BARONETAGE
Last updated 03/07/2014
Names of baronets shown in blue 
have not yet proved succession and, as a
result, their name has not yet been placed on
the Official Roll of the Baronetage.
     Date Type Order Name Born Died  Age
Dates in italics in the "Born" column indicate that the baronet was
baptised on that date; dates in italics in the "Died" column indicate 
that the baronet was buried on that date
BERESFORD of Coleraine,Londonderry
5 May 1665 I 1 Tristram Beresford 15 Jan 1673
15 Jan 1673 2 Randal Beresford 19 Oct 1681
Oct 1681 3 Tristram Beresford 1669 16 Jun 1701 31
For further information on this baronet's wife,
the subject of a famous Irish ghost story,
see the note at the foot of this page
16 Jun 1701 4 Marcus Beresford 16 Jul 1694 4 Apr 1763 68
He was subsequently created Earl of
Tyrone (qv) in 1746. The second earl was
created Marquess of Waterford (qv) in 
1789 with which title the baronetcy
remains merged
BERESFORD-PEIRSE of Bagnall,co.Waterford
21 May 1814 UK 1 John Poer Beresford                  1769 2 Oct 1844 75
MP for Coleraine 1809-1812,1814-1823 and 
1832-1833,Northallerton 1826-1832 and Chatham
1835-1837                       
2 Oct 1844 2 George de la Poer Beresford 1 Mar 1811 11 Feb 1873 61
11 Feb 1873 3 Henry Monson de la Poer Beresford-Peirse 25 Sep 1850 8 Jul 1926 75
8 Jul 1926 4 Henry Bernard de la Poer Beresford-
Peirse                                 9 Jan 1875 14 May 1949 74
14 May 1949 5 Henry Campbell de la Poer Beresford-
Pierse                                                              24 Apr 1905 11 Aug 1972 67
11 Aug 1972 6 Henry Grant de la Poer Beresford-Peirse 7 Feb 1933 24 Jan 2013 79
24 Jan 2013 7 Henry Njers de la Poer Beresford-Peirse 25 Mar 1969
BERKELEY of Wymondham,Leics
29 Jun 1611 E 1 Henry Berkeley c 1566 c 1630
to     Extinct on his death
c 1630
BERKELEY of Bruton,Somerset
2 Jul 1660 E 1 Maurice Berkeley 15 Jun 1628 13 Jun 1690 61
He subsequently succeeded to the 
Viscountcy of Fitzhardinge (qv) in 1668
with which title the baronetcy then 
merged until its extinction 13 Jun 1690
BERNARD of Huntingdon,Hunts
1 Jul 1662 E 1 Robert Bernard 1601 18 Apr 1666 64
MP for Huntingdon 1640
18 Apr 1666 2 John Bernard Nov 1630 25 Jun 1679 48
MP for Huntingdon 1654-1655,1656-1658,
1659 and 1660
25 Jun 1679 3 Robert Bernard by 1670 26 Jul 1703
MP for Huntingdonshire 1689-1690
26 Jul 1703 4 John Bernard c 1695 15 Dec 1766
15 Dec 1766 5 Robert Bernard c 1739 2 Jan 1789
to     MP for Huntingdonshire 1765-1768 and
2 Jan 1789 Westminster 1770-1774
Extinct on his death
BERNARD of Nettleham,Lincs
5 Apr 1769 GB 1 Francis Bernard c 1712 16 Jun 1779
16 Jun 1779 2 John Bernard c 1746 16 Aug 1809
16 Aug 1809 3 Thomas Bernard 27 Apr 1750 1 Jul 1818 68
1 Jul 1818 4 Scrope Bernard (Bernard-Morland from 1811} 1 Oct 1758 18 Apr 1830 71
MP for Aylesbury 1789-1802 and St.Mawes
1806-1808 and 1809-1830
18 Apr 1830 5 Francis Bernard-Morland 7 Jun 1790 23 Jan 1876 85
23 Jan 1876 6 Thomas Tyringham Bernard 15 Sep 1791 8 May 1883 91
to     MP for Aylesbury 1857-1865
8 May 1883 Extinct on his death
BERNARD of Snakemoor,Hants
27 Jan 1954 UK 1 Dallas Gerald Mercer Bernard 22 Mar 1888 26 Nov 1975 87
26 Nov 1975 2 Dallas Edmund Bernard 14 Dec 1926
BERNEY of Parkhall,Norfolk
5 May 1620 E 1 Richard Berney 1668
1668 2 Thomas Berney 1693
1693 3 Richard Berney May 1706
May 1706 4 Richard Berney c 1688 1710
1710 5 Thomas Berney 1742
1742 6 Hanson Berney 1778
1778 7 John Berney c 1757 4 Sep 1825
4 Sep 1825 8 Hanson Berney 3 Dec 1780 Sep 1870 89
Sep 1870 9 Henry Hanson Berney 30 Nov 1843 27 Feb 1907 63
27 Feb 1907 10 Thomas Reedham Berney 6 Jul 1893 5 Jan 1975 81
5 Jan 1975 11 Julian Reedham Stuart Berney 26 Sep 1952
 
BERRY of Catton,Yorks
12 Dec 1806 UK 1 Edward Berry 1768 13 Feb 1831 62
to     Extinct on his death
13 Feb 1831
BERRY of Long Cross,Surrey
4 Jul 1921 UK 1 William Ewart Berry 23 Jun 1879 15 Jun 1954 74
He was subsequently created Viscount
Camrose (qv) in 1941 with which title
the baronetcy remains merged
 
BERRY of Farnham Royal,Bucks
25 Jan 1928 UK 1 James Gomer Berry 7 May 1883 6 Feb 1968 84
He was subsequently created Viscount
Kemsley (qv) in 1945 with which title
the baronetcy remains merged
BERTIE of the Navy
9 Dec 1812 UK 1 Albemarle Bertie 1756 24 Feb 1824 67
to     Extinct on his death
24 Feb 1824
  BEST-SHAW of Eltham,Kent
15 Apr 1665 E 1 John Shaw c 1615 1 Mar 1680
MP for Lyme Regis 1661-1679
1 Mar 1680 2 John Shaw c 1660 11 Dec 1721
11 Dec 1721 3 John Shaw 1687 4 Mar 1739 51
4 Mar 1739 4 John Shaw 22 Nov 1728 18 Jun 1779 50
18 Jun 1779 5 John Gregory Shaw 25 Jul 1756 28 Oct 1831 75
28 Oct 1831 6 John Kenward Shaw 15 Mar 1783 17 Mar 1857 74
17 Mar 1857 7 John Charles Kenward Shaw 8 Jun 1829 7 Jan 1909 79
7 Jan 1909 8 Charles John Monson Shaw                                                                24 Nov 1860 11 Sep 1922 61
11 Sep 1922 9 John James Kenward Shaw (Best-Shaw
from 1956)                              11 Jun 1895 26 Feb 1984 88
26 Feb 1984 10 John Michael Robert Best-Shaw 28 Sep 1924 22 Apr 2014 89
22 Apr 2014 11 Thomas Joshua Best-Shaw 7 Mar 1965
BETENSON of Wimbledon,Surrey
7 Feb 1663 E 1 Richard Betenson c 1602 29 Aug 1679
29 Aug 1679 2 Edward Betenson c 1675 17 Oct 1733
17 Oct 1733 3 Edward Betenson c 1688 24 Nov 1762
24 Nov 1762 4 Richard Betenson 15 Jun 1786
to     Extinct on his death
15 Jun 1786
BETHELL of Park House,Essex
26 Jun 1911 UK 1 John Henry Bethell 23 Sep 1861 27 May 1945 83
He was subsequently created Baron
Bethell (qv) in 1922 with which title
the baronetcy remains merged
BETHUNE of Kilconquhar,Fife
7 Mar 1836 UK 1 Henry Lindsay Bethune 12 Apr 1787 19 Feb 1851 63
19 Feb 1851 2 John Trotter Bethune 3 Jan 1827 12 May 1894 67
to     He established his claim to the Earldom
12 May 1894 of Lindsay (qv) in 1878 with which title
the baronetcy merged until the
baronetcy became extinct on his death
BETHUNE of Scotscraig,Fife
21 Apr 1683 NS 1 William Sharp c 1655 27 Jan 1712
Jan 1712 2 James Sharp 25 Apr 1738
25 Apr 1738 3 James Sharp c 1748
c 1748 4 William Sharp c 1754
c 1754 5 Alexander Sharp c 1770
c 1770 6 William Sharp 28 Jan 1729 13 Feb 1780 51
13 Feb 1780 7 Alexander Sharp (Bethune from Aug 1815) 20 Aug 1771 Dec 1847 76
Dec 1847 8 Alexander Bethune 21 Jul 1824 10 May 1900 75
10 May 1900 9 Alexander Sharp Bethune 21 Mar 1860 31 Mar 1917 57
For further information regarding this baronet's
successful claim to the baronetcy,see the
note at the foot of this page
31 Mar 1917 10 Alexander Maitland Sharp Bethune 28 Mar 1909 20 May 1997 88
to     Extinct on his death
20 May 1997
BETTERTON of Blackfordby,Leics
30 Jul 1929 UK 1 Henry Bucknall Betterton 15 Aug 1872 18 Nov 1949 77
He was subsequently created Baron
Rushcliffe (qv) in 1935 with which 
title the baronetcy then merged until
its extinction in 1949
BEVAN of Cadoxton Juxta,Glamorgan
9 Jul 1958 UK See "Evans-Bevan"
BEYNON of the Coldra,Monmouth
18 Jun 1920 UK 1 John Wyndham Beynon 1864 13 Oct 1944 80
to     Extinct on his death
13 Oct 1944
BIBBY of Tarporley,Cheshire
8 Jul 1959 UK 1 Arthur Harold Bibby 18 Feb 1889 7 Mar 1986 97
7 Mar 1986 2 Derek James Bibby                        29 Jun 1922 9 Oct 2002 80
9 Oct 2002 3 Michael James Bibby 2 Aug 1963
BICKERTON of Upwood,Hunts
29 May 1778 GB 1 Richard Bickerton 23 Jun 1727 25 Feb 1792 64
MP for Rochester 1790-1792
25 Feb 1792 2 Richard Bickerton 11 Oct 1759 9 Feb 1832 72
to     MP for Poole 1808-1812
9 Feb 1832 Extinct on his death
BICKLEY of Attleburgh,Norfolk
3 Sep 1661 E 1 Francis Bickley c 1582 11 Aug 1670
11 Aug 1670 2 Francis Bickley c 1623 1681
1681 3 Francis Bickley 19 Apr 1644 1687 43
1687 4 Francis Bickley 28 Jan 1667 4 Jul 1746 79
4 Jul 1746 5 Humphrey Bickley 18 Sep 1754
to     Extinct on his death
18 Sep 1754
BIDDULPH of Westcombe,Kent
2 Nov 1664 E 1 Theophilus Biddulph c 1612 25 Mar 1683
MP for London 1656-1658 and 1659 and
Lichfield 1661-1679
25 Mar 1683 2 Michael Biddulph 18 May 1654 2 Apr 1718 63
MP for Lichfield 1679-1681,1689-1690, 
1695-1701,1701-1705 and 1708-1710
2 Apr 1718 3 Theophilus Biddulph c 1685 16 May 1743
16 May 1743 4 Theophilus Biddulph c 1720 c 1798
c 1798 5 Theophilus Biddulph 28 Mar 1757 30 Jul 1841 84
30 Jul 1841 6 Theophilus Biddulph 28 Mar 1785 15 Jul 1854 69
15 Jul 1854 7 Theophilus Biddulph 18 Jan 1830 1 Mar 1883 53
1 Mar 1883 8 Theophilus George Biddulph 3 Apr 1874 31 Jan 1948 73
31 Jan 1948 9 Francis Henry Biddulph 8 Jun 1882 7 Jan 1980 97
7 Jan 1980 10 Stuart Royden Biddulph 24 Jun 1908 8 Jul 1986 78
8 Jul 1986 11 Ian D'Olier Biddulph 28 Feb 1940
BIGGE of Kings Sutton,Northants
14 Feb 1919 UK See "Selby-Bigge"
BIGGS of Lenchwick,Worcs
26 May 1620 E 1 Thomas Biggs c 1577 11 Jun 1621
to     MP for Evesham 1614 and 1621
11 Jun 1621 Extinct on his death
BILSLAND of Park Circus,Glasgow
25 Nov 1907 UK 1 William Bilsland 17 Mar 1847 27 Aug 1921 74
27 Aug 1921 2 Alexander Steven Bilsland 13 Sep 1892 10 Dec 1970 78
He was subsequently created Baron
Bilsland  (qv) in 1950 with which title
the baronetcy then merged until its
extinction in 1970
BINDLOSSE of Barwick,Lancs
16 Aug 1641 E 1 Robert Bindlosse 8 May 1624 6 Nov 1688 64
to     MP for Lancaster 1646-1648 and 
15 Nov 1688 Lancashire 1660
Extinct on his death
BINGHAM of Castlebar,co.Mayo
7 Jun 1634 NS 1 Henry Bingham 1573 c 1658
c 1658 2 George Bingham c 1625 1682
1682 3 Henry Bingham 1654 5 Jul 1714 60
5 Jul 1714 4 George Bingham c 1730
c 1730 5 John Bingham 1690 21 Sep 1749 59
21 Sep 1749 6 John Bingham Nov 1728 27 Nov 1750 21
27 Nov 1750 7 Charles Bingham 22 Sep 1735 29 Mar 1799 63
He was subsequently created Earl of
Lucan (qv) in 1795 with which title the
baronetcy remains merged,although at
30/06/2014 the baronetcy does not appear 
on the Official Roll of the Baronetage
BINGHAM of Sheffield,Yorks
12 Dec 1903 UK 1 John Edward Bingham 27 Jul 1839 18 Mar 1915 75
18 Mar 1915 2 Albert Edward Bingham 22 Nov 1868 25 Feb 1945 76
to     Extinct on his death
25 Feb 1945  
BIRCH of Hasles,Lancs
30 Sep 1831 UK 1 Joseph Birch 13 Jun 1755 22 Aug 1833 78
22 Aug 1833 2 Thomas Bernard Birch 18 Mar 1791 3 Mar 1880 88
to     MP for Liverpool 1847-1852
3 Mar 1880 Extinct on his death
BIRCHENOUGH of Macclesfield,Cheshire
4 Feb 1920 UK 1 Henry Birchenough 1853 12 May 1937 83
to     Extinct on his death
12 May 1937
BIRD of Solihull,Warwicks
27 Jan 1922 UK 1 Alfred Frederick Bird 27 Jul 1849 7 Feb 1922 72
MP for Wolverhampton West 1910-1922
For information on the death of this baronet,
see the note at the foot of this page
7 Feb 1922 2 Robert Bland Bird 20 Sep 1876 20 Nov 1960 84
MP for Wolverhampton West 1922-1929
and 1931-1945
20 Nov 1960 3 Donald Geoffrey Bird 3 Jul 1906 18 Oct 1963 57
18 Oct 1963 4 Richard Geoffrey Chapman Bird 3 Nov 1935
BIRDWOOD of Anzac and Totnes
6 Oct 1919 UK 1 William Riddell Birdwood 13 Sep 1865 17 May 1951 85
He was subsequently created Baron 
Birdwood (qv) in 1938 with which title
the baronetcy remains merged
BIRKBECK of Horstead Hall,Norfolk
9 Mar 1886 UK 1 Edward Birkbeck 11 Oct 1838 2 Sep 1907 69
to     MP for Norfolk North 1879-1885 and
2 Sep 1907 Norfolk East 1885-1892
Extinct on his death
BIRKIN of Ruddington Grange,Notts
25 Jul 1905 UK 1 Thomas Isaac Birkin 15 Feb 1831 16 Jan 1922 90
16 Jan 1922 2 Thomas Stanley Birkin 18 Oct 1857 7 Apr 1931 73
7 Apr 1931 3 Henry Ralph Stanley Birkin 26 Jul 1896 22 Jun 1933 36
For further information on this baronet,see
the note at the foot of this page
22 Jun 1933 4 Alexander Russell Birkin 9 Sep 1861 5 May 1942 80
5 May 1942 5 Charles Lloyd Birkin 24 Sep 1907 8 Nov 1985 77
8 Nov 1985 6 John Christian William Birkin 2 Jul 1953
BIRKMYRE of Dalmunzie,Perth
29 Jan 1921 UK 1 Archibald Birkmyre 28 Jun 1875 24 Jun 1935 59
24 Jun 1935 2 Henry Birkmyre 24 Mar 1898 10 Mar 1992 93
10 Mar 1992 3 Archibald Birkmyre 12 Feb 1923 7 May 2001 78
7 May 2001 4 James Birkmyre 29 Feb 1956
BISSHOPP of Parham,Sussex
24 Jul 1620 E 1 Thomas Bishopp c 1550 1626
MP for Gatton 1584-1585
1626 2 Edward Bishopp c 1601 Apr 1649
MP for Steyning 1626 and Bramber 1640
Apr 1649 3 Thomas Bishopp 3 Dec 1627 1652 24
1652 4 Cecil Bishopp c 1635 3 Jun 1705
MP for Bramber 1662-1679
3 Jun 1705 5 Cecil Bishopp 25 Oct 1725
25 Oct 1725 6 Cecil Bishopp 15 Jun 1778
MP for Penrhyn 1727-1734 and
Boroughbridge 1755-1768
15 Jun 1778 7 Cecil Bishopp 10 Sep 1779
Sep 1779 8 Cecil Bisshopp,later [1815] 12th Baron Zouche 29 Dec 1753 11 Nov 1828 74
MP for New Shoreham 1780-1790 and 
1796-1806
11 Nov 1828 9 George William Bisshopp 5 Jul 1791 22 Mar 1834 42
22 Mar 1834 10 Cecil Augustus Bisshopp 6 Jul 1821 22 Jan 1849 27
22 Jan 1849 11 George Curzon Bisshopp 10 Apr 1823 15 Dec 1865 42
15 Dec 1865 12 Edward Cecil Bisshopp 23 Feb 1826 27 Jan 1870 43
to     Extinct on his death
27 Jan 1870
BLACK of Louth Park,Lincs
2 Feb 1918 UK 1 Alec Black 23 Dec 1872 28 Jun 1942 69
to     Extinct on his death
28 Jun 1942
BLACK of Midgham,Berks
19 Jun 1922 1 Robert James Black 19 Jul 1860 28 Sep 1925 65
28 Sep 1925 2 Robert Andrew Stransham Black 17 Jan 1902 14 Dec 1979 77
14 Dec 1979 3 Robert David Black 29 Mar 1929
BLACKADDER of Tulliallin,Perth
28 Jul 1626 NS 1 John Blackadder 1596 c 1670
to     On his death the baronetcy became 
c 1670 dormant
  BLACKETT of Newcastle,Northumberland
12 Dec 1673 E 1 William Blackett c 1620 16 May 1680
MP for Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1673-1680
16 May 1680 2 Edward Blackett 25 Oct 1649 22 Apr 1718 68
MP for Ripon 1689-1690 and 
Northumberland 1698-1700
22 Apr 1718 3 Edward Blackett c 1683 1 Mar 1756
1 Mar 1756 4 Edward Blackett 9 Apr 1719 3 Feb 1804 84
MP for Northumberland 1768-1774
3 Feb 1804 5 William Blackett 16 Feb 1759 27 Oct 1816 57
27 Oct 1816 6 Edward Blackett 23 Feb 1805 23 Nov 1885 80
23 Nov 1885 7 Edward William Blackett 22 Mar 1831 13 Sep 1909 78
13 Sep 1909 8 Hugh Douglas Blackett 24 Mar 1873 13 Nov 1960 87
13 Nov 1960 9 Charles Douglas Blackett 15 Aug 1904 26 Dec 1968 64
26 Dec 1968 10 George William Blackett 26 Apr 1906 22 Jan 1994 87
22 Jan 1994 11 Francis Hugh Blackett 16 Oct 1907 9 Feb 1995 87
9 Feb 1995 12 Hugh Francis Blackett 11 Feb 1955
  BLACKETT of Newcastle,Northumberland
23 Jan 1685 E 1 William Blackett 14 Jun 1657 Dec 1705
MP for Newcastle upon Tyne 1685-1690,
1695-1701 and 1705
Dec 1705 2 William Blackett 11 Feb 1690 25 Sep 1728 38
to     MP for Newcastle upon Tyne 1710-1728
25 Sep 1728 Extinct on his death
BLACKETT of Calverley,Yorks
11 Dec 1711 GB   See "Calverley"    
BLACKHAM of London
13 Apr 1696 E 1 Richard Blackham 29 Jun 1728
For further information on this baronet,
see the note at the foot of this page
29 Jun 1728 2 John Blackham 2 Jul 1728
to     Extinct on his death
2 Jul 1728
  BLACKWELL of Sprowston Hall,Surrey
16 Jul 1718 GB 1 Lambert Blackwell 27 Oct 1727
MP for Wilton 1708-1710
27 Oct 1727 2 Charles Blackwell c 1700 18 Jul 1741
18 Jul 1741 3 Lambert Blackwell c 1732 9 May 1801
to     Extinct on his death
9 May 1801
  BLACKWOOD of Ballyleidy,co.Down
1 Jul 1763 I 1 Robert Blackwood 5 Nov 1694 1774 79
1774 2 John Blackwood 1722 26 Feb 1799 76
26 Feb 1799 3 James Stevenson Blackwood 8 Jul 1755 8 Aug 1836 81
He succeeded to the Barony of Dufferin
and Claneboye (qv) in 1800 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
BLACKWOOD of the Navy
1 Sep 1814 UK 1 Henry Blackwood 28 Dec 1770 14 Dec 1832 61
14 Dec 1832 2 Henry Martin Blackwood 11 Jun 1801 7 Jan 1851 49
7 Jan 1851 3 Henry Blackwood 7 May 1828 26 May 1894 66
26 May 1894 4 Francis Blackwood 11 Nov 1838 20 Jun 1924 85
20 Jun 1924 5 Henry Palmer Temple Blackwood 12 May 1896 1 Sep 1948 52
1 Sep 1948 6 Francis Elliot Temple Blackwood 11 Mar 1901 2 Mar 1979 77
2 Mar 1979 7 Francis George Blackwood 20 May 1916 13 Nov 1991 75
He succeeded to the Barony of Dufferin
    and Claneboye (qv) in 1988 with which   
title the baronetcy remains merged
BLADES of Epsom,Surrey
14 Jan 1922 UK 1 George Rowland Blades 15 Apr 1868 24 May 1953 85
He was subsequently created Baron
Ebbisham (qv) in 1928 with which title
the baronetcy then merged until its
extinction in 1991
BLAIR of Kinfauns,Perth
18 Sep 1666 NS 1 William Blair after 1666
to     Extinct on his death
after 1666
BLAIR of Dunskey,Wigtown
27 Jun 1786 GB See "Hunter-Blair"
BLAIR of Harrow Weald,Middlesex
19 Jun 1945 UK 1 Reginald Blair 8 Nov 1881 18 Sep 1962 80
to     MP for Bow and Bromley 1912-1922 and
18 Sep 1962 Hendon 1935-1945
Extinct on his death
BLAKE of Menlough,co.Galway
10 Jul 1622 I 1 Valentine Blake 2 Jan 1634
2 Jan 1634 2 Thomas Blake c 1640
c 1640 3 Valentine Blake c 1653
c 1653 4 Thomas Blake c 1670
c 1670 5 Valentine Blake c 1672
c 1672 6 Walter Blake May 1748
May 1748 7 Thomas Blake c 1749
c 1749 8 Ulick Blake Jun 1766
Jun 1766 9 Thomas Blake 3 Mar 1787
3 Mar 1787 10 Walter Blake Apr 1802
Apr 1802 11 John Blake 15 Jul 1753 6 May 1834 80
6 May 1834 12 Valentine John Blake 23 Jun 1780 Jan 1847 66
MP for Galway 1813-1820 and 1841-1847
Jan 1847 13 Thomas Edward Blake 25 May 1805 3 Jan 1875 69
3 Jan 1875 14 Valentine Blake 2 Dec 1836 24 Jul 1912 75
For information on the destruction of the family
home, Menlough Castle, see the note at the 
foot of this page
24 Jul 1912 15 Thomas Patrick Ulick John Harvey Blake 18 Mar 1870 15 Dec 1925 55
15 Dec 1925 16 Ulick Temple Blake 6 Aug 1904 5 Oct 1963 59
5 Oct 1963 17 Thomas Richard Valentine Blake 7 Jan 1942 29 May 2008 66
29 May 2008 18 Anthony Teilo Bruce Blake 5 May 1951
  BLAKE of Langham,Suffolk
8 Oct 1772 GB 1 Patrick Blake c 1742 1 Jul 1784
MP for Sudbury 1768-1774 and 1775-1784
1 Jul 1784 2 Patrick Blake c 1768 25 Jul 1818
25 Jul 1818 3 James Henry Blake 1770 21 Apr 1832 61
21 Apr 1832 4 Henry Charles Blake 23 Nov 1794 22 Jan 1880 85
22 Jan 1880 5 Patrick James Graham Blake 23 Oct 1861 15 Jan 1930 68
15 Jan 1930 6 Cuthbert Patrick Blake 2 Jan 1885 27 Jun 1975 90
to     Extinct on his death
27 Jun 1975
  BLAKE of Twizel Castle,Durham
25 May 1774 GB 1 Francis Blake c 1709 29 Mar 1780
29 Mar 1780 2 Francis Blake c 1737 22 May 1818
22 May 1818 3 Francis Blake 18 Aug 1774 3 Aug 1860 85
to     MP for Berwick 1820-1826 and 1827-1835
3 Aug 1860 Extinct on his death
BLAKE of Tillmouth Park,Northumberland
22 Jul 1907 UK 1 Francis Douglas Blake 27 Feb 1856 5 Feb 1940 83
MP for Berwick 1916-1922
5 Feb 1940 2 Francis Edward Colquhoun Blake 11 Aug 1893 24 Nov 1950 57
24 Nov 1950 3 Francis Michael Blake 11 Jul 1943
BLAKER of Brighton,Sussex
5 Sep 1919 UK 1 John George Blaker 1854 11 Jun 1926 71
11 Jun 1926 2 Reginald Blaker 27 Apr 1900 3 Jan 1975 74
MP for Spelthorne 1931-1945
3 Jan 1975 3 John Blaker 22 Mar 1935
BLAKISTON of Blakiston,Durham
27 May 1615 E 1 Thomas Blakiston 8 Jul 1582 1630 47
to     Extinct on his death
1630
BLAKISTON of Gibside,Durham
30 Jul 1642 E 1 Ralph Blakiston c 1589 20 Dec 1650
Dec 1650 2 William Blakiston 26 Feb 1692
Feb 1692 3 Francis Blakiston 8 Oct 1713
to     Extinct on his death
8 Oct 1713
BLAKISTON of London
22 Apr 1763 GB 1 Matthew Blakiston c 1702 14 Jul 1774
14 Jul 1774 2 Matthew Blakiston 1761 20 Sep 1806 45
20 Sep 1806 3 Matthew Blakiston 13 May 1783 23 Dec 1862 79
23 Dec 1862 4 Matthew Blakiston 15 Jan 1811 3 Dec 1883 72
3 Dec 1883 5 Horace Nevile Blakiston 2 Aug 1861 12 Sep 1936 75
12 Sep 1936 6 Charles Edward Blakiston 28 Dec 1862 12 Aug 1941 78
12 Aug 1941 7 Arthur Frederick Blakiston 16 Jun 1892 31 Jan 1974 81
31 Jan 1974 8 Arthur Norman Hunter Blakiston 26 Apr 1899 1977 78
1977 9 Ferguson Arthur James Blakiston 19 Feb 1963
BLAND of Kippax Park,Yorks
30 Aug 1642 E 1 Thomas Bland c 1614 24 Oct 1657
Oct 1657 2 Francis Bland c 1642 14 Nov 1663
14 Nov 1663 3 Thomas Bland 21 Dec 1662 14 Dec 1668 5
14 Dec 1668 4 John Bland 2 Nov 1663 25 Oct 1715 51
MP for Appleby 1681 and Pontefract 
1690-1695 and 1698-1713
25 Oct 1715 5 John Bland 10 Sep 1691 9 Apr 1743 51
MP for Lancashire 1713-1727
9 Apr 1743 6 John Bland 13 Jan 1722 3 Sep 1755 33
MP for Ludgershall 1754-1755
3 Sep 1755 7 Hungerford Bland c 1726 16 Oct 1756
to     Extinct on his death
16 Oct 1756
BLAND-SUTTON of Hertford Street,London
26 Jun 1925 UK 1 John Bland-Sutton 1865 20 Dec 1936 71
to     Extinct on his death
20 Dec 1936
BLANE of Blanefield,Ayr
26 Dec 1812 UK 1 Gilbert Blane 29 Aug 1749 27 Jun 1834 84
27 Jun 1834 2 Hugh Seymour Blane 29 Jul 1795 14 Apr 1869 73
14 Apr 1869 3 Seymour John Blane 1 Feb 1833 26 Jun 1911 78
26 Jun 1911 4 Charles Rodney Blane 28 Oct 1879 31 May 1916 36
to     Extinct on his death
31 May 1916
BLAQUIERE of Ardkill,Londonderry
16 Jul 1784 I 1 John Blaquiere 15 May 1732 27 Aug 1812 80
He was subsequently created Baron de
Blaquiere (qv) in 1800 with which title 
the baronetcy then merged until its
extinction in 1920
BLENNERHASSET of Blennerville,co.Kerry
22 Sep 1809 UK 1 Rowland Blennerhassett 1741 14 Mar 1821 79
14 Mar 1821   2 Robert Blennerhassett 26 Jan 1769 21 Sep 1831 62
21 Sep 1831 3 Arthur Blennerhassett 30 Jul 1794 Feb 1849 54
Feb 1849 4 Rowland Blennerhassett 5 Sep 1839 22 Mar 1909 69
MP for Galway 1865-1874 and Kerry 1880-
1885. PC [I] 1905
22 Mar 1909 5 Arthur Charles Francis Bernard
Blennerhassett 14 Apr 1871 29 Jan 1915 43
29 Jan 1915 6 Marmaduke Charles Henry Joseph 
Blennerhassett 20 Nov 1902 25 May 1940 37
25 May 1940 7 Marmaduke Adrian Francis William
Blennerhassett [he was born the same day as 25 May 1940
his father was killed in action]
  BLOIS of Grundisburgh,Suffolk
15 Apr 1686 E 1 Charles Blois 14 Sep 1657 10 Apr 1738 80
MP for Ipswich 1689-1695 and Dunwich
1700-1709
10 Apr 1738 2 Charles Blois 25 Jun 1733 26 Feb 1760 26
26 Feb 1760 3 Charles Blois 3 Apr 1692 27 Dec 1761 69
27 Dec 1761 4 Ralph Blois 16 Jun 1706 8 May 1762 55
8 May 1762 5 John Blois 21 Nov 1740 17 Jan 1810 69
17 Jan 1810 6 Charles Blois 4 Mar 1766 20 Aug 1850 84
20 Aug 1850 7 Charles Blois Apr 1794 12 Jun 1855 61
12 Jun 1855 8 John Ralph Blois 18 Aug 1830 31 Dec 1888 58
31 Dec 1888 9 Ralph Barrett Macnaghten Blois 21 Nov 1866 18 Mar 1950 83
18 Mar 1950 10 Gervase Ralph Edmund Blois 6 Jun 1901 22 May 1968 66
22 May 1968 11 Charles Nicholas Gervase Blois 25 Dec 1939
BLOMEFIELD of Attleborough,Norfolk
14 Nov 1807 UK 1 Thomas Blomefield 24 Aug 1822
24 Aug 1822 2 Thomas William Blomefield 24 Mar 1791 30 Jun 1858 67
30 Jun 1858 3 Thomas Eardley Wilmot Blomefield 3 Aug 1820 21 Nov 1878 58
21 Nov 1878 4 Thomas Wilmot Peregrine Blomefield 31 Dec 1848 20 Jul 1928 79
20 Jul 1928 5 Thomas Edward Peregrine Blomefield 31 May 1907 26 Feb 1984 76
26 Feb 1984 6 Thomas Charles Peregrine Blomefield 24 Jul 1948
BLOSSE of Galway
8 Jun 1622 I See "Lynch-Blosse"
BLOUNT of Sodington,Worcs
5 Oct 1642 E 1 Walter Blount c 1594 27 Aug 1654
MP for Droitwich 1624-1625
27 Aug 1654 2 George Blount 12 Nov 1667
12 Nov 1667 3 Walter Kirkham Blount 12 May 1717
12 May 1717 4 Edward Blount 16 Feb 1758
16 Feb 1758 5 Edward Blount c 1724 19 Oct 1765
19 Oct 1765 6 Walter Blount 5 Oct 1785
5 Oct 1785 7 Walter Blount 3 Sep 1768 31 Oct 1803 35
31 Oct 1803 8 Edward Blount 3 Mar 1795 28 Apr 1881 86
28 Apr 1881 9 Walter de Sodington Blount 19 Dec 1833 26 Oct 1915 81
For further information on this baronet's wife,
see the note at the foot of this page.
26 Oct 1915 10 Walter Aston Blount 9 Oct 1876 13 Jun 1958 81
13 Jun 1958 11 Edward Robert Blount 2 Dec 1884 21 Jan 1978 93
21 Jan 1978 12 Walter Edward Alpin Blount 31 Oct 1917 18 Dec 2004 87
to     Dormant on his death
18 Dec 2004
BLOUNT of Tittenhanger,Herts
27 Jan 1680 E 1 Thomas Pope Blount 12 Sep 1649 30 Jun 1697 47
MP for St.Albans 1679-1681 and 
Hertfordshire 1689-1697
30 Jun 1697 2 Thomas Pope Blount 19 May 1670 17 Oct 1731 61
17 Oct 1731 3 Harry Pope Blount 13 Sep 1702 8 Oct 1757 55
to     Extinct on his death
8 Oct 1757
Nicola Sophia Beresford, wife of Sir Tristram Beresford, 3rd baronet (1666-1713)
and the "Black Ribbon"
One of the most famous Irish ghost stories concerns Nicola Sophia, Lady Beresford, wife of 
Sir Tristram Beresford, 3rd baronet. The following edited version is taken from "The Book of
Dreams and Ghosts" by Andrew Lang (Longmans, London, 1897).
'There is at Curraghmore, the seat of Lord Waterford, in Ireland, a manuscript account of
the tale, such as it was originally received and implicitly believed in by the children and
grandchildren of the lady to whom Lord Tyrone is supposed to have made the supernatural
appearance after death. The account was written by Lady Betty Cobbe, the youngest
daughter of Marcus, Earl of Tyrone, and granddaughter of Nicola S[ophia], Lady Beresford.
She lived to be a good old age, in full use of all her faculties, both of body and mind…….
'John le Poer, Lord Decies, was the eldest son of Richard, Earl of Tyrone, and of Lady 
Dorothy Annesley, daughter of Arthur, Earl of Anglesey. He was born 1665, succeeded his 
father 1690, and died 14th October 1693. He became Lord Tyrone at his father's death, and
is the 'ghost' of the story.
'Nicola Sophie Hamilton was the second and youngest daughter and co-heiress of Hugh, 
Lord Glenawley [see Hamilton of Glenawley], who was also Baron Lunge in Sweden. Being a 
zealous royalist, he had, together with his father, migrated to that country in 1643, and 
returned from it at the Restoration. He was of a good old family, and held considerable
landed property in the county Tyrone, near Ballygawley. He died there in 1679. His eldest
daughter and co-heiress, Arabella Susanna, married, in 1683, Sir John Macgill, of Gill Hall, in
the county Down.
 
'Nicola S[ophia], (the second daughter) was born in 1666, and married Sir Tristram 
Beresford in 1687. Between that and 1693 two daughters were born, but no son to inherit
the ample landed estates of his father, who most anxiously wished and hoped for an heir.
It was under these circumstances, and at this period, that the manuscripts state that 
Lord Tyrone made his appearance after death; and all the versions of the story, without
variation, attribute the same cause and reason, viz., a solemn promise mutually inter-
changed in early life between John le Poer, then Lord Decies, afterwards Lord Tyrone, and
Nicola S. Hamilton, that whichever of the two died the first, should, if permitted, appear to
the survivor for the object of declaring the approval or rejection by the Deity of the 
revealed religion as generally acknowledged: of which the departed one must be fully
cognisant, but of which they both had in their youth entertained unfortunate doubts.
'In the month of October, 1693, Sir Tristram and Lady Beresford went on a visit to her
sister, Lady Macgill, at Gill Hall, now the seat of Lord Clanwilliam, whose grandmother was
eventually the heiress of Sir J. Macgill's property. One morning Sir Tristram rose early, 
leaving Lady Beresford asleep, and went out for a walk before breakfast. When his wife
joined the table very late, her appearance and the embarrassment of her manner attracted
general attention, especially that of her husband. He made anxious inquiries as to her 
health, and asked her apart what had occurred to her wrist, which was tied up with black
ribbon tightly bound about it. She earnestly entreated him not to inquire more then, or
thereafter, as to the cause of her wearing or continuing afterwards to wear that ribbon;
'for,' she added, 'you will never see me without it.' He replied, 'Since you urge it so
vehemently, I promise you not to inquire more about it.'
 
'After completing her hurried breakfast she made anxious inquiries as to whether the post
had yet arrived. It had not yet come in; and Sir Tristram asked: 'Why are you so particularly
eager about letters today?' 'Because I expect to hear of Lord Tyrone's death, which took
place on Tuesday.' 'Well,' remarked Sir Tristram, 'I never should have put you down for a
superstitious person; but I suppose that some idle dream has disturbed you.' Shortly after,
the servant brought in the letters; one was sealed with black wax. 'It is as I expected,' she
cried; 'he is dead.' The letter was from Lord Tyrone's steward to inform them that his master
had died in Dublin, 14th October, at 4 p.m. Sir Tristram endeavoured to console her, and
begged her to restrain her grief, when she assured him that she felt relieved and easier now
that she knew the actual fact. She added, 'I can now give you a most satisfactory piece of
intelligence, viz., that I am with child, and that it will be a boy.' A son was born in the 
following July. Sir Tristram survived its birth little more than six years. After his death Lady
Beresford continued to reside with her young family at his place in the county of Derry, and
seldom went from home. She hardly mingled with any neighbours or friends, excepting with
Mr. And Mrs. Jackson, of Coleraine. He was the principal personage in that town, and was,
by his mother, a near relative of Sir Tristram. His wife was the daughter of Robert Gorges,
LL.D (a gentleman of good old English family, and possessed of a considerable estate in
the county Meath), by Jane Loftus, daughter of Sir Adam Loftus, of Rathfarnham, and sister
of Lord Lisburn. They had an only son, Richard Gorges, who was in the army, and became
a general officer very early in life. With the Jacksons Lady Beresford maintained a constant
communication and lived on the most intimate terms, while she seemed determined to 
eschew all other society and to remain in her chosen retirement.
'At the conclusion of three years thus passed, one luckless day "Young Gorges" most
vehemently professed his passion for her, and solicited her hand, urging his suit in a most
passionate appeal, which was evidently not displeasing to the fair widow, and which,
unfortunately for her, was successful. They were married in 1704. One son and two
daughters were born to them, when his abandoned and dissolute conduct forced her to
seek and obtain a separation. After this had continued for four years, General Gorges
pretended extreme penitence for his past misdeeds, and with the most solemn promises
of amendment induced his wife to live with him again, and she became the mother of a
second son. The day month after her confinement happened to be her birthday, and
having recovered and feeling herself equal to some exertion, she went to her son, Sir
Marcus Beresford, then twenty years old, and her married daughter, Lady Riverston. She
also invited Dr. King, the Archbishop of Dublin (who was an intimate friend), and an old
clergyman who had christened her, and who had always kept up a most kindly intercourse
with her during her whole life, to make up a small party to celebrate the day.
 
'In the early part of it Lady Beresford was engaged in a kindly conversation with her old
friend the clergyman, and in the course of it said: 'You know that I am forty-eight this
day.' 'No, indeed,' he replied; 'you are only forty-seven, for your mother had a dispute
with me once on the very subject of your age, and I in consequence sent and consulted
the registry, and can most confidently assert that you are only forty-seven this day.' 'You
have signed my death-warrant, then,' she cried; 'leave me, I pray, for I have not much
longer to live, but have many things of grave importance to settle before I die. Send my
son and daughter to me immediately.' The clergyman did as he was bidden. He directed 
Sir Marcus and his sister to go instantly to their mother; and he sent to the archbishop
and a few other friends to put them off from joining the birthday party.
'When her two children repaired to Lady Beresford, she thus addressed them: 'I have 
something of deep importance to communicate to you, my dear children, before I die. You
are no strangers to the intimacy and the affection which subsisted in early life between 
Lord Tyrone and myself. We were educated together when young, under the same roof,
in the pernicious principles of Deism. Our real friends afterwards took every opportunity to
convince us of our error, but their arguments were insufficient to overpower and uproot
our infidelity, though they had the effect of shaking our confidence in it, and thus leaving
us wavering between the two opinions. In this perplexing state of doubt we made a solemn
promise one to the other, that whichever died first should, if permitted, appear to the
other for the purpose of declaring what religion was the one acceptable to the Almighty.
One night, years after this interchange of promises, I was sleeping with your father at Gill
Hall, when I suddenly awoke and discovered Lord Tyrone sitting visibly by the side of the
bed. I screamed out, and vainly endeavoured to rouse Sir Tristram. 'Tell me,' I said, 'Lord
Tyrone, why and wherefore are you here at this time of the night?' 'Have you then 
forgotten our promise to each other, pledged in early life? I died on Tuesday, at four
o'clock. I have been permitted thus to appear in order to assure you that the revealed
religion is the true and only one by which we can be saved. I am also suffered to inform
you that you are with child, and will produce a son, who will marry my heiress; that Sir
Tristram will not live long, when you will marry again, and you will die from the effects of
childbirth in your forty-seventh year.' I begged from him some convincing sign or proof
so that when the morning came I might rely upon it, and feel satisfied that his appearance
had been real, and that it was not the phantom of my imagination. He caused the hangings
of the bed to be drawn in an unusual way and impossible manner through an iron hook. I
still was not satisfied, when he wrote his signature in my pocket-book. I wanted, however,
more substantial proof of his visit, when he laid his hand, which was cold as marble, on my
wrist; the sinews shrunk up, the nerves withered at the touch. 'Now,' he said, 'let no mortal
eye, while you live, ever see that wrist,' and vanished. While I was conversing with him my
thoughts were calm, but as soon as he disappeared I felt chilled with horror and dismay, a
cold sweat came over me, and I again endeavoured but vainly to awaken Sir Tristram; a 
flood of tears came to my relief, and I fell asleep.
 
'"In the morning your father got up without disturbing me; he had not noticed anything
extraordinary about me or the bed-hangings. When I did arise I found a long broom in the
gallery outside the bedroom door, and with great difficulty I unhooded the curtain, fearing
that the position of it might excite surprise and cause inquiry. I bound up my wrist with 
black ribbon before I went down to breakfast, where the agitation of my mind was too
visible not to attract attention. Sir Tristram made many anxious inquiries as to my health,
especially as to my sprained wrist, as he conceived mine to be. I begged him to drop all
questions as to the bandage, even if I continued to adopt it for any length of time. He
kindly promised me not to speak of it any more, and he kept his promise faithfully. You, my
son, came into the world as predicted, and your father died six years after. I then 
determined to abandon society and its pleasures and not mingle again with the world,
hoping to avoid the dreadful predictions as to my second marriage; but, alas! in the one
family with which I held constant and friendly intercourse I met the man, whom I did not
regard with perfect indifference. Though I struggled to conquer by every means the 
passion, I at length yielded to his solicitations, and in a fatal moment for my own peace
I became his wife. In a few years his conduct fully justified my demand for a separation,
and I fondly hoped to escape the fatal prophecy. Under the delusion that I had passed my
forty-seventh birthday, I was prevailed upon to believe in his amendment, and to pardon
him. I have, however, heard from undoubted authority that I am only forty-seven this day,
and I know that I am about to die. I die, however, without the dread of death, fortified as
I am by the sacred precepts of Christianity and upheld by its promises. When I am gone, I
wish that you, my children, should unbind this black ribbon and alone behold my wrist before
I am consigned to the grave.'
 
'She then requested to be left that she might lie down and compose herself, and her
children quitted the apartment, having desired her attendant to watch her, and if any
change came on to summon them to her bedside. In an hour the bell rang, and they
hastened to the call, but all was over. The two children having ordered every one to retire,
knelt down by the side of the bed, when Lady Riverston unbound the black ribbon and
found the wrist exactly as Lady Beresford had described it--every nerve withered, every
sinew shrunk.'
 
 
 
Sir Alexander Sharp Bethune, 9th baronet
 
 
Following the establishment of the official roll of the baronetage in 1910, Bethune petitioned
for inclusion upon that roll. His petition, which was not opposed, was heard by the 
Baronetage Committee of the Privy Council on 11 December 1916, and was reported in 'The
Times' on the following day.
 
'By Letters Patent dated at Windsor, April 21, 1683, the dignity of Baronet was conferred on
Sir William Sharp of Scotscraig, son of James Sharp, Archbishop of St. Andrews, who was
assassinated in 1677 [sic for 1679]. In the case for the claimant it was stated that Sir 
William Sharp married Margaret Erskine, daughter of Sir Charles Erskine, Bt., of Cambo, and 
by her had three sons and several daughters. He died in January, 1712, and was succeeded
by his eldest son, James. Sir James married Mary, daughter of the first Earl of Melfort, and
on his death in April, 1738, was succeeded by his only son James. Sir James Sharp died
without issue. He was succeeded in his estate by his sister, whose son Robert was served
heir to him in 1783, and in the title by his uncle and heir-male, William Sharp.
 
'Sir William Sharp was twice married. Dying without surviving male issue he was succeeded
in the baronetcy by his brother Alexander. Sir Alexander Sharp was a merchant in St. 
Andrews. He died about 1769 and was succeeded by his eldest son William. Sir William Sharp
was born in January, 1729, took part in the rising of 1745, was taken prisoner and pleaded
"Guilty" to a charge of treason, but on account of his youth he obtained a reprieve. After his
release he served in the French Army. In 1761 he returned to England. When France and
Spain declared war against Portugal he entered the Portuguese Army. In 1768 he returned 
to England and presented a memorial for a formal pardon that he might be entitled to enjoy 
the baronetcy. In 1769 his prayer was granted by George III. The claim said that about this 
time he appeared to have succeeded his father and to have returned to Scotland and 
married Margaret Bethune, the eldest daughter of John Bethune, of Blebo. Of this marriage 
a son was born, who was baptized at Blebo on August 20, 1771. The entry in the register 
of the Episcopal Church of St. Andrews was as follows:-
 
"At Blebo, 20 Aug., 1771, Alexander, son to Sir William Sharp, was baptized, and Mr. 
Bethune of Blebo, the mother's father. The Rev. Mr. James Hutchinson, and my Lady Sharp, 
the father's mother, were sponsors."
 
'Sir William Sharp died in London in February, 1780. The entry of his death in the Scots
Magazine was as follows:-
 
"13 Feb., 1780, at London, Sir William Sharp, Bt., Major-General in the Portuguese service,
Governor of the Province of Minho and Colonel of a regiment of Infantry."
 
'He was buried in the churchyard at St. Marylebone. So far no doubt could arise as to the
right of Alexander Sharp, the son of Sir William Sharp and Margaret Bethune, to succeed his
father in the baronetcy. No certificate of their marriage was known to be in existence and
no entry of the banns or of the celebration of the marriage could be found. But no register
of banns or marriages for the parish of Kemback existed from 1703 to 1787.
 
'Sir William seemed to have returned to Portugal, for when he died his mother applied for 
and obtained letters of administration, stating in her affidavit that Sir William had left behind 
him his lawful widow, a native of Portugal and believed to be resident there, and an infant
daughter. Alexander Sharp [was] never served heir to his father or assumed the title. It
might, therefore, be suggested that at the time of Sir William's marriage to Margaret 
Bethune he had already been married in Portugal, that he had concealed this from the 
knowledge of his family and friends, that somehow this prior foreign marriage became known 
in Scotland, and that thereafter without any formal legal proceedings his marriage with 
Margaret Bethune was treated as invalid.
 
'In 1789 Alexander Sharp obtained a commission in the Army. Having obtained possession of
the family estates he was, by Royal Licence, dated August 23, 1815, authorized to take the
name of arms of Bethune of Blebo. General Bethune of Blebo, as he afterwards became, 
married, and on his death in 1847 he was succeeded by his elder son Alexander, the father 
of the claimant.
 
'Counsel for the claimant contended that by the law of Scotland where a marriage turned 
out to be null because of some pre-existing impediment the legitimacy of the children would,
nevertheless, be saved if even one of the parents was in honest ignorance of the existence
of the impediment.
 
'At the close of the hearing Lord Desart [Chairman of the Committee] said that the 
Committee would formally postpone the advice they would give his Majesty for a week.'
 
At the end of the week's postponement, the Committee announced that it would advise 
that Sir Alexander Sharp Bethune's name should be added to the official roll of the 
baronetage. 
 
 
Sir Alfred Frederick Bird, 1st baronet
Sir Alfred, who had been created a baronet only 11 days previously, was killed in a traffic 
accident in February 1922. The following report appeared in 'The Scotsman' on 10 February
1922:-
'The inquest upon Sir Alfred Bird, M.P. for Wolverhampton West, who was knocked down by a
motor car at Hyde Park Corner in the early morning of Tuesday, was held before Mr. Ingleby
Oddie at the Westminster Coroner's Court yesterday. Sir Alfred was returning from a political
reception at the residence of Lord and Lady Farquhar in Grosvenor Square when he met his
death. He was 73 years of age, and leaves a widow and several children.
'Evidence of identification was given by Sir Robert Bland Bird, of Warwickshire, the eldest son
of the deceased, whose full name, he said, was Alfred Frederick Bird. He last saw his father 
alive on Sunday night, when he was in excellent health. Sir Alfred had normal sight for his age,
but was very slightly deaf. He was most sober in his habits.
'Joan Maud Hamilton, of 33 Gillingham Street, Victoria, a witness to the fatality, said that the
car was going very slowly. She saw Sir Alfred going from the direction of Park Lane towards
the car, which slowed down a little. He seemed to hesitate, and the car went to go round him,
and then he appeared to lose himself and not know what to do. Then the car struck him 
sideways, and she saw him beneath the vehicle, The Coroner - He was hesitating and dodging?
Witness - Yes. He appeared not to know which way to go.
Mrs. Mary Flynn, of Blythe Road, West Kensington, the occupant of the car, said that she was
being driven from Piccadilly to West Kensington. They were going very slowly. She heard the
horn sounded, looked up, and saw a figure moving backwards and forwards. "I could see what
was going to happen," continued witness, "and could not look any longer. The next thing I saw
was a man lying by the side of the car. The driver pulled up at once. He had been driving very
carefully."
'Dr. Smith, house surgeon at St. George's Hospital, said that Sir Alfred was alive when he was
brought in, but unconscious, and died a few minutes afterwards. The cause of death was a 
fractured skull.
'Lewis Marshall, the driver, living at West Hendon, said that he was an owner-driver. At the time
he was driving at about eight to ten miles an hour. He saw deceased in the centre of the road.
There was ample room for witness to go round the back of him. Witness sounded his horn as a
warning. Deceased looked straight at the car, and instead of carrying on seemed to get flurried,
and came straight into the front wing of the car. The front wheel passed over the lower part of 
the body. Witness pulled up dead, and the body was still partially under the front wheel.
'John Henry Thorpe, M.P. [for Rusholme], of 6 Northumberland Street, said that he had just
parted from the deceased about a quarter of twelve, when they were both going home from the
reception at Lady Farquhar's. He had some conversation with Sir Alfred, and remembered him 
saying "It is a nice fine night. I am going to walk home." Sir Alfred was perfectly sober.
The Coroner, in summing up, said that Sir Alfred evidently lost his head, went first one way and 
then another, and all that the driver could do was to pull up and hope for the best. He put the
driver in a hopeless condition, and in this case the driver had pulled up with such great
promptitude that the body was still partly underneath the car. It exemplified the truth of the
saying that he who hesitated was lost in London traffic, and one could not but regret that the
deceased did not realise that he should have stood still and would have been perfectly safe. He
recorded a verdict of "Accidental Death," and exonerated the driver from all blame.'
Sir Henry Ralph Stanley Birkin, 3rd baronet
Sir Henry Birkin, who was generally known by the nickname of Tim [after the cartoon character
"Tiger Tim"], was one of Britain's leading figures in motor racing during the late 1920s and early
1930s. 
The following report appeared in 'The Irish Times' of 23 June 1933:-
'Sir Henry Birkin, Bart., one of the most spectacular figures in motor racing, died yesterday in
a London nursing home. His death is believed to have been caused by blood-poisoning, which
set in as a result of his arm being burned on the exhaust pipe of his Maserati car during the 
Tripoli Grand Prix in May last. Sir Henry finished third in that race. [Apparently Birkin had 
dropped his cigarette lighter and burned his arm against the exhaust pipe as he reached to
retrieve it.]
'Upon his return to England he went into a nursing home, but his condition became worse, and
two blood transfusions were performed, which, however, caused only a temporary improvement.
'With the possible exception of Earl Howe, no British driver in the past six years had shown
such "dash" as Sir Henry Birkin. He possessed something of the continental drivers' flair for
spectacular racing tactics, which was in sharp contrast to the more conservative style of
English driving.
'In recent years he drove foreign cars, believing that they were superior for racing to any
motors of the same size produced at home. He would have preferred to handle British cars, and
in his book on motor racing ["Full Throttle" G T Foulis & Co. London 1932] published about a 
year ago, he made an appeal for the manufacture of big, fast cars with which the foreigner
could be defeated in the leading road races.
'It was with a British car - the Bentley - that Sir Henry achieved fame. In the first of the Tourist
Trophy races in Ulster - the event which led to an awakening of interest in motor racing in the
British Isles - he made fastest speed. In the following year, 1929, his duel with T.
Thistlethwaite's Mercedes was one of the most thrilling incidents in the Grand Prix races in the 
Phoenix Park.
'On that occasion Captain Birkin drove one of his supercharged 4 and a half litre Bentleys, and
his task was to make Thistlethwaite drive so fast that he would damage his car, leaving a clear
field for the other Bentleys. He succeeded in eliminating the Mercedes, and, in doing so, over-
drove his own car, as he had expected to do. Ivanowsky, in an Alfa-Romeo, won the race, 
beating Commander Glen Kidston by a few seconds.
'The job of forcing the pace became Birkin's usual part in other races - notably at Le Mans, 
where the Bentley team won a great reputation in the Grand Prix d'Endurance. He became a
regular competitor in the Irish races, and was a most popular figure in both Belfast and Dublin.
'He started racing in 1927, and had some successes at Brooklands in that year. His most 
important victories were at Le Mans in 1931, when, with Lord Howe as co-driver, he won the
Grand Prix, and in the Irish Grand Prix in the same year, when he won the Eireann Cup. He held
the Brooklands lap record.'
Sir Richard Blackham, 1st baronet
Sir Richard was found guilty in 1716 of counterfeiting foreign coins, as reported in "The Bloody
Register. A select and judicious collection of the most remarkable trials...." [London 1764]
'Sir Richard Blackham, Bart. in the parish of St. Pancras, in the county of Middlesex, was 
indicted at the Old Bailey, for counterfeiting a Foreign coin called Dutch Skillings, on the 16th
of November 1716.
'One Bennison deposed, that Mr. Angel bespoke of him two pairs of flasks, and that he was paid 
for them by Sir Richard, ten shillings at one time, and ten shillings at another. Being asked who 
he delivered them to, he said, to Sir Richard's Lady. That when he went to receive the last ten
shillings at Sir Richard's house at Kentish town, he was persuaded by Sir Richard to stay there
all night to help them in the morning: That on the next morning, Mr. Angel and he got up, and
went to work in making those shillings; Sir Richard was there, and ordered the fire himself, and
he saw several made while he was there.
'Mr. Angel deposed, that Sir Richard sent for him, and told him, he heard he could make a very
fine white metal; Angel answered, it was very good for buckles. Sir Richard asked him, whether
it would not make Dutch Skillings? He said he could not tell; but Sir Richard said it would do
very well. That then he replied, but is it no crime to make them? Sir Richard said, I believe not.
He replied again, Sir, you living in the midst of the law, can easily ask Council. The next time
he saw him, he told him there was no harm in it, and he did not care in the Lord Mayor and
Court of Aldermen saw him at it. That Sir Richard proffered him ten pounds to live at Kentish-
town with him as a more convenient place for the purpose. Accordingly he removed with his
family thither; where he several times with Sir Richard did practice the counterfeiting of Dutch
Skillings. Sir Richard was always there, managing the fire and giving directions in working.
'The Constable deposed, that having searched Sir Richard's chambers in the Temple, he found
in two drawers in a scrutore [i.e. escritoire], two parcels of counterfeit Skillings; and in the
bottom of a box of writings, another parcel of about an hundred, which he produced in court;
and in searching Sir Richard, found a pocket pistol about him loaded with powder and ball; and
asking Sir Richard why he carried it about him, he replied, he did it for fear of a surprise.
'Another evidence deposed, that he was in the room with the Constable, when those skillings
were found in his lodgings, he caused an essay [assay] to be made upon them, and found they
had no silver in them.
'Two other evidences deposed, that they saw Sir Richard several times assisting and ordering
the matters in making of counterfeit Dutch skillings.
'Sir Richard called divers people to invalidate the evidence of Angel; but the Court asking them
questions, they appeared to be most of them sollicitors for the prisoner, and that they had
endeavoured to persuade Angel not to appear against the prisoner, and offered him a reward
if he should take the fact upon himself.
'Sir Richard made a long defence for himself, but little to the purpose. The evidence against
him being very full, the Jury found him guilty upon the statute of the 24th of Elizabeth, and he
was sentenced to forfeit all his goods, chattels, lands and tenements, and to remain in prison
during his life.'
The Blake baronets and their home at Menlough Castle
Menlough Castle, ancestral home of the Blake baronets, was completely destroyed by fire
in 1910. The following report appeared in the Adelaide 'Advertiser' on 8 September 1910:-
 
'Menlough Castle, Co. Galway, the ancestral residence of Sir Valentine and Lady Blake, was
burned to the ground one Tuesday last month [i.e. 26 July 1910]. Their daughter, Miss [Eleanor]
Blake, was burned to death and no traces of her remains could be found. A servant, named Miss
Earley, in trying to escape from the castle, jumped from the roof of the north wing, and was
killed instantaneously, and a fellow-servant, named Miss Browne, who jumped with her, 
sustained such dreadful injuries that her life is despaired of.
'Sir Valentine and Lady Blake were in Dublin and were expected home on the Tuesday. They are
both immensely popular in Galway and the disaster which has overtaken them is universally
deplored. The castle was beautifully situated on the shores of Lough Corrib, within two miles of
Galway, and was a solidly built structure, flanked by towers at each end and was covered with
ivy. It is completely gutted and only the outer walls remain, a sad reminder of its ruined beauty.
Not a single item of its valuable contents, which included many priceless heirlooms of the family,
has been saved, the fire having destroyed the entire place.
'The coachman, James Kirwan, who occupied a room on the top storey over the hall door, heard
the two female servants, who were sleeping in the other wing, screaming at the top of their
voices, and on jumping out of bed and opening the room door, he was driven back by the inrush
of flames and smoke. His room was immediately enveloped and seeing escape cut off by the
staircase, he burst open one of the windows, flung his clothes out on the lawn, and, seizing the
ivy which covered the entire front, succeeded in reaching the ground. The ivy gave way, but
it had a sufficiently firm grip of the wall to break the fall. He was very scantily attired, and 
after hurriedly donning the remainder of his clothes, he rushed round to the frontage facing
the lake, only to find this portion of the castle enveloped in flames.
'He then ran round to the fourth side and was horrified to find the two servants on the roof of
the castle. They were screaming, "For God's sake, save us." Behind them the flames were 
roaring fiercely. Kirwan rushed to the porter's lodge, close at hand, and procured assistance,
after which he and Ward (the porter) and a man named Flaherty from the village of Menlough
obtained a ladder and placed it against the wall. Unfortunately the ladder was 10 or 12 ft.
short, and as the girls were clearly in great agony from the heat, their skin beginning to peel
off, it was decided to place bundles of hay on the ground and let them jump on it.
'The hay was quickly placed in position, and the poor girls, still screaming with terror, plunged
headlong to the ground, a distance of 60 ft. Miss Earley fell on her face and never spoke 
afterwards. Miss Browne fell partly on her feet and was rendered unconscious for a time. On
regaining consciousness she said her back was broken. During all this time there was no word
of Miss Blake. Her apartments were apparently the seat of the fire and all attempts to reach
her room were hopeless. Kirwan then took out a horse and galloped to Galway, where he
reported the matter to the police, and sent for a priest and doctor. The occurrence was also
reported at Renmore Military Barracks.
'District-Inspector Mercer and all the available police force cycled out to the castle. At Renmore
Military Depot the fire alarm was sounded, and the whole force of the Connaught Rangers, 
under Major Sarsfield, were quickly on parade, and with their engine hose proceeded at the
double to the seat of the fire, about five miles distant. The fire appliances of the Urban Council
were also requisitioned and arrived about the same time as the military. But when there hose 
was placed in position it was found that there was some defect in the apparatus which 
prevented it from working for a time. However, the military engine was in full working order and
soon six lines of hose were playing on the flames. The soldiers worked like Trojans, but their
efforts were futile, as long before either brigade arrived all hopes of saving the premises were
abandoned. Efforts were made again and again to find some trace of Miss Blake's body, but
without success. She had apparently been cremated in the flames.'
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