Last updated 30/10/2018
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
  MALET of Wilbury
24 Feb 1791 GB 1 Charles Warre Malet                 30 Dec 1752 24 Jan 1815 62
24 Jan 1815 2 Alexander Malet                   23 Jul 1800 28 Nov 1886 86
28 Nov 1886 3 Henry Charles Eden Malet    25 Sep 1835 16 Jan 1904 68
16 Jan 1904 4 Edward Baldwin Malet               10 Oct 1837 29 Jun 1908 70
PC 1885                                   
29 Jun 1908 5 Edward St.Lo Malet                   4 Sep 1872 24 Dec 1909 37
24 Dec 1909 6 Charles St.Lo Malet                         1 Nov 1906 21 Nov 1918 12
21 Nov 1918 7 Harry Charles Malet                 21 Sep 1873 14 Oct 1931 58
14 Oct 1931 8 Edward William St.Lo Malet              27 Nov 1908 9 Oct 1990 81
9 Oct 1990 9 Harry Douglas St.Lo Malet                26 Oct 1936
of Mitcham Court,Surrey
28 Jun 1922 UK 1 Harry Mallaby Mallaby-Deeley 27 Oct 1863 4 Feb 1937 73
MP for Harrow 1910-1918 and Willesden
East 1918-1922                                  
4 Feb 1937 2 Guy Meyrick Mallaby Mallaby-Deeley 23 May 1897 21 Jan 1946 48
21 Jan 1946 3 Anthony Meyrick Mallaby-Deeley 30 May 1923 1 Dec 1962 39
to     Extinct on his death                         
1 Dec 1962
MALLINSON of Walthamstow,Surrey
6 Jul 1935 UK 1 William Mallinson                   6 Jul 1854 5 May 1936 81
5 May 1936 2 William James Mallinson            25 Jul 1879 26 Feb 1944 64
26 Feb 1944 3 William Paul Mallinson                6 Jul 1909 18 Mar 1989 79
18 Mar 1989 4 William John Mallinson          8 Oct 1942 17 Nov 1995 53
17 Nov 1995 5 William James Mallinson       22 Apr 1970
MANDER of The Mount,Staffs
8 Jul 1911 UK 1 Charles Tertius Mander          16 Jul 1852 8 Apr 1929 76
8 Apr 1929 2 Charles Arthur Mander            25 Jun 1884 25 Jan 1951 66
25 Jan 1951 3 Charles Marcus Mander                 22 Sep 1921 9 Aug 2006 84
9 Aug 2006 4 Charles Nicholas Mander                                     23 Mar 1950
MANN of Linton Hall,Kent
3 Mar 1755 GB 1 Horace Mann                           c 1701 6 Nov 1786
6 Nov 1786 2 Horatio Mann                             2 Feb 1744 2 Apr 1814 70
to     MP for Maidstone 1774-1784 and
2 Apr 1814 Sandwich 1790-1807                            
Extinct on his death                         
MANN of Thelveton Hall,Norfolk
29 Dec 1905 UK 1 Edward Mann                          2 Mar 1854 29 Sep 1943 89
29 Sep 1943 2 Edward John Mann               26 Jan 1883 17 Sep 1971 88
17 Sep 1971 3 Rupert Edward Mann                    11 Nov 1946
MANNINGHAM-BULLER of Dilhorne Hall,Staffs
20 Jan 1866 UK 1 Edward Manningham-Buller 19 Jul 1800 22 Sep 1882 82
MP for Staffordshire North 1833-1841
and 1865-1874 and Stafford 1841-1847
22 Sep 1882 2 Morton Edward Manningham-Buller 31 May 1825 27 Apr 1910 84
27 Apr 1910 3 Mervyn Edward Manningham-Buller 16 Jan 1876 22 Aug 1956 80
MP for Kettering 1924-1929 and Northampton
22 Aug 1956 4 Reginald Edward Manningham-Buller 1 Aug 1905 7 Sep 1980 75
He was subsequently created Viscount
Dilhorne (qv) in 1964 with which title the
baronetcy then merged             
MANNIX of Richmond,Cork
4 Sep 1787 I 1 Henry Mannix                          1740 Nov 1822 82
to     Extinct on his death                         
Nov 1822
MANNOCK of Giffords Hall,Suffolk
1 Jun 1627 E 1 Francis Mannock                       20 Nov 1634
20 Nov 1634 2 Francis Mannock                     26 Apr 1687
26 Apr 1687 3 William Mannock                         26 Jan 1714
26 Jan 1714 4 Francis Mannock                      20 Jan 1675 27 Aug 1758 83
27 Aug 1758 5 William Mannock                       16 Mar 1764
16 Mar 1764 6 William Anthony Mannock            28 May 1759 24 Mar 1776 16
24 Mar 1776 7 Francis Mannock                    17 Sep 1710 17 Sep 1778 68
17 Sep 1778 8 Thomas Mannock                       2 Sep 1781
2 Sep 1781 9 George Mannock                      3 Jun 1787
to     Extinct on his death                         
3 Jun 1787
  MANSEL of Margam,Glamorgan
22 May 1611 E 1 Thomas Mansel                      20 Dec 1631
20 Dec 1631 2 Lewis Mansel                               c 1594 4 Apr 1638
4 Apr 1638 3 Henry Mansel                                c 1629 c 1640
c 1640 4 Edward Mansel                                       c Oct 1637 17 Nov 1706 69
MP for Glamorgan 1660,1670-1679,1681
and 1685                             
17 Nov 1706 5 Thomas Mansell                            9 Nov 1667 10 Dec 1723 56
He was subsequently created Baron Mansel
(qv) in 1712 with which title the 
baronetcy then merged until its extinction in 1750
MANSEL of Muddlescombe,Carmarthen
14 Jan 1622 E 1 Francis Mansel                             c 1628
c 1628 2 Walter Mansel                      c 1588 12 Apr 1640
Apr 1640 3 Francis Mansel                          c 1650
c 1650 4 Edward Mansel                           c 1680
c 1680 5 Richard Mansel                     6 Jan 1641 28 Aug 1691 50
Aug 1691 6 Richard Mansel                      c 1700
For further information on this baronet, see
the note at the foot of this page
c 1700 7 William Mansel                          15 Mar 1670 c 1732
c 1732 8 Richard Mansel                               20 Feb 1749
Feb 1749 9 William Mansel                              1 Mar 1739 14 Jan 1804 64
MP for Carmarthenshire 1784-1790
Jan 1804 10 William Mansel                       29 Apr 1766 20 May 1829 63
20 May 1829 11 John Bell William Mansel                   5 Oct 1806 14 Apr 1883 76
14 Apr 1883 12a Richard Mansel                               2 Dec 1850 2 Jun 1892 41
2 Jun 1892 13 Courtenay Cecil Mansel                  25 Feb 1880 4 Jan 1933 52
MP for Penrhyn & Falmouth 1923-1924
Feb 1903 12b Edward Berkeley Mansel                                   2 Feb 1839 8 Jan 1908 68
8 Jan 1908 13 Courtenay Cecil Mansel                       25 Feb 1880 4 Jan 1933 52
MP for Penrhyn & Falmouth 1923-1924
For further information regarding the succession
of this baronetcy,see the note at the 
foot of this page                                   
4 Jan 1933 14 John Philip Ferdinand Mansel                             22 Aug 1910 6 Apr 1947 36
6 Apr 1947 15 Philip Mansel                             3 Mar 1943
MANSEL of Trimsaran,Carmarthen
22 Feb 1697 E 1 Edward Mansel                       19 Feb 1720
19 Feb 1720 2 Edward Mansel                          4 Nov 1754
4 Nov 1754 3 Edward Vaughan Mansel            Jan 1788
Jan 1788 4 Edward Joseph Shewen Mansel 6 Apr 1798
to     Extinct on his death                         
6 Apr 1798
MAPLE of Childwick Bury,Herts
30 Aug 1897 UK 1 Sir John Blundell Maple                 1 Mar 1845 24 Nov 1903 58
to     MP for Dulwich 1887-1903              
24 Nov 1903 Extinct on his death                         
For further information on this baronet, see
the note at the foot of this page
MAPLES of Stow,Hunts
30 May 1627 E 1 Thomas Maples                         13 Feb 1635
13 Feb 1635 2 Thomas Maples                             before 1655
to     Extinct on his death                         
before 1655
MAPPIN of Thornbury,Yorks
27 Aug 1886 UK 1 Frederick Thorpe Mappin           16 May 1821 19 Mar 1910 88
MP for East Retford 1880-1885 and
Hallamshire 1885-1906                   
19 Mar 1910 2 Frank Mappin                                6 Sep 1846 30 May 1920 73
30 May 1920 3 Wilson Mappin                            14 Jan 1848 8 Jun 1925 77
8 Jun 1925 4 Charles Thomas Hewitt Mappin 7 Mar 1909 8 Nov 1941 32
8 Nov 1941 5 Samuel Wilson Mappin                       20 Oct 1854 12 Dec 1942 88
12 Dec 1942 6 Frank Crossley Mappin                  15 Aug 1884 25 Jan 1975 90
to     Extinct on his death                         
25 Jan 1975
MARJORIBANKS of Lees,Berwick
6 May 1815 UK 1 John Marjoribanks                   13 Jan 1763 5 Feb 1833 70
MP for Buteshire & Caithness 1812-1818 and 
Berwickshire 1818-1826                                 
5 Feb 1833 2 William Marjoribanks             15 Dec 1792 22 Sep 1834 41
22 Sep 1834 3 John Marjoribanks                   4 May 1830 18 Nov 1884 54
18 Nov 1884 4 William Marjoribanks                                 9 Mar 1832 22 Feb 1888 55
to     Extinct on his death                         
22 Feb 1888
of Guisachan,Beauly,Inverness
25 Jul 1866 UK 1 Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks 29 Dec 1820 4 Mar 1894 73
He was subsequently created Baron
Tweedmouth (qv) in 1881 with which title
the baronetcy then merged until its
extinction in 1935                                            
MARKHAM of Sedgebroke,Lincs
15 Aug 1642 E 1 Robert Markham                        1597 2 Feb 1667 69
2 Feb 1667 2 Robert Markham                         1644 27 Oct 1690 46
MP for Grantham 1678-1679 and Newark
27 Oct 1690 3 George Markham                          27 May 1666 9 Jun 1736 70
MP for Newark 1695-1698 and 1701
9 Jun 1736 4 James John Markham           1693 1779 86
to     Extinct on his death                         
MARKHAM of Beachborough Park,Kent
10 Jul 1911 UK 1 Arthur Basil Markham                25 Aug 1866 7 Aug 1916 49
MP for Mansfield 1900-1916
7 Aug 1916 2 Charles Markham                       28 Aug 1899 7 Sep 1952 53
7 Sep 1952 3 Charles John Markham          2 Jul 1924 5 Jun 2006 81
5 Jun 2006 4 Arthur David Markham                        6 Dec 1950
MARLING of Stanley Park and 
Sedbury Park,Gloucs
22 May 1882 UK 1 Samuel Stephens Marling            10 Apr 1810 22 Oct 1883 73
MP for Gloucestershire West 1868-1874 
and Stroud 1875-1880            
22 Oct 1883 2 William Henry Marling            1 Jul 1835 19 Oct 1919 84
19 Oct 1919 3 Percival Scrope Marling VC                6 Mar 1861 29 May 1936 75
For further information on this baronet and VC
winner, see the note at the foot of this page
29 Mar 1936 4 John Stanley Vincent Marling 26 Jul 1910 20 Sep 1977 67
20 Sep 1977 5 Charles William Somerset Marling 2 Jun 1951
MAROW of Berkswell,Warwicks
16 Jul 1679 E 1 Samuel Marow                             c 1652 c 1690
to     Extinct on his death                         
c 1690
MARR of Sunderland,Durham
12 May 1919 UK 1 James Marr                             9 Sep 1854 24 Nov 1932 78
24 Nov 1932 2 Leslie Lynn Marr                       14 Aug 1922
MARRIOTT of Sydling St Nicholas,Dorset
1 Jun 1774 GB See "Smith-Marriott"
MARSDEN of Grimsby,Lincs
4 Mar 1924 UK 1 John Denton Marsden           9 Nov 1873 26 Apr 1944 70
26 Apr 1944 2 John Denton Marsden           25 Aug 1913 22 Jul 1985 71
22 Jul 1985 3 Nigel John Denton Marsden           26 May 1940 16 Nov 1997 57
16 Nov 1997 4 Simon Neville Llewelyn Marsden 1 Dec 1948 22 Jan 2012 63
22 Jan 2012 5 Tadgh Orlando Denton Marsden 25 Dec 1990
MARSH of Dublin
1839 UK 1 Henry Marsh                                    1790 1 Dec 1860 70
to     Extinct on his death                         
1 Dec 1860
21 May 1658 NS 1 William Marshall c 1602 Aug 1658
Aug 1658 2 George Marshall c 1710
c 1710 3 William Marshall 1772
1772 4 Charles Marshall 1816
to     Extinct on his death                         
MARSHAM of Cuckston,Kent
16 Aug 1663 E 1 John Marsham 23 Aug 1602 25 May 1685 82
MP for Rochester 1660-1661
25 May 1685 2 John Marsham 15 Sep 1637 31 Dec 1692 55
31 Dec 1692 3 John Marsham 12 Oct 1679 13 May 1696 16
13 May 1696 4 Robert Marsham 16 Dec 1650 25 Jul 1703 52
MP for Maidstone 1698-1704
25 Jul 1703 5 Robert Marsham                  17 Sep 1685 28 Nov 1724 39
He was subsequently created Baron 
Romney (qv) in 1716 with which title the
baronetcy remains merged              
MARTIN of Long Melford,Suffolk
28 Mar 1667 E 1 Roger Martin 1639 8 Jul 1712 73
8 Jul 1712 2 Roger Martin 1667 3 Mar 1742 74
3 Mar 1742 3 Roger Martin 1689 4 Jun 1762 72
4 Jun 1762 4 Mordaunt Martin 1740 24 Sep 1815 75
24 Sep 1815 5 Roger Martin 22 Feb 1778 16 Dec 1854 76
to     Extinct on his death                         
16 Dec 1854
MARTIN of Lockynge,Berks
28 Jul 1791 GB 1 Henry Martin 28 Aug 1733 1 Aug 1794 60
MP for Southampton 1790-1794
1 Aug 1794 2 Henry William Martin 20 Dec 1768 3 Feb 1842 73
3 Feb 1842 3 Henry Martin 3 Oct 1801 4 Dec 1863 62
4 Dec 1863 4 William Fanshawe Martin 5 Dec 1801 24 Mar 1895 93
24 Mar 1895 5 Richard Byam Martin               28 Apr 1841 21 Feb 1910 68
to     Extinct on his death                         
21 Feb 1910
MARTIN of Cappagh,Dublin
2 Jun 1885 UK 1 Richard Martin 17 Mar 1831 18 Oct 1901 70
to     PC [I] 1896
18 Oct 1901 Extinct on his death                         
MARTIN of Overbury Court,Gloucs
12 Dec 1905 UK 1 Richard Biddulph Martin 12 May 1838 23 Aug 1916 78
to     MP for Tewkesbury 1880-1885 and
23 Aug 1916 Droitwich 1892-1905              
Extinct on his death                         
MARWOOD of Little Bushby,Yorks
31 Dec 1660 E 1 George Marwood                       28 Apr 1601 19 Feb 1680 78
MP for Malton 1659 and Northallerton
19 Feb 1680 2 Henry Marwood                           c 1635 1 Nov 1725
MP for Northallerton 1685-1689
1 Nov 1725 3 Samuel Marwood                                c 1672 31 Oct 1739
Oct 1739 4 William Marwood                              c 1681 23 Feb 1740
to     Extinct on his death                         
23 Feb 1740
MARWOOD-ELTON of Widworthy Court,Devon
1 Aug 1838 UK 1 Edward Marwood-Elton            1801 18 Apr 1884 82
to     Extinct on his death                             
18 Apr 1884 For information on a possible claimant to this
baronetcy, who was convicted of a sensational
Australian murder, see the note at the foot
of this paqe                               
MARYON-WILSON of Eastbourne,Sussex
4 Mar 1661 E 1 William Wilson c 1608 9 Dec 1685
9 Dec 1685 2 William Wilson c 1644 26 Dec 1718
26 Dec 1718 3 William Wilson c 1704 23 Jan 1724
23 Jan 1724 4 Thomas Wilson c 1682 6 Oct 1759
6 Oct 1759 5 Edward Wilson c 1725 24 Jun 1760
24 Jun 1760 6 Thomas Spencer Wilson 25 Jan 1727 29 Aug 1798 71
MP for Sussex 1774-1780
29 Aug 1798 7 Thomas Maryon Wilson c 1773 22 Jul 1821
22 Jul 1821 8 Thomas Maryon Wilson 14 Apr 1800 4 May 1869 69
4 May 1869 9 John Maryon Wilson 12 Dec 1802 11 May 1876 73
11 May 1876 10 Spencer Maryon Wilson 4 Dec 1829 31 Dec 1897 68
31 Dec 1897 11 Spencer Pocklington Maryon Wilson
(Maryon-Wilson from 1899) 19 Jul 1859 12 May 1944 84
For further information, see the note at the 
foot of this page
12 May 1944 12 George Percy Maryon Maryon-Wilson 22 Feb 1898 10 Jul 1965 67
10 Jul 1965 13 Hubert Guy Maryon Maryon-Wilson 27 Jul 1888 13 Sep 1978 90
to     Extinct on his death
13 Sep 1978
MASHAM of High Lever,Essex
20 Dec 1621 E 1 William Masham                            c 1592 c 1656
MP for Maldon 1624-1626, Colchester
1628-1629 and 1640 and Essex 1640-1653
and 1654-1655                            
c 1656 2 William Masham                          c 1663
c 1663 3 Francis Masham                            c 1646 7 Feb 1723
MP for Essex 1690-1698 and 1701-1710
7 Feb 1723 4 Samuel Masham                     c 1679 16 Oct 1758
He had previously been created Baron 
Masham of Otes (qv) in 1712 with which title the
baronetcy then merged until its extinction
in 1776                                                  
MASON of Compton Pauncefoot,Somerset
3 Jul 1918 UK 1 William James Peake Mason                          11 Nov 1862 21 Jul 1947 84
He was subsequently created Baron
Blackford (qv) in 1935 with which title
the baronetcy then merged until its
extinction in 1988.                                
  MASSEY of Donass,Clare
9 Mar 1782 I 1 Hugh Dillon Massey             c 1740 29 Apr 1807
29 Apr 1807 2 Hugh Dillon Massey                            9 Nov 1767 28 Mar 1842 74
MP for co.Clare 1801-1802                       
28 Mar 1842 3 Hugh Dillon Massey                        6 Jan 1797 29 Oct 1870 73
to     Extinct on his death                         
29 Oct 1870
MASSINGBERD of Braytoft Hall,Lincs
22 Aug 1660 E 1 Henry Massingberd                     26 Aug 1609 Sep 1680 71
Sep 1680 2 William Massingberd                                   23 Jan 1650 1719 69
For further information on this baronet, see
the note at the foot of this page
1719 3 William Massingberd                                  25 Sep 1677 1 Dec 1723 46
to     MP for Lincolnshire 1721-1723
1 Dec 1723 Extinct on his death                         
MATHER-JACKSON of Birkenhead,Lancs
4 Nov 1869 UK   See "Jackson"      
MATHESON of The Lews,Ross
and Achany, Sutherland
c Dec 1850 UK 1 James Matheson                                      17 Oct 1796 31 Dec 1878 82
to     MP for Ashburton 1843-1847. Lord Lieutenant
31 Dec 1878 Ross & Cromarty 1866-1878
Extinct on his death                         
MATHESON of Lochalsh,Ross
15 May 1882 UK 1 Alexander Matheson                         16 Jan 1805 27 Jul 1886 81
MP for Inverness Burghs 1847-1868 and
Ross & Cromarty 1868-1884            
27 Jul 1886 2 Kenneth James Matheson           12 May 1854 25 Jan 1920 65
25 Jan 1920 3 Alexander Perceval Matheson 6 Feb 1861 6 Aug 1929 68
6 Aug 1929 4 Roderick Mackenzie Chisholm Matheson 26 Dec 1861 24 Jul 1944 82
24 Jul 1944 5 Torquhil George Matheson                  4 Feb 1871 13 Nov 1963 92
13 Nov 1963 6 Torquhil Alexander Matheson 15 Aug 1925 9 Apr 1993 67
9 Apr 1993 7 Fergus John Matheson                     22 Feb 1927 27 Jan 2017 89
27 Jan 2017 8 Alexander Fergus Matheson       26 Aug 1954
MATHEWS of London
14 Feb 1917 UK 1 Sir Charles William Mathews                      16 Oct 1850 6 Jan 1920 69
to     Extinct on his death                         
6 Jan 1920
MATHIAS of Vaendre Hall,Monmouth
28 Jun 1917 UK 1 Sir Richard Mathias                      1 Jun 1863 26 Oct 1942 79
MP for Cheltenham 1910-1911
26 Oct 1942 2 Richard Hughes Mathias           6 Apr 1905 4 Jan 1991 85
to     Extinct on his death                         
4 Jan 1991
MATTHEWS of Gobions,Essex
15 Jun 1662 E 1 Philip Matthews                              c 1642 7 Dec 1685
Dec 1685 2 John Matthews                        11 Jul 1708
to     Extinct on his death                         
11 Jul 1708
MAUDE of Dundrum,co.Tipperary
9 May 1705 I 1 Robert Maude                             1677 4 Aug 1750 73
4 Aug 1750 2 Thomas Maude,later [1776] 1st Baron de Montalt 1726 17 May 1777 50
PC [I] 1768                                   
17 May 1777 3 Cornwallis Maude                       19 Sep 1729 23 Aug 1803 73
He was subsequently created Viscount
Hawarden (qv) in 1791 with which title the
baronetcy remains merged                       
MAULEVERER of Allerton,Yorks
4 Aug 1641 E 1 Thomas Mauleverer             9 Apr 1599 c Jun 1655 56
MP for Boroughbridge 1640-1653
c Jun 1655 2 Richard Mauleverer                              c 1623 25 Jul 1675
MP for Boroughbridge 1661-1675
Jul 1675 3 Thomas Mauleverer            c 1643 13 Aug 1687
MP for Boroughbridge 1679-1689
Aug 1687 4 Richard Mauleverer                                    11 May 1689
May 1689 5 Richard Mauleverer             18 Mar 1689 27 Mar 1713 24
to     Extinct on his death                         
Mar 1713
MAWBEY of Botleys,Surrey
30 Jul 1765 GB 1 Joseph Mawbey                            2 Dec 1730 16 Jun 1798 67
MP for Southwark 1761-1774 and
Surrey 1775-1790                       
16 Jun 1798 2 Joseph Mawbey                            c 1770 28 Aug 1817
to     Extinct on his death                         
28 Aug 1817
MAXWELL of Calderwood,Lanark
28 Mar 1627 NS 1 James Maxwell                         c 1670
c 1670 2 William Maxwell                    c 1640 30 Apr 1703
30 Apr 1703 3 William Maxwell                                    before 1716
before 1716 4 William Maxwell                                       1750
1750 5 William Maxwell                    2 Jan 1789
2 Jan 1789 6 William Maxwell                                    7 Jan 1748 12 Aug 1829 81
12 Aug 1829 7 William Maxwell                                    4 Dec 1754 16 Mar 1837 82
16 Mar 1837 8 William Alexander Maxwell       30 Apr 1793 4 Apr 1865 71
4 Apr 1865 9 Hugh Bates Maxwell              14 Feb 1797 9 Feb 1870 72
9 Feb 1870 10 William Maxwell                   11 Aug 1828 4 Dec 1885 57
4 Dec 1885 11 James Pierce Maxwell            1813 26 Oct 1896 83
He had previously succeeded to the Barony
of Farnham (qv) in 1884 with which title
the baronetcy remains merged
MAXWELL of Pollock,Renfrew
25 Nov 1630 NS 1 John Maxwell                                 c 1583 1 Nov 1647
to     On his death the baronetcy became either
1 Nov 1647 extinct or dormant               
MAXWELL of Orchardtoun, Kirkcudbright
30 Jun 1663 NS 1 Robert Maxwell                     by Oct 1681
by Oct 1681 2 Robert Maxwell                   24 Jan 1693
24 Jan 1693 3 George Maxwell                                 1719
1719 4 Robert Maxwell                                1729
1729 5 George Maxwell                                      28 Dec 1746
28 Dec 1746 6 Thomas Maxwell                          3 Feb 1761
3 Feb 1761 7 Robert Maxwell                                21 Sep 1786
to     On his death the baronetcy became dormant
21 Sep 1786
MAXWELL of Monreith,Wigtown
8 Jan 1681 NS 1 William Maxwell                          c 1635 Apr 1709
Apr 1709 2 Alexander Maxwell                           23 May 1730
MP for Wigtown Burghs 1713-1715
23 May 1730 3 William Maxwell                         c 1715 22 Aug 1771
22 Aug 1771 4 William Maxwell                  Feb 1812
Feb 1812 5 William Maxwell                        5 Mar 1779 22 Aug 1838 59
MP for Wigtonshire 1805-1812 and 1822-
22 Aug 1838 6 William Maxwell                          2 Oct 1804 29 Mar 1877 72
29 Mar 1877 7 Herbert Eustace Maxwell          8 Jan 1845 30 Oct 1937 92
MP for Wigtonshire 1880-1906.  PC 1897
Lord Lieutenant Wigton 1903-1935
30 Oct 1937 8 Aymer Maxwell                          7 Dec 1911 8 Jul 1987 75
8 Jul 1987 9 Michael Eustace George Maxwell 28 Aug 1943
MAXWELL of Springkell,Dumfries
7 Feb 1683 NS See "Heron-Maxwell"
MAXWELL of Cardoness,Kirkcudbright
9 Jun 1804 UK 1 David Maxwell                               1825
1825 2 David Maxwell                           18 Jun 1773 13 Nov 1860 87
13 Nov 1860 3 William Maxwell                           13 Feb 1809 27 Jun 1886 77
27 Jun 1886 4 William Francis Maxwell              19 Jun 1844 26 Jan 1924 79
to     Extinct on his death                         
26 Jan 1924
MAXWELL MACDONALD of Pollock,Renfrew
12 Apr 1682 NS 1 John Maxwell                          Jan 1648 4 Jul 1732 84
4 Jul 1732 2 John Maxwell                       1686 24 Dec 1752 66
24 Dec 1752 3 John Maxwell                                     27 Mar 1720 14 Sep 1758 38
14 Sep 1758 4 Walter Maxwell                         15 Feb 1732 29 Apr 1762 30
29 Apr 1762 5 John Maxwell                         27 Nov 1761 25 Jul 1762 -
25 Jul 1762 6 James Maxwell                         26 Mar 1735 3 May 1785 50
3 May 1785 7 John Maxwell                           31 Oct 1768 30 Jul 1844 75
MP for Paisley 1832-1834    
30 Jul 1844 8 John Maxwell                              12 May 1791 7 Jun 1865 74
MP for Renfrewshire 1818-1830 and 
Lanarkshire 1832-1837        
7 Jun 1865 9 William Stirling (Stirling-Maxwell from Mar 1866) 8 Mar 1818 15 Jan 1878 59
MP for Perthshire 1852-1868 and 1874-1878
KT 1876                                          
15 Jan 1878 10 John Maxwell Stirling-Maxwell 6 Jun 1866 30 May 1956 89
to     MP for College 1895-1900. KT 1929
30 May 1956 On his death the baronetcy became dormant
30 May 1956 11 Anne Maxwell Macdonald          8 Sep 1906 21 Apr 2011 104
She was recognised by the Lyon Court in
2005 as being the 11th holder of the baronetcy.
She therefore became only the fifth female
baronet - see also Bolles created 1635,Dalyell
created 1685,Dunbar created 1706 and Wishart
created 1706                                              
21 Apr 2011 12 John Ronald Maxwell Macdonald 22 May 1936
of Haggerston Castle,Northumberland
15 Aug 1642 E 1 Thomas Haggerston                        7 Mar 1674
Mar 1674 2 Thomas Haggerston                    c 1710
c 1710 3 Carnaby Haggerston                 c 1700 20 Jul 1756
Jul 1756 4 Thomas Haggerston                           11 Sep 1722 1 Nov 1777 55
1 Nov 1777 5 Carnaby Haggerston                   May 1756 3 Dec 1831 75
3 Dec 1831 6 Thomas Haggerston                      13 Jul 1785 11 Dec 1842 57
11 Dec 1842 7 Edward Haggerston                   c 1797 6 May 1857
6 May 1857 8 John Haggerston                       18 Aug 1798 8 Mar 1858 59
8 Mar 1858 9 John de Marie Haggerston                     27 Nov 1852 29 Nov 1918 66
29 Nov 1918 10 Edward Charlton de Marie Haggerston 8 Feb 1857 1 Apr 1925 68
1 Apr 1925 11 Hugh Carnaby de Marie Haggerston Mar 1906 11 Sep 1971 65
11 Sep 1971 12 Raphael Stanley de Marie Haggerston 6 Aug 1912 3 Jan 1972 59
3 Jan 1972 13 Michael Fergus Maxwell-Scott 23 Jul 1921 29 Nov 1989 68
29 Nov 1989 14 Dominic James Maxwell-Scott 22 Jul 1968
MAXWELL-SCOTT of Abbotsford,Roxburgh
23 Jun 1932 UK 1 Walter Joseph Constable Maxwell-Scott 10 Apr 1875 3 Apr 1954 78
to     Extinct on his death
3 Apr 1954
  MAY of Mayfield,Waterford
30 Jun 1763 I 1 James May                                   6 Nov 1723 8 Nov 1811 88
8 Nov 1811 2 James Edward May                 5 Oct 1751 23 Jul 1814 62
MP for Belfast 1801-1814   
23 Jul 1814 3 Humphrey May                       early 1819
early 1819 4 George Stephen May             c 1763 1834
to     Extinct on his death                         
1834 For information on a claim made to this baronetcy
in 1886,see the note at the foot of this page
MAY of the Eyot,Surrey
27 Jan 1931 UK 1 George Ernest May                      20 Jun 1871 10 Apr 1946 74
He was subsequently created Baron May (qv)
in 1935 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                     
MAYNARD of Eaton Parva,Essex
29 Jun 1611 E 1 William Maynard                            by 1589 17 Dec 1640
He was subsequently created Baron
Maynard (qv) in 1620 with which title the 
baronetcy then merged until its extinction                                           
in 1775                                               
  MAYNARD of Walthamstow,Essex
1 Feb 1682 E 1 William Maynard                         6 Oct 1641 7 Nov 1685 44
MP for Essex 1685                    
7 Nov 1685 2 William Maynard                    c 1676 15 Dec 1715
15 Dec 1715 3 Henry Maynard                        16 Nov 1738
16 Nov 1738 4 William Maynard                          19 Apr 1721 18 Jan 1772 50
MP for Essex 1759-1772          
18 Jan 1772 5 Charles Maynard                     9 Aug 1751 10 Mar 1824 72
He subsequently succeeded to the 
Viscountcy of Maynard (qv) in 1775 with
which title the baronetcy then merged 
until its extinction in 1865           
MAYNE of Marston Morlain,Beds
22 Apr 1763 GB 1 William Mayne                            1722 28 May 1794 71
He was subsequently created Baron Newhaven
of Carrick Mayne (qv) in 1776 with which title the
baronetcy then merged until its extinction
in 1794                                          
This baronetcy was gazetted (Issue 10304,page 6)
as being of Marston Morlain,although the village
is actually named Marston Mortaine
MAYNEY of Linton,Kent
29 Jun 1641 E 1 John Mayney                             c 1608 c 1676
c 1676 2 Anthony Mayney                           1706
to     Extinct on his death                         
MEADE of Ballintubber,co.Cork
29 May 1703 I 1 John Meade                              1642 12 Jan 1707 64
12 Jan 1707 2 Pierce Meade                                 1693 18 Jul 1711 18
Jul 1711 3 Richard Meade                              1697 26 May 1744 46
26 May 1744 4 John Meade                                  21 Apr 1744 19 Oct 1800 56
He was subsequently created Earl of
Clanwilliam (qv) in 1776 with which title 
the baronetcy remains merged
MEDLYCOTT of Venn House,Somerset
3 Oct 1808 UK 1 William Coles Medlycott         22 Oct 1767 25 May 1835 67
MP for Milborne Port 1790-1791
25 May 1835 2 William Coles Medlycott            31 Jul 1806 23 Dec 1882 76
23 Dec 1882 3 William Coles Paget Medlycott 6 Jun 1831 8 Jan 1887 55
8 Jan 1887 4 Edward Bradford Medlycott                  29 Sep 1832 17 Feb 1902 69
17 Feb 1902 5 Mervyn Bradford Medlycott                   20 Sep 1837 27 Mar 1908 70
27 Mar 1908 6 Hubert James Medlycott         9 Dec 1841 25 May 1920 78
25 May 1920 7 Hubert Mervyn Medlycott    29 Sep 1874 2 Sep 1964 89
2 Sep 1964 8 James Christopher Medlycott 17 Apr 1907 11 Apr 1986 78
11 Apr 1986 9 Mervyn Tregonwell Medlycott 20 Feb 1947
MELLOR of Culmhead,Somerset
24 Jan 1924 UK 1 Sir John Paget Mellor                      13 Mar 1862 4 Feb 1929 66
4 Feb 1929 2 John Serocold Paget Mellor                6 Jul 1893 15 Jul 1986 93
MP for Tamworth 1935-1945 and Sutton
Coldfield 1945-1955                            
15 Jul 1986 3 John Francis Mellor                     9 Mar 1925 8 Nov 1990 65
to     Extinct on his death                         
8 Nov 1990
MELVIN of Olton,Warwicks
31 Jul 1933 UK 1 Sir Martin John Melvin                             8 Jun 1879 11 May 1952 72
to     Extinct on his death                         
11 May 1952
MENTETH of New Cumnock,Ayr
11 Aug 1838 UK See "Stuart-Menteth"
MENZIES of Castle Menzies,Perth
2 Sep 1665 NS 1 Alexander Menzies                             c Apr 1695
c Apr 1695 2 Alexander Menzies                    c 1730
c 1730 3 Robert Menzies                      4 Sep 1786
4 Sep 1786 4 John Menzies                         26 Mar 1800
26 Mar 1800 5 Robert Menzies                           before 1760 8 Mar 1813
8 Mar 1813 6 Neil Menzies                                 16 Aug 1780 20 Aug 1844 64
20 Aug 1844 7 Robert Menzies                          26 Sep 1817 22 Apr 1903 85
22 Apr 1903 8 Neil James Menzies                 5 Mar 1855 21 Dec 1910 55
to     Extinct on his death                         
21 Dec 1910 For further information regarding a claim to the
baronetcy made between 1913 and 1916,see the 
note at the foot of this page
MERCES of France
2 Apr 1660 E 1 Anthony de Merces                
Nothing further is known of this baronetcy
MEREDITH of Stainsley,Denbigh
13 Aug 1622 E 1 William Meredith                    c 1596 10 Apr 1675
10 Apr 1675 2 Richard Meredith                       5 Sep 1679
MP for Kent 1656-1658 and Sandwich 1659
5 Sep 1679 3 William Meredith                    c 1666 28 May 1681
28 May 1681 4 Richard Meredith                    29 Aug 1723
29 Aug 1723 5 Roger Meredith                          c 1677 3 Jan 1739
to     MP for Kent 1727-1734              
3 Jan 1739 Extinct on his death                         
MEREDITH of Marston,Devon
2 Jan 1639 NS 1 Amos Meredith                              5 Dec 1669
5 Dec 1669 2 William Meredith                   6 Dec 1665 19 Jan 1732 66
Jan 1732 3 William Meredith                       c 1725 2 Jan 1790
to     MP for Wigan 1754-1761 and Liverpool
2 Jan 1790 1761-1780.  PC 1774                                  . 
On his death the baronetcy became dormant
MEREDITH of Montreal,Canada
14 Nov 1916 UK 1 Vincent Meredith                   28 Feb 1850 24 Feb 1929 78
to     Extinct on his death                         
24 Feb 1929
MEREDYTH of Greenhills,Kildare
20 Nov 1660 I 1 William Meredyth                        c 1620 14 Feb 1665
Feb 1665 2 Richard Meredyth                     1657 8 Oct 1743 86
Oct 1743 3 Robert Meredyth                         c 1704 18 Feb 1747
Feb 1747 4 Richard Meredyth                        Jan 1733 1777 44
1777 5 Paul Meredyth                                 c 1720 1783
1783 6 Moore Meredyth                       c 1722 8 Nov 1789
8 Nov 1789 7 Barry Colles Meredyth           c 1749 14 Oct 1813
14 Oct 1813 8 Joshua Colles Meredyth           1 Jun 1771 27 Jul 1850 79
27 Jul 1850 9 Edward Newenham Meredyth 1 May 1776 23 Mar 1865 88
23 Mar 1865 10 Edward Henry John Meredyth 29 May 1828 8 Oct 1904 76
to     Extinct on his death                          
8 Oct 1904 For further information on this baronetcy,
see the note at the foot of this page
MEREDYTH of Catherines Grove,Dublin
5 Sep 1787 I See "Gorges-Meredyth"
MEREDYTH of Carlanstown,Meath
26 Jul 1795 I 1 John Meredyth                        late 1740 27 Oct 1799 58
27 Oct 1799 2 Thomas Meredyth                          Jul 1770 c Feb 1815 44
c Feb 1815 3 Henry Meredyth                           Jun 1775 2 May 1859 83
2 May 1859 4 Henry Meredyth                          1802 4 Aug 1889 87
4 Aug 1889 5 Henry Bayly Meredyth            14 Jan 1863 30 Sep 1923 60
to     Extinct on his death                          
30 Sep 1923
METCALFE of Chilton,Berks
21 Dec 1802 UK 1 Thomas Theophilus Metcalfe 8 Jan 1745 17 Nov 1813 68
MP for Abingdon 1796-1807
17 Nov 1813 2 Theophilus John Metcalfe          19 Sep 1783 15 Aug 1822 38
15 Aug 1822 3 Charles Theophilus Metcalfe,Baron
Metcalfe                                      30 Jan 1785 5 Sep 1846 61
5 Sep 1846 4 Thomas Theophilus Metcalfe 2 Jan 1795 3 Nov 1853 58
3 Nov 1853 5 Theophilus John Metcalfe          28 Nov 1828 8 Nov 1883 54
8 Nov 1883 6 Charles Herbert Theophilus Metcalfe 8 Sep 1853 29 Dec 1928 75
29 Dec 1928 7 Theophilus John Massie Metcalfe 19 Jun 1866 11 Sep 1950 84
11 Sep 1950 8 Theophilus John Metcalfe       14 Oct 1916 11 Feb 1979 62
to     Extinct on his death                          
11 Feb 1979
METHUEN of Haslemere,Surrey
10 Jul 1916 UK 1 Algernon Methuen Marshall Methuen 23 Feb 1856 20 Sep 1924 68
to     Extinct on his death                          
20 Sep 1924
MEUX of Kingston,Isle of Wight
11 Dec 1641 E 1 John Meux                               12 Feb 1657
MP for Newtown (IOW) 1640 and 1640-1644
Feb 1657 2 William Meux                             c 1697
c 1697 3 William Meux                               25 Jun 1683 13 Mar 1706 22
to     Extinct on his death                          
13 Mar 1706
MEUX of Theobalds Park,Herts
30 Sep 1831 UK 1 Henry Meux                             8 May 1770 7 Apr 1841 70
7 Apr 1841 2 Henry Meux                             28 Dec 1817 1 Jan 1883 65
MP for Hertfordshire 1847-1859
For further information on this baronet,
see the note at the foot of this page
1 Jan 1883 3 Henry Bruce Meux                        21 Nov 1856 12 Jan 1900 43
to     Extinct on his death                          
12 Jan 1900
Sir Richard Mansel, 6th baronet
The following extract is from the records of the Central Criminal Court in London and is dated
13 July 1693:-
'Sir Richard Mansell, Baronet, was indicted and tried for the Murther of William Pickering on the
first day of February last [1 Feb 1693]. The Matter of Fact appeared upon the Evidence thus:
Mr. Pickering being an Apothecary, there was some Monies due to him from Sir Richard Mansell;
and in order to be satisfied, and to come to an amicable Account, they agreed to meet at
Squires's Coffee-house in Fuller's Rents, where being met, they did not long continue, but for
more privacy went down into Grays-Inn Walks; and being in the High-walk, they could not 
accommodate the matter, although Sir Richard offer'd Mr. Pickering to give him security by
his Bond to pay him in a reasonable time, as soon as his Returns came out of the Countrey;
yet Mr. Pickering would not be contented, but would have his Money presently, and began to
be angry, and to reply upon Sir Richard after a morose manner, giving him very Scurrilous
Language, which was altogether unfit to give to a Person of Quality, which provoked Sir
Richard to draw his Sword upon him, upon which Mr. Pickering withdrew himself from Sir
Richard, and Sir Richard followed him; which Mr. Pickering perceiving, he (to prevent the
danger that might come upon him) leapt over the Wall down into the Lower Walks, and broke
his Leg short-off; Sir Richard followed him, but did him no other hurt; upon this Mr. Pickering
was removed to his place of Abode, and there he languished of the said Wound till the 13th
of February, and then died. The Surgeons gave their Opinion that the Wound was the
occasion of his death etc. Sir Richard being asked what he had to say in his defence, he
answered that it was a Misfortune that happened much against his will, and that he was
heartily sorry for it; and that he had no design of doing him any hurt, and desired that the
Judges would be of Counsel to him, and was willing to submit his Case to the Court; Then the 
Judges gave their Opinion, and did agree that the Matter should be found special, because it
was a new Cause; Matter of Law did arise thereupon, therefore it was resolved that a time 
should be set aside for the Judges to consult the matter. Then Sir Richard Mansell moved,
that he might continue upon Bail, but the Court told him that could not be granted.'
The Court's records show that a "Special Verdict" was given. Such verdicts were occasionally
given because a legal issue had arisen which needed to be debated by the Judges. In such
cases, the Jury ruled on the facts of the matter, but it was up to the Judges to resolve any 
legal issues. As a result, final judgement was deferred and the eventual verdict and
punishment were usually reported in a subsequent edition of the proceedings of the Court,
although I have been unable to find the eventual outcome of Sir Richard's trial.
Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel, 13th baronet
On the death of the 11th baronet in 1883, the next heir was his kinsman Edward Berkeley
Philipps [later Mansel], who was the son of Courtenay Philipps [later Mansel], son of Richard
Mansel, younger brother of the 10th baronet. Courtenay Philipps's first marriage was long
thought to be irregular and, as a result, Edward Berkeley Phillips was thought to be illegitimate
and hence unable to assume the title. Accordingly, his half-brother Richard Philipps [later
Mansel] assumed the title on the death of the 11th baronet in 1883. When he, in turn, died
in 1892, the title was assumed by Courtenay Cecil Mansel, as 13th baronet. In February 1903,
the 13th baronet discovered evidence that Edward Berkeley Mansel was not illegitimate and 
gave up the use of the title in favour of his uncle.
A report in "The Times" on Saturday 10 November 1906 states that…….
"In the Court of Session, Edinburgh, yesterday, Lord Dundas heard evidence in an action for
declarator of marriage and legitimation at the instance of Sir Edward Berkeley Mansel, of Old
Cotton-house, near Norwich, the defender called being Courtenay Cecil Mansel of Maes y
Crugian-manor, Carmarthen. The Dean of Faculty and Mr. Brodie-Innes appeared for the
pursuer; there was no defence. Dame Julia Vertue Mansel, wife of the pursuer, was the first
witness. She said she was married to the pursuer at St George's, Hanover-square, on 7 May,
1870. Her father, the late Rev. Henn Evans-Lombe, of Bylaugh-park, Norfolk, withheld his
consent at first because doubts had been raised as to whether her husband's father and 
mother were married when her husband was born. But her father was afterwards satisfied that 
a Scottish marriage had taken place in 1838 between her intended husband's mother and father
when the last mentioned, who has a major in the 15th Hussars, was stationed with his regiment 
at Hamilton, in Scotland. After the marriage no further question was raised about the matter
until about 1877, when an action came into the English Courts arising out of a dispute about
her father-in-law's will. Again, in 1883, when the witness's husband inherited the baronetcy
the matter came up, and the baronetcy was claimed by her husband's younger brother, 
Richard. At that time the pursuer did not take legal steps to clear the matter up owing to 
his serious ill-health. Other witnesses examined were Mrs. Eliza Cole, of Southampton. A
sister of the pursuer, and Mr Courtenay Cecil Mansel, a nephew of the pursuer and his brother
Richard's only son. Mr Courtenay Cecil Mansel said he assumed the title of baronet at his
father's death in 1892, but in February, 1903, he discovered a declaration signed by his
grandfather stating that the witness's grandfather and grandmother had lived together as
husband and wife in Scotland. The witness made some inquiries and saw a trust deed dated in
1858, in which his grandfather recognized the pursuer as his eldest son. Afterwards the 
witness had an interview with the pursuer, and was shown letters written by his grandfather
and grandmother. As a result of his inquiries the witness felt perfectly satisfied that his uncle
was the eldest legitimate son of his (the witness's) grandfather and grandmother, and he 
thought it right in consequence to discontinue the use of the title of baronet. Recently he
had been informed that his uncle had been advised to institute proceedings to obtain a 
declaration of the validity of the grandfather's Scottish marriage, and the witness, having
given up the title, had no objection to support that application. The pursuer's evidence was
before the Court, having been taken on commission, and, after hearing the Dean of Faculty,
Lord Dundas granted the decree as craved."
When Sir Edward Berkeley Mansel died in 1908, Courtenay Cecil Mansel, as the next heir,
resumed the use of the title.
Sir John Blundell Maple, 1st baronet
One notice of Sir John's death, to be found in the "Chicago Daily Tribune" of 5 January 1904,
states that 'Sir John was a typical English retail shop-keeper, possessed of all the virtues and
the prejudices as well as the shortcomings of his class. He dropped his aspirates in the most
terrific manner, entertained the most holy horror and distrust of everything foreign, and was
much distressed when his only daughter, who was the apple of his eye, insisted upon marrying
Baron Eckardstein, who will be remembered at Washington, where he spent some time, as a
wonderfully good looking, stalwart man. Foreign nobility was of no account whatsoever in the
eyes of Sir John, who, it is said, after receiving the honour of knighthood in recognition of his
immense contributions to the campaign fund of his political party, put forward an extraordinary
pretension to descent from Blondel, the troubadour who sought out King Richard Coeur de Lion
from his Austrian prison, and helped to rescue him from his captivity.
'It may be remembered that according to the legend Blondel visited every castle where he
thought that the king may be incarcerated singing the favorite songs of the monarch, finally
discovering it through Richard taking up his song and singing the second verse. It is stated
that when Richard heard the song he exclaimed, "Blondel m'appel" (Blondel calls me), and Sir
John insisted that the names "Blundel Maple" were merely a corruption of this exclamation of
the king, which afterward became the motto of the family founded by the troubadour.'
Sir Percival Scrope Marling VC, 3rd baronet
Marling was a Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion of the King's Royal Rifle Corps, stationed in 
Sudan, when he took part in the Battle of Tamai, which was fought on 13 March 1884 between 
a British force under Sir Gerald Graham and a Mahdist army led by Osman Digna. Although they 
suffered heavy losses, the British forces won the day.
A supplement to the London Gazette of 21 May 1884 contains Marling's citation for the Victoria
Cross, as follows:-
'Lieutenant Percival Scrope Marling, 3rd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps, late Mounted
Infantry - For his conspicuous bravery at the battle of Tamai, on 13th March last, in risking his
life to save that of Private Morley, Royal Sussex Regiment, who having been shot, was lifted
and placed in front of Lieutenant Marling on his horse. He fell off almost immediately, when
Lieutenant Marling dismounted, and gave up his horse for the purpose of carrying off Private
Morley, the enemy pressing close on to them until they succeeded in carrying him about
eighty yards to a place of comparative safety.'
Edward Marwood Elton, who claimed to be the nephew of the baronet of the same 
name, Sir Edward Marwood-Elton [1st and only baronet], and the Sandridge Murder
of 1870
One of the most sensational Australian crimes of the 19th century was the Sandridge Murder,
in which a 2-year-old boy's throat was cut. The murderer's name was Edward Marwood Elton,
and he claimed to be the nephew of the English baronet. The murder was reported in at least
one English paper, the Exeter "Western Times," which includes the following extract from a 
report in the "Geelong Advertiser": "We have it on undoubted authority that he [the murderer]
is the nephew and heir-of-entail of Sir Edward Marwood Elton, of Widworthy Court, in the 
County of Devon, one of the oldest families in that county, having been settled there - as
Burke's Baronetage states - since the county history began. The present possessor of the title
and estates is an old man, and in the ordinary course of nature the murderer would have 
become the possessor of a title, and of estates stated to be worth £15,000 a year. Family
quarrels led to his leaving England some years ago, and since his arrival in the colony he has
followed the humble profession of waiter, being apparently unfitted by nature and education
for a higher position."
The following account of the murder is taken from the Perth "Truth" of 28 January 1905:-
'In the year 1870 (and since) there were two families of some note in England, named Elton,
both enjoying baronetcies, the one created in 1838, the other in 1717. The latter at the 
present time shows no signs of extinction, as there is a long list of sons and grandsons to
keep up the family name and record. The family seat of these Eltons is Clevedon Court,
'The baronetcy of 1838 was conferred on the son of James Marwood Elton, Esq., of Widworthy
Court, near Honiton, Devon. This gentleman's name was Edward Marwood Elton, born in 1801;
a Deputy-Lieutenant for Devonshire, and High Sheriff for the shire in 1858. He was a Master
of Arts of Brasenose College, Oxford. This baronet was unmarried, his heir-presumptive - under
a special remainder - being his brother, Henry, formerly a captain in the 13th Light Dragoons,
who was born in 1804. [This is somewhat puzzling - there is no reference to any special 
remainder in the entry in the London Gazette (issue 19631, page 1488, published on 3 Jul 
1838) - indeed the notice contains a listing of a number of baronetcies to be created, and 
states that each baronetcy is granted to "the respective heirs male of their bodies lawfully
begotten"]. Sir Edward Marwood Elton died in 1884, when the baronetcy became extinct - at 
least there is no such baronetcy now noted in any of the books which usually contain such 
information. [His obituary, which appeared in "The Western Times" [Exeter] on 23 April 1884, 
states that "He was created a baronet in 1838, with a special remainder to his brothers, all of
whom, however, pre-deceased him," but there was, as far as I can tell, no such special 
'About the year 1863 there arrived in Melbourne a young man [he was described elsewhere as
being aged about 25 or 26] who passed under the name of Edward Marwood Elton, who claimed 
to be a nephew of the English baronet of the same name. There was no proof, however, beyond
his own assertion that he was related to the Devonshire baronet. Certain persons asserted that
the father of the young man was a drawing-master of some note. The young man was, at any
rate, well educated and possessed of considerable abilities, but was subject to fits of despond-
ency and melancholia. He had stated that he came from Kensington. London.
'About the year 1868 he consulted Dr. Beaney - "Diamond" Beaney [James George Beaney 1828-
1891]. At that time Elton was "very queer" in his manner, and while under treatment asked the
doctor to tell him at once if his case was incurable (it will be seen later on what the illness was),
in which case he would cut his throat or drown himself, rather than continue to live in a state
of disease.
'Shortly after this Elton was managing an hotel in Gippsland, and was paying court to a young
music teacher, but he did not find favour in the lady's eyes: in fact, she was rather afraid of
him on account of his extraordinary behaviour at times. She knew then that "he was not right
in his head," and he was subject to gloomy fits, which would last for weeks, during which he
would scarcely utter a word, and, when he did speak, was extremely incoherent. When told by
the young lady that he had no chance of success in his courtship, he at first became very
violent, but afterwards this music teacher recommended to his attention Felicia Sarah 
Darbyshire, who was very fond of him, and she thought would make him a good wife. 
'Miss Darbyshire had requested the music teacher to speak to Elton on her behalf. He at first
would not hear of the idea, but subsequently became very friendly with the young woman, who
was, it was said, employed as nursemaid and needlewoman at Garton's Hotel, Swanston-street,
at the same time that Elton was engaged there in the humble capacity of waiter. The other
young woman whom Elton had first courted became Mrs. Carter, wife of the landlord of the 
Happy Home Hotel, Sandridge (Port Melbourne now). Mrs. Carter had lost sight of the two until
early in 1869, when she heard that Miss Darbyshire had had an illegitimate child, but not by
Elton. The next she heard of them was that the pair were married in February of 1870. Elton
had frequently shown her letters from his mother, and had told her that one of his sisters was
married to a captain in India. He had often threatened to drown himself.
'About 5 o'clock on Monday evening, September 10, 1870, Sandridge was thrown into a state of
excitement by the announcement that a brutal and cowardly murder of a boy between two and
three years had been committed by the child's stepfather, Edward Marwood Elton. When Elton
married Miss Darbyshire he knew of the existence of this child, then two years old. The child 
was known as Thomas Henry Darbyshire, and had been reared by a Mrs. Jackson, a laundress
living in Station-street, Sandridge. Some months after his marriage Elton went to Geelong, 
where he got employment as a waiter at the Black Bull Inn, taking his wife and the child with 
him. He remained there until late in August, when he was discharged on account of slackness in
trade. All three returned to Melbourne, Mrs. Elton and the child going to live at Mrs. Jackson's,
in Sandridge.
'Elton was in the habit of coming to the house, and on Monday visited the place about 2 o'clock
in the afternoon, when he complained of not feeling well, and his wife gave him a cup of tea,
which he drank. Soon afterwards, saying he felt better, he said he would go for a walk upon the
pier, and take the boy with him. The mother accordingly washed and dressed the little fellow,
and the man went away with him at 3.30. At about half-past 4 o'clock Elton came running back,
and meeting Mrs Jackson and his wife at the door, threw down a razor on the footpath and said
to his wife: "I have murdered your ----- bastard, and there," pointing to the razor, "is what I
have done it with." Mrs. Elton inquired where the child was, and Elton volunteered to show her.
He then proceeded to Sandridge beach - an historic spot in the criminal old hulk days - about
a mile from any dwelling, followed by the mother, who had alarmed all the neighbours, and a 
crowd of men, women and children. The child was found dead: its throat cut from ear to ear.
'The police, hearing of the murder, quickly arrived, Elton quietly awaiting the arrival of the
constables. Sergeant O'Brien arrested him, and cautioned him, but there was no need of 
caution. Elton admitted the deed, and in response to an observation by the sergeant that he
must have been mad when he committed the murder, said that he had been mad for some time.
The police had some difficulty in keeping Elton from the clutches of the mob. He was perfectly
sober, cool and collected, and was lodged in the lock-up at about 5 o'clock. At the Coroner's
Court the movements were carefully traced. Apart from his confession, the crime was sheeted
home, and he was committed for trial.
'Edward Marwood Elton was brought to trial on Tuesday, October 25, in the old Court House in
La Trobe-street, Justice [Sir] Edward Eyre Williams [1813-1880] presiding, J[oseph] H[enry]
Dunne [1821-1877] for the Crown, G.P. Smith for the accused, who pleaded not guilty in a low,
but firm voice. The facts as to the murder were not in dispute. The mother was not examined
at the trial, but evidence was given that she was then enceinte [i.e. pregnant]. In cross-
examination by G.P. Smith, Elizabeth Jackson stated that on the night before the marriage of 
the Eltons the man told her he was not fit to marry, and said he would give her £10 if she would
persuade Sally (Mrs. Elton) not to marry him. Mrs. Jackson asked him if he could keep away 
from the woman, and he admitted that he could not, therefore Mrs. Jackson declined to inter-
fere. When he came back from Geelong he told Mrs Jackson that if he did not get a billet for a
fortnight, and if the child his wife expected did not resemble him, he would make away with
'Dr. Plummer, who made the post-mortem examination of the child, also examined Elton, at the 
request of the police. The accused told the doctor that he had been suffering from seminal
weakness; that he had several times meant to destroy himself by drowning, but every time he
reached the water his courage failed. He had also gone to the Public Library and studied the
effects of several poisons, but that after he had obtained them he was afraid to use them. Next
day he told the doctor that he well knew what he had done, and that he wanted the law to do
for him what he had not the pluck to do for himself.
'Dr. McCrea (Chief Medical Officer), Dr. Paley (Inspector of Lunatic Asylums) and John T. 
Harcourt (proprietor of Richmond Lunatic Asylum) were called by the Crown. The three had been
appointed a commission to inquire into Elton's sanity. Dr. McCrea said that the disease from
which Elton was suffering very often made people insane, and would tend to create a belief
in his mind that he was impotent, although he (Dr. McCrea) did not think he was. McCrea
considered that Elton killed the child in order to procure his own execution. Dr. Paley had five
interviews with Elton, and considered that he knew that he was violating the law when he killed
the child, though he admitted that he was suffering from mania at the time. The disease from
which he was suffering would have a tendency to develop homicidal mania. In answer to the
judge, Dr. Paley said that spermatorrhoea [excessive, involuntary ejaculation, which in the 19th
century was regarded as a disorder which had corrupting and devastating effects on the mind
and body] was, in his opinion, the proximate cause of insanity in Elton. Mr. Harcourt was of 
opinion that the accused committed the crime under a momentary impulse, and was not 
conscious that he was violating the law.
'For the defence, Mr. Smith called Drs. T. Aubrey Bowen and James George Beaney, both of
whom had been treating the accused man for spermatorrhoea and other nerve troubles.
According to Dr. Beaney, Elton was "suffering from impotency." Suicidal mania, and mania of all
kinds, might follow any disease accompanied by great nervous exhaustion. He was afraid that
the prisoner would commit homicide, as he was frequently in a very excited state. When Elton
told Dr. Beaney that he meant to get married, the doctor advised him to wait a while.
'The jury, after an hour's retirement, found a verdict of guilty, but recommended him to mercy
on account of the disease from which he suffered. The foreman was a commercial broker well
known on 'Change. He would face any commercial "spec" undaunted, but as read the recomm-
endation his voice faltered, and the paper shook in his hand like a leaf in the wind.
'Being asked the usual question whether he had anything to urge why sentence should not be
passed, Elton (who laboured under much excitement, which towards the conclusion of his 
remarks increased to a perfect paroxysm of rage) said he had no reason to urge, but would like
to give a little outline of his line. From his birth he had been a very delicate child, and was sent
to the colonies for the benefit of his health, and because he could not make a fortune at home.
He had been singularly unfortunate in all he undertook, and not a man in the colony could have
experienced a harder life than he had undergone. He had wronged no one except the woman
he had given his name to: he believed he had wronged her fearfully, but for that he was to 
answer with his life. He had counted the cost, and was willing to pay the sacrifice. He had
come to the colony without a single penny, and the country upon which he had thrown himself
for his trial had found him guilty, but the recommendation to mercy which the jury had given he
scorned to accept. Did they think that, after he had been found guilty of wilfully committing
the crime with which he was charged, he would live with such an action on his mind? No: he
was born an honest man. He had no desire for mercy, except to ask that the penalty for the
crime of which he had been found guilty might be speedily carried out. He denied that he was 
innocent, as alleged, and had not the slightest doubt that the child which would be born was
his. It was true that he had been married much against his will. He had told his wife on their
marriage that in seven days he meant to commit suicide, but he had not the courage to do it,
and he ran away from her and went to Geelong, where he obtained employment at the rate of
10s per week, and a friend let his wife know where he was, and she rejoined him. He was not
afraid to meet his death, for he fully believed that, by the mercy of God, he was really prepared
to meet it. He had not the slightest fear of hanging, for he believed he could meet his death at
his country's hands honestly and fairly. He had wronged his family most fearfully, but he bore a
noble name - one of the first in England - and had never disgraced it yet by any action of his,
nor would he now: but as for that blasted recommendation to mercy, he said, "damn the jury
that gave it."
'Justice Williams said that the fearful way in which the prisoner was proceeding only showed 
that he did not deserve the recommendation to mercy, but it would be forwarded to the
Executive: he would not prolong the scene, but would simply pass the sentence prescribed by
the law.
'In those days the prisoners were removed from the dock into the open space behind the Court
House, admission being had to the gaol by a small door in the southern wall. A crowd had
assembled outside, and through the lane formed Elton walked, talking excitedly and with much
gesticulation, followed at some yards distance by a solitary warder. Mrs. Elton was in the 
crowd, weeping. The condemned man spoke kindly and laughingly to her, and bade the crowd
a loud "Good-bye" as he passed into the gaol.
'Elton was not executed. The McCulloch Ministry [formed by Sir James McCulloch 1819-1893]
considered that there were some grounds for considering him insane, and on the Chief 
Secretary's warrant he was transferred to the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum, where it was
thought he would stay for the remainder of his days. But he did not, for about 12 years after his
conviction he was officially reported to have recovered his sanity, and was transferred to
Pentridge Prison. This he vehemently protested against, on the ground that, as he was deemed
insane at the time he committed the murder, and therefore unaccountable, he ought to be
discharged on recovering his sanity. The authorities, however, did not see it in the same light,
and to Pentridge Elton went. What his ultimate fate was I know not, but there is not now in
England an acknowledged representative of the Devonshire baronet.'
Sir Spencer Pocklington Maryon Maryon-Wilson, 11th baronet
From the Townsville (Queensland) "Daily Bulletin" of 9 April 1938:-
'A man who stands for his rights is Sir Spencer Pocklington Maryon Maryon-Wilson, Lord of the 
Manors of Charlton and Hampstead, 11th Baronet of East Borne [sic - Eastbourne], in the county 
of Sussex.
'Other men may be content to be called 'Sir.' Not so, Sir Spencer. He insists on being addressed 
as 'Sir Baronet.' This week he explained the reason why: "I don't care a damn what the world
thinks or says about me. I'm looked on as a crank, but I've just got moral courage. That's what
it is."
'Sir Spencer is the only baronet in Britain who insists on the full form of address to which he is
entitled. Every one of the two-score servants on his estate, from gamekeepers to butlers, must
address him as 'Sir Baronet.' Among themselves and to strangers they refer to him generally as
'The Baronet.'
"I'm a diehard and I don't mind," he continued. "I've seen letters addressed to my butler, my 
gamekeeper, yes, even my odd man, addressing them as 'Dear Sir.' Now, why the devil should any
baronet be addressed in the same way. A baronetcy is fifth in the noble degree. I and all other
baronets have a right to be addressed as 'Sir Baronet,' just as peers have the right to be called
My Lord.' My title is 300 years old. It was earned at the risk of the head of my ancestor, who 
helped Charles II in his restoration. But don't forget I don't insist on my right any more than I
consider all other baronets should similarly insist."
Sir William Massingberd, 2nd baronet
According to tradition, Sir William's daughter fell in love with a postillion in her father's service
and planned to elope with him. Sir William, however, wished his daughter to marry a man of
higher status and he therefore allegedly shot the daughter's lover and dumped his body in a
pond. Visitors to Sir William's house at Gunby Hall, near Burgh le Marsh in Lincolnshire, remark
to this day about a sudden sensation of extreme coldness when walking on the path near the 
The May baronetcy created in 1763
On 23 May 1885 (and repeated on 26 May) the following advertisement appeared in 'The 
'Reward of £100 - Whereas Sir James May, of Mayfield, Representative in Parliament for the
County of Waterford, was, in the year 1763, created a Baronet of Ireland, with limitation to the
heirs male of his body lawfully begotten, and the said Sir James May had five sons, the issue of
his marriage, namely James Edward, Humphrey, Thomas, Charles, and George Stephen, and
dying in or about the year 1811, was succeeded by his eldest son called Sir Edward May, at
whose death, three years subsequently, the title devolved on Sir Humphrey May as third 
baronet, and was enjoyed by him until his decease in 1819, when (his next brother, Thomas,
having predeceased without issue in 1809, and the existence of Charles May, next in 
succession, or any issue male of his body, being ignored) the baronetcy was reputed to, rather
than assumed by, George Stephen May, the fifth and youngest son of the 1st baronet, who at
that date (1819) and till his death in 1834 was of unsound mind.
'And whereas in certain suits in the Court of Chancery in Ireland, dating from or about the year
1814 to 1844, and known as "May versus May, Carew and Medlicott and others," "May versus
Pennefather and others," "May versus Medlicott," and "Marjoribanks versus Medlicott" - the 
objects of which were, amongst others, the distribution of and otherwise dealing with the 
estate of the said Sir James May under the terms of his marriage settlement and will - in all of
which proceedings, as in the decrees made thereon, the aforesaid Charles May is treated as
having died without issue and intestate, though the evidences, if any, upon which that position
was supported and maintained do not appear to have been preserved and cannot now be found.
'And whereas Thomas Paine May, a subject of Her Majesty the Queen, but lately of Maylawn,
Louisiana, in the United States of America, claims (as the only surviving son of Thomas May, of
Maylawn aforesaid, deceased, who was the son and heir of Patrick May, of Ballinalack, in the
county of Westmeath, deceased) to be the great-grandson and heir-at-law of the aforesaid
Charles May.
'Now notice is hereby given, that - as it is required by Sir Bernard Burke....Ulster King of Arms,
that evidence rebutting the assumption of the death without issue male and intestate of the
said Charles May be produced to his satisfaction - the sum of ONE HUNDRED POUNDS will be
paid to anyone who shall give such INFORMATION as will lead to the proof that the said 
'Application to be made to Stephen Tucker, Esquire, Somerset Herald, Herald's College, London;
Arthur L. Barlee, Esq., Solicitor, No. 30, Westland-row, Dublin, or to us,
                DEANE, CHUBB & CO., Solicitors to the said Thomas Paine May.
    No. 14, South-square, Gray's-inn, London, W.C.'
Thomas Paine May (17 Jul 1842-Jan 1887) argued that he succeeded to the baronetcy as 6th
baronet in 1852, but he did nothing to establish his claim until he inserted the above advertise-
ment in 1886. Nothing appears to have come from his advertisement, and, when he died early
the following year, the claim lapsed.
The Menzies baronetcy claim 1913-1916
Between 1913 and 1916, a claim for the Menzies baronetcy was pursued through various 
Scottish courts. The following extracts from 'The Times' show the history of this claim:-
15 January 1913:
'A claim to the baronetcy of Menzies is the subject of an action in which the record has been
closed by Lord Ormidale in the Court of Session, Edinburgh.
'The claimant is David Prentice Menzies, Plean Castle, Stirlingshire, and the defenders are the
Home Secretary, the Lord Advocate, Sir James Balfour Paul (Lyon King of Arms), and Sir William
P. Byrne (Registrar of the Baronetage). The purpose of the action is to have it declared that 
the claimant is the nearest lawful heir male of line of Captain James Menzies of Comrie, 
Perthshire, who was born at Castle Menzies, in the parish of Weem, Perth, about 1663, and
died in 1748. Sir Neil James Menzies, eighth baronet, died in 1910, and the title was then
supposed to have become extinct.
'Mr. Menzies's claim has been disallowed by the defenders, who are the officials nominated by
Royal Warrant to prepare an official roll of baronets. The last holder of the title was descended
from Neil, third son of Captain James Menzies. The claimant avers that he is descended from 
Robert, fourth son of Captain James. This would make him the great-great-great grandson of
Captain James. The defence to the action is found in a letter in which the Lyon King of Arms
states that, while Captain James had a son Robert, born in 1699, there was no proof that this
was the Robert Menzies from whom the claimant is descended. There were probably many
persons named Robert Menzies existing at the time.'
17 January 1914:
'Judgment was given yesterday in the Second Division of the Court of Session in Edinburgh in
an appeal against the judgment of Lord Ormidale dismissing an action by David Prentice
Menzies, of Plean Castle, Stirlingshire. The plaintiff sued the Home Secretary, the Lord
Advocate, the Lyon King of Arms, and the Registrar of the Baronetage, and asked the Court
to declare that he was the nearest lawful heir male of line of Captain James Menzies, of
Comrie, Perthshire, who was born in Castle Menzies, Perth, in 1663, and who died in 1748.
The plaintiff claims succession to the vacant baronetcy of Menzies as the descendant of
Robert, the fourth son of Captain James Menzies. His application to the defendants to be
entered on the Roll of Baronets was refused. The defendants maintained that the action was
incompetent and that the plaintiff's proper course was to apply to the Sheriff of Chancery in
the Outer House [of the Court of Session]. Lord Ormidale dismissed the action as incompetent,
and the Second Division adhered to that judgment.
'Lord Salveson [with Lords Guthrie and Dewar concurring] said the plaintiff's object was to
establish his claim to a baronetcy which lapsed by the death of Sir Neil Menzies, of Menzies.
He thought it had been quite settled that the proper Court in which a person who wished to
serve as heir male of line, or on any other footing, to a deceased person should proceed was
the Court of Chancery. Counsel, however, contended that a change had been effected by a
Royal Warrant of February 15, 1910, the object of which was to secure the purity of the Roll
of Baronets of Nova Scotia, which prima facie excluded the jurisdiction of the Court of 
Session, even if it had not been already excluded by the common law. The appellant admitted
that even if he obtained a decree in the Court of Session his claim must still be established
in the manner regulated by the Royal Warrant; but he was anxious to get such a decree in
order that he might present it as prima facie evidence in support of his claim. The Court of
Session, however, was not in the habit of granting decrees in order that they might simply be
evidence in some other Court.'
30 November 1915:
'The claim of Mr. D.P. Menzies, of Plean Castle, Stirlingshire, to the chiefship of the Clan
Menzies and to the Nova Scotia baronetcy, the last holder of which was Sir Neil Menzies, who
died in 1910, was considered by the Lyon King of Arms at Edinburgh yesterday. The claim was
opposed by Miss Menzies of Menzies, sister of the late baronet.
'Mr. Menzies said he was descended from the son of Captain James Menzies of Comrie, and he
submitted certain documentary evidence, including papers referring to an account and 
discharge given by Rob Menzies, son of Captain James Menzies of Comrie, in 1743 and 1754. 
He got those papers from Mr. John Macgregor, of Edinburgh, who purchased them at a sale.
They were in exactly the same condition now as when the witness got them.
'Counsel for the respondent moved that his Lordship should dismiss the petition. He submitted
that the child of Captain James Menzies of Comrie, from whom the petitioner claimed descent,
died in infancy. The documentary evidence, he said, fell to be entirely disregarded, and he
moved his Lordship to lay the documents before the proper authorities in order to ascertain
who was responsible for them. Judgment was reserved.'
21 December 1915:
'In Lyon Court, Edinburgh, yesterday, Lyon King of Arms delivered judgment in the claim by
Mr. David P. Menzies, of Plean Castle, Stirlingshire, to the Chiefship of the Clan Menzies and
to the Nova Scotia baronetcy held by Sir Neil Menzies, who died in 1910. The claim was
opposed by Miss Menzies, of Menzies, sister of Sir Neil Menzies.
'Lyon King of Arms held that the petitioner had failed to prove his case, and that the petition
should be refused. He said that the first baronet, Sir Alexander Menzies, had two sons, Robert
and Captain James, of Comrie, and the petitioner averred descent from Captain James through
a fourth son, Robert, who was not mentioned in the entail executed in 1779 nor in Nisbet's
Heraldry in 1742. He discussed in detail documents produced in support of the petitioner's 
claim, and expressed the view that certain words seemed to have been written subsequent
to the date of the documents themselves. With regard to the letter written by Sir Robert
Menzies [i.e. the 7th baronet] to the petitioner, which had been put in to show that Sir Robert
in 1902 acknowledged the petitioner to be descended from Captain James Menzies, his 
Lordship commented on the illegibility of the writing, which leant itself to quite another 
But by now the authorities, especially the Lyon King of Arms, had smelled a rat………….
10 October 1916:
'In the High Court of Justiciary in Edinburgh yesterday, before the Lord Justice-General (Lord
Strathclyde), David P. Menzies, of Plean Castle, Bannockburn, Stirlingshire, pleaded "Not Guilty"
to an indictment charging him with uttering fabricated documents in connexion with a petition
presented by him to the Court of the Lyon King of Arms for the matriculation in his favour of
the arms of Menzies, baronet.
'The Menzies baronetcy has been in abeyance since the death of Sir Neil Menzies, and if the
arms claimed by Mr. David Menzies had been granted it would have been a step towards the
revival of the baronetcy in his favour. The Lyon King of Arms rejected the claim, and being
dissatisfied with certain documents sent them to the Crown Office.
'The Solicitor-General [for Scotland] (Mr. T.B. Morison, K.C.) appeared for the Crown; and Mr.
Macmillan, K.C., for the defence.
'Mr. Francis James Grant, Lyon Clerk, said that the accused presented his petition in person,
together with various documents. Some of these were backed with the words "Robert, son of
Captain James Menzies, of Comrie," and were dated 1754. The accused wanted to establish
that fact that by descent from Robert, son of Captain James, he was the heir to the title.
'Sir James Balfour Paul, Lyon King of Arms, said it was by his instructions that the papers were
sent to the Crown Office.
'Mr. Bruce, a solicitor, who acted for Mr. Menzies after the petition had been lodged, gave
evidence, and in cross-examination agreed that Mr. Menzies consulted experts as to the date 
of the handwriting on the documents before he put them in.
'Mr. William M. Smith, copperplate engraver, said that in his opinion the words on the back of a
bill dated 1719, "Robert, son of Captain James Menzies of Comrie," were a recent addition to 
the document. They were obviously written with a steel pen, and steel pens did not come into 
existence until after 1810. Further, the ink of the added portion was of a different colour and
quality from that of the original writing. Shown a number of documents, the witness gave it as
his opinion that words had been added by another and later hand. Cross-examined, the witness 
said the additions to the writings were all of equal date and by the same hand. He could not 
understand why a genealogy should be added to a business document.
'After further evidence had been heard, the Court adjourned.'
I have been unable to discover the outcome of Menzies's trial. However, it is apparent that
another claimant to the baronetcy later emerged, since the following notice appeared in the
London Gazette on 30 October 1930:- "Notice is hereby given that the name of Thomas
Chalmers Menzies, styling himself a baronet, is not entered on the official roll of the
baronetage, and that no claim on his part to the rank, title and dignity of baronet has been
Thomas Chalmers Menzies had married in 1930 Mary Ann Bonar [or Bonnar or Bonner], a widow. 
For the remainder of her life she styled herself Lady Menzies, in the belief that her husband was 
entitled to the baronetcy. She, together with her daughter from her first marriage, met a grisly 
end in February 1954 when both were murdered in a house in Ealing, which they conducted as a 
"Home for Elderly Gentlefolk." "Lady" Menzies had been strangled with a ligature, and her 
daughter, Isobel Chesney, had been drowned in a bath. At the subsequent inquest, the jury 
found that both women had been murdered by Ronald John Chesney, Isobel Chesney's husband. 
However, Ronald Chesney was never brought to justice - his body was found at Cologne in 
Germany five days after the discovery of the bodies of the two women. At his side was a Colt 
pistol with which he shot himself. Ronald John Chesney was no stranger to murder: under his 
real name of John Donald Merrett he had murdered his mother in Edinburgh in 1926. At his trial 
in February 1927, the verdict was the peculiarly Scottish outcome of "Not Proven." For further 
information on Merrett/Chesney, I recommend "Murder Not Proven" by Jack House [Richard Drew 
Publishing, Glasgow 1984] or cut and paste the following page into your browser.....
The Meredyth baronetcy created in 1660
Grave doubts exist as to whether this baronetcy survived beyond the death of the original
grantee in 1665. After his death the baronetcy was not assumed until 1789 or after. The
baronetcy is omitted in the Catalogue of Baronets of Ireland in 1688, nor was it apparently
recognised by the Ulster King of Arms. It is now generally agreed that the baronetcy, if it was
still extant, became extinct on the death of the 10th baronet in October 1904.
The following article appeared in the Hobart 'Mercury' of 18 November 1904:-
'That fact is sometimes stranger than fiction was exemplified yesterday, when an old identity
of Hobart, who has been earning his livelihood in our midst for over 50 years as a storeman, 
deck hand, policeman, shoemaker, and cab-driver, suddenly - or rather not suddenly, since he 
had been expecting it for half a lifetime - found himself the holder of a baronetcy, which dates
from the time of Charles II, the owner of an estate in Ireland, worth several hundreds a year,
and the bearer of a title which gives him the privilege for the rest of his life of being addressed
as "Sir." Having gleaned so much a representative of "The Mercury" started off to see the new
baronet, and to get a glimpse of romance as it was being made. After hunting half over Sandy
Bay [a suburb of Hobart], where the ex-cab proprietor - Mr. (now Sir) George Augustus Jervis
Meredyth - lived for many years, "The Mercury" representative found a married daughter of the
old gentleman, Mrs. Nightingale, living in a cosy little cottage, gay with arum lilies, in a retired
street at Sandy Bay. The good woman had not heard of the demise of the old baronet at
Windsor, for whose death they had been on the lookout for many years past, and she could
hardly realise that it was true. Her father, she said, used to live in a little cottage in King-
street, close by, which he had left since his wife died a year ago, and it was now let as a 
grocer's shop.  "That is his eldest son," said Mrs. Nightingale, pointing to a portrait on the wall.
"He is the heir to the baronetcy now." Charles George, the son - who, by the way, is no longer
a young man himself having been born in 1856 - was a guard on the railway for 20 years, she
said, and is still connected with it in some way or other. He, it seems, is married, and has a 
son and heir. "Perhaps you might like to look at that," said the daughter, pushing forward an 
extract from "Dodd's [sic] Peerage," containing a full account of the just deceased baronet -
Sir Edward Henry John Meredyth. The account was rather a long one, and wound up as 
follows:- "Heir presumptive, his cousin, George Augustus Jervis, son of Major Charles Burton
Meredyth, by his second wife, Maria, daughter of Henry Jervis; born 1831, married 1854 Helen
Lampton." [The entry in the 1899 edition of 'Dod's' actually reads 'nephew' and not 'cousin']
"Yes, that was my mother's maiden name," said Mrs. Nightingale. "She married my father over
50 years ago at St. George's Church, Battery Point, made him a good wife, and died last year,
leaving the son and another married daughter besides myself, a Mrs. Jones, living at Pyrmont, 
Sydney. About four years ago Sir Edward's people tried to disinherit my father, and pretended
he was illegitimate. Sir Edward pretended he could not find my grandmother's marriage lines,
whereupon my father sold up his business as cab proprietor and went to England, interviewed
Sir Edward and his wife at Windsor, where they lived, and proved his legitimacy by producing
his mother's marriage certificate, which he obtained from the church where she was married.
When Sir Edward looked at my father, whom he had not seen for very many years, he shook 
hands with him and said. "There is no doubt about it. You are the man. I have been wrong." 
Sir Edward recognised my father as being a relative from his family likeness."
'Having obtained the above preliminary information, together with the statement from Messrs.
Dobson, Mitchell and Allport, the solicitors, that they had written many letters during the past
ten years for "Mr. Meredyth" to enquire after the health of the deceased baronet, "The 
Mercury" representative hied him to a draper's shop opposite Adams's Brewery, where he was
informed the new baronet might be found. "Yes," said the cabman, "it is quite true. I have been
waiting for this event for fifty years." Our representative stared. Fifty years is a tremendous
time to wait for a dead man's shoes!  It was a little, waxen-faced hard-of-hearing old man who
spoke, 74 years of age, tough and wiry, and who looked as if he had had a very hard struggle
to keep himself going while waiting to step into the deceased baronet's place. Sir George 
pointed to the following letter, received yesterday from the editor of the "Peerage and 
Baronetage," which explains the position of affairs in a nutshell - "Dear Sir, I write, according
to promise, to inform you of the death of Sir Edward Meredyth, Bt., which took place this 
morning at Windsor Castle. Doubtless before this letter reaches you you will have seen the
announcement of his death in the newspapers (As a matter of fact, he had not, this being the
first intimation the new baronet received of his cousin's demise.) By the death of your cousin
you succeed to the baronetcy, and I will, of course, make the necessary changes in the 
account in the 'Peerage and Baronetage,' placing your name as the eleventh baronet at the
head of the article."
'The letter was dated October 8, and was addressed - the first letter he has received of the 
kind -"Sir George Augustus Jervis Meredyth, etc, Baronet."
'The editor of "Debrett's Peerage" wrote a similar letter dated October 10, informing Sir George
of the further fact that the death of the baronet, which took place on October 8, at Lower 
Ward, Windsor Castle, was noticed in "The Times" of October 10 [although I couldn't find any
sign of such a notice on that date].
'The new baronet proved very chatty and communicative. He was born in Bow-street, London,
he said, in 1831, and was christened in Old Stepney Church. (He produced his certificate of
baptism to Sir Edward, when the latter pretended he was illegitimate, as well as his mother's
marriage certificate from the church at St. Mary's, Old Lambeth, on the occasion already
referred to by Mrs. Nightingale.) Sir George had interesting recollections of his father, who had
been in eight general naval engagements, including the battles of Copenhagen and Trafalgar,
and was in the next vessel to Nelson when he fell. He was wounded three times, and was 
finally pensioned off. The new baronet was very satirical when referring to the old one. "He had
the devil's own luck," said Sir George, referring to Sir Edward, "He bought a commission in the
87th Royal Irish Fusiliers for £50 when he was a young man, was absent on a year's leave 
during the Indian Mutiny, when all his brother officers were carved into mincemeat; was 
promoted rapidly without seeing an hour's service, and eventually sold his commission for
£2,000." The new baronet then gave some interesting details of his past life - how he had 
come to Hobart in 1850, and again in 1852, served here as a storeman for 18 years, as a 
policeman for 14, as a deck hand, stoker at £12 a month, shoemaker, which was his proper 
trade, cab proprietor, and half a dozen other occupations besides, either in Hobart or close 
by. "Three unsuccessful attempts have been made to disinherit me," said Sir George. "First 
they put the case in the four courts of Dublin, and I beat them there, my lawyer succeeding in 
winning the case. Then Lady Mary tried to substitute an heir, so as to do me out of the
property; but I put a detective on the track, who interviewed the lady's mother, and the
youngster died to suit the purpose." Exactly what he meant by this the old gentleman did not
explain, except that the death of trumped-up heir - if he ever lived - suited him to a T. The
third attempt to disinherit him, and its unsuccessful issue, had already been related.
'Having extracted the above information, the representative of "The Mercury" took his 
departure, congratulating the old gentleman on the attainment of his ambition after such a 
long and weary wait.'
The publication of the above article provoked an immediate response from a knowledgeable 
reader of the newspaper, since, on the very next day, the following letter appeared:-
'To the Editor of "The Mercury" - Sir, The transformation of a cabman into a baronet is
another and remarkable instance of the "vicissitudes of families," of which the history of
hereditary titles affords numerous examples.
'There is apparently no doubt whatever that Mr. George Augustus Jervis Meredyth is the
rightful heir-male of the lately deceased "Sir" Edward Meredyth, "Baronet" : but, before
formally establishing that heirship, it may be worth his while to ascertain whether the
baronetcy which he is said to inherit really exists at all - that is, whether there is any
baronetcy for him to inherit.
'The genuineness and legality of several "doubtful" baronetcies have been recently the subject
of searching official investigation, and as it was stated in an article reproduced in your
columns recently from a London paper that no less than 65 so-called baronets are today using
a title to which they have no right, the necessity for such investigation is manifest. The 
inquiries into the Meredyth baronetcy have produced evidence that casts grave doubts on its
genuineness. The history of the title has been published in a recent work of the highest 
authority [presumably Cokayne's "Complete Baronetage"] and can be briefly summarised as
follows -.
'On the 20th of November, 1660, William Meredyth, of Greenhills, Co. Kilkenny, was created a 
baronet of Ireland, with remainder to the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten. He died in 
February, 1665. In his will, dated June 2, 1664, and proved April 11, 1665, he makes no 
mention of any children. No successor to the title appeared, and nothing further was heard of 
it for 125 years, when (in 1789) a Mr. Barry Colless Meredyth assumed it, proving his descent 
from a Richard Meredyth, whom he alleged was a son of the Sir William who was created a
baronet, as above stated. But this alleged man, Richard, never called himself, or was known as 
a baronet; nor his son Robert, nor his son Richard, nor the heirs of the last Richard. And not 
only did these alleged male descendants ignore for 125 years the title to which, if legitimate, 
they would have been entitled, but there is evidence to show that Sir William's brother, 
Charles, was his heir in 1666, when is so described by the commissioners of the Act of 
Settlement. The inference, of course, is that Sir William had no male issue, and that 
consequently the title became extinct at his death in 1665. It certainly does not appear in the 
official list of baronets in 1688 in the office of the Ulster King of Arms. It was thus non-existing
23 years after the grantee's decease.
'The Council of the Baronetage in dealing with the doubtful baronetcies, do not desire to
compel the 65 wearers  of them to abandon in their lifetime a title that, in ignorance or 
otherwise, they have been using, but in the case of any new assumption by reason of the 
death of the person so using it, the usual proofs of legitimate male descent and heirship from
the original grantee will have to be submitted to the proper authorities, and duly substantiated. 
I need hardly say Debrett, or any other editor, is not a constituted authority.-Yours, etc.,-X'
In the light of the comment in the paragraph above, it seems fairly safe to assume that George
Meredyth was unable to furnish the necessary proofs to the Council of the Baronetage, and, 
as a result, was not permitted to assume the title and dignity of a baronet.
Sir Henry Meux, 2nd baronet  [UK 1831]
Sir Henry Meux (pronounced "Mews") was found to be insane following an inquiry into his state of 
mind in 1858, as reported in the London "Daily News" of 9 June 1858:-
  'A commission of lunacy was opened yesterday at the Thatched House Tavern, St.James's-street,
before Mr. Commissioner Barlow, to inquire into the state of mind of Sir Henry Meux, Bart., M.P.,
of Theobald's Park, Hertfordshire, and Belgrave-square. The proceedings excited much interest, 
and a number of gentlemen, relatives and friends of Sir Henry were present.
'A jury of merchants having been empanelled, the Commissioner briefly explained the character of
the inquiry.
'Mr. Chambers stated the case for the petitioners [Lord and Lady Malden and Mrs. Arabin]. The
main and important question which they should have to consider was not the present condition
of Sir Henry Meux, for of that there could not be the slightest doubt, but the time his mind was
first affected and he became imbecile and unable to manage his own affairs.
'Sir Henry was the eldest and only son of the late Sir Henry Meux, the very wealthy brewer. He
was first placed at Eton, and then went to Christ Church, at Oxford, and on the death of his
father, in 1841, he came into possession of a very large fortune - he became the owner of an
extensive estate in Hertfordshire, and had a very large share in the brewery. He did not take any 
particular active part in the duties of the business, but he attended and inspected the quarterly
'Sir Henry had three sisters, who necessarily were much interested in this inquiry. The oldest
married Mr. Arabin, the second Lord Malden, and third to Sir Edward Bowyer Smyth. In 1855, Sir
Henry became much attached to the daughter of Lord Ernest Bruce, and at the close of that year,
he was married to that lady at Paris, and it would be elicited in evidence by one of the domestics
that, about the time of his marriage, or just after, he noticed a peculiar change in the manner
and walk of Sir Henry. He thought it wise to mention this circumstance to the medical gentleman
who had been in the habit of attending Sir Henry, and on his return in 1856, it would be shown
that a very serious disease of the brain had set in and had made considerable progress.
'Matters went on, and at the end of the year he went down to Hertfordshire, and exchanged 
visits with General Hall. He was rather of sporting habits; he went out shooting and it was
observed by General Hall and another gentleman who was with him, that there was an alteration
in his manner, he shot in what they thought rather a reckless manner, and there were other
circumstances which induced them to come to the opinion that a great change had taken place 
in him. Indeed, so much struck were they with his manner, that they communicated with his
medical adviser, and in December, 1856, a consultation took place with Dr. Williams, Dr. Watson, 
Dr. Ferguson, and Mr. Adams upon the real state of his mind. 
'The result of that consultation would be stated in evidence. It was very desirous that Sir Henry
should be kept quiet, and properly treated; he, however, sent a letter saying that he was quite
well, and that he did not wish to see them again. He then came under the notice of Mr. Skey,
and it was thought a somewhat different treatment might have a beneficial effect upon him. He
went to Theobald's Park [Sir Henry's country seat] in January; there were a series of entertain-
ments and shooting parties got up. This, however, instead of checking the progress of the 
disease, seriously added to it.
'Then came an event in March which had great effect upon the state of his mind. As the jury
would know there was a dissolution of Parliament in 1857. Sir Henry was one of the members who
represented the county of Hertford, and upon the approach of the general election it became a
matter of consideration to avoid a contest, and the reform and conservative party proposed an
arrangement that one reform member should be returned. A committee was appointed to arrange
which member should retire, Sir Henry agreeing with the other members to the proposal. The
committee names Sir Henry as the member who should retire. He refused to acquiesce. He had
canvassed the electors, and was much excited. There was no contest, however. Sir Henry was
returned, one of the other members retiring, but it was evident that the excitement he had gone
through consequent upon the election had seriously added to his malady.
'Towards the latter end of April, or the beginning of May, he manifested more decided symptoms
of insanity, and they would find one incident detailed to them which would clearly show that he
was not conscious of what he was doing, and had no judgment of what was passing. There was a
butler in his service. Sir Henry rang the bell violently, and pointing to a painting in the dining-room,
told the domestic to take some crumbs off the picture, which had been left by birds. There were
no crumbs, nor had there been any birds, and the man endeavoured to explain that there were
none. Sir Henry, however, got into a violent rage, and insisted on the man wiping off the crumbs,
or he would discharge him; and the domestic had to go through the form of removing the crumbs,
in order to pacify his master. A day or so afterwards he again rang the bell, and complained of
all the doors in the house being open. There were no doors open; but he said he would dismiss 
the man if he did not shut them, and the servant had again to go through the form of closing 
In August, he was taken to a review of the Yeomanry Cavalry, being a captain of a troop. He
was taken in his carriage and lifted on his horse. He however was quite unconscious of what was
passing, he did not give any order of command, and everything that devolved upon him as part
of his duty was obliged to be performed by somebody else. Sir Henry was lifted off his horse into
his carriage, and on leaving remarked to Lord Verulam, without any previous conversation, "I am
obliged to go to town."
'On the 12th of August he proceeded to the Highlands. He was out shooting, and laboured under 
the delusion that he had shot all the birds and killed one hundred stags during the day. On his
return from Scotland in December, Sir B[enjamin] Brodie and other medical gentlemen held a
consultation as to his state of mind, and the result would be given to them [the jury]. Last May
some medical gentlemen saw him, and while they were with him he was quite childish, and
endeavoured to cut his corn with a paper-knife, and he did other acts confirming his insanity.
After they had heard all the facts, he believed they would be satisfied that there was a breaking
down of the mind of the unfortunate gentleman before the general election, that there was a
gradual increase of the disease, and that he was incapable of managing his own affairs.
'General Hall, M.P. for Buckingham, was then examined, and gave evidence of the peculiar conduct
of Sir Henry Meux on his shooting excursions, as stated in the learned counsel's address. Sir Henry
shot very wild; and, in fact, had injured several persons. He also remembered seeing Sir Henry
previous to the last Hertfordshire election. He was then in a very excited state in consequence of
a committee. Lord Charles Clinton also spoke of the strange demeanour of Sir Henry.'
When the Commission of Lunacy met again later in the month, its proceedings were described by
the "Cheshire Observer and General Advertiser" on 26 June 1858:-
'It appears that, on the death of his father, in 1841, Sir Henry became possessed of great wealth
and a large capital embarked in the brewery. He had three sisters, Lady Malden, Mrs. Arabin,
and Lady Bowyer Smijth. In 1855 he married a daughter of Lord Ernest Bruce, a girl of nineteen,
and soon after this, the petitioners allege, his manner became noticeably altered and it was found
that disease of the brain attended by slow paralysis, had set in.
'Sir Henry was fond of sporting, went to the seat of a friend in Cambridgeshire, for the sake of
shooting. There, as well as subsequently at his own seat at Theobald's Park, Hertfordshire, it was
observed that he shot in a strange and random way - so much so, indeed, that he wounded five 
or six persons with whom he went out, though he appeared to be quite unconscious of doing so. 
At the general election, last year, Sir Henry, who had represented Hertfordshire for ten years,
was greatly excited; became subject to delusions; and subsequently sunk into a state of utter 
[Then follows an analysis of Sir Henry's will and the various legacies and bequests made to his 
sisters and widow. Initially half of his estate would go to his widow, and the remaining half would
be shared by his three sisters. After the birth of his son, however, he made a codicil to the will,
which had the effect of leaving all his property to his son or sons, failing which to his daughters,
if any. If there were no children, all his property was left to his widow. This had the effect of 
cutting out his three sisters from any share of his estate, with the result that they petitioned
to have Sir Henry declared insane, thus making the codicil inoperative.]
'Evidence was called on both sides, the witnesses generally agreeing that Sir Henry's intellect
was much impaired in August [1857], when he went to Scotland , though their testimony as to
his insanity in July was very conflicting. Many of the witnesses were physicians, who differed
much as physicians generally differ, as to the nature of Sir Henry's malady; though the general
inference is, that it was brought on by the pleasures of the table. 
'The commission assembled on Thursday at the Thatched-house Tavern. The jury could not agree
as to the period when Sir Henry's insanity commenced. Ultimately the commissioners took their
verdict, to the effect that they were unanimous about the present insanity of Sir Henry Meux,
but that they were unable to fix the date when such insanity began. The question, therefore,
remains now exactly where it was before the inquiry began. In other words, while the jury were
agreed as to the unfortunate gentleman's insanity at the present time, they were not able to
say whether he was in a sound state of mind when he wrote the codicil to his will, by which the
whole of his vast fortune, at his death, come into the possession of his wife and child.'
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