Last updated 01/06/2020
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
PAGE of Greenwich,Kent
3 Dec 1714 GB 1 Gregory Page c 1669 25 May 1720
MP for New Shoreham 1708-1713 and
25 May 1720 2 Gregory Page c 1695 4 Aug 1775
to Extinct on his death
4 Aug 1775
PAGE-TURNER of Ambroseden,Oxon
24 Aug 1733 GB 1 Edward Turner 6 Oct 1691 15 Jul 1735 43
15 Jul 1735 2 Edward Turner 18 Apr 1719 31 Oct 1766 47
MP for Great Bedwyn 1741-1747,
Oxfordshire 1754-1761 and Penrhyn
31 Oct 1766 3 Gregory Turner (Page-Turner from 15 Nov 1775) 16 Feb 1748 4 Jan 1805 56
MP for Thirsk 1784-1805
4 Jan 1805 4 Gregory Osborne Page-Turner 28 Sep 1785 6 Mar 1843 57
6 Mar 1843 5 Edward George Thomas Page-Turner 12 Sep 1789 10 Oct 1846 57
10 Oct 1846 6 Edward Henry Page-Turner 3 Oct 1823 24 Mar 1874 50
24 Mar 1874 7 Henry Edward Leigh Dryden 17 Aug 1818 24 Jul 1899 80
He had previously succeeded to the
baronetcy of Dryden (cr 1795 - qv) in
1837. The two baronetcies then merged
PAGE-WOOD of Hatherley House,Gloucs
16 Dec 1837 UK 1 Matthew Wood 2 Jun 1768 25 Sep 1843 75
MP for London 1817-1843
25 Sep 1843 2 John Page Wood 25 Aug 1796 21 Feb 1866 69
21 Feb 1866 3 Francis Wood 20 Feb 1834 21 Apr 1868 34
21 Apr 1868 4 Matthew Wood 21 Sep 1857 13 Jul 1908 50
13 Jul 1908 5 John Page-Wood 14 Apr 1860 20 Oct 1912 52
20 Oct 1912 6 John Stuart Page-Wood 28 Jan 1898 2 Apr 1955 57
2 Apr 1955 7 David John Hatherley Page-Wood 6 Oct 1921 28 Nov 1955 34
28 Nov 1955 8 Anthony John Page-Wood 6 Feb 1951
PAGET of Plas Newydd,Anglesey
4 Jul 1730 I See "Bayly"
PAGET of Harewood Place,Middlesex
19 Aug 1871 UK 1 James Paget 11 Jan 1814 30 Dec 1899 85
30 Dec 1899 2 John Rahere Paget 9 Mar 1848 20 Aug 1938 90
20 Aug 1938 3 James Francis Paget 25 Sep 1890 5 Jun 1972 81
5 Jun 1972 4 Julian Tolver Paget 11 Jul 1921 25 Sep 2016 95
25 Sep 2016 5 Henry James Paget 2 Feb 1959
PAGET of Cranmore Hall,Somerset
6 Mar 1886 UK 1 Richard Horner Paget 14 Mar 1832 3 Feb 1908 75
MP for Somerset East 1865-1868, Somerset
Mid 1868-1885 and Wells 1885-1895. PC 1895
3 Feb 1908 2 Richard Arthur Surtees Paget 13 Jan 1869 23 Oct 1955 86
For further information on this baronet's wife and
daughter, see the note at the foot of this page.
23 Oct 1955 3 John Starr Paget 24 Nov 1914 7 Feb 1992 77
7 Feb 1992 4 Richard Herbert Paget 17 Feb 1957
PAGET of Sutton Bonington,Leics
25 Sep 1897 UK 1 George Ernest Paget 10 Nov 1841 30 Dec 1923 82
30 Dec 1923 2 Cecil Walter Paget 19 Oct 1874 9 Dec 1936 62
to Extinct on his death
9 Dec 1936
PAKINGTON of Ailesbury,Bucks
22 Jun 1620 E 1 John Pakington c 1600 29 Oct 1624
MP for Aylesbury 1624
Oct 1624 2 John Pakington c 1621 3 Jan 1680
MP for Worcestershire 1640 and 1661-1679
and Aylesbury 1640-1642
Jan 1680 3 John Pakington c 1649 28 Mar 1688
MP for Worcestershire 1685-1689
Mar 1688 4 John Pakington 16 Mar 1671 13 Aug 1727 56
MP for Worcestershire 1690-1695 and
13 Aug 1727 5 Herbert Perrot Pakington c 1701 24 Sep 1748
MP for Worcestershire 1727-1741
24 Sep 1748 6 John Pakington c 1722 30 Nov 1762
30 Nov 1762 7 Herbert Perrot Pakington 2 May 1795
2 May 1795 8 John Pakington 1760 6 Jan 1830 69
to Extinct on his death
6 Jan 1830
PAKINGTON of Westwood Park,Worcs
13 Jul 1846 UK 1 John Somerset Pakington 20 Feb 1799 9 Apr 1880 81
He was subsequently created Baron Hampton
(qv) in 1874 with which title the
baronetcy remains merged.
PALGRAVE of Norwood Barningham,Norfolk
24 Jun 1641 E 1 John Palgrave 26 Jun 1605 26 Apr 1672 66
MP for Norfolk 1647-1648
Apr 1672 2 Augustine Palgrave 1 Dec 1629 13 Mar 1711 81
13 Mar 1711 3 Richard Palgrave 6 Oct 1688 3 Nov 1732 44
to Extinct on his death
Nov 1732
PALK of Haldon House,Devon
19 Jun 1782 GB 1 Robert Palk 16 Dec 1717 29 Apr 1798 80
MP for Ashburton 1767-1768 and 1774-1787
and Wareham 1768-1774. Governor of
Madras 1763-1767
29 Apr 1798 2 Lawrence Palk c 1766 20 Jun 1813
MP for Ashburton 1787-1796 and Devon
20 Jun 1813 3 Lawrence Vaughan Palk 24 Apr 1793 16 May 1860 67
MP for Ashburton 1818-1831
16 May 1860 4 Lawrence Palk,later [1880] 1st Baron Haldon 5 Jan 1818 22 Mar 1883 65
22 Mar 1883 5 Lawrence Hesketh Palk,2nd Baron Haldon 6 Sep 1846 31 Dec 1903 57
31 Dec 1903 6 Lawrence William Palk,3rd Baron Haldon 13 Jul 1869 12 Jan 1933 63
12 Jan 1933 7 Lawrence Edward Broomfield Palk,4th
Baron Haldon 13 May 1896 16 Aug 1938 42
16 Aug 1938 8 Edward Arthur Palk,5th Baron Haldon 1854 11 Jan 1939 84
11 Jan 1939 9 Wilmot Lawrence Launcelot Palk 28 Aug 1876 27 Oct 1945 69
to Extinct on his death
27 Oct 1945
PALLISER of The Vache,Bucks
6 Aug 1773 GB 1 Hugh Palliser 26 Feb 1723 19 Mar 1796 73
MP for Scarborough 1774-1779 and
Huntingdon 1780-1784
19 Mar 1796 2 Hugh Palliser Walters Palliser 27 Oct 1768 17 Nov 1813 45
17 Nov 1813 3 Hugh Palliser 8 Mar 1796 3 Aug 1868 72
to Extinct on his death
3 Aug 1868
PALMER of Wingham,Kent
29 Jun 1621 E 1 Thomas Palmer 1540 7 Jan 1625 84
7 Jan 1625 2 Thomas Palmer 20 Apr 1656
Apr 1656 3 Henry Palmer 19 Sep 1706
19 Sep 1706 4 Thomas Palmer 5 Jul 1682 8 Nov 1723 41
MP for Kent 1708-1710 and Rochester
8 Nov 1723 5 Charles Palmer 8 Nov 1773
8 Nov 1773 6 Charles Harcourt Palmer 1760 19 Feb 1838 77
to Extinct on his death
19 Feb 1838
PALMER of Carlton,Northants
7 Jun 1660 E 1 Geoffrey Palmer 1598 5 May 1670 71
MP for Stamford 1640-1642
5 May 1670 2 Lewis Palmer 21 Sep 1630 10 Apr 1713 82
MP for Higham Ferrers 1661-1679 and 1685-1689
Apr 1713 3 Geoffrey Palmer 12 Jun 1655 29 Dec 1732 77
MP for Leicestershire 1708-1713 and
29 Dec 1732 4 Thomas Palmer 14 Jun 1765
MP for Leicestershire 1754-1765
14 Jun 1765 5 John Palmer 20 Feb 1735 11 Feb 1817 81
MP for Leicestershire 1765-1780
11 Feb 1817 6 Thomas Palmer c 1795 16 Apr 1817
16 Apr 1817 7 John Henry Palmer 11 Apr 1775 26 Aug 1865 90
26 Aug 1865 8 Geoffrey Palmer 9 Jun 1809 10 Feb 1892 82
10 Feb 1892 9 Lewis Henry Palmer 16 Aug 1818 28 Apr 1909 90
28 Apr 1909 10 Edward Geoffrey Broadley Palmer 14 Jun 1864 15 May 1925 60
For information on the death of this baronet,
see the note at the foot of this page
15 May 1925 11 Geoffrey Frederick Neill Palmer 20 Sep 1893 22 Nov 1951 58
22 Nov 1951 12 Geoffrey Christopher John Palmer 30 Jun 1936
PALMER of Castle Lackin,Mayo
29 May 1777 I 1 Roger Palmer 1729 Jan 1790 60
Jan 1790 2 John Roger Palmer 6 Feb 1819
6 Feb 1819 3 William Henry Palmer 29 May 1840
29 May 1840 4 William Henry Roger Palmer 29 Nov 1802 23 Aug 1869 66
23 Aug 1869 5 Roger William Henry Palmer 22 May 1832 30 May 1910 78
to MP for co.Mayo 1857-1865
30 May 1910 Extinct on his death
PALMER of Wanlip Hall,Leics
28 Jul 1791 GB 1 Charles Grave Hudson 3 Apr 1730 24 Oct 1813 83
24 Oct 1813 2 Charles Thomas Palmer 20 May 1771 30 Apr 1827 65
30 Apr 1827 3 George Joseph Palmer 20 Dec 1811 22 Feb 1866 54
22 Feb 1866 4 Archdale Robert Palmer 1 Nov 1838 26 Jul 1905 66
26 Jul 1905 5 George Hudson Palmer 9 Aug 1841 22 Oct 1919 78
22 Oct 1919 6 Frederick Archdale Palmer 25 Aug 1857 17 Nov 1933 76
17 Nov 1933 7 John Archdale Palmer 10 Nov 1894 24 Jun 1963 68
24 Jun 1963 8 John Edward Somerset Palmer 27 Oct 1926 7 June 2019 92
7 Jun 2019 9 Robert John Hudson Palmer 1960
PALMER of Grinkle Park,Yorks
and Newcastle upon Tyne
31 Jul 1886 UK 1 Charles Mark Palmer 3 Nov 1822 3 Jun 1907 84
MP for Durham North 1874-1885 and Jarrow
3 Jun 1907 2 George Robson Palmer 5 Jan 1849 24 Aug 1910 61
24 Aug 1910 3 Alfred Molyneux Palmer 3 Jun 1853 9 Aug 1935 82
9 Aug 1935 4 Anthony Frederick Mark Palmer 29 Aug 1914 13 May 1941 26
21 Nov 1941 5 Charles Mark Palmer 21 Nov 1941
PALMER of Reading,Berks
25 Aug 1904 UK 1 Walter Palmer 4 Feb 1858 16 Apr 1910 52
to MP for Salisbury 1900-1906
16 Apr 1910 Extinct on his death
PALMER of Grosvenor Crescent,Westminster
26 Jan 1916 UK 1 Samuel Ernest Palmer 28 Mar 1858 8 Dec 1948 90
He was subsequently created Baron Palmer
(qv) in 1933 with which title the
baronetcy remains merged
9 Dec 1818 UK See "Acland"
PARKER of Arwaton,Suffolk
16 Jul 1661 E 1 Philip Parker c 1625 Mar 1690
MP for Harwich 1679-1681 and Sandwich
Mar 1690 2 Philip Parker c 1650 c 1698
c 1698 3 Philip Parker (Parker-a-Morley-Long from 1729) 23 Mar 1682 20 Jan 1741 58
to MP for Harwich 1715-1734
20 Jan 1741 Extinct on his death
PARKER of Ratton,Sussex
22 May 1674 E 1 Robert Parker c 1655 30 Nov 1691
MP for Hastings 1679-1681
30 Nov 1691 2 George Parker c 1673 14 May 1727
MP for Sussex 1705-1708 and 1710-1713
14 May 1727 3 Walter Parker c 1700 19 Apr 1750
to Extinct on his death
19 Apr 1750
PARKER of Melford Hall,Suffolk
1 Jul 1681 E 1 Hugh Parker c 1607 5 Mar 1697
5 Mar 1697 2 Henry Parker 25 Jul 1638 25 Oct 1713 75
MP for Evesham 1679-1681,1685-1690 and
1695-1700 and Aylesbury 1704-1705
25 Oct 1713 3 Henry John Parker c 1704 7 Oct 1771
7 Oct 1771 4 Henry Parker c 1713 10 Jul 1782
10 Jul 1782 5 Hyde Parker 1 Feb 1714 c Jan 1783
Parker was a naval officer, reaching the rank of
Vice Admiral of the Blue. His ship sailed from Rio
de Janiero on 12 Dec 1782 and was never heard
from again
c Jan 1783 6 Harry Parker c 1735 15 Jan 1812
15 Jan 1812 7 William Parker c 1770 21 Apr 1830
21 Apr 1830 8 Hyde Parker 1785 21 Mar 1856 70
MP for Suffolk West 1832-1835
21 Mar 1856 9 William Parker 2 Sep 1826 24 May 1891 64
24 May 1891 10 William Hyde Parker 8 Apr 1863 16 Feb 1931 67
16 Feb 1931 11 William Stephen Hyde Parker 23 Jan 1892 29 Jul 1951 59
29 Jul 1951 12 Richard William Hyde Parker 5 Apr 1937
PARKER of Bassingbourn,Essex
13 Jan 1783 GB 1 Peter Parker 1721 21 Dec 1811 90
MP for Seaford 1784-1786 and Maldon
21 Dec 1811 2 Peter Parker 1785 30 Aug 1814 29
30 Aug 1814 3 Peter Parker 2 Nov 1809 17 Mar 1835 25
17 Mar 1835 4 John Edmund George Parker 18 Dec 1788 18 Nov 1835 46
18 Nov 1835 5 Charles Christopher Parker 16 Jun 1792 13 Mar 1869 76
to Extinct on his death
13 Mar 1869
PARKER of Harburn,Warwicks
24 Jul 1797 GB 1 William Parker 1 Jan 1743 31 Oct 1802 59
31 Oct 1802 2 William George Parker 19 Aug 1787 24 Mar 1848 60
24 Mar 1848 3 George Parker 1813 6 Jul 1857 44
6 Jul 1857 4 George Law Marshall Parker 25 Sep 1840 15 Mar 1866 25
15 Mar 1866 5 Henry Parker 16 Jun 1822 11 Oct 1877 55
11 Oct 1877 6 Melville Parker 14 Feb 1824 17 Nov 1903 79
to Extinct on his death
17 Nov 1903
PARKER of Shenstone Lodge,Staffs
18 Dec 1844 UK 1 William Parker 1 Dec 1781 13 Nov 1866 84
13 Nov 1866 2 William Biddulph Parker 14 Aug 1824 23 Jan 1902 77
23 Jan 1902 3 William Lorenzo Parker 9 Jan 1889 27 Oct 1971 82
Lord Lieutenant Brecknock 1959-1964
27 Oct 1971 4 William Alan Parker 20 Mar 1916 22 Nov 1990 74
22 Nov 1990 5 William Peter Brian Parker 30 Nov 1950
PARKER of Carlton House Terrace,London
21 Jun 1915 UK 1 Sir Horatio Gilbert George Parker 23 Nov 1862 6 Sep 1932 69
to MP for Gravesend 1900-1918. PC 1916
6 Sep 1932 Extinct on his death
PARKYNS of Bunney Park,Notts
18 May 1681 E 1 Thomas Parkyns 7 Jul 1639 25 Jul 1684 45
Jul 1684 2 Thomas Parkyns 10 Nov 1662 29 Mar 1741 78
For further information on this baronet,see
the note at the foot of this page
29 Mar 1741 3 Thomas Parkyns 8 Dec 1728 17 Mar 1806 77
17 Mar 1806 4 George Augustus Henry Anne Parkyns,
2nd Baron Rancliffe 10 Jun 1785 1 Nov 1850 65
1 Nov 1850 5 Thomas George Augustus Parkyns 26 Jun 1820 7 Mar 1895 74
7 Mar 1895 6 Thomas Mansfield Forbes Parkyns 30 Apr 1853 2 Feb 1926 72
to Extinct or dormant on his death
2 Feb 1926
PARNELL of Rathleague,Queen's Co.
3 Nov 1766 I 1 John Parnell 1717 14 Apr 1782 64
14 Apr 1782 2 John Parnell 25 Dec 1744 6 Dec 1801 56
MP for Queens County 1801
6 Dec 1801 3 John Augustus Parnell May 1775 30 Jul 1812 37
30 Jul 1812 4 Henry Brooke Parnell 3 Jul 1776 8 Jun 1842 65
He was subsequently created Baron
Congleton (qv) in 1841 with which title
the baronetcy remains merged
PARRY of Madryn Castle,Carnarvon
30 Aug 1886 UK See "Jones-Parry"
PARRY of Highnam Court,Gloucs
31 Jul 1902 UK 1 Charles Hubert Hastings Parry 27 Feb 1848 7 Oct 1918 70
to Extinct on his death
7 Oct 1918
PARSONS of Bellamont,Dublin
10 Nov 1620 I 1 William Parsons 2 Mar 1650
Mar 1650 2 William Parsons 31 Dec 1658
31 Dec 1658 3 Richard Parsons c 1657 30 Jan 1703
He was subsequently created Viscount
Rosse (qv) in 1681 with which title the
baronetcy then merged until its extinction
in 1764
PARSONS of Langley,Bucks
9 Apr 1661 E 1 William Parsons c 1636 c 1662
c 1662 2 John Parsons c 1656 17 Jan 1704
17 Jan 1704 3 William Parsons 2 May 1686 1760 74
For information on William Parsons,a younger son
of this baronet,see the note at the foot of this
1760 4 Mark Parsons c 1741 1812
to Extinct on his death
PARSONS of Birr Castle,King's Co.
15 Dec 1677 I 1 Laurence Parsons c 1637 1698
1698 2 William Parsons 8 Jun 1661 17 Mar 1741 79
17 Mar 1741 3 Laurence Parsons 1707 24 Oct 1756 49
24 Oct 1756 4 William Parsons 6 May 1732 1 May 1791 58
1 May 1791 5 Laurence Parsons 21 May 1758 24 Feb 1841 82
He subsequently succeeded to the Earldom
of Rosse (qv) in 1807 with which title
the baronetcy remains merged
PARSONS of Winton Lodge,Surrey
24 Jun 1918 UK 1 Sir Herbert James Francis Parsons 9 Sep 1870 2 Feb 1940 69
to Extinct on his death
2 Feb 1940
PASLEY of Craig,Dumfries
1 Sep 1794 GB 1 Thomas Pasley 2 Mar 1734 29 Nov 1808 74
29 Nov 1808 2 Thomas Sabine (Sabine-Pasley from 1809) 26 Dec 1804 13 Feb 1884 79
13 Feb 1884 3 Thomas Edward Sabine-Pasley 12 Nov 1863 7 Apr 1947 83
7 Apr 1947 4 Rodney Marshall Sabine Pasley 22 Feb 1899 25 Jul 1982 83
25 Jul 1982 5 John Malcolm Sabine Pasley 5 Apr 1926 4 Mar 2004 77
4 Mar 2004 6 Robert Killigrew Sabine Pasley 23 Oct 1965
PASTON of Oxmead,Norfolk
7 Jun 1641 E 1 William Paston c 1610 22 Feb 1663
22 Feb 1663 2 Robert Paston 29 May 1631 8 Mar 1683 51
He was subsequently created Viscount
Yarmouth (qv) in 1673 with which title the
baronetcy then merged until its extinction
in 1732
PASTON-BEDINGFELD of Oxborough,Norfolk
2 Jan 1661 E 1 Henry Bedingfeld 1614 24 Feb 1685 70
24 Feb 1685 2 Henry Bedingfeld 1636 14 Sep 1704 68
14 Sep 1704 3 Henry Arundell Bedingfeld c 1686 15 Jul 1760
15 Jul 1760 4 Richard Henry Bedingfeld 14 Sep 1720 27 Mar 1795 74
27 Mar 1795 5 Richard Bedingfeld 29 Aug 1767 22 Nov 1829 62
22 Nov 1829 6 Richard Henry Bedingfeld (Paston-Bedingfeld
from 11 Apr 1830) 10 May 1800 4 Feb 1862 61
4 Feb 1862 7 Henry George Paston-Bedingfeld 21 Jun 1830 18 Jan 1902 71
18 Jan 1902 8 Henry Edward Paston-Bedingfeld 29 Aug 1860 18 May 1941 80
18 May 1941 9 Edmund George Felix Paston-Bedingfeld 2 Jun 1915 24 May 2011 95
24 May 2011 10 Henry Edgar Paston-Bedingfeld 7 Dec 1943
PASTON-COOPER of Gadebridge,Herts
31 Aug 1821 UK See "Astley-Cooper"
PATE of Sysonby,Leics
28 Oct 1643 E 1 John Pate 5 Sep 1659
to Extinct on his death
Sep 1659
PATERSON of Bannockburn,Stirling
16 Mar 1686 NS 1 Hugh Paterson 21 Dec 1701
21 Dec 1701 2 Hugh Paterson c 1685 23 Mar 1777
to MP for Stirlingshire 1710-1715
1716 He was attainted and the baronetcy
PATERSON of Eccles,Berwick
9 Jul 1687 NS 1 William Paterson c 1630 29 Sep 1709
29 Sep 1709 2 John Paterson 11 Apr 1673 14 Dec 1759 86
14 Dec 1759 3 John Paterson c 1730 14 Jan 1782
to MP for Berwickshire 1779-1780
14 Jan 1782 On his death the baronetcy became dormant
PAUL of Rodborough,Gloucs
3 Sep 1762 GB 1 Onesiphorus Paul c 1705 21 Sep 1774
21 Sep 1774 2 George Onesiphorus Paul 9 Feb 1746 16 Dec 1820 74
to Extinct on his death
16 Dec 1820
PAUL of Paulville,Carlow
20 Jan 1794 I 1 Joshua Paul 15 Apr 1799
15 Apr 1799 2 Joshua Christmas Paul 4 Dec 1773 22 Aug 1842 68
22 Aug 1842 3 Robert Joshua Paul 2 Apr 1820 9 May 1898 78
9 May 1898 4 William Joshua Paul 20 Jun 1851 19 Apr 1912 60
19 Apr 1912 5 Robert Joshua Paul 6 Jun 1883 9 Jul 1955 72
9 Jul 1955 6 William Edmund Jeffrey Paul 23 Sep 1885 9 Oct 1961 76
to Extinct on his death
9 Oct 1961
PAUL of Rodborough,Gloucs
3 Sep 1821 UK 1 John Dean Paul Dec 1775 16 Jan 1852 76
16 Jan 1852 2 John Dean Paul 27 Oct 1802 7 Sep 1868 65
For further information on this baronet, see
the note at the foot of this page
7 Sep 1868 3 Aubrey John Dean Paul 19 Aug 1829 27 Jun 1890 60
27 Jun 1890 4 Edward John Dean Paul 6 May 1831 15 Nov 1895 64
15 Nov 1895 5 Aubrey Edward Henry Dean Paul 19 Oct 1869 16 Jan 1961 91
16 Jan 1961 6 Brian Kenneth Paul 18 May 1904 5 Aug 1972 68
to Extinct on his death
5 Aug 1972
PAULET of West Hill,Hants
18 Mar 1836 UK 1 Henry Charles Paulet 1 Aug 1814 11 Dec 1886 72
to Extinct on his death
11 Dec 1886
of Great Brickhill Manor,Bucks
25 May 1859 UK 1 Philip Duncombe Pauncefort-Duncombe 8 Jan 1818 13 Jun 1890 72
13 Jun 1890 2 Philip Henry Pauncefort-Duncombe 4 Jun 1849 26 Aug 1895 46
26 Aug 1895 3 Everard Philip Digby Pauncefort-Duncombe 6 Dec 1885 8 Dec 1971 86
8 Dec 1971 4 Philip Digby Pauncefort-Duncombe 18 May 1927 22 Dec 2011 84
22 Dec 2011 5 David Philip Henry Pauncefort-Duncombe 21 May 1956
PAXTON of Letham,Fife
2 Mar 1923 UK 1 Thomas Paxton 9 May 1860 15 Mar 1930 69
to Lord Lieutenant Glasgow 1920-1923
15 Mar 1930 Extinct on his death
PAYLOR of Thoralby,Yorks
28 Jun 1642 E 1 Edward Paylor c 1642
c 1642 2 Watkinson Paylor c 1634 30 Sep 1705
to MP for Malton 1679-1685
Sep 1705 Extinct on his death
PAYNE of St Christophers,West Indies
31 Oct 1737 GB 1 Charles Payne Dec 1738
Dec 1738 2 Gillies Payne 14 Dec 1720 31 Jan 1801 80
to Some references say that the baronetcy became
31 Jan 1801 extinct on his death. The title was, however,
assumed as follows:-
31 Jan 1801 [3] Peter Payne 17 Mar 1762 23 Jan 1843 80
MP for Bedfordshire 1831-1832
For further information on this claimant, see
the note at the foot of this page
23 Jan 1843 [4] Charles Gillies Payne 1793 21 Apr 1870 76
21 Apr 1870 [5] Salusbury Gillies Payne Apr 1829 10 Dec 1893 64
10 Dec 1893 [6] Charles Robert Salusbury Payne 15 Jan 1859 16 Oct 1942 83
to He appears to have discontinued the
c 1900 assumption of the title around 1900
PAYNE-GALLWEY of Hampton Hill,Middlesex
8 Dec 1812 UK 1 William Payne-Gallwey 1759 16 Apr 1831 71
16 Apr 1831 2 William Payne-Gallwey 1807 19 Dec 1881 74
MP for Thirsk 1851-1880
19 Dec 1881 3 Ralph William Payne-Gallwey 19 Aug 1848 24 Nov 1916 68
For further information on this baronet, see
the note at the foot of this page
24 Nov 1916 4 John Frankland Payne-Gallwey 23 Dec 1889 13 Feb 1955 65
13 Feb 1955 5 Reginald Frankland Payne-Gallwey 15 Apr 1889 12 Jan 1964 74
12 Jan 1964 6 Philip Frankland-Payne-Gallwey 15 Mar 1935 3 Feb 2008 72
to Extinct on his death
3 Feb 2008
PEACHEY of Petworth,Sussex
21 Mar 1736 GB 1 Henry Peachey c 1671 23 Aug 1737
MP for Sussex 1701-1702 and 1708-1710
and Midhurst 1736-1737
23 Aug 1737 2 John Peachey c 1680 9 Apr 1744
MP for Midhurst 1738-1744
9 Apr 1744 3 John Peachey c 1720 30 Jun 1765
MP for Midhurst 1744-1761
30 Jun 1765 4 James Peachey 8 Mar 1723 1 Feb 1808 84
He was subsequently created Baron Selsey
(qv) in 1794 with which title the
baronetcy then merged until its extinction
in 1838
PEACOCKE of Barntic,Clare
24 Dec 1802 UK 1 Joseph Peacocke 17 Jun 1812
17 Jun 1812 2 Nathaniel Levitt Peacocke 3 Oct 1769 1 Nov 1847 78
1 Nov 1847 3 Joseph Francis Peacocke 1 Jul 1805 29 Nov 1876 71
to Extinct on his death
29 Nov 1876
PEARCE of Cardell,Renfrew
21 Jul 1887 UK 1 William Pearce 8 Jan 1833 18 Dec 1888 55
MP for Govan 1885-1888
18 Dec 1888 2 William George Pearce 23 Jul 1861 2 Nov 1907 46
to MP for Plymouth 1892-1895
2 Nov 1907 Extinct on his death
PEARSON of Paddockhurst,Sussex
26 Jun 1894 UK 1 Weetman Dickinson Pearson 15 Jul 1856 1 May 1927 70
He was subsequently created Baron
Cowdray (qv) in 1910 with which title the
baronetcy remains merged
PEARSON of St Dunstans,London
12 Jul 1916 UK 1 Arthur Pearson 24 Feb 1866 9 Dec 1921 55
For further information on the death of this
baronet,see the note at the foot of this page
9 Dec 1921 2 Neville Arthur Pearson 13 Feb 1898 6 Nov 1982 84
to Extinct on his death
6 Nov 1982
PEARSON of Gressingham,Lancashire
30 Dec 1964 UK 1 Francis Fenwick Pearson 13 Jun 1911 17 Feb 1991 79
MP for Clitheroe 1959-1970
17 Feb 1991 2 Francis Nicholas Fraser Pearson 28 Aug 1943
PEASE of Hutton Lowcross and
18 May 1882 UK 1 Joseph Whitwell Pease 23 Jun 1828 26 Jun 1903 75
MP for Durham South 1868-1885 and
Barnard Castle 1885-1903
26 Jun 1903 2 Alfred Edward Pease 29 Jun 1857 27 Apr 1939 81
MP for York 1885-1892 and Cleveland
27 Apr 1939 3 Edward Pease 15 Dec 1880 14 Jan 1963 82
14 Jan 1963 4 Alfred Vincent Pease 2 Apr 1926 23 Sep 2008 82
23 Sep 2008 5 Joseph Gurney Pease 16 Nov 1927
PEASE of Hummersknott,Durham
25 Jun 1920 UK 1 Arthur Francis Pease 11 Mar 1866 23 Nov 1927 61
23 Nov 1927 2 Richard Arthur Pease 13 Nov 1890 13 Nov 1969 79
13 Nov 1969 3 Richard Thorn Pease 20 May 1922
PECHELL of Paglesham,Essex
1 Mar 1797 GB 1 Paul Pechell 12 Nov 1724 13 Jan 1800 75
13 Jan 1800 2 Thomas Pechell (Brooke-Pechell from 22 Nov 1800) 23 Jan 1753 18 Jun 1826 73
MP for Downton 1813-1818 and 1819-1826
18 Jun 1826 3 Samuel John Brooke-Pechell 1 Sep 1785 3 Nov 1849 64
MP for Helston 1830-1831 and Windsor
3 Nov 1849 4 George Richard Brooke-Pechell 30 Jun 1789 29 Jun 1860 70
MP for Brighton 1835-1860
29 Jun 1860 5 George Samuel Brooke-Pechell 10 Mar 1819 8 Jul 1897 78
8 Jul 1897 6 Samuel George Brooke-Pechell 16 Aug 1852 9 Feb 1904 51
9 Feb 1904 7 Augustus Alexander Brooke-Pechell 31 Jul 1857 6 Oct 1937 80
6 Oct 1937 8 Paul Pechell 10 Dec 1889 16 Feb 1972 82
16 Feb 1972 9 Ronald Horace Pechell 4 Jun 1918 29 Jan 1984 65
to Extinct on his death
29 Jan 1984
PEEK of Rousdon,Devon
13 May 1874 UK 1 Henry William Peek 26 Feb 1825 26 Aug 1898 73
MP for Surrey Mid 1868-1884
26 Aug 1898 2 Cuthbert Edgar Peek 30 Jan 1855 9 Jul 1901 46
9 Jul 1901 3 Wilfrid Peek 9 Oct 1884 12 Oct 1927 43
12 Oct 1927 4 Francis Henry Grenville Peek 16 Sep 1915 19 Jun 1996 80
19 Jun 1996 5 William Grenville Peek 15 Dec 1919 14 Sep 2004 84
14 Sep 2004 6 Richard Grenville Peek 3 Feb 1955
PEEL of Drayton Manor,Staffs
29 Nov 1800 GB 1 Robert Peel 25 Apr 1750 3 May 1830 80
3 May 1830 2 Robert Peel 5 Feb 1788 2 Jul 1850 62
MP for Cashel 1809-1812,Chippenham 1812-1817,
Oxford University 1817-1829 and Tamworth
1830-1850. Chief Secretary for Ireland 1812-1818.
Home Secretary 1822-1827 and 1828-1830. Prime
Minister 1834 and 1841-1846. PC 1812
2 Jul 1850 3 Robert Peel 4 May 1822 9 May 1895 73
MP for Tamworth 1850-1880, Huntingdon
1884-1885 and Blackburn 1885-1886. Chief
Secretary for Ireland 1861-1865. PC 1861
9 May 1895 4 Robert Peel 12 Apr 1867 12 Feb 1925 57
12 Feb 1925 5 Robert Peel 7 Apr 1898 6 Apr 1934 35
6 Apr 1934 6 Robert Peel 11 Dec 1920 10 Apr 1942 21
10 Apr 1942 7 Arthur William Ashton Peel 29 May 1901 22 Sep 1969 68
He had previously succeeded to the Earldom
of Peel (qv) in 1937 with which title the
baronetcy remains merged
PEEL of Tyersall Hall,Yorks
2 Sep 1897 UK 1 Theophilus Peel 23 May 1837 20 May 1911 73
to Extinct on his death
20 May 1911 For information on this baronetcy,see the note
at the foot of this page
PEEL of Eyworth,Beds
14 Jul 1936 UK 1 Sidney Cornwallis Peel 3 Jun 1870 19 Dec 1938 68
to MP for Uxbridge 1918-1922
19 Dec 1938 Extinct on his death
PEIRSE of Bagnall,Staffs
21 May 1814 UK See "Beresford-Peirse"
PELHAM of Laughton,Sussex
22 May 1611 E 1 Thomas Pelham c 1540 2 Dec 1624
MP for Lewes 1584-1685 and Sussex 1586-
2 Dec 1624 2 Thomas Pelham 22 Sep 1597 28 Aug 1654 56
MP for East Grinstead 1621-1622, Sussex
1624-1625,1625,1640,1640-1648 and 1654
Aug 1654 3 John Pelham c 1623 20 Jan 1703
MP for Hastings 1645-1648,Sussex 1654-
1655,1656-1658,1660-1681 and 1689-1698
Jan 1703 4 Thomas Pelham,later [1706] 1st Baron Pelham c 1653 23 Feb 1712
MP for East Grinstead 1678-1679, Lewes
1679-1702 and Sussex 1702-1705
23 Feb 1712 5 Thomas Pelham-Holles,2nd Baron Pelham later
[1715] 1st Duke of Newcastle 1 Jul 1693 17 Nov 1768 75
17 Nov 1768 6 Thomas Pelham,2nd Baron Pelham 28 Feb 1728 8 Jan 1805 76
He was subsequently created Earl of
Chichester (qv) in 1801 with which title
the baronetcy remains merged
PELLEW of Treverry,Cornwall
18 Mar 1796 GB 1 Edward Pellew 19 Apr 1757 23 Jan 1833 75
He was subsequently created Viscount
Exmouth (qv) in 1816 with which title the
baronetcy remains merged
PELLY of Upton,Essex
12 Aug 1840 UK 1 John Henry Pelly 31 Mar 1777 13 Aug 1852 75
Governor of the Bank of England 1841-1842
13 Aug 1852 2 John Henry Pelly 30 Mar 1809 20 Dec 1864 55
20 Dec 1864 3 Henry Carstairs Pelly 23 Apr 1844 4 Jun 1877 33
MP for Huntingdonshire 1874-1877
4 Jun 1877 4 Harold Pelly 28 Feb 1863 3 Nov 1950 87
3 Nov 1950 5 Harold Alwyne Pelly 27 Aug 1893 22 Jun 1981 87
22 Jun 1981 6 John Alwyne Pelly 11 Sep 1918 1 Jun 1993 74
1 Jun 1993 7 Richard John Pelly 10 Apr 1951
PENDER of Thornby Hall,Northants
3 Sep 1897 UK 1 James Pender 28 Sep 1841 20 May 1921 79
to MP for Northamptonshire Mid 1895-1900
20 May 1921 Extinct on his death
Sir Richard Arthur Surtees Paget, 2nd baronet
of Cranmore, Somerset [created 1886]
Sir Richard was a well-known amateur scientist, who married Lady Muriel Finch-Hatton, only
daughter of the 12th Earl of Winchilsea and Nottingham.
He was often embarrassed by the exploits of his wife, who devoted herself to rescuing English
governesses stranded in Russia. Once he was asked whether they were related. "Only by
marriage," he replied.
Sir Richard's daughter, Pamela, was often required to play a part in her father's scientific
experiments. On one occasion, she had to throw herself off the top of a bus travelling at 30
mph down Park Lane. Her father's theory was that the force of air behind her would guarantee
that she landed on her feet, in which he was proved to be correct. In another experiment, he
filled her ears with treacle when testing the efficiency of a sign language that he had recently
In 1935, Pamela married Christopher Grey Tennant, 2nd Baron Glenconner, at a lavish
ceremony at Wells Cathedral, created by Glenconner's younger brother Stephen Tennant, who
attended the marriage service with a tortoise in his pocket (as one does).
Pamela carried on her mother's work and in 1961 she was elected to the Russia Company,
which provided financial aid to many of those repatriated from Russia in the 1930s. She also
inherited her mother's interest in the Invalid Kitchens of London (later Meals on Wheels).
Sir Edward Geoffrey Broadley Palmer, 10th baronet
From ''The Scotsman' of 18 May 1925:-
'At the inquest held on Saturday at Withcote Hall, Oakham, on the body of Sir Edward
Geoffrey Broadley Palmer, Bart., who was found on Friday morning dead in his study, with a
double-barrelled sporting gun lying across him, the principal witness was Captain G.F.N. Palmer,
deceased's son, who succeeds to the baronetcy. He said his father returned last Monday
from a nursing home. He had been ill some time, but on his return his health had apparently
greatly improved. Almost eight months ago he heard his father threatened to take his life.
Witness was in Oakham when the tragedy occurred.
'The medical evidence was that the roof of deceased's mouth was blown completely away,
and there was a compound fracture of the upper jaw. Death must have been instantaneous.
'A verdict of "Suicide while temporarily insane" was returned.'
Sir Thomas Parkyns, 2nd baronet
From the Darwin, Australia "Northern Territory Times and Gazette" of 9 April 1914":-
'The present is certainly the age of the "collector," and there is hardly any article, ranging from
old furniture to the proverbial button, which has not nowadays its devotees, whose general
ambition appears to be to possess something different to their fellow enthusiasts.
'In spite of the wide field, however, covered by these collectors, it would, perhaps, be difficult
to find one with such a curious bent as that displayed by Sir Thomas Parkyns, of Bunny Park,
Notts, who died March 29, 1741.
'A noted wrestler in his day, this baronet conceived the strange idea of forming a collection of
stone coffins, many examples of which he kept in Bunny Churchyard, his object being that
those around him should read a moral in these sepulchral emblems.
'To carry this impression of humility still further, Sir Thomas caused his own monument to be
erected opposite his pew in the parish church, in order that he might look upon it when
worshipping there.
'The memorial itself was carved by the baronet's own domestic chaplain, and depicts Sir
Thomas standing in his wrestling dress, postured, ready for a bout in this pastime, whilst
underneath is the following inscription:-
"At length by conquered Time subdued,
Lo! Here Britannia's wrester lies;
Till now he still unshaken stood
Where he strove to win the prize."
'Upon his death, this eccentric squire bequeathed his collection of stone coffins to such
parishioners of Bunny as might choose to be interred therein, so that probably all trace of them
has long since vanished.'
William Parsons (1717-11 Feb 1751), son and heir of Sir William Parsons,
3rd baronet [E 1661]
William Parsons was hanged in February 1751, as recounted in the following lengthy entry in
"The Newgate Calendar." Although described as the eldest son, William Parsons was a younger
son, since he had an older brother, John, who was a country vicar.
'Eldest son of a Baronet, who became a Swindler and Highway Robber, and was executed for
returning from Transportation, 11th of February, 1751.
'The unhappy subject of this narrative was born in London, in the year 1717, the eldest son
and heir to Sir William Parsons, Bart., of the county of Nottingham. He was placed under the
care of a pious and learned divine at Pepper-harrow, in Surrey, where he received the first
rudiments of education. In a little more than three years, he was removed to Eton college,
where it was intended that he should qualify himself for one of the universities.
'While he was a scholar at Eton, he was detected in stealing a volume of Pope's Homer in the
shop of a bookseller named Pate. Being charged with the fact, he confessed that he had stolen
many other books at different times. The case being represented to the master, Parsons under-
went very severe discipline.
Though he remained at Eton nine years, his progress in learning was very inconsiderable. The
youth was of so unpromising a disposition, that Sir William determined to send him to sea, as
the most probable means to prevent his destruction, and soon procured him the appointment of
midshipman on board a man-of-war then lying at Spithead, under sailing orders for Jamaica,
there to be stationed for three years.
'Some accident detained the ship beyond the time when it was expected she would sail.
Parsons applied for leave of absence and went on shore; but having no intention to return, he
immediately directed his course towards a small town about ten miles from Portsmouth, called
Bishop's Waltham, where he soon ingratiated himself into the favour of the principal inhabitants.
'His figure being pleasing, and his manner of address easy and polite, he found but little
difficulty in recommending himself to the ladies.
'He became greatly enamoured of a beautiful and accomplished young lady, the daughter of a
physician of considerable practice, and prevailed upon her to promise she would yield her hand
in marriage.
'News of the intended marriage coming to the knowledge of his father Sir William, and his uncle,
the latter hastened to Waltham to prevent a union which he apprehended would inevitably
produce the ruin of the contracting parties.
'With much difficulty the uncle prevailed upon Parsons to return to the ship, which in a few
days afterwards proceeded on her voyage.
'The ship had not been long arrived at the place of destination, when Parsons resolved to
desert, and return to England, and soon found an opportunity of shipping himself on board the
Sheerness man of war, then preparing to sail on her return home.
'Immediately after his arrival in England, he set out for Waltham, in order to visit the object of
his desires; but his uncle being apprised of his motions, repaired to the same place, and repres-
ented his character in so unfavourable, but at the same time in so just a manner, that he
prevented the renewal of his addresses to the physician's daughter.
'He went home with his uncle, who observed his conduct with a most scrupulous attention, and
confined him, as much as possible, within doors. This generous relation at length exerted his
interest to get the youth appointed midshipman on board His Majesty's Ship the Romney, which
was under orders for the Newfoundland station.
'Upon his return from Newfoundland, Parsons learnt, with infinite mortification, that the duchess
of Northumberland, to whom he was related, had revoked a will made in his favour, and
bequeathed to his sister a very considerable legacy, which he had expected to enjoy. He was
repulsed by his friends and acquaintances, who would not in the least countenance his visits at
their houses; and his circumstances now became exceedingly distressed.
'Thus situated, he applied to a gentleman named Bailey, with whom he had formerly lived on
terms of intimacy; and his humanity induced him to invite Parsons to reside in his house, and to
furnish him with the means of supporting the character of a gentleman. Mr Bailey also was
indefatigable in his endeavours to effect a reconciliation between young Parsons and his father,
in which he at length succeeded.
'Sir William having prevailed upon his son to go abroad again, and procured him an appointment
under the governor of James Fort, on the river Gambia, he embarked on board a vessel in the
service of the Royal African company.
'Parsons had resided at James Fort about six months, when a disagreement took place between
him and governor Aufleur; in consequence of which the former signified a resolution of returning
to England. Hereupon the governor informed him that he was commissioned to engage him as an
indented servant for five years. Parsons warmly expostulated with the governor, declaring that
his behaviour was neither that of a man of probity or a gentleman, and requested permission to
return. But so far from complying, the governor issued orders to the sentinels to be particularly
careful lest he should effect an escape.
'Notwithstanding every precaution, Parsons found means to get on board a homeward-bound
vessel, and being followed by Mr Aufleur, he was commanded to return, but cocking a pistol,
and presenting it to the governor, he declared he would fire upon any man who should presume
to molest him. Here upon the governor departed, and in a short time the ship sailed for England.
'Soon after his arrival in his native country, he received an invitation to visit an uncle who lived
at Epsom, which he gladly accepted, and experienced a most cordial and friendly reception.
'He resided with his uncle about three months, and was treated will all imaginable kindness and
respect. At length one of the female servants in the family swore herself to be pregnant by him,
which so incensed the old gentleman, that he dismissed Parsons from his house.
'Reduced to the most deplorable state of poverty, he directed his course towards the metro-
polis; and three half-pence being his whole stock of money, he subsisted four days upon the
bread purchased with that small sum, quenching his thirst at the pumps he casually met with
in the streets. He lay four nights in a hay-loft in Chancery-lane, belonging to the master of
the rolls, by permission of the coachman, who pitied his truly deplorable case.
'At length he determined to apply for redress to an ancient gentlewoman with whom he had
been acquainted in his more youthful days, when she was in the capacity of companion to the
duchess of Northumberland. Weak and emaciated through want of food, his appearance was
rendered still more miserable by the uncleanliness and disorder of his apparel; and when he
appeared before the old lady, she tenderly compassionated his unfortunate situation, and
recommended him to a decent family in Cambridge Street, with whom he resided some time in
a very comfortable manner, the old gentlewoman defraying the charge of his lodging and board;
and a humane gentleman, to whom she had communicated his case, supplying him with money
for common expenses.
'Sir William came to town at the beginning of the winter, and received an unexpected visit from
his son, who dropped upon his knees, and supplicated forgiveness with the utmost humility and
respect. His mother-in-law was greatly enraged at his appearance, and upbraided her husband
with being foolishly indulgent to so graceless a youth, at the same time declaring, that she
would not live in the house where he was permitted to enter.
'Sir William asked him what mode of life he meant to adopt? and his answer was, that he was
unable to determine; but would cheerfully pursue such measures as so indulgent a parent
should think proper to recommend. The old gentleman then advised him to enter as a private
man in the horse-guards; which he approved of, saying, he would immediately offer himself as a
'Upon mentioning his intention to the adjutant, he was informed that he must pay seventy
guineas for his admission into the corps. This news proved exceedingly afflicting, as he had but
little hope that his father would advance the necessary sum. Upon returning to his father's
lodgings, he learnt that he had set out for the country, and left him a present of only five
'Driven now nearly to a state of distraction, he formed the desperate resolution of putting an
end to his life, and repaired to St. James's Park, intending to throw himself into Rosamond's
pond. While he stood on the brink of the water, waiting for an opportunity of carrying his
impious design into effect, it occurred to him, that a letter he had received, mentioning the
death of an aunt, and that she had bequeathed a legacy to his brother, might be made use of
to his own advantage; and he immediately declined the thoughts of destroying himself.
'He produced the letter to several persons, assuring them that the writer had been misinformed
respecting the legacy, which in reality was left to himself; and under the pretext of being
entitled to it, he obtained money and effects from different people to a considerable amount.
Among those who were deceived by this stratagem was a tailor in Devereux court in the Strand,
who gave him credit for several genteel suits of clothes.
'The money and other articles thus fraudulently obtained, enabled him to engage in scenes of
gaiety and dissipation; and he seemed to entertain no idea that his happiness would be but of
short duration.
'Accidentally meeting the brother of the young lady to whom he had made professions of love
at Waltham, he intended to renew his acquaintance with him, and his addresses to his sister;
but the young gentleman informed Parsons that his sister died suddenly a short time after his
departure from Waltham.
'Parsons endeavoured, as much as possible, to cultivate the friendship of the above young
gentleman, and represented his case in so plausible a manner, as to obtain money from him, at
different times, to a considerable amount.
'Parsons' creditors now became exceedingly importunate, and he thought there was no
probability of relieving himself from his difficulties, but by connecting himself in marriage with a
woman of fortune.
'Being eminently qualified in those accomplishments which are known to have a great influence
over the female world, Parsons soon ingratiated himself into the esteem of a young lady [Mary
Frampton] possessed of a handsome independency bequeathed her by lately deceased father.
He informed his creditors that he had a prospect of an advantageous marriage; and as they
were satisfied that the lady had a good fortune, they supplied him with every thing necessary
for prosecuting the amour, being persuaded that, if the expected union took place, they should
have no difficulty in recovering their respective demands.
'The marriage was solemnized on the 10th of February, 1740, in the 23rd year of his age. On
this event, the uncle, who lived at Epsom, visited him in London, and gave him the strongest
assurances that he would exert every possible endeavour to promote his interest and happi-
ness, on condition that he would avoid such proceedings as would render him unworthy of
friendship and protection. His relations in general were perfectly satisfied with the connexion he
had made, and hoped that his irregular and volatile disposition would be corrected by the
prudent conduct of his bride, who was justly esteemed a young lady of great sweetness of
temper, virtue and discretion.
'A few weeks after his marriage, the uncle interceded in his behalf with the right honourable
Arthur Onslow [Speaker of the House of Commons]; and through the interest of that gentleman
he was appointed an ensign in the thirty-fourth regiment of foot.
'He now discharged all his debts, which proved highly satisfactory to all his relations; and this
conduct was the means of his obtaining further credit in times of future distress.
'He hired a very handsome house in Poland Street, where he resided two years, in which time
he had two children, one of whom died very young. From Poland Street, he removed to Panton-
square, and the utmost harmony substituted between him and his wife, who were much
respected by their relations and acquaintances.
'But it must be observed, that though his conduct in other respects had been irreproachable
from the time of his marriage, he was guilty of unpardonable indiscretion as to his manner of
living; for he kept three saddle-horses, a chaise and pair, several unnecessary servants, and
engaged in many other superfluous expenses that his income could not afford.
'Unfortunately Parsons became acquainted with an infamous gambler, who seduced him to
frequent gaming-houses, and to engage in play. He lost considerable sums, which were shared
between the pretended friend of Parsons, and his wicked accomplices.
'Parsons was now promoted to a lieutenancy in a regiment that was ordered into Flanders, and
was accompanied to that country by the abandoned gamester, whom he considered as his most
valuable friend. The money he lost in gaming, and the extravagant manner in which he lived, in
a short time involved him in such difficulties that he was under the necessity of selling his
commission, in order to discharge his debts contracted in Flanders. The commission being sold,
Parsons and his treacherous companion returned to England.
'His arrival was no sooner known, than his creditors were extremely urgent for the immediate
discharge of their respective claims; which induced him to take a private lodging in Gough-
square, where he passed under the domination of Captain Brown. He pretended to be an
unmarried man; and saw his wife only when appointments were made to meet at a public-
house. While he lodged in Gough-square, he seduced his landlord's daughter, who became
pregnant by him; and her imprudence in yielding to the persuasions of Parsons, proved the
means of involving her in extreme distress.
'His creditors having discovered the place of his retreat, he deemed it prudent to remove; and
at this juncture an opportunity offered by which he hoped to retrieve his fortune; and he there-
fore embarked as captain of marines on board the Dursley privateer.
'Soon after the arrival of the ship at Deal, Parsons went on shore, provided with pistols, being
determined not to submit to an arrest, which he supposed would be attempted. He had no
sooner landed on the beach, than he was approached by five or six men, one of whom
attempted to seize him; but Parsons, stepping aside, discharged one of the pistols, and lodged
a ball in the man's thigh. He then said, he was well provided with weapons, and would fire upon
them if they presumed to give him further molestation. Hereupon the officers retreated; and
Parsons returned to the ship, which sailed from Deal the following morning.
'They had been in the channel about a week, when they made prize of a French privateer,
which they carried into the port of Cork. Parsons being now afflicted with a disorder that pre-
vailed among the French prisoners, was sent on shore for the recovery of his health. During his
illness, the vessel sailed on another cruise, and he was no sooner in a condition to permit him
to leave his apartment, than he became anxious to partake of the fashionable amusements.
'In order to recruit his finances, which were nearly exhausted, he drew bills of exchange on
three merchants in London, on which he raised 60; and before advice could be transmitted to
Cork, that he had no effects in his hands of the persons on whom he had drawn the bills, he
embarked on board a vessel bound for England.
'He landed at Plymouth, where he resided some time under a military character, to support his
claim to which he was provided with a counterfeit commission. He frequented all places of public
resort, and particularly where gaming was permitted. His money being nearly expended, he
obtained a hundred pounds from a merchant of Plymouth, by means of a false draft upon an
alderman in London. Some time after the discovery of the fraud, the injured party saw Parsons
a transport prisoner on board a ship bound to Virginia, lying in Catwater Bay, where he assured
him of his entire forgiveness and made him the present of a guinea.
'From Plymouth, Parsons repaired to London, and his money being nearly spent, he committed
the following fraud, in conjunction with a woman of the town: taking his accomplice to a tavern
in the Strand (where he was known), he represented her as an heiress, who had consented to
a private marriage and requested the landlord to send immediately for a clergyman. The parson
being arrived, and about to begin the ceremony, Parsons pretending to recollect that he had
forgotten to provide a ring, and ordered the waiter to tell some shop-keeper to the neighbour-
hood to bring some plain gold rings. Upon this the clergyman begged to recommend a very
worthy man, who kept a jeweller's shop in the neighbourhood: and Parsons said it was a matter
of indifference with whom he laid out his money; adding, that as he wished to compliment his
bride with some small present, the tradesman might also bring some diamond rings.
'The rings being brought, and one of each chosen, Parsons produced a counterfeit draft, saying,
the jeweller might either give him change then, or call for payment after the ceremony; on
which the jeweller retired, saying, he would attend again the afternoon. In a little time, the
woman formed the pretence of leaving the room, and upon her not returning soon, our hero
affected great impatience, and, without taking his hat, quitted the apartment, saying, he would
enquire for the people of the house whether his bride had not been detained by some unfore-
seen accident.
'After waiting a considerable time, the clergyman called the landlord; and as neither Parsons nor
the woman could be found, it was rightly concluded, that their whole intention was to
perpetrate a fraud. In the meantime, our hero and his accomplice met at an appointed place,
and divided their booty.
'In the year 1745, he counterfeited a draft upon one of the collectors of the excise, in the
name of the Duke of Cumberland, for five hundred pounds. He carried the draft to the collector,
who paid him fifty pounds in part, being all the cash that remained in his hands.
'He went to a tailor, saying, he meant to employ him, on the recommendation of a gentleman of
the army, whom he had long supplied with clothes; adding, that a captain's commission was
preparing for him at the war office. The tailor furnished him with several suits of clothes; but
not being paid according to agreement, he entertained some suspicion as to the responsibility
of his new customer; and therefore enquired at the war-office respecting Captain Brown, and
learnt that a commission was making out for a gentleman of that name. Unable to get any part
of the money due to him, and determined to be no longer trifled with, he instituted a suit at
common-law, but was non-suited, having laid his action in the fictitious name of Brown, and it
appearing that Parsons was the defendant's real name.
'Parsons sent a porter from the Ram Inn, in Smithfield, with a counterfeit draft upon Sir Joseph
Hankey and Co. for five hundred pounds. Parsons followed the man, imagining that if he came
out of Sir Joseph's house alone, he would have received the money; and that if he was accomp-
anied by any person, it would be a strong proof of the forgery being discovered; and as he
observed Sir Joseph and the porter get into a hackney-coach, he resolved not to return to the
'He next went to a widow named Bottomley, who lived near St. George's church, and saying
that he had contracted to supply the regiment to which belonged with hats, gave her an order
to the amount of a hundred and sixty pounds. He had no sooner got possession of the hats,
than he sold them to a Jew for one half of the sum he had agreed to pay for them.
'Being strongly apprehensive that he could not long avoid being arrested by some of his
numerous and highly exasperated creditors, by means of counterfeit letters, he procured himself
to be taken into custody, as a person disaffected to the king and government; and was
supported without expense, in the house of one of the king's messengers, for the space of
eighteen months.
'Being released from the messenger's house, he resolved in his mind a variety of schemes for
eluding the importunity of his creditors and at length determined to embark for Holland. He
remained in Holland a few months, and when his money was nearly expended he returned to
England. A few days after his arrival in London, he went to a masquerade, where he engaged
in play to the hazard of every shilling he possessed, and was so fortunate as to obtain a
sufficient sum for his maintenance for several months.
'His circumstances being again distressed, he wrote in pressing terms to his brother-in-law, who
was an East-India director, entreating him that he would procure him a commission in the
company's service, either by land or sea. The purport of the answer was, that a gentleman in
the Temple was authorised to give the supplicant a guinea, but that it would be fruitless for
him to expect any further favours.
'Having written a counterfeit draft, he went to Ranelagh on a masquerade night, where he
passed it to a gentleman who had won some small sums of him. The party who received the
draft offered it for payment in a day or two afterwards, when it was proved to be a counter-
feit; in consequence of which Parsons was apprehended, and committed to Wood Street
compter [a prison usually used for debtors].
'As no prosecutor appeared, Parsons was necessarily acquitted; but a detainer being lodged,
charging him with an offence similar to the above, he was removed to Maidstone gaol, in order
for trial at the Lent assizes at Rochester.
'Mr Carey, the keeper of the prison, treated Parsons with great humanity, allowing him to
board in his family, and indulging him in every privilege that he could grant, without a manifest
breach of the duties of his office. But such was the ingratitude of Parsons, that he formed a
plan, which, had it taken effect, would have utterly ruined the man to whom he was indebted
in such great obligations. His intention was, privately to take the keys from Mr Carey's apart-
ment; and not only to escape himself, but even to give liberty to every prisoner in the gaol;
and this scheme he communicated to a man accused of being a smuggler, who reported the
matter to Mr Carey, desiring him to listen at an appointed hour at night, when he would hear
a conversation that would prove his intelligence to be authentic. Mr Carey attended at the
appointed time, and being convinced of the ingratitude and perfidy of Parsons, he abridged him
of his indulgences he had before enjoyed, and caused him to be closely confined.
'Being convicted at the assizes at Rochester, he was sentenced to transportation for seven
years; and in the following September he was put on board the Thames, Captain Dobbins,
bound for Maryland, in company of upwards of one hundred and seventy other convicts, fifty of
whom died in the voyage. In November, 1749, Parsons was landed at Annapolis, in Maryland;
and having remained in a state of slavery about seven weeks, a gentleman of considerable
property and influence, who was not wholly unacquainted with his family, compassionating his
unfortunate situation, obtained his freedom, and received him at his house in a most kind and
hospitable manner.
'Parsons had not been in the gentleman's family many days before he rode off with a horse
which was lent him by his benefactor, and proceeded towards Virginia; on the borders of which
country he stopped a gentleman on horseback, and robbed him of five pistoles [Spanish gold
coins], a moidore [a Portuguese gold coin], and ten dollars.
'A few days after, he stopped a lady and gentleman in a chaise, attended by a negro servant,
and robbed them of eleven guineas and some silver; after which he directed his course to the
Potomack river, where finding a ship nearly ready to sail for England, he embarked, and after a
passage of twenty-five days landed at Whitehaven.
'He now produced a forged letter, in the name of one of his relations, to a capital merchant of
Whitehaven, signifying that he was entitled to the family estate, in consequence of his father's
decease, and prevailed upon him to discount a false draft upon a banker in London for seventy-
five pounds.
'Upon his arrival in the metropolis, he hired a handsome lodging at the west end of the town;
but he almost constantly resided in houses of ill fame, where the money he had so unjustly
obtained was soon dissipated.
'Having hired a horse, he rode to Hounslow-heath, where, between ten and eleven o'clock at
night, he stopped a postchaise, in which were two gentlemen, whom he robbed of five guineas,
some silver, and a watch.
'A short time afterwards he stopped a gentleman near Turnham-green, about twelve o'clock at
night, and robbed him of thirty shillings, and a gold ring. He requested that the ring might be
returned, as it was his wife's wedding ring. Parsons complied with the gentleman's request, and
voluntarily returned the gentleman five shillings, telling him, at the same time, that nothing but
the most pressing necessity could have urged him to the robbery: after which the gentleman
shook hands with the robber, assuring him that, on account of the civility of his behaviour, he
would not appear to prosecute, if he should hear of his being apprehended.
'Returning to his lodgings near Hyde-park-corner one evening, he overtook a footman in
Piccadilly, and joining company with him, a familiar conversation took place, in the course of
which Parsons learnt that the other was due to set out early on the following Sunday with a
portmanteau, containing cash and notes to a considerable value, the property of his master,
who was then at Windsor.
'On the Sunday morning he rode towards Windsor, intending to rob the footman. Soon after
he had passed Turnham-green, he overtook two gentlemen, one of whom was Mr Fuller, who
had prosecuted him at Rochester, and who perfectly recollecting his person, warned him not to
approach. He however paid no attention to what Mr Fuller said, but still continued sometimes
behind and sometimes before them, though at a very inconsiderable distance.
'Upon coming into the town of Hounslow, the gentlemen alighted, and commanded Parsons to
surrender, adding that if he did not instantly comply, they would alarm the town. He now
dismounted, and earnestly entreated that the gentlemen would permit him to speak to them
in private which they consented to; and the parties being introduced to a room at an inn,
Parsons surrendered his pistols, which were loaded and primed, and supplicated for mercy in
the most pathetic terms.
'In all probability he would have been permitted to escape, had not Mr Day, landlord of the Rose
and Crown at Hounslow, come into the room, and advised that he might be detained as he
conceived him very nearly to answer the description of a highwayman by whom the roads in
that part of the country had long been infested. He was secured at the inn till the next day,
and then examined by a magistrate, who committed him to Newgate.
'Parsons was now arraigned for returning from transportation before the expiration of the term
of his sentence: nothing therefore was necessary to convict him but the identifying of his
person. This being done, he received sentence of death. His distressed father and wife used all
their interest to obtain a pardon for him, but in vain: he was an old offender, and judged by no
means a fit object for mercy.
'While Parsons remained in Newgate, his behaviour was such that it could not be determined
whether he entertained a proper idea of his dreadful situation. There is indeed but too much
reason to fear that the hopes of a reprieve (in which he deceived himself even to the last
moments of his life) induced him to neglect the necessary preparation for eternity.
'His taking leave of his wife afforded a scene extremely affecting: he recommended to her
parental protection his only child, and regretted that his misconduct had put it in the power
of a censorious world to reflect upon both the mother and son.
'He suffered at Tyburn, on the 11th of February, 1751. At the place of execution he joined in
the devotional exercises with a zeal that proved him to be convinced of the necessity of
obtaining the pardon of his creator.'
On the death of his grandfather, Sir William Parsons, 3rd baronet, the child referred to above
became Sir Mark Parsons, 4th baronet. The baronetcy became extinct on his death in 1812.
Sir John Dean Paul, 2nd baronet
In June 1855, warrants were issued for the arrest of the three partners of the banking house
of Strahan, Paul & Co., to answer a charge of unlawfully converting to their own use securities
entrusted to their safe keeping.
One of these partners was Sir John Dean Paul, the 2nd baronet. The officers of the court who
had been given the task of executing the warrant against Sir John arrived at his country house
at Nutfield, near Reigate in Surrey. There they found Sir John at home and were able to serve
him with the warrant. By this time, it was too late to transport their prisoner to London, and
so they allowed their prisoner to go to bed, taking the precaution of sitting all night outside his
door. In the morning, they accompanied Sir John to the nearest railway station, arriving just
in time to purchase their tickets. After installing Sir John in a compartment on the train, the
train began to move and the two officers were trying to board when they were pulled back by
a railway porter, who explained that he had orders to prevent passengers attempting to board
moving trains. In vain did the officers explain who they were and that their prisoner was
escaping - the porter was adamant that he had to follow his orders. By this time, the train had
gone without them and they immediately made themselves known to the railway superinten-
dent who refused to signal the train to stop, although he agreed to send a telegram to the
London station. The two officers travelled to London by the next train, which arrived a mere
ten minutes after Sir John's train, but when they asked the London station-master if Sir John
had been detained, the station-master quite reasonably said no, since he had no idea what he
looked like. Sir John surrendered himself to the authorities about a week later.
At their subsequent trial, Sir John and his partners were charged with having received from
John Griffiths, Canon of Rochester, bonds to the value of 5,000 and then, without the
approval of the owner, making away with the bonds. All three were found guilty and each
received the maximum sentence, being transportation for 14 years. Sir John did not serve all
of his sentence, having obtained a ticket of leave, after which he lived in retirement until his
Sir Peter Payne, de jure 3rd baronet [GB 1737]
Sir Peter was the son of the second baronet, Sir Gillies Payne. In his younger days, Sir Gillies
had entered into a relationship with a farmer's daughter named Maria Keeling. It appears that a
number of children had been born by 1761, when Sir Gillies and Maria Keeling finally married.
Peter was the first son born after the marriage took place, and therefore would normally be
considered to be the eldest legitimate son and thus heir to the title.
However, on the death of his father in 1801, Peter allowed his eldest brother, John Payne, to
assume the title, even though John was undoubtedly illegitimate. John died in May 1803, when
he was "succeeded" by his eldest son, Charles,
It was not until 1828 that Peter allowed the question of who was the rightful baronet to be
raised. In that year, in a legal case before the Court of Chancery (Glascott v Bridges), Peter
permitted the matter to be raised. According to his obituary in the "The Gentleman's Magazine"
for July 1843, "Sir Charles Payne, of St. Christopher's [i.e. St. Kitts in the West Indies], was
created a baronet in 1737; and his son, Sir Gillies, the second Baronet died 1801, when, says
Courthope in his Extinct Baronetage, 1835, 'the title became extinct. After a lapse of 27 years
the title was assumed by Peter Payne, Esq., claiming to be a legitimate son of the last
baronet.' Burke, in [his] Peerage and Baronetage, states that Sir Peter 'succeeded to the title
in 1828, in consequence of a decree of the Court of Chancery, confirming a report finding him
the eldest son born in wedlock of his late father, Sir Gillies Payne, of Tempsford, in
Bedfordshire.' "
Evidence was given during the hearing that his sister-in-law, widow of his brother John had,
together with her sister, burned the marriage certificate of Sir Gillies Payne. However, other
evidence brought forward convinced the Court of its existence, and, as a result, Peter was
declared to be the eldest son born in wedlock. In January 1829, however, this decision was
reversed by the Lord Chancellor for reasons I have been unable to discover. As part of this
reversal, it was directed that the issue of the legitimacy of John and Peter Payne be tried,
but the question never came before the courts. There is no doubt, however, that during his
lifetime, Peter Payne's claim to be a baronet was universally acknowledged; he is described
as a baronet in all contemporary newspapers, even up to the time of his widow's death in
1883. Dod's Peerage and Baronetage includes an entry for the baronetcy until at least 1899,
although it describes the right to the title as being in dispute between rival branches of the
family (John's descendants claimed the baronetcy as well). It is also significant that the
baronetcy does not appear in Burke's "Extinct and Dormant Baronetage" published in 1841.
Sir Ralph William Payne-Gallwey, 3rd baronet
When the motor-car first began to appear on British roads around 1900, it was certainly not
universally welcomed. The following report is taken from the Christchurch, New Zealand 'Star'
of 23 July 1903:-
'Anti-motor fanaticism has found a new apostle in Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey, a Yorkshire
baronet, who was written an extraordinary letter to the "Times."
"As a sure means of identifying the reckless, 'don't care a hang for anybody' motor-car
drivers," he writes, "the class of men who daily imperil our lives and who are responsible for
the 'motor murders' that too frequently occur, I suggest a legalised use of the shot-gun.
"In the case of a motorist - by wilful neglect of ordinary precautions - inflicting injury on a
pedestrian, or causing damage to the property of a person driving or riding on the highway,
followed by an attempt to escape detection by continuing his rapid progress, I consider the
injured party should be legally permitted to fire at the offender, the gun not to be used at a
range exceeding forty yards, and the shot with which it is loaded not to be of a larger size
than No. 8 or 9.
"Though in the circumstances I allude to the bombardment would merely take effect on the
back of the culprit, and would result in no appreciable injury to him, it would surely tend to
his exercising more civility and caution on future occasions."
'In a manner which the writer apparently mistakes for humour, Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey adds
that cylinder-bored guns should be employed because of their scattering propensities, so
that there would be no difficulty in marking and identifying the motorist at the next town he
entered, the police having been advised by telegraph. Cases charged with snipe shot, to be
known as "motor cartridges," should be supplied by the police at a moderate sum per thousand.
'Although it is just possible that the baronet intends his letter to be regarded as a comic
effusion, many motorists are of opinion that it shows at the least a deplorable lack of sense,
inasmuch as it is calculated to encourage lawlessness on the part of ignorant and prejudiced
persons and to create a real danger for the users of motor cars.
'In some quarters the question has been raised as to whether the latest exponent of anti-
motor fanaticism has not rendered himself liable to proceedings for inciting to violence.'
Sir Arthur Pearson, 1st baronet
Following the death of Sir Arthur on 9 December 1921, an inquest was held into his death. The
findings of this inquest were reported in 'The Times' on 12 December:-
'An inquiry was held at Paddington on Saturday into the death of Sir Arthur Pearson, at his
residence, in Devonshire-street, on Friday morning.
'The Coroner, Mr. H.R. Oswald, said that Sir Arthur Pearson was found dead in his bath. He had
lived a strenuous life, but seemed to be strong physically and constitutionally. It was possible
that his loss of sight had something to do in accelerating his death. Sir Arthur Pearson, the
Coroner added, was known as one of the finest of philanthropists. He had a sunny, buoyant,
and courageous nature, which, when he was afflicted himself with loss of sight, did not lead
him to despair and to moping but only braced him for further energy and to do good to his
fellow beings.
'The first witness called was Sir Neville Pearson [who had inherited the baronetcy on the death
of his father], who said his father was 55 years of age. He lost his sight in 1914. Blindness
came on gradually. For the past few years he had been unable to distinguish light from
'The Coroner - Was he subject to fits? - No, Sir.
'The witness said he last saw his father alive on Thursday night about 11 o'clock, and he was
then in good health and spirits. He had followed his usual occupation during the day and had
been to the theatre in the evening. He used to go to St.Dunstan's every day. Physically he
was a strong and well-built man.
'It was his father's custom to take a bath every morning in his dressing-room. About 8.45 on
Friday morning Miss Campbell (Sir Arthur Pearson's secretary) came and told him she had seen
Sir Arthur Pearson lying face downwards in the bath. He went to the room and saw his father in
the bath. His head was thrust down between his shoulders. The water was bloodstained and
quite still. There was no movement of any sort. He must have been dead some time. His head
was completely submerged. The water was not running, and there was blood on the nozzle of
the tap, which was of a fan-shaped type. It was an enamelled bath, rather slippery. In fact,
only the day before he had mentioned that he had previously slipped in the bath.
'The Coroner - If he fell forward in getting into the bath his head would strike the nozzle of
the tap and, being blind, he would not know where to support himself? - That is probable.
'How long would he have been in the bathroom? - Presumably half an hour, judging from the
time usually taken by him in getting up. A doctor was at once telephoned for.
'Naomi Agnes Glennie, head parlourmaid, said she called Sir Arthur Pearson at 7.15, and took
him an early cup of tea, when he seemed as usual. He inquired about the weather, and said
which suit he would wear. He always prepared his own bath.
'Amy Waraker Campbell, Sir Arthur Pearson's secretary, said he was a man who always liked to
do things for himself. He was very independent and did not like people to help him. She last
saw him alive on Thursday evening. It was his custom to have breakfast at 8.30, but on Friday
morning he did not come down, and after waiting for 10 minutes, she went upstairs to see
where he was. He was not in his dressing-room. She saw his body in the bath, which was full
of water.
'Sir Milsom Rees said he was called to the house at 8.50, and saw Sir Arthur Pearson lying
with his head under the water and face downwards. The water was discoloured with blood
and there was also blood on the nozzle of the tap. His head was lying in the direction of the
tap and it was obvious that he was dead. The witness could not definitely state the time of
death. There was a wound about an inch long on the right side of the forehead, which could
have been caused by his falling against the tap. He had obviously been stunned, as the body
was in a restful position and apparently had not moved after falling. Death had not occurred
as the direct result of the blow, but from asphyxia due to drowning.
'The Coroner said that a friend of his own in the medical profession had met his death in the
very same manner. He would record a verdict of "Death from suffocation due to drowning
consequent on falling against the nozzle of the tap - from accidental causes." '
Samuel Peel, brother of Sir Theophilus Peel, 1st and only baronet
"The Sunday Times" of 7 June 1914 contains the following short article:-
'A curious story comes to hand from Ponder's End, Middlesex, of a gentleman who, though a
baronet, never assumed the title but lived in seclusion. He had dwelt in that style in a small
dwelling for twenty years. A few days ago he died at the age of seventy-four, and it now
transpires that he was Sir Samuel Peel, and succeeded his brother, Sir Theophilus Peel, Bart.,
a Yorkshireman, who died childless in 1911. Mr. Samuel Peel never assumed the title. He has
one brother living, Mr. Edwin Peel, of Bradford'
Unfortunately for the writer of this article, it appears obvious that "Mr. Samuel Peel never
assumed the title" because he had no right to do so. Reference to the London Gazette of
10 September 1897 (issue 26890, page 5059) shows that this baronetcy, as is almost always
the case, had a remainder to "heirs male of the body lawfully begotten." As Sir Theophilus
died childless, the baronetcy died with him, and could not have been inherited by Sir
Theophilus' brother.
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