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Beatty, Earl (UK, 1919)


Creation: let. pat. 27 Feb 1919


Family name: Beatty




Azure a Beehive beset with nine Bees volant Or a Chief Argent charged with the Cross of St George Gules


A Demi-Lion Gules holding in the dexter paw a Crescent Or


On the dexter side a Sailor of the Royal Navy, and on the sinister side a Soldier of the Royal Marines, both proper


Non Vi Sed Arte (Not by force but by art)



David [Beatty], 1st Earl Beatty, GCB OM GCVO DSO PC

2nd son of Capt David Longfield Beatty, of Borodale, co. Wexford, by his first wife Katherine Edith Sadleir, dau. of Nicholas Sadleir, of Dunboyne Castle, co. Meath


17 Jan 1871


22 May 1901 Ethel Field (d. 17 Jul 1932), only dau. of Marshall Field, of Chicago, USA


1. Hon David Field Beatty, later 2nd Earl Beatty

2. Hon Peter Randolph Louis Beatty, served in the RNVR in World War II (b. 2 Apr 1910; d. 26 Oct 1949)


11 Mar 1936


27 Sep 1919 Baron Beatty, of the North Sea and of Brooksby in the County of Leicester, Viscount Borodale, of Wexford in the County of Wexford, and Earl Beatty

suc. by



entered the Royal Navy 1884; Lieut 1892; served with the Dongola expedition 1896; DSO; with the Nile Expedition 1897-98; present at the Battles of Atbara and Khartoum; Commander 1898; served in the Chinese Expedition 1900; Captain 1900; MVO 1905; ADC to the King 1908-10; Rear-Admiral 1910; CB 1911; Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty 1912; served in World War I 1914-18, being present at the actions at Heliogoland Bight and the Dogger Bank and at the Battle of Jutland, as Commander of the 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron; KCB 1914; Vice-Admiral 1915; KCVO and GCB 1916; Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Fleet 1916-18; OM and GCVO 1917; Lord Rector of Edinburgh University 1917-36; Admiral and Admiral of the Fleet 1919; First Sea Lord of the Admiralty 1919-27; on being created a peer he received the thanks of Parliament and a grant of £100,000 for his eminent services during the war; a British Delegate to the Washington Conference 1921; President, Society for Naval Research 1925-36; Privy Councillor 1927


David Field [Beatty], 2nd Earl Beatty, DSC


22 Feb 1905

mar. (1)

21 Apr 1937 (div. 1945) Dorothy Sands Baragwaneth (former wife of (1) Harry Ester Reynolds Hall;  and (2) John Gordon Baragwaneth;  mar. (4) 10 Dec 1954 Peregrine Francis Adelbert [Cust], 6th Baron Brownlow;  d. 11 May 1966), 2nd dau. of Thomas Sarsfield Kent Power, of Virginia, USA

mar. (2)

7 Feb 1946 (div. 1950) Dorothy Rita Bragg (widow of Sgt Richard Edward Bragg RAF), dau. of Michael James Furey, of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

only child by second wife

1. Hon David Beatty, later 3rd Earl Beatty

mar. (3)

5 Jul 1951 (div. 1958) Adelle O'Connor (former wife of William V O'Connor, of Los Angeles, California, USA;  mar. (3) 1960 Stanley Donen;  d. 1990), dau. of M Dillingham, of Oklahoma City, USA

only child by third wife

1. Lady Diana Adrienne Beatty (b. 13 Sep 1952), mar. 1974 Henry Nicolas [Gage], 8th Viscount Gage, and has issue

mar. (4)

3 Dec 1959 Diane Blundell (mar. (2) 1973 Sir John Grenfel Nutting, 4th Bt., of Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, co. Buckingham), dau. of John Rutherford Blundell, of Hayling Island, co. Hampshire

children by fourth wife

2. Hon Nicholas Duncan Beatty (b. 1 Apr 1961), mar. 1990 Laura Mary Catherine Keen (b. 1 May 1963), 1st dau. of Charles William Lyle Keen, of The Old Rectory, Duntisbourne Rouse, co. Gloucester, by his wife Lady (Priscilla) Mary Rose Curzon, 1st dau. by his first wife of Edward Richard Assheton Penn [Curzon], 6th Earl Howe, and has issue

2. Lady Miranda Katherine Beatty (b. 18 Feb 1963), mar. (1) 1989 (Iain) Alan Stewart, yst. son of Sir Dugald Leslie Lorn Stewart of Appin KCVO CMG, and (2) 30 Sep 2000 Michael Hutchinson, of Exminster, co. Devon, and has issue by her first husband


10 Jun 1972

suc. by

son by second wife


joined the Royal Navy 1919; Lieut 1928 and retired 1931 ; Member of Parliament (Unionist) for Peckham 1931-36; Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Parliamentary Secretary of the Admiralty 1931-36; Lieut, Leicestershire Yeomanry (TA) 1933; Chairman, Navy League 1937; Member, London County Council 1937; served in World War II as Commander RN; DSC 1942; Deputy Director, Combined Operations Department, Admiralty 1944-45; Joint Under-Secretary for Air 1945


David [Beatty], 3rd Earl Beatty


21 Nov 1946

mar. (1)

26 Jun 1971 (div. 1982) Anne Please, 2nd dau. of A Please, of Wokingham, co. Berkshire

children by first wife

1. Hon Sean David Beatty, styled Viscount Borodale (b. 12 Jun 1973), mar. 2002 Susan Jane Hill, dau. of Jon Hill, and has issue:

1a. Hon Orlando Thomas Beatty (b. 17 Nov 2003)

2a. Hon Louis David Beatty (b. 2007)

2. Hon Peter Wystan Beatty (b. 1975)

mar. (2)

1984 Anoma Corinne Wijewardene, dau. of Ray Wijewardene, of Colombo, Sri Lanka


 Last updated 7 Apr 2009




3rd Earl Beatty

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 27 Sep 1919)

3rd Viscount Borodale, of Wexford in the County of Wexford

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 27 Sep 1919)

3rd Baron Beatty, of the North Sea and of Brooksby in the County of Leicester

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 27 Sep 1919)



c/o The Rt Hon the Viscountess Gage, The Cottage, Charwelton, Daventry, Northamptonshire



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