newport,Monmouth
13 Feb 1918 UK 1 Thomas Edward Watson                  1 Jan 1851 1 May 1921 70
For information on the death of this baronet,
see the note at the foot of this page
1 May 1921 2 Wilfrid Hood Watson                 23 Jul 1875 31 Jan 1922 46
1922 3 Geoffrey Lewin Watson                   19 Jul 1879 15 Dec 1959 80
to     Extinct on his death                            
15 Dec 1959
WATSON of Ashley,Dorset
11 Jun 1937 UK See "Milne-Watson"
WATT of Bathgate,Linlithgow
5 Sep 1945 UK See "Harvie-Watt"
WAUCHOPE of Newton,Berwick
7 Jun 1667 NS See "Don-Wauchope"
WAY of Montefiore,Australia
2 Aug 1899 UK 1 Samuel James Way                        11 Apr 1836 8 Jan 1916 79
to     PC 1897                                              
10 Jan 1916 Extinct on his death                           
WEBB of Odstock,Wilts
2 Apr 1644 E 1 John Webb                                 1680
1680 2 John Webb                               29 Oct 1700
29 Oct 1700 3 John Webb                                    Oct 1745
Oct 1745 4 Thomas Webb                               29 Jun 1763
29 Jun 1763 5 John Webb                                  Apr 1797
Apr 1797 6 Thomas Webb                               c 1774 26 Mar 1823
26 Mar 1823 7 Henry Webb                                        27 Apr 1806 19 Aug 1874 68
to     Extinct on his death                           
19 Aug 1874
WEBB of Llwynarthen,Monmouth
28 Jan 1916 UK 1 Henry Webb                                     28 Jul 1866 29 Oct 1940 74
to     MP for Forest of Dean 1911-1918 and
29 Oct 1940 Cardiff East 1923-1924           
Extinct on his death                           
WEBB-JOHNSON of Stoke-on-Trent,Staffs
15 Mar 1945 UK 1 Sir Alfred Edward Webb-Johnson 4 Sep 1880 28 May 1958 77
He was subsequently created Baron Webb-
Johnson (qv) in 1948 with which title the
baronetcy then merged until its extinction
in 1958                                                  
WEBSTER of Kirby,Norfolk
31 May 1660 E 1 John Webster                                        14 Apr 1675
to     Extinct on his death                           
Apr 1675
  WEBSTER of Copthall,Essex
21 May 1703 E 1 Thomas Webster                          12 Nov 1676 30 May 1751 74
MP for Colchester 1705-1711, 1713-1714
and 1722-1727                                      
30 May 1751 2 Whistler Webster                         after 1699 21 Sep 1779
MP for East Grinstead 1741-1761
21 Sep 1779 3 Godfrey Webster                          6 May 1780
6 May 1780 4 Godfrey Webster                       25 Dec 1747 3 Jun 1800 52
MP for Seaford 1786-1790 and Wareham
1796-1800                                     
3 Jun 1800 5 Godfrey Vassal Webster             6 Oct 1789 17 Jul 1836 46
MP for Sussex 1812-1820          
17 Jul 1836 6 Godfrey Vassal Webster          3 Jul 1815 4 May 1853 37
4 May 1853 7 Augustus Frederick George Douglas 
Webster                                            19 Apr 1819 27 Mar 1886 66
27 Mar 1886 8 Augustus Frederick Walpole Edward
to     Webster                                          10 Feb 1864 13 Aug 1923 59
13 Aug 1923 Extinct on his death                           
WEBSTER of Alverstone,Isle of Wight
29 Jan 1900 UK 1 Richard Everard Webster                           22 Dec 1842 15 Dec 1915 72
He was subsequently created Baron
Alverstone (qv) in 1900 with which title
the baronetcy then merged until its
extinction in 1915                                                   
WEDDERBURN of Blackness,Forfar
9 Aug 1704 NS 1 John Wedderburn                       12 Feb 1641 1706 65
1706 2 Alexander Wedderburn                7 Apr 1672 Feb 1710 37
Feb 1710 3 John Wedderburn                   2 Dec 1700 1723 22
1723 4 Alexander Wedderburn               4 Nov 1675 21 Sep 1744 68
21 Sep 1744 5 John Wedderburn                      4 Aug 1704 28 Nov 1746 42
He was attainted, executed and the baronetcy
forfeited 1746. The baronetcy was, however,
assumed as under:-                
   
[28 Nov 1746] [6] John Wedderburn                                     21 Feb 1729 13 Jun 1803 74
[13 Jun 1803] [7] David Wedderburn                           10 Mar 1775 7 Apr 1858 83
10 Aug 1803 UK 1 He was created a baronet of the United
Kingdom 10 Aug 1803. For further details of                            
this baronetcy see "Ogilvy-Wedderburn"
WEDGWOOD of Etruria, Staffs
20 Jan 1942 UK 1 Sir Ralph Lewis Wedgwood 2 Mar 1874 5 Sep 1956 82
5 Sep 1956 2 John Hamilton Wedgwood 16 Nov 1907 11 Dec 1989 82
11 Dec 1989 3 Hugo Martin Wedgwood 27 Dec 1933 12 Oct 2010 76
12 Oct 2010 4 Ralph Nicholas Wedgwood 10 Dec 1964
WEIGALL of Woodhall Spa,Lincs
28 Jun 1938 UK 1 Sir William Ernest George Archibald Weigall 8 Dec 1874 3 Jun 1952 77
to     MP for Horncastle 1911-1920. Governor of
3 Jun 1952 South Australia 1920-1922
Extinct on his death                           
WEIR of Blackwood,Lanark
28 Nov 1694 NS 1 George Weir                                     12 Jun 1674 7 Jan 1716 41
7 Jan 1716 2 William Weir                                       1722
1722 3 George Weir                                1735
to     Extinct on his death                           
1735
WELBY of Denton Manor,Lincs
27 Jun 1801 UK 1 William Earle Welby                              c 1734 6 Nov 1815
MP for Grantham 1802-1806 
6 Nov 1815 2 William Earle Welby                        14 Nov 1768 3 Nov 1852 83
MP for Grantham 1807-1820
3 Nov 1852 3 Glynne Earle Welby (Welby-Gregory from 1861) 26 Jun 1806 23 Aug 1875 69
MP for Grantham 1830-1857
23 Aug 1875 4 William Earle Welby-Gregory 4 Jan 1829 26 Nov 1898 69
MP for Grantham 1857-1868 and Lincolnshire 
South 1868-1884                                
26 Nov 1898 5 Charles Glynne Earle Welby 11 Aug 1865 19 Mar 1938 72
MP for Newark 1900-1906              
19 Mar 1938 6 Oliver Charles Earle Welby           26 Jan 1902 6 Oct 1977 75
6 Oct 1977 7 Richard Bruno Gregory Welby 11 Mar 1928
WELCH of Chard,Somerset
16 Dec 1957 UK 1 Sir George James Cullum Welch 20 Oct 1895 28 Jul 1980 84
28 Jul 1980 2 John Reader Welch               26 Jul 1933
WELDON of Dunmore,co.Carlow
11 Jul 1723 I 1 Thomas Burdett                         14 Sep 1668 14 Apr 1727 58
14 Apr 1727 2 William Vigors Burdett             8 Jun 1715 17 Dec 1798 83
17 Dec 1798 3 William Bagenal Burdett            16 Jul 1770 14 Dec 1840 70
14 Dec 1840 4 Anthony Weldon                      16 Jun 1781 21 Dec 1858 77
21 Dec 1858 5 Anthony Crossdill Weldon           16 Mar 1827 14 Jan 1900 72
14 Jan 1900 6 Anthony Arthur Weldon              1 Mar 1863 29 Jun 1917 54
Lord Lieutenant Kildare 1913-1918
29 Jun 1917 7 Anthony Edward Wolseley Weldon 1 Dec 1902 9 Jan 1971 68
9 Jan 1971 8 Thomas Brian Weldon                 19 May 1905 5 Aug 1979 74
5 Aug 1979 9 Anthony William Weldon            11 May 1947
WELLS of Upper Grosvenor Street,London
11 May 1883 UK 1 Thomas Spencer Wells             3 Feb 1818 31 Jan 1898 79
31 Jan 1898 2 Arthur Spencer Wells             25 Jun 1866 31 Mar 1906 39
to     Extinct on his death                           
31 Mar 1906
WELLS of Felmersham,Beds
21 Jan 1944 UK 1 Sir Sydney Richard Wells             3 Aug 1879 26 Nov 1956 77
MP for Bedford 1922-1945                  
26 Nov 1956 2 Charles Maltby Wells           24 Jul 1908 23 Jun 1996 87
23 Jun 1996 3 Christopher Charles Wells        12 Aug 1936
WELLS of Hove,Sussex
30 Nov 1948 UK 1 Sir Frederick Michael Wells          11 Mar 1884 13 Sep 1966 82
to     Extinct on his death                           
13 Sep 1966
WELLWOOD-MONCREIFF of Moncreiff,Perth
22 Apr 1626 NS See "Moncreiff"
WEMYSS of Wemyss,Fife
29 May 1625 NS 1 John Wemyss                              1586 22 Nov 1649 63
He was subsequently created Baron Wemyss
(qv) in 1628 with which title the
baronetcy then merged until it became
dormant in 1679                 
WEMYSS of Bogie,Fife
12 Oct 1704 NS 1 James Wemyss                            c 1706
c 1706 2 John Wemyss                           c 1750
c 1750 3 James Wemyss                            c 1770
to     On his death the baronetcy became dormant
c 1770
WENMAN of Caswell,Oxon
29 Nov 1662 E 1 Francis Wenman                        c 1630 2 Sep 1680
MP for Oxfordshire 1664-1679
2 Sep 1680 2 Richard Wenman                                 1657 1 Mar 1690 32
He subsequently succeeded to the Viscountcy
of Wenman (qv) in 1686 with which title the
baronetcy then merged until its extinction
in 1800                                               
WENTWORTH of Wentworth Woodhouse,Yorks
20 Jun 1611 E 1 William Wentworth                            3 Jul 1562 10 Sep 1614
Sep 1614 2 Thomas Wentworth                           13 Apr 1593 12 May 1641 48
He was subsequently created Earl of
Strafford (qv) in 1640 with which title
the baronetcy then merged until he was 
attainted and his honours forfeited                                   
in 1641                                   
12 May 1662 3 William Wentworth,Earl of Strafford                                 8 Jun 1626 16 Oct 1695 69
He obtained a reversal of the attainder
in 1662                                         
16 Oct 1695 4 Thomas Wentworth,Baron Raby 17 Sep 1672 15 Nov 1739 67
He was subsequently created Earl of
Strafford (qv) in 1711 with which title 
the baronetcy then merged until its
extinction in 1799                                             
WENTWORTH of Gosfield,Essex
29 Jun 1611 E 1 John Wentworth                       c 1583 Oct 1631
to     Extinct on his death                           
Oct 1631
WENTWORTH of West Bretton,Yorks
27 Sep 1664 E 1 Thomas Wentworth                     c 1615 5 Dec 1675
5 Dec 1675 2 Matthew Wentworth          1 Aug 1678
1 Aug 1678 3 Matthew Wentworth            c 1665 Feb 1706
Feb 1706 4 William Wentworth                    29 Oct 1686 1 Mar 1763 76
MP for Malton 1731-1741           
1 Mar 1763 5 Thomas Wentworth Blackett 12 Apr 1726 10 Jul 1792 66
to     Extinct on his death                           
10 Jul 1792
  WENTWORTH of North Elmsal,Yorks
28 Jul 1692 E 1 John Wentworth                       18 Nov 1673 25 Apr 1720 46
25 Apr 1720 2 Butler Cavendish Wentworth c 1710 3 Dec 1741
to     Extinct on his death                           
3 Dec 1741
    WENTWORTH of Parlut,Lincs
16 May 1795 GB 1 John Wentworth                      c 1737 8 Apr 1820
8 Apr 1820 2 Charles Mary Wentworth             18 Jan 1775 10 Apr 1844 69
to     Extinct on his death                           
10 Apr 1844
 
Sir Harry Leonard d'Arcy Waechter, 2nd and last baronet
 
 
From the London "Daily Telegraph" of 7 December 1955:-
 
'Sir Harry Leonard d'Arcy Waechter, 43, of the White House, Suckley, Worcs., appeared before
Worcester county magistrates yesterday on charges alleging indecency and serious offences
against male persons. He was sent for trial at Worcestershire Assizes on Jan. 25 on six of eight
charges. He pleaded not guilty and was allowed bail.
 
'Mr. Peter Barnes, for the Director of Public Prosecutions, said Sir d'Arcy and his wife were 
joint masters of the North Ledbury Hounds and the kennels and stables of the hunt were at
their home. Various stable boys and apprentice grooms, most of them between 14 and 16, lived
in the White House.
 
'On their first meeting Sir d'Arcy contrived to get the youths alone, and each time followed a
similar course of indecent behaviour. Where a boy looked disgusted such conduct went to
further.
 
'One of the charges, Mr. Barnes said, related to Sir d'Arcy's alleged conduct in Worcester. He
used to go to a newsvendor named O'Shea, asking him to find a boy who had been in an 
approved school or Borstal. O'Shea informed the police.
 
'Sir d'Arcy had told the police that he was on the Home Office Homosexuality Committee, but
the secretary of that committee, Mr. W. Roberts, had said this was not so.'
 
The result of his trial was reported in the "Daily Telegraph" of 26 January 1956:-
 
'Sir Harry Leonard d'Arcy Waechter, 43, the second baronet, the White House, Suckley, Worcs.,
joint master of the North Ledbury Hunt, was gaoled for 21 months at Worcestershire Assizes
yesterday for indecently assaulting youths employed by him and attempting to procure an ex-
Borstal or approved school boy to commit indecency.
 
'He pleaded guilty to five counts and not guilty to five others. Mr. Ryder Richardson, 
prosecuting, said the offences took place between November, 1951, and last July, with stable
boys or apprentice grooms.
 
'Mr. J.F. Bourke, defending, said that between 1948 and 1954 a great change came over Sir
Harry's character, well known as a pathological condition. In a doctor's opinion, that phase 
had passed.
 
'Mr. Justice Hallett said to Sir Harry: "The psychiatrist's evidence wholly unconvinced me,
because it shows that you were for some time habitually corrupting young men who came to
work for you. At the very end, in the autumn of 1954, you were trying to get fresh supplies
of boys to misuse them."
From the London "Daily Telegraph" of 17 October 1967:-
'Sir Harry D'Arcy Waechter, Bart., 55, of no settled address, admitted at Bow Street yesyerday
that he took a pork pie, sandwiuches and an egg from a cafeteria at Victoria Station without
paying for them. He told Mr. Barraclough, the magistrate: "I want to get a job - I'm tired of
wandering about."
'P.C. Douglas Borer of the British Railways' Police said that when he was arrested Waechter said:
"I was hungry." Waechter had served as a captain in the Army and had worked as a gardener-
handyman, car park attendant and porter at Caxton Hall.
'Waechter told the court that he had been hoping to go to two interviews about jobs. He was
remanded until Monday for reports.'
From the London "Daily Telegraph" of 24 October 1967:-
'Sir Harry D'Arcy Waechter, Bart., 55, of no settled address, who last week admitted stealing a
pork pie, sandwiches and an egg from a Victoria Station cafeteria, was granted a conditional
discharge for a year at Bow Street yesterday, where he appeared on remand.
'Mr. Barry Swinney, probation officer, said that since the first hearing Waechter had received 
many offers of help. Waechter was said to have been working as a gardener-handyman and a
car park attendant. He had lost a job as a porter at Caxton Hall because the work was too 
heavy for him.'
Sir Richard Wallace, 1st and only baronet  [UK 1871]
Richard was the illegitimate son of Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford.
For further information on this peer, see the note at the foot of the page which contains
details of the Hertford peerage.
Richard was born in Paris as a result of the 4th Marquess' liaison with an Agnes Wallace, 'a 
Scottish girl of low birth' much older than the Marquess. After placing the child with a French
concierge and seeing Agnes married to a Mr Jackson, the Marquess thought that he had done
enough for his illegitimate son.
By the 1850s, however, Richard had become his father's secretary and lived in Paris with him.
The Marquess' only pleasure was in collecting art and, when the Marquess died in 1870, 
Richard was left the Marquess' art collection and personal fortune of some £7,000,000. The
title and the entailed estates were inherited by a cousin, the 5th Marquess.
Richard was aged 52 when his father died. He was, if possible, an even more ardent art-
collector than his father and had now become wealthy beyond his wildest dreams. However, 
before he indulged himself in art collecting, he poured out money for the relief of sufferers in 
the Franco-Prussian War. In addition, he founded the Hertford Hospital in Paris and made a gift
to the city of 50 drinking fountains, some of which can still be seen today.
In February 1871, he married his long-term mistress and father of his son, Julie Castelnau. In
November 1871, he was created a baronet and settled at Hertford House in London. Between 
1873 and 1885 he sat in the House of Commons for Lisburn, but the enrichment of his art 
collection remained his major interest. His placid life was racked by a bitter quarrel with his son,
who involved himself in a liaison with a French girl and had children by her. When Sir Richard 
remonstrated with him, his son replied that he had merely followed his father's example. The 
son died soon after, but to the time of his death, Sir Richard refused to recognise his grand-
children or their mother.
As private secretary Sir Richard hired John Murray Scott, a young barrister whose grandfather
and father had been friends of the 4th Marquess of Hertford. When Sir Richard died in Paris in
1890, Scott continued to watch over Lady Wallace's interests until her death in 1897. Lady
Wallace had inherited the whole of her husband's estate and she, in turn, wanted to leave it
all to Scott. Instead, he persuaded her to leave the art treasures to the nation and, after her
death, the contents of Hertford House became state property under the name of the Wallace
Collection, where it remains to this day. 
Scott was rewarded with a baronetcy in 1899. He died in 1912, leaving a controversial will in
which he left large amounts of money and art to Baroness Sackville. For details of the 1913
court case arising from this bequest, see the note at the foot of the page containing details of
the Sackville peerage.
The Baronetcy of Wasteneys
Reference works on the baronetage agree that the Wasteneys baronetcy became extinct on
the death of the 4th baronet in 1742. Notwithstanding this, the following advertisement
appeared in the London "Morning Post" on 3 August 1887:-
'ASSUMPTION OF TITLE - Whereas King James the First, by his Patent, dated the 18th day of
December, 1622, granted the dignity and title of a Baronet of England unto Hardolph 
Wasteneys, in Headon, in the county of Notts, esquire, and the heirs male of his body lawfully
begotten; and Whereas Sir Hardolph Wasteneys, fourth baronet, great grandson of the first 
mentioned Baronet, died without male issue, and all other collateral male issue being extinct, 
the title vested in the cousin and heir-at-law of the fourth baronet, that is to say, in Simon 
Wasteneys, of Edlington, in the county of York, who was also the direct male issue of the
grantee of the title. And Whereas the said Simon left one son only, William, who left one son
only, William (deceased), who had two sons and no more, William Parslove and Hardolph, 
whereof the elder, William Parslove is dead, leaving me, William Wasteneys, his only son and
heir-at-law surviving; and Whereas I am advised and believe that it is expedient that I should
assume the title and dignity of baronet to which I am entitled as aforesaid. Now I HEREBY
DECLARE THAT IT IS MY INTENTION HENCEFORTH TO ASSUME AND BEAR SUCH DIGNITY AND
TITLE, AND TO BE DESIGNATED in all Legal Documents and Otherwise as SIR WILLIAM
WASTENEYS, BARONET; and I hereby request all persons whom it may concern so to call and
designate me. As witness my hand this 28th day of January, 1887. W. WASTENEYS. Witness
to the signature of the said Sir William Wasteneys, Baronet, ARTHUR D. BENNETT, Notary Public,
Auckland, New Zealand.'
Some further information on "Sir" William Wasteney, which fills in some details of his life both
before and after this advertisement, appeared in an article published in the "Auckland Star" on
3 June 1903. The article is headed "Sir William Wasteney's Troubles":-
'The public examination of Sir William Wasteneys, against whom, in March last, a receiving order
was made on the petition on his wife, her claim being for £2035, alleged to be due under a deed
of separation, was concluded in the Bankruptcy Court last Tuesday. In examination the debtor
said he was a baronet, having formally assumed the title some twelve years ago. As far as he
was aware his father did not make use of it. On coming of age in February, 1872 [he is said to
have been born 6 February 1851], he succeeded to various estates in South Yorkshire, valued
at £60,000, and the minerals at £20,000. All were unencumbered with the exception of a 
mortgage for £8000, which he discharged by raising £11,000 on property at Micklebring and
Lambcote Grange.
'On his marriage in 1875 [other sources place the date of his marriage as 1878] he settled 
property to the value of £8000 on his wife [Julia Marianne Fardell], the income of which was
applicable to the maintenance of his home and family. In 1875 he was called to the Bar, and in
the summer of that year he realised £25,000 on the sale of four of the Yorkshire properties,
which money had gone mainly in living expenses. 
'In 1885 he arranged to go to New Zealand for the benefit of his wife's health, but at the last
moment she decided not to go, and he then entered into a deed of separation for two years,
agreeing to allow her £240 a year. He then realised a further £4400 on the property and went
to Auckland [New Zealand]. In March, 1887, his wife joined him there, and a further covenant
was entered into to extend the separation for two more years, the wife living under the same
roof. In March, 1889, he purchased for £400 the "Waikato News" [Waikato is a region in the
North Island of New Zealand], carried on at Cambridge. He ran the paper for a year and then
discontinued it, a fire having practically destroyed the town.
'Down to 1898 he practised [law] at various towns in New Zealand, and in that year he returned
to England. Having no income, he had since lived on an allowance from his mother and his 
earnings at the Bar, which had been small. The rest of the Yorkshire property had been sold by
the trustees under the settlement.
'In 1891 he endeavoured to obtain a judicial separation from his wife in New Zealand, but
eventually abandoned the suit, and in April of that year a deed of separation was entered into,
under which he agreed to allow his wife £240 a year from the income of the £8000 included in
the marriage settlement. In 1891, as the result of the proceedings which took place between
the parties, he succeeded in setting aside the separation deed, which decision was upheld in
the Court of Appeal in New Zealand.
'In 1898 his wife appealed with success to the Privy Council. A judgment for costs obtained by
his wife in certain of the proceedings formed the basis of the receiving order which she had
obtained against him. His present position was due to the constant litigation which had been
brought against him by his wife, to the expenses of her long illness, and the depreciation on the
sale of his Yorkshire properties. Replying to questions, the debtor stated that he had no 
interest in any property in New Zealand, neither had he any in England which was not fully 
charged to creditors. His mother had died recently, but, beyond a life interest in household 
furniture of small value, he had not succeeded to any property.'
Unfortunately, I have been unable to trace any later events in the life of "Sir" William. 
Sir William Alfred Waterlow, 1st baronet  [UK 1930]
The following article appeared in the April 1957 issue of the Australian monthly magazine 
"Parade." The story consistently describes Sir William as "Bart," but he was only a KBE at the
time - his baronetcy was awarded in 1930, following his term as Lord Mayor of London. As
mentioned in the article's penultimate paragraph, the driving force behind the whole criminal
enterprise is now acknowledged to have been (Artur Virgilio) Alves Reis [1896-1955].
 
'A small group stood round a pit in the courtyard of the Bank of Portugal, Lisbon, one day in
in October, 1932. They talked quietly as one of their number knelt and struck a match. He held
the flame against bundles of paper in the pit. In a few seconds just on £2,900,000 worth of
banknotes were burning. Thus ended the fantastic story of the Portuguese banknote swindle, 
one of the most audacious frauds in modern history. 
'The swindlers' plan went smoothly into operation on December 4, 1924, when a handsome
prepossessing young Dutchman, K. Marang van Ysselveere, presented himself at the office of
the leading London printing firm of Waterlow and Sons, Limited. Waterlow's had been commiss-
ioned several years earlier to print some 500-escudo notes, worth about £5 sterling each, for
the Bank of Portugal. Marang, of the firm of Messrs. Marang and Collignon, The Hague, handed
what appeared to be official Portuguese Government credentials to head of the company, Sir
William Waterlow, [later] Bart. The papers were faked!
'Marang, about 35, explained to Sir William that he was a member of a Dutch syndicate of
businessmen who had come to an arrangement with the Portuguese Government to help 
Portugal's West African colony, Angola, out of dire financial difficulties. The syndicate, he said,
was to finance a new note issue for Angola in return for valuable trading concessions. 
'Waterlow's still had in their possession the printing plates for the Portuguese 500-escudo notes
bearing an engraving of the likeness of explorer Vasco da Gama. Marang suggested these plates
would "serve the purpose" for the "new Angola issue." He assured the polite but cautious Sir
William Waterlow that there was "no need to worry" about the serial numbers duplicating those
on the Portuguese notes previously printed by Waterlow's. The new issue would be stamped
with the word "Angola" when they were delivered in Portugal and would be used for circulation
only in the colony, he added. 
'Sir William pointed out he would still need direct authority from the Bank of Portugal to use 
their plates in the printing of the notes. Marang replied that his secretary, Jose Bandeira, was a
brother of Antonio Bandeira, Portuguese Minister at The Hague. It would be easy to arrange for
the diplomat to see Waterlow's representative in Lisbon, H.G.W. Romer, and finalise the 
necessary authority. In Lisbon Romer became suspicious when Bandeira did not keep their
rendezvous. Romer made a few discreet inquiries and warned Sir William by letter: "I cannot help
thinking the Bank of Portugal would never consent to their plates being utilised for the purpose
of making a new emission of notes for a Portuguese colony whose finances appear to be in a
state of absolute chaos." 
'The smooth-talking Marang, however, had completely deceived the English baronet [sic].
Waterlow ignored Romer's warning. On December 17, 1924, Marang returned to London and
explained he had obtained the necessary authority himself. He produced more documents - all
expert forgeries - purporting to give his syndicate permission to have the notes printed from 
the Bank of Portugal plates in Waterlow's possession. As a final, formal check, Sir William 
drafted a letter to the Governor of the Bank of Portugal [Inocźncio Camacho Rodrigues (1867-
1943)] asking if it was all right to start printing the notes. So taken by Marang was Sir William
that, at the Dutchman's suggestion, he handed him the letter to be "delivered by hand" to the 
bank.
 
'When Marang returned on January 6 [1925] he had a reply signed - a perfect forgery - by the
Governor of the Bank. This letter told Sir William to go ahead with the work. Thus was the stage
set for the grand coup. The contract was signed. The printing of the Portuguese Vasco ad 
Gama notes began. Sir William Waterlow nearly ruined the swindle when he sent a personal
letter to the Governor of the Bank of Portugal acknowledging permission to print. That letter 
was never delivered.
'Between February 10 and March 12, 1925, Marang took delivery from Waterlow's of Portuguese
notes worth a cool 100,000,000 escudos - the equivalent of £stg. 1,000,000. The notes, packed
in special suitcases, were delivered to Marang at the Ritz Hotel, London. He calmly deposited
them at the baggage-room at Liverpool St. Station while preparing for his journey to Lisbon. He
even quibbled about the 1/6 luggage fee he had to pay when he reclaimed the ordinary-looking
cases that contained enough illicit money to wreck Portugal's banking system.
'Marang and his gang at once began to distribute the illicit money through Portugal. They were
rapidly disposing of it when, in autumn, 1925, rumours ran in many parts of Portugal that forged
500-escudo notes were being circulated. The rumours stopped on May 6, 1925, when, after
investigation by its officers, the Bank of Portugal published an official denial that forgeries were
circulating. 
'This gave new encouragement to the syndicate of crooks. As a group of businessmen with
Government authority, they established their own bank - Banco Angola e Metropole in Oporto -
with a stated capital of £stg. 200,000, and started flooding out the illicit currency. They lent
money to almost anyone who applied. They granted mortgages and credit indiscriminately. They
bought property all over the country. They even bought bundles of Bank of Portugal shares -
probably hoping that if they got enough they would be able to stop the bank taking any action
against them if ever they were discovered. 
'So successful were the gang's operations that Marang returned to London with more forged 
papers purporting to be from the Governor of the Bank of Portugal. These papers gave him
authority to order from Waterlow's the printing of another 380,000 Portuguese 500-escudo
notes for "the Angola issue." When Sir William Waterlow wrote to the Bank for confirmation,
Marang made sure he received a favourable reply. Between August and November, 1925, the
printers delivered to Marang in London another £stg. 900,000 worth of Portuguese Vasco da 
Gama notes.
 
'Meanwhile, a Portuguese newspaper became suspicious of the amazing activities of the new
Banco Angola e Metropole. Suggestions were made that some foreign Power might be supplying
the bank's capital in an attempt to juggle Portugal's economy. The Government ordered a secret
inquiry. Officials of the Bank of Portugal learnt of suspicious activities by a jewellery shop in
Oporto, where the new bank had its headquarters. The jewellery shop was buying large 
quantities of foreign currency and paying for it with new 500-escudo notes, the officials were 
told. Another private banker queried the large number of new 500-escudo notes in circulation.
'Portugal's Criminal Investigation Department was called in. On Saturday, December 5, 1925, the
police swooped on the premises of the Banco Angola e Metropole and the jewellery shop in
Oporto. The manager of the Bank, Adriano Silva, and two other members of the gang, Alves
Reis and Jose Bandeira, were caught in the raid. In a search of the bank premises the police
found about 4000 new 500-escudo notes. Working on a hunch, one of the raiders, Campos e
Sa, an inspector from the Bank of Portugal, took the seized money to the local branch of the
Bank of Portugal. There, to his horror, he discovered notes bearing the same serial numbers.
'Next day, Sunday, December 6, 1925. the Directors of the Bank of Portugal were told of the
strange happenings at Oporto. After a five-hour meeting the directors decided on the drastic
step of withdrawing from circulation all Vasco da Gama 500-escudo notes and exchanging them, 
good or bad, for notes of other denominations. The withdrawn notes represented one-sixth of 
the nation's currency. Next morning the banks were rushed. By the time the banks stopped
accepting the notes for exchange they had received 795,556 Vasco da Gama 500-escudo 
notes - nearly 200,000 more than had been legitimately put into circulation.
'Sir William Waterlow and some of his note experts rushed to Lisbon. After lengthy, microscopic
examination they found various minute printing differences by which the illicit notes could be 
told from the genuine. Antonio Bandeira, Portuguese Minister at The Hague, who gave Marang
Hague, who gave Marang his credentials, was recalled and arrested. Financial circles panicked.
Everyone was under suspicion. The Governor and Deputy Governor of the Bank of Portugal were
arrested but were released the same day. The police interviewed Sir William Waterlow, who
after being cleared left Lisbon under an assumed name. There was a new scare when 75 trip-
licates were discovered. It appeared some modest forger had also been at work. A special
commission was appointed to conduct the liquidation of Banco Angola e Metropole.
 
'Meanwhile the wily Marang fled the country. He was arrested in Holland and ordered to stand
trial on a charge of obtaining the bank notes from Waterlow's by means of forged documents.
When the case came into court in November, 1926, the shrewd Dutchman pleaded he had been
the innocent, unsuspecting tool of the gang. The court acquitted him of the main charge and
sentenced him to 11 months' gaol on a lesser charge of "receiving" the illicit notes. As he had
been in gaol 11 months awaiting trial he was immediately released. The Crown appealed against
the lightness of the penalty, which was later increased to two years' gaol. Meanwhile, Marang
had left Holland and never served the sentence.
'Alves Reis, Antonio Bandeira, the former diplomat, and his brother, Jose Bandeira, Adriano Silva
and other members of the gang were not tried in Lisbon till July, 1930. They received sentences
of up to 25 years' deportation. In 1932, however, an article appeared in a European magazine
under the name of Alves Reis claiming he was the sole mastermind of the swindle. All other 
members of the gang had been duped by him. The article said Marang believed the transactions
with Waterlow's to be a legitimate business deal. 
 
'Meanwhile, the Bank of Portugal sued Waterlow and Sons, Limited, for damages, claiming 
breach of contract and/or negligence and/or conversion. Though there was no suggestion of
dishonesty on the part of the printers, the bank claimed Waterlow's should never have used
their plates to print the money. The case dragged on for more than two years till the House of
Lords delivered the final judgment in favour of the bank on April 28, 1932. By a majority of three
to two the Lords awarded the Bank of Portugal damages totalling £616,392.'
Sir William died of peritonitis before the House of Lords had reached its final judgment. The firm
of Waterlow and Sons never fully recovered from its involvement, and was eventually acquired
by De La Rue in 1961.
 
Sir Thomas Edward Watson, 1st baronet
Sir Thomas killed in a traffic accident in May 1921. The following report appeared in 'The
Manchester Guardian' on 4 May 1921:-
'The tragic story of the death of Sir Thomas Edward Watson, the well-known colliery proprietor,
was told at an inquest conducted by Mr. Ingleby Oddie, the Westminster Coroner, yesterday.
'Sir Thomas had come to London from his home at Newport (Monmouthshire) last Friday, and
was staying at a West End hotel. He was crossing the road near St.George's Hospital, Hyde 
Park, about midday, in the company of his daughter, when he was knocked down by a passing
motor-car. He was picked up in an unconscious condition and removed to the hospital, where
he succumbed little more than an hour later to his injuries.
'Evidence was given that Sir Thomas, who had been standing on an island refuge, tried to cross
in front of a taxi which was being overtaken by the car. The chauffeur of the car applied his
brakes immediately he saw him, but was unable to avoid knocking him down. 
'Summing up, the Coroner said that it was a common cause of accident for people to cross in
front of one vehicle before assuring themselves that there was not another vehicle overtaking it
on the other side. There was a danger in vehicles overtaking other vehicles near refuges, and 
he was of opinion that they should be compelled to pass in single file. In this case the driver of
the car was entitled to overtake the slowly moving taxi, and he seemed to have pulled up the 
car with great promptitude.
'The Coroner said he had no hesitation in recording a verdict of accidental death, exonerating
the driver from all blame. Sir Thomas Watson unfortunately did not realise a very common 
danger, and was doing something expressly prohibited by the rules of "Safety First."
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