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Ashburnham, Earl of (GB, 1730 - 1924)


Creation: let.pat. 14 May 1730


Extinct: 12 May 1924


Family name: Ashburnham




Gules a Fess between six Mullets Argent


Out of a Ducal Coronet Or an Ash Tree proper


On either side a Greyhound Sable with the Faces, Breasts and Feet Argent collared and lined Or


 Le Roy et l'Estat;  Will God I Shall



John [Ashburnham], 3rd Baron Ashburnham later 1st Earl of Ashburnham

younger brother and heir of William [Ashburnham], 2nd Baron Ashburnham, and 2nd son of John [Ashburnham], 1st Baron Ashburnham, by his wife Bridget Vaughan, only dau. and hrss. of Walter Vaughan, of Porthammel House, co. Brecon


13 Mar 1687

mar. (1)

21 Oct 1710 Lady Mary Butler (dsp. 2 Jan 1712/3), 2nd dau. of James [Butler], 2nd Duke of Ormonde, by his second wife Lady Mary Somerset, 2nd dau. of Henry [Somerset], 1st Duke of Beaufort

mar. (2)

24 Jul 1714  Lady Henrietta Annesley, suo jure Baroness Strange (b. c. 1687; widow of John [Annesley], 4th Earl of Anglesey; dspm. 26 Jun 1718), 1st dau. and cohrss. of William [Stanley], 9th Earl of Derby, by his wife Lady Elizabeth Butler, sister of Charles [Butler], 3rd Duke of Ormonde, and 2nd dau. of Thomas [Butler], 1st Baron Butler, styled Earl of Ossory

only child by second wife

1. Hon Henrietta Ashburnham, suo jure Baroness Strange

mar. (3)

14 Mar 1723/4 Lady Jemima Grey (b. c. 1698; d. 7 Jul 1731), 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Henry [Grey], 1st Duke of Kent, by his first wife Hon Jemima Crewe, 1st dau. and cohrss. by his second wife of Thomas [Crewe], 2nd Baron Crewe

only child by third wife

1. Hon John Ashburnham, later 2nd Earl of Ashburnham


10 Mar 1736/7


14 May 1730 Viscount St Asaph, of St Asaph in the Principality of Wales, and Earl of Ashburnham

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Tory) for Hastings 1710; suc. his brother 16 Jun 1710 as 3rd Baron Ashburnham; Col of the First Troop of Horse Guards 1713-15; a Lord of the Bedchamber to the Prince of Wales 1728-31; Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard 1731-36/7


John [Ashburnham], 2nd Earl of Ashburnham, PC


30 Oct 1724


25 Jun 1756 Elizabeth Crawley (b. c. 1735; d. 5 Feb 1787), dau. and cohrss. of John Crawley, of Barking, co. Suffolk, Alderman of London (by his wife Theodosia Gascoyne, dau. of Rev Joseph Gascoyne DD, Rector of Enfield, co. Middlesex), only son and heir of Sir Ambrose Crowley, Alderman of London


1. Hon George Ashburnham, styled Viscount St Asaph (b. 2 Feb 1758 and dvp. 13 Feb 1758)

2. Hon George Ashburnham, later 3rd Earl of Ashburnham

1. Lady Henrietta Theodosia Ashburnham (b. 8 Nov 1759; d. 30 Mar 1847)

2. Lady Jemima Elizabeth Ashburnham (b. 1 Jan 1762; d. 18 Sep 1786), mar. 26 Feb 1785 James [Graham], 3rd Duke of Montrose, and had issue

3. Lady Elizabeth Frances Ashburnham (b. 10 May 1763; d. 16 Apr 1854)

4. Lady Theodosia Maria Ashburnham (b. 16 Jun 1765; d. 1822), mar. 4 Jun 1788 Robert Vyne, of Gautby, co. Lincoln


8 Apr 1812

suc. by



a Lord of the Bedchamber 1748-62; Lord Lieutenant of Sussex 1754-57; Keeper of Hyde Park and St James's Park 1753-62; Privy Councillor 1765; Master of the Great Wardrobe 1765-75 ; First Lord of the Bedchamber and Groom of the Stole 1775-82


George [Ashburnham], 5th Baron Ashburnham later 3rd Earl of Ashburnham, KG GCH


25 Dec 1760

mar. (1)

28 Aug 1784 Lady Sophia Thynne (d. 9 Apr 1791), 4th dau. of Thomas [Thynne], 1st Marquess of Bath, by his wife Lady Elizabeth Cavendish, 1st dau. of William [Bentinck], 1st Duke of Portland

children by first wife

1. Hon George Ashburnham, styled Viscount St Asaph, Member of Parliament (Tory) for New Romney 1807-12 and for Weobley 1812-13 (b. 9 Oct 1785; dvp. 7 Jun 1813)

2. Hon John Ashburnham (b. 3 Jun 1789; dvp. 1810)

1. Lady Elizabeth Sophia Ashburnham (b. 16 Sep 1786; d. 13 Mar 1879)

mar. (2)

25 Jul 1795 Lady Charlotte Percy (b. 3 Jun 1776; d. 26 Nov 1862), sister of George [Percy], 5th Duke of Northumberland, and 1st dau. of Algernon [Smithson later Percy], 1st Earl of Beverley, by his wife Isabella Susanna Burrell, sister of Peter [Burrell], 1st Baron Gwydyr, and 2nd dau. of Peter Burrell MP, of Langley Park, Beckenham, co. Kent

children by second wife

3. Hon Bertram Ashburnham, later 4th Earl of Ashburnham

4. Hon Percy Ashburnham (b. 22 Nov 1799; dspm. 25 Jan 1881), mar. 23 Aug 1838 Esther By, dau. of Lt Col ..... By, and had issue:

1a. Esther Hemet Ashburnham (b. 1844; dvp. 1845)

2a. Mary Catherine Ashburnham (b. 1847; dvp. 1851)

5. Hon Charles Ashburnham, Secretary HM Legation, Constantinople (b. 23 Mar 1803; dsp 22 Dec 1848), mar. 1832 Sarah Joanna Murray (mar. (2) 1851 Sir Godfrey Webster, 6th Bt.), dau. of William Murray, of Jamaica

6. Lt Gen Hon Thomas Ashburnham CB (b. 1808; dsp. 3 Mar 1872), mar. 8 Feb 1860 Hon Adelaide Georgiana Frederica Foley (dsp. 19 Jan 1861), 4th dau. of Thomas [Foley], 3rd Baron Foley

7. Hon Reginald Ashburnham (b. 1819; dvp. 5 Mar 1830)

2. Lady Charlotte Susan Ashburnham (b. 23 Feb 1801; d. 26 Apr 1865)

3. Lady Theodosia Julia Ashburnham (b. 27 Mar 1802; d. 22 Aug 1887)

4. Lady Georgiana Jemima Ashburnham (b. 11 May 1805; d. May 1882), mar. (1) 28 Feb 1828 (div. 1840) Henry Reveley Mitford, of Exbury House, co. Hampshire, and Newton Park, co. Northumberland (b. 21 Jun 1804 ; d. 21 Dec 1883), posthumous son by his second wife of Capt Henry Mitford RN, and (2) 1842 Hon Francis George Molyneux (b. 5 Mar 1805; d. 24 May 1886), 4th son of William Philip [Molyneux], 2nd Earl of Sefton, and had issue by both husbands

5. Lady Jane Henrietta Ashburnham (b. 19 Jul 1809; d. Nov 1896), mar. 19 May 1836 Admiral Charles H Swinburne RN, and had issue

6. Lady Katherine Frances Ashburnham (b. 31 Mar 1812; d. 6 Apr 1839), mar. 21 Jun 1838 as his first wife Henry William Beauclerk, of Leckhampstrad, co. Buckingham (b. 15 Nov 1812; d. 8 Jun 1894), and had issue

7. Lady Eleanor Isabel Bridget Ashburnham (b. 28 Jul 1814 ; d. Mar 1895), mar. 26 Nov 1844 Rev Algernon Wodehouse, Rector of Easton (b. 13 May 1814; d. 2 May 1882), 2nd son of Rev Hon William Wodehouse (by his wife Mary Hussey, 1st dau. of Thomas Hussey, of Galtrim, co. Meath), 3rd son of John [Wodehouse], 1st Baron Wodehouse, and had issue

8. Lady Mary Agnes Blanche Ashburnham (b. 23 Jan 1816; d. 1899), mar. 29 Aug 1839 Sir Henry Percy Gordon, 2nd Bt., of Northcourt, and had issue


27 Oct 1830

suc. by

son by second wife


a Lord of the Bedchamber to the Prince of Wales 1784-95; sum. to Parliament by writ 23 Mar 1803 in his father's Barony of Ashburnham; a Trustee of the British Museum 1810-30; GCH 1827; Knight of the Garter 1829


Bertram [Ashburnham], 4th Earl of Ashburnham


23 Nov 1797


8 Jan 1840 Catherine Charlotte Baillie (b. 10 May 1819; d. 6 Feb 1894), sister of George [Baillie later Baillie-Hamilton], 10th Earl of Haddington, and 4th dau. of George Baillie of Mellerstain and Jerviswood MP, by his wife Mary Pringle, 2nd dau. of Sir James Pringle of Stichill, 4th Bt.


1. Hon Bertram Ashburnham, later 5th Earl of Ashburnham

2. Hon John Ashburnham (b. 6 Mar 1845; dsp. 12 Apr 1912), mar. 21 May 1907 Maud Mary Royal-Dawson (mar. (2) 14Nov 1914 Geoffrey Yates Grose, son of Dr Charles Grose), 1st dau. of Charles Royal-Dawson, of Wynand, Madras, India

3. Hon William Ashburnham (b. 29 Mar 1847 ; d. 27 May 1897)

4. Rev Hon Richard Ashburnham (b. 27 Jul 1848 ; d. 8 Dec 1922)

5. Hon Thomas Ashburnham, later 6th Earl of Ashburnham

6. Hon Edward Ashburnham (b. 23 Dec 1857; dvp. 30 Mar 1859)

7. Hon George Ashburnham (b. 21 Oct 1863; d. 23 Mar 1911)

1. Lady Katherine Ashburnham (b. 23 Nov 1841; dsp. 30 Sep 1885), mar. 20 Jan 1874 as his second wife Sir Alexander Bannerman, 9th Bt.

2. Lady Margaret Ashburnham (b. 4 Apr 1851; d. 1933), mar. 3 Aug 1882 John Bickersteth CBE, of Lake side, Dorman's Park, co. Surrey, 3rd son of Rt Rev ..... Bickersteth DD, Bishop of Ripon, and had issue

3. Lady Anne Ashburnham (b. 21 Mar 1853; dvp. 1 Dec 1857)

4. Lady Mary Ashburnham (b. 21 Dec 1859 ; d. 3 May 1947), mar. 23 Jan 1883 Sydney George [Holland], 2nd Viscount Knutsford, and had issue


22 Jun 1878

suc. by




Bertram [Ashburnham], 5th Earl of Ashburnham


28 Oct 1840


25 Feb 1888 Emily Chaplin (d. 12 Feb 1900), dau. of Richard Chaplin


1. Hon Bertram Richard Ashburnham, styled Viscount St Asaph (b. 2 Mar 1888 ; dvp. 4 Mar 1888)

1. Lady Mary Catherine Charlotte Ashburnham (b. 3 Jan 1890; d. 5 Jan 1953)


d.s.p.m.s. 15 Jan 1913

suc. by




Thomas [Ashburnham], 6th Earl of Ashburnham


8 Apr 1855


10 Jun 1903 Maria Elizabeth Anderson OStJ, 2nd dau. of W H Anderson, of Frederickton, New Brunswick, Canada


s.p. 12 May 1924


ADC to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1885-86


On the death of the 6th Earl of Ashburnham all his titles became extinct.


 First written 4 Jun 2003



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