Last updated 02/06/2018
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
LACON of Great Yarmouth,Norfolk
11 Dec 1818 UK 1 Edmund Lacon 22 Oct 1750 30 Oct 1820 70
30 Oct 1820 2 Edmund Knowles Lacon 28 Feb 1780 3 Jul 1839 59
3 Jul 1839 3 Edmund Henry Knowles Lacon 14 Aug 1807 6 Sep 1888 81
MP for Great Yarmouth 1852-1857 and
1859-1868 and Norfolk North 1868-1885
6 Sep 1888 4 Edmund Broughton Knowles Lacon 9 May 1842 11 Aug 1899 57
11 Aug 1899 5 Edmund Beecroft Heathcote Lacon 26 Sep 1878 28 Sep 1911 33
For information on the death of this baronet,
see the note at the foot of this page
28 Sep 1911 6 George Haworth Ussher Lacon 15 Mar 1881 21 Mar 1950 69
21 Mar 1950 7 George Vere Francis Lacon 25 Feb 1909 26 Oct 1980 71
26 Oct 1980 8 Edmund Vere Lacon 3 May 1936 17 Oct 2014 78
17 Oct 2014 9 Edmund Richard Vere Lacon 2 Oct 1967
LACY of Ampton,Suffolk
23 Jun 1921 UK 1 Pierce Thomas Lacy 16 Feb 1872 25 Dec 1956 84
25 Dec 1956 2 Maurice John Pierce Lacy 2 Apr 1900 22 Apr 1965 65
22 Apr 1965 3 Hugh Maurice Pierce Lacy 3 Sep 1943 c Nov 1998 54
c Nov 1998 4 Patrick Brian Finucane Lacy 18 Apr 1948
LADE of Warbleton,Sussex
11 Mar 1731 GB 1 John Lade 29 May 1662 30 Jul 1740 78
MP for Southwark 1713-1722 and 1724-1727
30 Jul 1740 2 John Lade 1721 12 Feb 1747 25
to Extinct on his death
12 Feb 1747
LADE of Warbleton,Sussex
17 Mar 1758 GB 1 John Lade c 1731 21 Apr 1759
MP for Camelford 1754-1761
1 Aug 1759 2 John Lade 1 Aug 1759 10 Feb 1838 78
to Extinct on his death
10 Feb 1838 For further information on this baronet,see the
note at the foot of this page
LAFFAN of Otham,Kent
15 Mar 1828 UK 1 Joseph de Courcy Laffan 8 May 1786 7 Jul 1848 62
to Extinct on his death
7 Jul 1848
LA FONTAINE of the City of Montreal,
county of Montreal, Canada
28 Aug 1854 UK 1 Louis Hippolyte La Fontaine Oct 1807 26 Feb 1864 56
26 Feb 1864 2 Louis Hippolyte La Fontaine 10 Jul 1862 1867 4
to Extinct on his death
LAFOREY of Whitby,Devon
2 Dec 1789 GB 1 John Laforey c 1729 14 Jun 1796
14 Jun 1796 2 Francis Laforey 31 Dec 1767 17 Jun 1835 67
to Extinct on his death
17 Jun 1835
LAKE of Carnow,Wicklow
10 Jul 1661 I 1 Edward Lake c 1599 18 Apr 1674
to Extinct on his death
18 Apr 1674
LAKE of the Middle Temple,London
17 Oct 1711 GB 1 Bibye Lake 10 Apr 1684 6 Apr 1744 59
Apr 1744 2 Atwell Lake 9 May 1713 10 Apr 1760 46
10 Apr 1760 3 James Winter Lake c 1745 24 Apr 1807
24 Apr 1807 4 James Samuel William Lake c 1772 4 Nov 1832
4 Nov 1832 5 James Samuel Lake c 1810 10 Dec 1846
10 Dec 1846 6 Atwell King Lake 9 Apr 1834 15 Jul 1897 63
15 Jul 1897 7 St.Vincent Atwell Lake 3 Jan 1862 12 Nov 1916 54
12 Nov 1916 8 Arthur Johnstone Lake 15 Oct 1849 10 Nov 1924 75
10 Nov 1924 9 Atwell Henry Lake 13 Feb 1891 27 Nov 1972 81
27 Nov 1972 10 Atwell Graham Lake 6 Oct 1923 25 May 2013 89
25 May 2013 11 Edward Geoffrey Lake 17 Jul 1928
LAKIN of The Cliff,Warwicks
22 Jul 1909 UK 1 Michael Henry Lakin 7 Oct 1846 21 Mar 1931 84
21 Mar 1931 2 Richard Lakin 30 May 1873 14 Feb 1955 81
14 Feb 1955 3 Henry Lakin 8 Oct 1904 24 Jul 1979 74
24 Jul 1979 4 Michael Lakin 28 Oct 1934 13 Jan 2014 79
13 Jan 2014 5 Richard Anthony Lakin 26 Nov 1968
LAKING of Kensington,Middlesex
28 Jul 1902 UK 1 Sir Francis Henry Laking 9 Jan 1847 21 May 1914 67
21 May 1914 2 Guy Francis Laking 21 Oct 1875 22 Nov 1919 44
22 Nov 1919 3 Guy Francis William Laking 3 Jan 1904 4 Aug 1930 26
to Extinct on his death
4 Aug 1930 For information on the death of this baronet,
see the note at the foot of this page
LAMB of Brocket Hall,Herts
17 Jan 1755 GB 1 Matthew Lamb 1705 6 Nov 1768 63
MP for Stockbridge 1741-1747 and
Peterborough 1747-1768
6 Nov 1768 2 Penistone Lamb 29 Jan 1745 22 Jul 1828 83
He was subsequently created Baron
Melbourne (qv) in 1770 with which title
the baronetcy then merged until its
extinction in 1853
LAMB of Burghfield,Berks
21 Oct 1795 GB 1 James Bland Burges (Lamb from 25 Oct 1821) 8 Jun 1752 13 Oct 1824 72
MP for Helston 1787-1790
13 Oct 1824 2 Charles Montolieu Lamb 8 Jul 1785 21 Mar 1864 78
21 Mar 1864 3 Archibald Lamb 5 Nov 1845 6 Nov 1921 76
6 Nov 1921 4 Charles Anthony Lamb 21 Mar 1857 28 Jul 1948 91
to Extinct on his death
28 Jul 1948
LAMBART of Beau Parc,Meath
13 Jul 1911 UK 1 Gustavus Francis Lambart 25 Mar 1848 16 Jun 1926 78
16 Jun 1926 2 Oliver Francis Lambart 6 Apr 1913 16 Mar 1986 72
to Extinct on his death
16 Mar 1986
LAMBERT of London
16 Feb 1711 GB 1 John Lambert 1666 4 Feb 1723 56
4 Feb 1723 2 John Lambert 22 Mar 1690 4 Sep 1772 82
4 Sep 1772 3 John Lambert 11 Oct 1728 21 May 1799 70
21 May 1799 4 Henry Lambert c 1756 21 Jan 1803
21 Jan 1803 5 Henry John Lambert 5 Aug 1792 17 Dec 1858 66
17 Dec 1858 6 Henry Edward Francis Lambert 7 Jun 1822 15 Jun 1872 50
15 Jun 1872 7 Henry Foley Grey 21 Jan 1861 17 Dec 1914 53
17 Dec 1914 8 John Foley Grey 8 Jul 1893 17 Mar 1938 44
17 Mar 1938 9 Greville Foley Lambert 17 Aug 1900 26 Dec 1988 88
26 Dec 1988 10 Peter John Biddulph Lambert 5 Apr 1952
LAMONT of Knockdaw,Argyll
16 Jul 1910 UK 1 James Lamont 26 Apr 1828 29 Jul 1913 85
MP for Buteshire 1865-1868
29 Jul 1913 2 Norman Lamont 7 Dec 1869 3 Sep 1949 79
to MP for Buteshire 1905-1910
3 Sep 1949 Extinct on his death
LAMPSON of Rowfant,Sussex
16 Nov 1866 UK 1 Curtis Miranda Lampson 21 Sep 1806 12 Mar 1885 78
12 Mar 1885 2 George Curtis Lampson 12 Jun 1833 7 Nov 1899 66
7 Nov 1899 3 Curtis George Lampson 23 Jan 1890 28 Aug 1971 81
For further information on this baronet, see the
note at the foot of this page
28 Aug 1971 4 Graham Curtis Lampson 28 Oct 1919 27 Jul 1996 76
He had previously succeeded to the Barony
of Killearn (qv) in 1964 with which title
the baronetcy then merged
LANE of Tulske,Roscommon
9 Feb 1661 I 1 Richard Lane 5 Oct 1668
5 Oct 1668 2 George Lane c 1620 11 Dec 1683
He was subsequently created Viscount
Lanesborough (qv) in 1676 with which title
the baronetcy then merged until its
extinction in 1724
LANE of Cavendish Square,London
19 Jun 1913 UK 1 William Arbuthnot Lane 4 Jul 1856 16 Jan 1943 86
16 Jan 1943 2 William Arbuthnot Lane 7 Jul 1897 26 Feb 1972 74
to Extinct on his death
26 Feb 1972
LANGFORD of Kilmackedrett,Antrim
19 Aug 1667 I 1 Hercules Langford c 1625 18 Jun 1683
18 Jun 1683 2 Arthur Langford c 1652 29 Mar 1716
29 Mar 1716 3 Henry Langford c 1656 1725
to Extinct on his death
LANGHAM of Cottesbrooke,Northants
7 Jun 1660 E 1 John Langham 20 Apr 1584 16 May 1671 87
MP for London 1654 and Southwark 1660-1661
16 May 1671 2 James Langham c 1621 22 Aug 1699
MP for Northamptonshire 1656-1658 and
Northampton 1659,1661 and 1662-1663
22 Aug 1699 3 William Langham c 1625 29 Sep 1700
MP for Northampton 1679-1685 and
29 Sep 1700 4 John Langham c 1670 May 1747
May 1747 5 James Langham c 1696 12 Aug 1749
12 Aug 1749 6 John Langham c 1698 Sep 1766
Sep 1766 7 James Langham 31 Jan 1736 7 Feb 1795 59
7 Feb 1795 8 William Langham 10 Feb 1771 8 Mar 1812 41
8 Mar 1812 9 William Henry Langham c 1796 12 May 1812
12 May 1812 10 James Langham 21 Aug 1776 14 Apr 1833 56
MP for St.Germans 1802-1806
14 Apr 1833 11 James Hay Langham 13 Nov 1802 13 Dec 1893 91
13 Dec 1893 12 Herbert Hay Langham 28 Apr 1840 13 Dec 1909 69
13 Dec 1909 13 Herbert Charles Arthur Langham 24 Mar 1870 3 Oct 1951 81
3 Oct 1951 14 John Charles Patrick Langham 30 Jun 1894 6 Jul 1972 78
6 Jul 1972 15 James Michael Langham 24 May 1932 23 Dec 2002 70
23 Dec 2002 16 John Stephen Langham 14 Dec 1960
LANGHORNE of Inner Temple,London
28 Aug 1668 E 1 William Langhorne c 1634 26 Feb 1715
to Extinct on his death
26 Feb 1715
LANGLEY of Higham Gobion,Beds
29 May 1641 E 1 William Langley 21 Aug 1653
21 Aug 1653 2 Roger Langley c 1627 4 Jan 1699
Jan 1699 3 Roger Langley 19 Sep 1721
19 Sep 1721 4 Thomas Langley 1 Dec 1762
1 Dec 1762 5 Haldanby Langley c 1790
to Extinct on his death
c 1790
LANGMAN of Eaton Square,London
21 Jul 1906 UK 1 John Lawrence Langman 24 Jun 1846 3 Oct 1928 82
3 Oct 1928 2 Archibald Lawrence Langman 2 Sep 1872 9 Dec 1949 77
9 Dec 1949 3 John Lyell Langman 9 Sep 1912 5 Oct 1985 72
to Extinct on his death
5 Oct 1985
LANGRISHE of Knocktopher Abbey,co.Kilkenny
19 Feb 1777 I 1 Hercules Langrishe 1729 1 Feb 1811 81
PC [I] 1792
1 Feb 1811 2 Robert Langrishe 25 Oct 1756 25 Apr 1835 78
25 Apr 1835 3 Hercules Richard Langrishe 28 Dec 1782 13 Jan 1862 79
13 Jan 1862 4 James Langrishe 24 May 1823 20 Aug 1910 87
For further information on this baronet,see
the note at the foot of this page
20 Aug 1910 5 Hercules Robert Langrishe 27 Jun 1859 23 Oct 1943 84
23 Oct 1943 6 Terence Hume Langrishe 9 Dec 1895 31 Dec 1973 78
31 Dec 1973 7 Hercules Ralph Hume Langrishe 17 May 1927 25 May 1998 71
25 May 1998 8 James Hercules Langrishe 3 Mar 1957
LARCOM of Brandeston,Suffolk
24 Dec 1868 UK 1 Sir Thomas Aiskew Larcom 22 Apr 1801 15 Jun 1879 78
PC [I] 1868
15 Jun 1879 2 Charles Larcom 2 Dec 1843 28 Mar 1892 48
28 Mar 1892 3 Thomas Perceval Larcom 5 Oct 1882 30 Oct 1950 68
30 Oct 1950 4 Philip Larcom 13 Sep 1887 19 Jul 1967 79
19 Jul 1967 5 Charles Christopher Royde Larcom 11 Sep 1926 20 Dec 2004 78
to Extinct on his death
20 Dec 2004
LARPENT of Roehampton,Surrey
13 Oct 1841 UK 1 George Gerard de Hochepied Larpent 16 Feb 1786 8 Mar 1855 69
MP for Nottingham 1841-1842
8 Mar 1855 2 Albert John de Hochepied Larpent 18 Mar 1816 12 Jun 1861 45
12 Jun 1861 3 George Albert Larpent 14 Jul 1846 18 May 1899 52
to Extinct on his death
18 May 1899 For further information on the death of this
baronet,see the note at the foot of this page
LAROCHE of Over,Gloucs
17 Sep 1776 GB 1 James Laroche 24 Jun 1734 Sep 1804 70
to MP for Bodmin 1768-1780
Sep 1804 On his death the baronetcy became either
extinct or dormant
LATHAM of Crow Clump,Surrey
24 May 1919 UK 1 Thomas Paul Latham 19 Jun 1855 26 Oct 1931 76
26 Oct 1931 2 Herbert Paul Latham 22 Apr 1905 24 Jul 1955 50
MP for Scarborough & Whitby 1931-1941
For further information on this baronet,see
the note at the foot of this page
24 Jul 1955 3 Richard Thomas Paul Latham 15 Apr 1934
LATTA of Portman Square,London
9 Feb 1920 UK 1 John Latta 9 May 1867 5 Dec 1946 79
to Extinct on his death
5 Dec 1946
LAUDER of Idlington,Berwick
17 Jul 1688 NS 1 John Lauder 7 Apr 1692
to The creation was annulled in 1692 - see the
19 Feb 1692 Dick-Lauder creation of 1690
LAURIE of Maxwelton,Dumfries
27 Mar 1685 NS 1 Robert Laurie 23 Aug 1698
23 Aug 1698 2 Robert Laurie c 1674 28 Feb 1702
28 Feb 1702 3 Walter Laurie 3 May 1684 23 Nov 1731 47
23 Nov 1731 4 Robert Laurie after 1708 28 Apr 1779
MP for Dumfries 1738-1741
28 Apr 1779 5 Robert Laurie c 1738 10 Sep 1804
MP for Dumfriesshire 1774-1804
10 Sep 1804 6 Robert Laurie 25 May 1764 7 Jan 1848
to Extinct on his death
7 Jan 1848
LAURIE of Bedford Square,London
15 Mar 1834 UK 1 John Bayley 3 Aug 1763 10 Oct 1841 78
10 Oct 1841 2 John Edward George Bayley 23 Dec 1793 23 Dec 1871 78
23 Dec 1871 3 John Robert Laurie Emilius Bayley (Laurie
from 26 Feb 1887) 16 May 1823 3 Dec 1917 94
3 Dec 1917 4 Claude Villiers Emilius Laurie 25 Nov 1855 19 Feb 1930 74
19 Feb 1930 5 Wilfrid Emilius Laurie 1 Jun 1859 15 Dec 1936 77
15 Dec 1936 6 John Emilius Laurie 12 Aug 1892 10 Jan 1983 90
10 Jan 1983 7 Robert Bayley Emilius Laurie 8 Mar 1931 27 Dec 2017 86
27 Dec 2017 8 Andrew Robert Emilius Lawrie 20 Oct 1944
LAURIE of Sevenoaks,Kent
30 Nov 1942 UK 1 John Dawson Laurie 12 Sep 1872 20 Jul 1954 81
to Extinct on his death
20 Jul 1954
LAWDAY of Exeter,Devon
9 Nov 1642 E 1 Richard Lawday c Oct 1648
to Extinct on his death
c Oct 1648
LAWES of Rothamsted,Herts
19 May 1882 UK 1 John Bennet Lawes 28 Dec 1814 31 Aug 1899 84
31 Aug 1899 2 Charles Lawes (Lawes-Wittewronge from
18 Apr 1902) 3 Oct 1843 6 Oct 1911 68
For further information on this baronet,see
the note at the foot of this page
6 Oct 1911 3 John Bennet Lawes-Wittewronge 28 Jul 1872 Sep 1931 59
Sep 1931 4 John Claud Bennet Lawes-Wittewronge
(Lawes from 5 Jun 1951) 9 Sep 1898 9 Dec 1979 81
9 Dec 1979 5 John Michael Bennet Lawes 24 Oct 1932 2009 76
to Extinct on his death
LAWLESS of Abington,Ireland
6 Aug 1776 I 1 Nicholas Lawless 30 Oct 1735 28 Aug 1799 63
He was subsequently created Baron
Cloncurry (qv) in 1789 with which title
the baronetcy then merged until its
extinction in 1929
For further information on this baronet and his
descendants, see the note at the foot of this page
LAWLEY of Spoonhill,Salop
16 Aug 1641 E 1 Thomas Lawley 19 Oct 1646
MP for Wenlock 1625,1626 and 1628-1629
16 Oct 1646 2 Francis Lawley c 1626 25 Oct 1696
MP for Wenlock 1659 and 1660 and
Shropshire 1661-1679
25 Oct 1696 3 Thomas Lawley c 1650 30 Sep 1729
MP for Wenlock 1685-1689
30 Sep 1729 4 Robert Lawley 28 Nov 1779
28 Nov 1779 5 Robert Lawley 22 Mar 1736 11 Mar 1793 56
MP for Warwickshire 1780-1793
11 Mar 1793 6 Robert Lawley,Baron Wenlock (qv) 1768 10 Apr 1834 65
10 Apr 1834 7 Francis Lawley 13 Sep 1782 30 Jan 1851 68
MP for Warwickshire 1820-1832
30 Jan 1851 8 Paul Beilby Lawley-Thompson 1 Jul 1784 9 May 1852 67
He had previously succeeded to the Barony
of Wenlock (qv) in 1839 with which title
the baronetcy them merged until its
extinction in 1932
LAWRENCE of Iver,Bucks
9 Oct 1628 E 1 John Lawrence c 1589 13 Nov 1638
13 Nov 1638 2 John Lawrence c 1610 c 1690
c 1690 3 Thomas Lawrence c 1645 25 Apr 1714
to Extinct on his death
Apr 1714
LAWRENCE of Loseby,Leics
17 Jan 1748 GB See "Woollaston"
LAWRENCE of Lucknow,India
10 Aug 1858 UK 1 Alexander Hutchinson Lawrence 1838 27 Aug 1864 26
For details of the special remainder included
in the creation of this baronetcy,see the note
at the foot of this page
For information on the death of this baronet,
see the note at the foot of this page
27 Aug 1864 2 Henry Hayes Lawrence 26 Feb 1864 27 Oct 1898 34
27 Oct 1898 3 Henry Waldemar Lawrence 24 Jan 1845 3 Jun 1908 63
3 Jun 1908 4 Alexander Waldemar Lawrence 18 May 1874 1 Sep 1939 65
1 Sep 1939 5 Henry Eustace Waldemar Lawrence 10 Jul 1905 29 Dec 1967 62
29 Dec 1967 6 John Waldemar Lawrence 27 May 1907 30 Dec 1999 92
30 Dec 1999 7 Henry Peter Lawrence 2 Apr 1952
16 Aug 1858 UK 1 John Laird Mair Lawrence 4 Mar 1811 27 Jun 1879 68
He was subsequently created Baron
Lawrence (qv) in 1869 with which title the
baronetcy remains merged
LAWRENCE of Ealing Park,Middlesex
30 Apr 1867 UK 1 William Lawrence 16 Jul 1783 5 Jul 1867 83
5 Jul 1867 2 James John Trevor Lawrence 30 Dec 1831 22 Dec 1913 81
MP for Surrey Mid 1875-1885 and Reigate
22 Dec 1913 3 William Matthew Trevor Lawrence 17 Sep 1870 4 Jan 1934 63
4 Jan 1934 4 William Lawrence 14 Jul 1913 3 Nov 1986 73
3 Nov 1986 5 William Fettiplace Lawrence 23 Aug 1954 10 Feb 2015 60
10 Feb 2015 6 Aubrey Lyttleton Simon Lawrence 22 Sep 1942
LAWRENCE of Westbourne Terrace,London
16 Dec 1869 UK 1 James Clarke Lawrence 1820 21 May 1897 76
to MP for Lambeth 1865 and 1868-1885
21 May 1897 Extinct on his death
LAWRENCE of King's Ride,Berks
10 Mar 1898 UK See "Durning-Lawrence"
LAWRENCE of Sloane Gardens,Chelsea,Middlesex
13 Jul 1906 UK 1 Sir Walter Roper Lawrence 9 Feb 1857 25 May 1940 83
25 May 1940 2 Percy Roland Bradford Lawrence 9 Apr 1886 16 May 1950 64
16 May 1950 3 David Roland Walter Lawrence 8 May 1929 9 Sep 2002 73
9 Sep 2002 4 Clive Wyndham Lawrence 6 Oct 1939
LAWRENCE of Kenley,Surrey
1918 UK 1 Sir Joseph Lawrence 23 Sep 1848 24 Oct 1919 71
to MP for Monmouth 1901-1906
24 Oct 1919 Extinct on his death
LAWRENCE-JONES of Cranmer Hall,Norfolk
30 Sep 1831 UK 1 John Thomas Jones 1783 26 Feb 1843 59
26 Feb 1843 2 Lawrence Jones 10 Jan 1817 7 Nov 1845 28
For information on the death of this baronet,
see the note at the foot of this page
7 Nov 1845 3 Willoughby Jones 24 Nov 1820 21 Aug 1884 63
MP for Cheltenham 1847-1848
21 Aug 1884 4 Lawrence John Jones 16 Aug 1857 21 Oct 1954 97
21 Oct 1954 5 Lawrence Evelyn Jones 6 Apr 1885 6 Sep 1969 84
6 Sep 1969 6 Christopher Lawrence-Jones 19 Jan 1940
LAWSON of Brough,Yorks
6 Jul 1665 E 1 John Lawson c 1627 26 Oct 1698
26 Oct 1698 2 Henry Lawson c 1663 9 May 1720
9 May 1720 3 John Lawson c 1689 19 Oct 1739
19 Oct 1739 4 Henry Lawson c 1712 1 Oct 1781
1 Oct 1781 5 John Lawson 13 Sep 1744 27 Jun 1811 66
27 Jun 1811 6 Henry Lawson 25 Dec 1750 9 Jan 1834 83
to Extinct on his death
9 Jan 1834 For information on the subsequent assumption
of this baronetcy in 1877,see the note at the
foot of this page
LAWSON of Isell,Cumberland
31 Mar 1688 E 1 Wilfrid Lawson c 1610 13 Dec 1688
MP for Cumberland 1659 and 1660 and
Cockermouth 1660-1679
13 Dec 1688 2 Wilfrid Lawson 31 Oct 1664 Nov 1704 40
MP for Cockermouth 1690-1695
Nov 1704 3 Wilfrid Lawson 1697 13 Jul 1737 40
MP for Boroughbridge 1718-1722 and
Cockermouth 1722-1737
13 Jul 1737 4 Wilfrid Lawson c 1732 2 May 1739
2 May 1739 5 Mordaunt Lawson c 1733 8 Aug 1743
8 Aug 1743 6 Gilfrid Lawson 1675 23 Aug 1749 74
MP for Cumberland 1701,1702-1705 and 1708-
23 Aug 1749 7 Alfred Lawson 14 Feb 1752
14 Feb 1752 8 Wilfrid Lawson c 1707 1 Dec 1762
MP for Cumberland 1761-1762
1 Dec 1762 9 Gilfrid Lawson c 1710 26 Jun 1794
26 Jun 1794 10 Wilfrid Lawson c 1764 14 Jun 1806
to Extinct on his death
14 Jun 1806
LAWSON of Brayton,Cumberland
30 Sep 1831 UK 1 Wilfrid Wybergh Lawson 5 Oct 1795 12 Jun 1867 71
12 Jun 1867 2 Wilfrid Lawson 4 Sep 1829 1 Jul 1906 76
MP for Carlisle 1859-1865 and 1868-1885,
Cockermouth 1886-1900 and 1906 and Camborne
1 Jul 1906 3 Wilfrid Lawson 21 Oct 1862 28 Aug 1937 74
MP for Cockermouth 1910-1916
28 Aug 1937 4 Hilton Lawson 18 Apr 1895 6 Nov 1959 64
to Extinct on his death
6 Nov 1959
LAWSON of Brough Hall,Yorks
8 Sep 1841 UK See "Howard-Lawson"
LAWSON of Hall Barn,Bucks
and Peterborough Court,London
13 Oct 1892 UK See "Levy-Lawson"
LAWSON of Westwood Grange,Yorks
12 Jul 1900 UK 1 Arthur Tredgold Lawson 8 Feb 1844 1 Jun 1915 71
1 Jun 1915 2 Digby Lawson 3 Sep 1880 9 Feb 1959 78
9 Feb 1959 3 John Charles Arthur Digby Lawson 24 Oct 1912 19 Nov 2001 89
19 Nov 2001 4 Charles John Patrick Lawson 19 May 1959
LAWSON of Knavesmire,Yorks
26 Dec 1905 UK 1 John Grant Lawson 28 Jul 1856 27 May 1919 62
MP for Thirsk & Malton 1892-1906
27 May 1919 2 Peter Grant Lawson 28 Jul 1903 21 Mar 1973 69
to Extinct on his death
21 Mar 1973
LAWSON-TANCRED of Boroughbridge,Yorks
17 Nov 1662 E 1 Thomas Tancred 19 Aug 1663
Aug 1663 2 William Tancred 22 Aug 1703
Aug 1703 3 Thomas Tancred Aug 1665 27 Aug 1744 79
Aug 1744 4 Thomas Tancred 30 May 1759
30 May 1759 5 Thomas Tancred 3 Aug 1784
3 Aug 1784 6 Thomas Tancred 24 Jul 1780 29 Aug 1844 64
29 Aug 1844 7 Thomas Tancred 16 Aug 1808 Oct 1880 72
Oct 1880 8 Thomas Selby Tancred 1 Oct 1840 11 Apr 1910 69
For further information on the death of this
baronet,see the note at the foot of this page
11 Apr 1910 9 Thomas Selby Tancred (Lawson-Tancred
from Nov 1914) 14 May 1870 15 Dec 1945 75
15 Dec 1945 10 Henry Lawson-Tancred 12 Feb 1924 28 Mar 2010 86
28 Mar 2010 11 Andrew Peter Lawson-Tancred 18 Feb 1952
LAYLAND-BARRATT of Torquay,Devon
23 Jul 1908 UK 1 Francis Layland-Barratt 1860 12 Sep 1933 73
MP for Torquay 1900-1910 and St.Austell
12 Sep 1933 2 Francis Henry Godolphin Layland-Barratt 11 Dec 1896 16 May 1968 71
to Extinct on his death
16 May 1968
LEA of The Larches,Worcs
and Sea Grove,Devon
6 Oct 1892 UK 1 Thomas Lea 17 Jan 1841 6 Jan 1902 60
MP for Kidderminster 1868-1874, co.
Donegal 1879-1885 and Londonderry
South 1886-1900
6 Jan 1902 2 Thomas Sydney Lea 28 Jan 1867 18 Nov 1946 79
18 Nov 1946 3 Thomas Claude Harris Lea 13 Apr 1901 26 Sep 1985 84
26 Sep 1985 4 Thomas Julian Lea 18 Nov 1934 17 Oct 1990 55
17 Oct 1990 5 Thomas William Lea 6 Sep 1973
LEAR of London
2 Jul 1660 E 1 Peter Lear 1683
to Extinct on his death
LEAR of Lindridge,Devon
2 Aug 1683 E 1 Thomas Lear c 1672 Dec 1705
MP for Ashburton 1701-1705
Dec 1705 2 John Lear c 1736
to Extinct on his death
c 1736
LECHMERE of the Rhydd,Worcs
10 Dec 1818 UK 1 Anthony Lechmere 2 Nov 1766 25 Mar 1849 82
25 Mar 1849 2 Edmund Hungerford Lechmere 25 May 1792 2 Apr 1856 63
2 Apr 1856 3 Edmund Anthony Harley Lechmere 8 Dec 1826 18 Dec 1894 68
MP for Tewkesbury 1866-1868,
Worcestershire West 1876-1885, Bewdley
1885-1892 and Evesham 1892-1894
18 Dec 1894 4 Edmund Arthur Lechmere 21 Sep 1865 21 May 1937 71
For further information on this baronet,see the
note at the foot of this page
21 May 1937 5 Ronald Berwick Hungerford Lechmere 16 May 1886 22 Feb 1965 78
22 Feb 1965 6 Berwick Hungerford Lechmere 21 Sep 1917 24 Jun 2001 83
24 Jun 2001 7 Reginald Anthony Hungerford Lechmere 24 Dec 1920 8 Jan 2010 89
8 Jan 2010 8 Nicholas Anthony Hungerford Lechmere 24 Apr 1960
LEE of Quarendon,Bucks
29 Jun 1611 E 1 Henry Lee 3 Apr 1631
3 Apr 1631 2 Francis Henry Lee 3 Mar 1616 23 Jul 1639 23
23 Jul 1639 3 Henry Lee 18 Dec 1637 31 Mar 1658 20
Mar 1658 4 Francis Henry Lee 17 Jan 1639 4 Dec 1667 28
MP for Malmesbury 1660-1667
4 Dec 1667 5 Edward Henry Lee c 1656 14 Jul 1716
He was subsequently created Earl of
Lichfield (qv) in 1674 with which title
the baronetcy then merged until its
extinction in 1776
LEE of Langley,Salop
3 May 1620 E 1 Humphry Lee c 1569 4 Oct 1631
Oct 1631 2 Richard Lee c 1600 Apr 1660
to MP for Shropshire 1640-1642
Apr 1660 Extinct on his death
LEE of Hartwell,Bucks
16 Aug 1660 E 1 Thomas Lee 26 May 1635 19 Feb 1691 55
MP for Aylesbury 1660-1685 and 1690-1691
and Buckinghamshire 1689-1690
19 Feb 1691 2 Thomas Lee c 1661 13 Aug 1702
MP for Aylesbury 1689-1699 and 1701-1702
Aug 1702 3 Thomas Lee 31 Mar 1687 17 Dec 1749 62
MP for Wycombe 1710-1722 and
Buckinghamshire 1722-1727 and 1729-1741
17 Dec 1749 4 William Lee 12 Sep 1726 6 Jul 1799 72
6 Jul 1799 5 William Lee Jun 1764 7 Feb 1801 36
7 Feb 1801 6 George Lee 8 Jul 1767 27 Sep 1827 60
to Extinct on his death
27 Sep 1827
LEE of Lukyns,Surrey
30 Jan 1941 UK 1 Sir Kenneth Lee 20 Jul 1879 18 Oct 1967 88
to Extinct on his death
18 Oct 1967
LEEDS of Croxton Park,Cambs
31 Dec 1812 UK 1 George William Leeds 11 Nov 1773 19 Jul 1838 64
19 Jul 1838 2 Joseph Edward Leeds 31 Oct 1798 13 May 1862 63
13 May 1862 3 Edward Leeds 26 May 1825 6 Feb 1876 50
6 Feb 1876 4 George Augustus Leeds 2 Aug 1849 27 Dec 1894 45
27 Dec 1894 5 Edward Templer Leeds 11 Oct 1859 31 May 1924 64
31 May 1924 6 Reginald Arthur St.John Leeds 13 May 1899 18 Jan 1970 70
18 Jan 1970 7 George Graham Mortimer Leeds 21 Aug 1927 24 Aug 1983 56
24 Aug 1983 8 Christopher Anthony Leeds 31 Aug 1935 18 Nov 2009 74
18 Nov 2009 9 John Charles Hildyard Leeds 25 Dec 1941
Sir Edmund Beecroft Heathcote Lacon, 5th baronet
From the 'Los Angeles Times' of 30 September 1911:-
'Sir Edmund Lacon was killed last night by an automobile going over a hill and upsetting
about two miles from here [Vernon, British Columbia]. Sir Edmund had been in Vernon all day
and was returning to his ranch alone.
'He had left Vernon about 7 o'clock after bringing his mother to Vernon for the train to
Vancouver. The injured man was found by a passer-by and died a few minutes after telling
his name.
'Sir Edmund Beecroft Francis Heathcote Lacon, fifth baron[et] of the name, was born in 1878.
He was a captain in the Twelfth Lancers and formerly lieutenant on the Third Battalion, Norfolk
Regiment. He served in the South African war of 1900-1901, and gained two medals. He was
the son of Thomas B[eecroft] U[ssher] Lacon, and Florence, daughter of R.G. Banks of Toronto,
His heir is George Howard [Haworth] Ussher, who was born in 1881.'
Sir John Lade, 2nd baronet
The following entry appeared in "The Oracle and Public Advertiser" on 1 October 1795:-
'A curious circumstance occurred at Brighton on Monday. - Sir John Lade, for a trifling wager,
undertook to carry Lord Cholmondeley [George James, 4th Earl of Cholmondeley and later 1st
Marquess of Cholmondeley] on his back, from opposite the Pavilion twice round the Steine [sic].
Several Ladies attended to be spectators of this extraordinary feat of the dwarf carrying a
giant [Sir John was apparently a small man, and Cholmondeley a large one]. When his lordship
declared himself ready, Sir John desired he should strip. "Strip!" exclaimed the other; "why,
surely, you promised to carry me in my clothes!" - "By no means," replied the Baronet: "I
engaged to carry you, but not an inch of clothes. - So therefore, my Lord, make ready, and
let us not disappoint the Ladies." After much laughable altercation, it was decided at length
that Sir John had won his wager, the peer declining to exhibit in puris naturalibus.'
Sir Guy Francis William Laking, 3rd baronet
After Sir Francis's sudden death at the age of only 26, the subsequent inquest was reported
in the London "Telegraph" of 9 August 1930:-
'The inquest on Sir Francis Laking, 26, who died in St. George's Hospital on Monday after being
taken ill the previous day, was held by Mr. Ingleby Oddie at the Westminster Coroner's Court
'The third baronet, Sir Francis was the grandson of Sir Francis Henry Laking, one of the most
famous surgeons of his time, who was surgeon-apothecary to Queen Victoria, King Edward and
King George. Sir Francis's father, the second baronet, was for many years Keeper of the King's
'Joan Francis Laking, of Fernshaw-road, Chelsea, said that her brother was unmarried and of
independent means. She last saw him on July 25, when she lunched with him at a restaurant.
'Phillip Williams Till, retired colonel, of 107, Ebury-street, said that Sir Francis Laking had
occupied rooms at that address for about four months. He was living alone there.
'The Coroner: What had been his health lately? - Quite good so far as we knew. Did you know
anything about his habits as regards drink? - I only saw him once under the influence of drink.
You would call him a temperate man? - Yes. Did he take drugs at all as far as you know? -
Not so far as I know.
'He was taken ill about midday on the Sunday previous to his death. He would be in bed then,
would he? - He still was in bed as a matter of fact, but he was getting up for the purpose of
going away. My wife saw him, and he said he was not feeling too well. She tried to persuade
him not to go. I went to see him, and saw that there was something seriously wrong, and I
telephoned to his sister and to a local doctor. He was then semi-conscious. His sister arrived
at about two or half-past, and he was taken to hospital.
'Dr. William Winch, house physician at St. George's Hospital, said that Sir Francis was never
roused except to irritability, and was never conscious. He was in a very collapsed condition,
his temperate was 95, his pulse very feeble, and breathing very laboured. The pupils of his
eyes were dilated and fixed. He died suddenly early the next morning.
'Dr. John Taylor, pathologist, St. George's Hospital, who made a post mortem examination, said
that Sir Francis was rather abnormally fat for his age. The pancreas was, practically speaking,
absent, its place being taken by an internal cyst the size of a cocoanut. The cause of death
appeared to have been diabetes, with coma, caused by obstruction of the pancreas by a cyst
which had been there a long time.
'The Coroner: It is a natural death? - Yes. There was no trace of his having taken poison? -
None at all.
The coroner recorded a verdict of natural death from diabetic coma consequent upon the cyst.'
Sir Curtis George Lampson, 3rd baronet
In April 1940, Sir Curtis was convicted of attempting to obtain money by false pretences, for
which he received a sentence of 18 months' imprisonment. The first report below appeared in
"The Times" of 7 March 1940:-
'Sir Curtis George Lampson, Bt., 50, described as a lecturer, and giving an address at Guildford,
and Isaac Harris Abelson, 54, business adviser, of Hocroft Road, N.W., were charged on remand
before Sir Robert Dummett at Bow Street Police Court yesterday with conspiring to obtain 600
by false pretences from Mr. Henry Frederick George Andreae, of Elm Place, S.W.
'Mr. H.A.K. Morgan, for the Director of Public Prosecutions, said that Mr. Andreae, who was 24,
was anxious to serve his country either in the Navy, Army, or Air Force, but did not want to go
through the ranks. He mentioned this to a friend, a Mr. Usher, who knew Abelson. They rang up
Abelson and later saw him at his office in Moorgate, E.C. Sir Curtis was there introduced. After
explanations, Sir Curtis said, "I know someone who can help, but it may be expensive." At a
subsequent interview at the Charing Cross Hotel Sir Curtis said to Mr. Andreae, counsel alleged,
"I can get you a commission in the R[oyal] A[rmy] S[ervice] C[orps] through an extremely
important staff officer at the War Office. He is a viscount. I will take down your particulars.
The staff officer wants 300 immediately and 300 is to be handed to me when you get your
commission. Don't get called up; it will be very difficult for me to get you out of the ranks. I
have just done it for someone else, and it was a very difficult job."
'Mr. Andreae said, "This proposition requires thinking about, and there will be a frightful row if
it is found out." Abelson replied, "This has got nothing to do with me." Sir Curtis then said to Mr.
Andreae, "It is not you or me who would get into trouble. It is the staff officer who would have
to take the blame."
'Next day Mr. Andreae telephoned to Sir Curtis that there was no urgency and that he would
get in touch with him again in two or three months' time. The matter was reported, and the
police and Army authorities took a serious view of it, because they did not know whether this
was a false pretence or not. A trap was laid and further interviews were arranged. Police
officers in an adjoining room were able to overhear conversations by beans of an amplifier and
'Mr. Andreae, who was used for the purpose of the trap, first rang up Abelson. Detective-
Inspector Quinlan was able to listen-in with another receiver to this conversation. On the
following day police attended another meeting with the same listening-in apparatus. They
overheard Mr. Andreae tell Sir Curtis he was having trouble about the 1 notes. Sir Curtis
agreed to accept an open cheque. This was handed to him and he said he would see his man
on the Wednesday and that the commission would go through at once. Sir Curtis was thereupon
detained by the police on another matter and the cheque was found on him. It would not have
been met, as there were no funds in the bank.
'Mr. Andreae gave evidence bearing out counsel's opening statement. He said that he had
previously applied for a commission in the Navy, without success so far, and had also volunt-
eered for Finland. Sir Robert Dummett - I suppose you realized after a time that you were
dealing with some shifty people? - As soon as I saw them face to face I did not like the smell
of the business at all. When you knew they wanted you to bribe high officers at the War Office
you must have realized that you were dealing with some rather dirty people? - I did, Sir.
"The Times" 27 Apr 1940:-
'Sentence of 18 months' imprisonment was passed by the Common Serjeant (Mr. Cecil Whiteley,
K.C.) at the Central Criminal Court yesterday on Sir Curtis George Lampson, Bt.,50, described as
a lecturer, who, with Isaac Abelson, 54, business adviser, pleaded "Guilty" to unlawfully inciting
Mr. Henry Andreae to offer a gift as an inducement or reward for securing at the War Office a
commission in his Majesty's Army. Abelson was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment.
'Passing sentence, the Common Serjeant said the offence of the accused was in these days a
very serious one, and the maximum penalty was two years' imprisonment.'
Finally, from the London Gazette of 9 August 1940:-
'Lt. Sir Curtis George Lampson, Bt., (late R.A.S.C.) is deprived of his rank on conviction by the
Civil Power. 23rd April 1940.'
Sir James Langrishe, 4th baronet
From the "Penny Illustrated Paper and Illustrated Times" of 17 February 1906:-
'A wedding to which particular interest attached took place at the Roman Catholic Church of
Our Lady, Grove Road, St. John's Wood, last week.
'The bridegroom was Sir James Langrishe, Bart., of Knocktopher Abbey, Co. Kilkenny, who is
in his eighty-third year, and the bride was Miss Algitha Maud Gooch, only daughter of the late
Sir Daniel Gooch, who is forty-eight years younger.
'There were neither bridesmaids nor pages at the wedding. The bride wore a dress of pale
violet cloth and velvet, with a large hat of the same shade trimmed with ostrich plumes. She
carried a prayer-book instead of a bouquet.
'The Langrishe baronetcy dates back to 1777, and is one of the oldest in Ireland. Sir James
was first married in 1857 [to Adela de Blois Eccles]. His first wife died in 1901, leaving two
sons [actually only one] and five daughters, the eldest of whom is Major Hercules Langrishe,
who is forty-seven years of age, and therefore twelve years older than his step-mother.'
Sir George Albert Larpent, 3rd baronet
Sir George committed suicide in May 1899. The following report appeared in 'Lloyd's Weekly
Newspaper' on 21 May 1899:-
'Sir George Larpent, Bart., colonel of the 88th Connaught Rangers, and commanding the
Bedfordshire Regimental district, shot himself at Bedford, on Thursday. The deceased, who
returned to Bedford from camp at Colchester on Wednesday, was born in 1846, and succeeded
to the baronetcy in 1861. He entered the Army in 1865, and served through the Kaffir and
Zulu wars. He was married in 1895 to Rose, daughter of Mr. William Armstrong, of The Priory,
Toronto, Canada, and widow of Lieut.-Col. T. Camden Lambert, of Waterdale, county Galway,
but leaves no heir [the baronetcy consequently becoming extinct].
'At the inquest on Friday Mr. Halliday, solicitor, stated that there was some difficulty with
regard to the deceased's Irish property, on which there was a mortgage of 2,000, which
had suddenly been called in and was about to be foreclosed. Unfortunately Sir George took
the exaggerated view that this meant ruin to him. It so worked on his mind that he had for
the last fortnight been unable to rest or sleep night after night. Deceased had duty to take
up at Colchester, but this he found too much for him, and returned home. Rising at seven
o'clock on Thursday morning her kissed his wife and told her to stay in bed a little longer and
he would go and unpack his things. The supposition was that in unpacking he saw the revolver,
and under a sudden impulse shot himself through the head. Lady Larpent bore out the above
statement, and said Sir George had scarcely eaten or slept for a week, but walked about all
night. She believed his trouble about the Irish property was a delusion. The jury returned a
verdict of "Suicide while temporarily insane." '
Sir Herbert Paul Latham, 2nd baronet
After unsuccessfully contesting Rotherham in 1929, Latham was first returned to the House of
Commons at a by-election in the seat of Scarborough and Whitby in May 1931. In October of
the same year, he succeeded his father to become 2nd baronet. At some point before 1941,
he lost a leg, but I am unable to say what caused such a loss.
Despite being exempted from military service due to the loss of his leg, Latham volunteered to
join the army, and was posted to the 70th (Sussex) Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery.
On 31 July 1941, the Secretary of State for War, David Margesson, made the following
statement to the House of Commons:-
'I have to inform the House that I have received the command of his Majesty to acquaint the
House that Major Sir Herbert Paul Latham, a member of this house, has been placed under
arrest in order to be tried by Court-martial in respect of alleged offences against military law.'
Latham's Court-martial sat in September 1941, the first occasion upon which a sitting member
of the House had been tried by Court-martial since 1815. He faced 14 charges under the Army
Act, of disgraceful conduct, including one charge of attempting to commit suicide. He pleaded
not guilty to all charges.
The prosecutor stated that the charges alleged improper conduct with three gunners attached
to the Searchlight Regiment and one civilian. It was disclosed that on the morning of 24 June
1941, Latham had been informed by a fellow officer that he had seen a letter addressed to
Latham from a gunner which the officer had opened in Latham's absence. When he heard this,
Latham is alleged to have replied, "Well, there's only one answer - a motorbike." The inference
is that Latham intended to kill himself. His fellow officer urged Latham to face up to his
difficulties, but Latham mounted his motorbike and sped off. He was later found with serious
head injuries by the side of a steep hill, having apparently deliberately crashed his motorbike
into a tree.
The Court-martial subsequently found Latham guilty on 11 of the 14 charges, including the
charge of attempted suicide. He was sentenced to be cashiered and to be imprisoned without
hard labour for two years. During the Court-martial proceedings, Latham had resigned his seat
in the Commons.
After his release, Latham worked in a home for the chronically sick and disabled [presumably
one of the homes founded by Leonard Cheshire] until his death in 1955.
Sir Charles Lawes (later Lawes-Wittewrong), 2nd baronet
Prior to succeeding to the baronetcy, Sir Charles was involved in a famous libel case in 1882.
The following edited account of the trial is taken from the Melbourne 'Argus' of 30 December
'The action was brought by Mr. Richard Belt, sculptor, against Mr. Charles Lawes, also a
sculptor, to recover damages for alleged libels which had appeared in Vanity Fair, and also
in a letter sent to the Lord Mayor, enclosing the libels in Vanity Fair. The libels alleged that
the plaintiff had palmed off the works of other artists as his own; and the defence was that
the libels were true in substance and in fact.
'A number of witnesses were examined on behalf of the plaintiff with the object of showing
that he had been seen at work modelling statuettes and busts. Evidence was given by Mr.
George Augustus Sala, the well-known journalist and art critic. [Sala's evidence is reported
at length - the gist of it is that he watched Belt modelling a bust of Lord Beaconsfield, and
was very impressed by its 'almost living' quality. Further evidence was given on behalf of
the plaintiff by a number of other witnesses, including Mdme. Petritzka (see under Sir William
Abdy) and the Lord Mayor of London.] The evidence of all these witnesses went to show
that Mr. Belt executed his statues himself, several of them stating that they had seen the
entire process of modelling busts performed by him.
'Mr. Russell, Q.C., in addressing the jury for the defence, repudiated the suggestion which
had been put forward by the counsel for the plaintiff that the so-called libel was the outcome
of jealousy and animosity on the part of the defendant, and maintained that the plaintiff had
called scarcely a single sculptor known to fame who had been able to give evidence in support
of his case. Rightly or wrongly there did exist in the world of art a widespread impression that
the works claimed by Mr. Belt as his own were not his genuine productions, and that he was
decorating himself in plumes of feathers stolen from others.'
The trial dragged on over a six-month period, including 43 actual sitting days. During the
trial over 140 witnesses gave evidence. Belt's witnesses were largely society figures who had
either posed for Belt or had seen him working, while Lawes' witnesses were predominantly
sculptors from the Royal Academy, with the result that the art 'establishment' was pitted
against its patrons. Eventually the jury found in Belt's favour and awarded him damages of
5,000, plus costs. Lawes appealed against this judgment and his appeal was heard in March
1884, but he again lost and the costs of the appeal were awarded against him. Lawes promptly
filed for bankruptcy, with the result that Belt never received the damages awarded to him. In
any event, Belt was sentenced to 12 months' hard labour in March 1886 for obtaining money
by false pretences from Sir William Abdy, 2nd baronet (qv).
Sir Nicholas Lawless, 1st baronet [I 1776]
The following history of the origins of the Lawless family, who were later Barons Cloncurry,
appeared in the Sydney "Catholic Press" on 28 November 1929:-
'The death last July of the fifth Baron Cloncurry, at "Maratimo," Blackrock, County Dublin, recalls
a page unique in the rise to honourable distinction of families of humble origin.
'The history of the boy, Robert Lawless, and of his son and heir, is perhaps one of the most
romantic and extraordinary that can well be imagined outside the realms of fiction. It goes back
to the year 1720, when a little boy from the mountains, accompanied by a small ass-load of
turf and firs, came daily into the Liberties of Dublin [an area in central Dublin], where his patrons
mostly were found. His best customer, however, was a respectable and well-to-do woollen
draper in High-street, who not only bought his turf, but an occassional hare or two caught on
the hills.
'All accounts agree in stating that Lawless was a most intelligent and comely youth, of strict
honesty and rectitude, and, what was looked upon then as somewhat rare for a humble lad, he
could rear and write and "do" fiigures. He was entirely on his own resources. Locally he was
called "Robin Lawless," the orphan son of "Peter of the Hills."
'The excellent woollen draper had a knowledge of his good points, and, after a time, proposed to
him to enter his service as shop-boy, sleep at night under the counter, open the shop in the
morning, and run errands during the day. The boy eagerly jumped at the kind offer, disposed of
the donkey and cart, and entered gleefully into his new life. His intelligence, activity, and good
business habits stood his friend, and in a few years he rose to be foreman, and afterwards partner
in the business.
'On the death of his pricipal in 1731 he married the widow who was many years the junior of her
first husband. This lady was the daughter of Dominick Hadsor, one of whose ancestors had been
Lord Mayor of Dublin [John Hadsor in 1432-33]. For may years that family had carried on business
in High-street as lace-sellers.
'It was in October, 1733, that a son was born to Robert Lawless and his wife, Mary. He was
christened Nicholas, and subsequently became the first Lord Cloncurry. A year later a daughter was
born, and she was baptized Mary Elizabeth. She became in due course the mother of Margaret,
first Countess of Clonmell. Nicholas was placed under the care of a distinguished divine at the
Catholic College of Rouen in Normandy. Sending the boy thus abroad became necessary, for at
that time the ruthless penal laws were at the zenith of their strength, and the fact of a Catholic
undergoing instruction in Ireland was quite sufficient to bring down on the head of his instructor
merciless persecution.
'The business in High-street became a big money-making concern. Nicholas married a wealthy
heiress, the daughter of Valentine Browne, the brewer of Mount Browne, and it was in 1773 that
Valentine Browne Lawless was born, and he subsequently became the second Lord Cloncurry.
'Meanwhile, however, Robert, whose private residence was in Merrion-square, and long after he
had been created a Baronet by Lord Harcourt, attended regularly the fairs at Wicklow, Wexford
and Kildare, and the wools and blankets which his firm produced in High-street attained a world-
wide fame for sterling quality. In the Journals of the Irish House of Lords, under the date of
January 20, 1790, there is an elaborate account of the newly-created Lord Cloncurry being
introduced, taking the oaths, and subscribing to "the Oath of Abjuration." [which asserted the
right of the present royal family to the Crown of England, and expressly rejected the claims of
the Stuart dynasty].
'It is recorded that his lordship, having attended a pantomime of "Don Quixote" at Crow-street
Theatre, and having been observed to laugh immoderately at the scene when "Sancho" is tossed
in a blanket, a local wit crystallised the incident in verse, and thus it appeared in the press:
Cloncurry, Cloncurry
Why in such a hurry
To laugh at the Comical Squire
For though he's tossed high
Yet you cannot deny
That blankets have tossed you still higher
'The life of Valentine Lawless, who next succeeded to the Barony of Cloncurry, was one of
extraordinary vicissitudes, and has been panegyrised by W.J. Fitzpatrick and other writers,
as that of an Irish peer and an Irish patriot whose life was sacred to the ambition and devotion
of his youth - a noble and eventful career.
'Meanwhile, the valuable estates of Abingdon, County Limerick, and Rathcormack, County Cork,
had been purchased and the latter re-sold. But the favourite residences of the family were Lyons
Castle, Celbridge [in County Kildare, 14 miles west of Dublin], and the beautiful villa of "Maratimo"
where on 18 July passed away Frederick, the fifth Baron Cloncurry, and with him the title became
The special remainder to the baronetcy of Lawrence created in 1858
From the "London Gazette" of 16 July 1858 (issue 22162, page 3285):-
'The Queen has been pleased to direct letters patent to be passed under the Great Seal,
granting the dignity of a Baronet of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, unto
Alexander Hutchinson Lawrence, Esq. of the Bengal Civil Service (eldest son of the late Sir
Henry Montgomery Lawremce, K.C.B.), and to the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten,
with remainder in default of such issue, to Henry Waldemar Lawrence, Esq. (Brother of the
said Alexander Hutchinson Lawrence), and the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten.'
Sir Alexander Hutchinson Lawrence, 1st baronet
Sir Alexander died in an accident in India in August 1864, aged 26. The baronetcy had been
granted to him in recognition of the work of his father, Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence, who
had been a British soldier and administrator in India before he died from injuries received at
the siege of Lucknow in 1857, during the Indian Mutiny.
The following report of Sir Alexander's death appeared in 'The Observer' of 23 October 1864:-
'The Delhi Gazette, in recording the death of Sir Alexander Lawrence, which event was
announced by telegram a few days since, says: - "The young gentleman was, it appears,
travelling up north by the Hindoostan and Thibet Trunk road, with his uncle Colonel Lawrence,
the Deputy-Commissioner of Simla. They made ten or twelve marches in safety and reached
Torahon, the summer residence of the Rajah Bussahir, on Friday, the 26th August. On Saturday
morning they started on horseback for the next bungalow at Tarunda. About four miles on the
road they had to cross a bridge which girdled an almost perpendicular cliff; on nearing this
spot, Sir Alexander's horse became somewhat restive, he passed his uncle to the front, and on
riding over the bridge rather hurriedly a large cross-beam gave way, when both rider and horse
were precipitated violently down about 300 feet of khud [i.e. ravine], and of course killed on
the spot. This shocking and terrible accident happened about 120 miles from Simla. The corpse
was brought into the station on Monday morning, and buried on the evening of the same day."
Sir Lawrence Jones, 2nd baronet (listed under 'Lawrence-Jones')
Sir Lawrence was murdered by brigands as he travelled in western Turkey in November 1845.
The following report is taken from 'The Observer' of 12 January 1846:-
'A correspondent of the morning papers, writing from Constantinople, says: - "I send you the
following deposition of Captain Twopenny relative to the attack made upon him and Sir
Lawrence Jones, and the assassination of Sir Lawrence, by the Zeybecks, who are
mountaineers, constantly on the watch to plunder travellers, near Macri........It is as follows:-
On the 7th November, towards noon, we were near Dallamany, at about eight leagues distant
from Macri; we were crossing a little valley, planted with a low shrubbery, from whence the
sea might be seen. Our little caravan consisted of Sir L. Jones and myself, a dragoman [guide
and interpreter], a sulyee (a groom), an imaum of Zanthus, and two Greeks of Macri. Suddenly
the imaum stopped, loaded his carbine, and it seemed the he had perceived two Zeybecks, who
were hiding in the bushes. We continued to move on with caution, till we had arrived at a
fountain, shaded by some oak trees. Sir Lawrence then said, "I think it is better to halt and
breakfast. If these fellows intend to attack us, we can't escape them, and it is better to fight
with a full stomach than with an empty one." I made no objection. Our breakfast occupied us
at least for half an hour, after which we continued our journey; but ten minutes had not
elapsed when muskets were fired from behind a rock at four or five paces from us. On the very
moment that the discharge was heard, Sir Lawrence Jones and the dragoman fell heavily from
their horses, without uttering a single word, at the same time I felt myself severely wounded by
several shots. My horse took fright, the horse of Sir Lawrence was at full gallop; but I
succeeded in seizing his rein, and got the pistols from the holster. At this moment I saw behind
the rock the heads of five or six men, and five or six muskets pointed at me. I saw at once that
resistance would be madness. I threw my pistols on the ground, and being enfeebled by the
loss of blood, I fell myself. All this passed in a few seconds. The Zeybecks immediately sprung
towards me, picking eagerly up my pistols, and crying out "paras, paras!" (money, money). I
gave them my watch, and the little money I had on me; but they cried out still, "paras, paras!"
I pointed to our baggage, on which they flung themselves, forcing the imaum to assist them
in their ransackings. Their rummage lasted an hour, after which they sent the imaum to the
top of a hill, to see, I suppose, if the coast was clear. They then filed out in military order,
followed by a fine, stately statured man, who seemed to me to be the captain of the band.
As he passed by me, the captain cried out, "paras, paras." I pointed again to our baggage,
when one of the band pointed his gun at me. I thought my last moment had come, but the
captain shoved away the gun-barrel from before me just as it was discharged, and we
continued our route. I then passed by poor Jones, who had ceased to exist. At the same time,
the imaum and two Greeks were collecting the fragments of our baggage, and putting it on their
horses. I made them signs to place on one of the horses the body of my friend, but they
refused, and made me understand, by their gestures, that it would be dangerous to insist on
my demand. I took then a ring from the hand of the deceased, and cut off a lock of his hair,
to take to his relations. In his watch pocket I found a few pieces of gold, which had escaped
the robbers. The imaum then set me on a horse, requiring me to keep an exact silence, and we
directed our course towards Macri, where we arrived about midnight, after eight hours on
horseback, and suffering severely from my wounds. At Macri I was received by Mr. C. Belville,
of Rhodes, with all the affectionate kindness of a relative, and Mr. Franl dressed my wounds,
which then ceased bleeding. By the obliging care of Mr. Belville, a boat was immediately sent to
transport the bodies to Macri, where they have been interred with all the decency that is
possible within the precincts of a Greek church."
The assumption of the Lawson baronetcy (creation of 1665) in 1877
The following advertisement appeared in 'The Times' in January 1877:-
'Know all whom this may concern, that I, Henry Lawson, hitherto known as Henry Lawson, of
Gatherley Castle, in the County of York, Esquire, haven taken and assumed the name of De
Burgh, in addition to my former surname of Lawson, and that I shall henceforth be known and
sign myself by the name and designation of Henry De Burgh-Lawson. And whereas His Majesty
King Charles II, by his letters patent, bearing the date the sixth day of July, in the year of Our
Lord one thousand six hundred and sixty-five, conferred the rank, style, and title of a baronet
upon John Lawson, of Burgh Hall, near Catteryck, in the county of York, and the heirs male
lawfully begotten of his body, and whereas the said Sir John Lawson, so created a baronet as
aforesaid, had issue by Catherine Howard, his lawful wife, three sons, namely John Lawson,
the eldest son, Henry Lawson, the second son, and William Lawson, the third son. That the
said John Lawson, eldest son of the said Sir John Lawson, died in the lifetime of his said
father, without heirs lawfully begotten of his body; that the said Henry Lawson, second son
aforesaid, succeeded his father in the said baronetcy aforesaid. And whereas upon the death
of the late Sir Henry Lawson, of Burgh Hall, aforesaid, baronet, who died without heirs lawfully
begotten of his body, all the heirs male lawfully begotten of the body of the said Henry Lawson,
second son of the said Sir John Lawson, who was created a baronet as aforesaid, became
entirely extinct and ended. And whereas I, the said Henry De Burgh-Lawson, being the son and
heir of Henry Lawson, son and heir of George Lawson, son and heir of William Lawson, son and
heir of William Lawson, third son of the said Sir John Lawson aforesaid, and am accordingly by
right of blood and inheritance lawfully entitled to the said baronetcy under the special limit-
ations of the said original letters patent aforesaid, whereby the said baronetcy was so created
as aforesaid, as is fully set forth in my pedigree, enrolled in Her Majesty's High Court of
Chancery, on the eleventh day of January, in the present year of Our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and seventy-seven. And whereas, in right of my said lineage aforesaid, as the heir
male of the said Sir John Lawson, the first baronet as aforesaid lawfully begotten of his body,
and by virtue of the said limitations contained and set forth in the said original letters patent,
by which the said title was created as aforesaid, I, the said Henry De Burgh-Lawson have
assumed and do hereby assume as my lawful right to myself and the heirs male lawfully
begotten of my body, the said baronetcy, and I hereby make known that I shall hereafter from
the date of these presents by the name, rank, style, and title of Sir Henry De Burgh-Lawson,
of Gatherley Castle, in the county of York, baronet - Given at my Castle of Gatherley aforesaid,
on the sixteenth day of January, in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and
Henry De Burgh-Lawson
Witness - John Bolton, gentleman, Waterford Lodge, Scarborough, county of York.'
The claimant died 1 October 1892, when he was "succeeded" by his son "Sir" Henry Alfred
Stoddart De Burgh-Lawson. In Dod's Peerage for 1899, he is shown as being the 9th baronet,
but with a note which states that the baronetcy "was believed to have become extinct in 1834,
but was assumed in 1877, together with the name of De Burgh, by the father of the present
baronet, who claimed descent from the 3rd son of the 1st baronet. The descent, however, has
not been proved."
The entry in Dod's Peerage for this baronetcy subsequently disappears, no doubt a casualty of
the introduction of the Official Roll of the Baronetage in 1914.
Sir Thomas Selby Tancred, 8th baronet [listed under 'Lawson-Tancred']
The 'Manchester Guardian' 14 April 1910:-
'At Westminster yesterday Mr. Wallington held an inquiry into the circumstances attending the
tragic death of Sir Thomas Selby Tancred, who was found unconscious on a seat in Hyde Park
on Monday night. Sir Thomas Tancred was the eighth baronet. He was a contractor for the
Forth Bridge, and he constructed the Delagoa Bay Railway [in present-day Mozambique]. He
lived at Westbourne Gardens.
'Mr. F.W. Tancred, stockbroker, said his father was 70 years of age. A year ago he had
influenza, and on the Tuesday following Christmas-day he had a bad seizure wile on a visit to
relations. During the past six months he had suffered badly from mental depression. The witness
saw him at dinner on Monday, when he seemed to be in pain. He said he had an appointment at
the Russell Hotel, and left home alone at nine o'clock. The witness did not see him again alive.
'The Coroner handed the witness a pencilled note, which he identified as being in his father's
handwriting. It ran: - "29, Westbourne Gardens, 11, 4, 10. Please do not disturb my people or
let them know anything until to-morrow." Continuing, the witness said he knew nothing of the
circumstances of his father's death. He had never threatened suicide to the witness's
'Evidence of the finding of Sir Thomas Tancred on a seat in Rotten Row was given by a private
in the Grenadier Guards. A policeman who came to help said the ambulance was sent for and
arrived in five or six minutes. At St.George's Hospital Sir Thomas was seen by Dr. Cooper, but
death took place in the course of a few minutes. It was stated that a package containing Sir
Thomas's will was found. It was addressed to his country solicitor, and was to be opened after
his death. This was written two years ago, and had no bearing on the present matter.
'Dr. Roebuck, of St.George's Hospital, said Sir Thomas appeared to be suffering from effects of
poisoning by prussic acid. The witness, however, could not smell any acid. A post-mortem
examination revealed the presence of a strong smell of prussic acid, which was the cause of
'The jury returned the following verdict: - "Deceased met his death through taking prussic
acid by means unknown."
Sir Edmund Arthur Lechmere, 4th baronet
The following charming little story appeared in the "Tuapeka Times" on 23 February 1895.
Tuapeka is in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand.
'The Christchurch "Press" London correspondent writing on December 29th [1894] says:
Here is quite a little romance of which a New Zealand girl is a heroine. A few years ago the
eldest son of an English Baronet and M.P. was on a tour through New Zealand. While
pulling on the Avon in Christchurch he caught sight of a very pretty girl walking on the bank
with some children. He fell in love with her, his affection was returned, and he married her.
The young man's father and mother were much distressed at this sudden marriage of their
son and heir with an unknown young lady of whom they had no means of learning anything,
and made anxious enquiries of Christchurch people then in England as to what a female
New Zealander was like.
'They received entirely reassuring replies, and shortly after the young couple came home
the parents called on their principal informant and spoke with deep feeling of their delight
in the young bride, and their entire satisfaction in their son's choice. A few days ago the
father, Sir Edmund Lechmere (who was M.P. for the Evesham division of Worcestershire,
and in his 69th year), died very suddenly when about to address his constituents. So his
son becomes Sir Edwin [sic] Lechmere, and his wife, formerly Miss [Alice] Samuels, of
Christchurch, New Zealand, becomes Lady Lechmere.'
The marriage took place in 1885. Lady Lechmere, however, did not enjoy her title for very
long, since she died of rheumatic fever on 4 February 1896.
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