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Beaverbrook, Baron (UK, 1917)


Creation: let. pat. 2 Jan 1917


Family name: Aitken




Argent two Barrulets wavy Azure between in chief two Maple Leaves slipped and in base a Thistle eradicated Gules a Bordure Sable charged with eight Bezants


Upon a Drum proper a Cock Gules wattled armed and legged Or


On either side a Beaver reguardant holding in the mouth a Fish proper


Res Mihi Non Me Rebus (Things for me, not I for things)



(William) Maxwell [Aitken], 1st Baron Beaverbrook, PC

3rd son of Rev William Cuthbert Aitken, Presbyterian Minister of Newcastle, New Brunswick, Canada, by his wife Jane Noble, dau. of Joseph Noble, of Vaughan, Canada


25 May 1879

mar. (1)

29 Jan 1906 Gladys Henderson Drury (d. 1 Dec 1927), 2nd dau. of Maj-Gen Charles William Drury CB, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

children by first wife

1. Hon (John William) Maxwell Aitken, later 2nd Baron Beaverbrook

2. Hon Peter Rudyard Aitken, served in World War II as Capt, Royal Fusiliers (b. 22 Mar 1912; dvp. 3 Aug 1947 following a fall from a yacht), mar. (1) 25 Jan 1934 (div. 1939) Janet Ruth Murrenne Macneil (mar. (2) 13 Jul 1948 (div. 1956) Richard David Raft Lycett Green (d. 17 Dec 1969), 1st son of Cdr David Cecil Lycett Green RN; d. 27 Jan 1995), dau. of Prof Murray Macneil, of Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada, and (2) 28 Oct 1942 as her first husband (Marie) Patricia Maquire, 1st dau. of Michael Joseph Maquire, of Melbourne, Australia, by his wife Mary Jane Carroll, and had issue by his first wife

1. Hon Janet Gladys Aitken (b. 9 Jul 1908; d. 1988), mar. (1) as his first wife 12 Dec 1927 (div. 1934) Ian Douglas [Campbell], 11th Duke of Argyll, (2) 5 Mar 1935 F/O Hon William Drogo Sturges Montagu RAuxAF (b, 29 May 1908; killed on active service 26 Jan 1940), 2nd son by his first wife of George Charles [Montagu], 9th Earl of Sandwich, and (3) 11 Jul 1942 Maj Thomas Edward Dealtry Kidd MBE, of Slythehurst, Ewehurst, co. Surrey (d. 1979), 1st son of Hon Lt-Col Canon William Ennis Kidd MC, of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and had issue by each of her husbands

mar. (2)

7 Jun 1963 Marcia Anastasia Dunn (widow of Sir James Hamet Dunn, 1st Bt.; d. 28 Oct 1994), dau. of John Christoforides, of Leyswood, Groombridge, co. Sussex


9 Jun 1964


3 Jul 1916 Baronet of the United Kingdom, styled "of New Brunswick"

2 Jan 1917 Baron Beaverbrook, of Beaverbrook in the Province of New Brunswick, Canada, and of Cherkley in the County of Surrey

suc. by

son by first wife


Proproetor of several major newspapers; Hon Lt-Col Canadian Army during World War I;  Member of Parliament (Unionist) for Ashton-under-Lyne 1910-16; knighed 1911; Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister of Information 1918-19;  Minister of Aircraft Production 1940-41;  Member of the War Cabinet 1940-42; Minister of Supply 1941-42;  Lord Privy Seal 1943-45


Sir (John William) Maxwell Aitken, 2nd Bt., DSO DFC, briefly 2nd Baron Beaverbrook


15 Feb 1910

mar. (1)

26 Aug 1939 (div. 1944) Cynthia Helen Glencairn Monteith, dau. of Col Hugh Glencairn Monteith DSO OBE

mar. (2)

15 Aug 1946 (div. 1950) Ursula Jane Lindsay (former wife of Lt Col David Ludovic Peter Lindsay DSO;  mar. (3) 5 Jul 1951 Robert Edward John Compton, of Newby Hall, Ripon, co. York), 2nd dau. of Maj Robert Orlando Rudolph Kenyon-Slaney, of Hatton Grange, Shifnal, co. Salop (by his first wife Lady Mary Cecilia Rhodesia Hamilton, 1st dau. of James Albert Edward [Hamilton], 3rd Duke of Abercorn), 1st son of Rt Hon William Slaney Kenyon-Slaney MP, of Hatton Grange, Shifnal, co. Salop, by his wife Lady Mabel Selina Bridgeman, dau. of Orlando George Charles [Bridgeman], 3rd Earl of Bradford

children by second wife

1. Hon Kirsty Jane Aitken (b. 22 Jun 1947), mar. (1) 6 Sep 1966 (div. 1973) Jonathan Derek Morley, 2nd son of Brig Michael Frederick Morley MBE, of Biddleston Manor, Choppenham, co. Wiltshire, and (2) 1975 Christopher Marton Smallwood, of The Vineyard, Hurlingham Road, London SW6, son of Canon Graham Marton Smallwood, of Brook House, Childswickham, co. Hereford, and has issue by both husbands

2. Hon Lynda Mary Kathleen Aitken (b. 30 Oct 1948), mar. (1) 23 Apr 1969 (div. 1974) Nicholas Saxton, son of Richard Saxton, of La Jolla, California, USA, and (2) 1977 Jonathan James Dickson, of 45 Broomwood Road, London SW11, and has issue by her second husband

mar. (3)

1 Jan 1951 Violet de Trafford, 3rd dau. of Sir Humphrey Edmund de Trafford, 4th Bt. MC, of Trafford Park, co. Lancaster, by his wife Hon Cynthia Hilda Evelyn Cadogan, 3rd dau. and cohrss. of Hon Henry Arthur Cadogan, styled Viscount Chelsea (by his wife Hon Mildred Cecilia Harriet Sturt, dau. by his first wife of Henry Gerard [Sturt], 1st Baron Alington), son and heir app. by his first wife of George Henry [Cadogan], 5th Earl Cadogan

children by third wife

1. Hon Maxwell William Humphrey Aitken, later 3rd Baron Beaverbrook

3. Hon Laura Aitken (b. 18 Nov 1953). mar. (1) 1984 (div. 1989) David Victor Mark Mallet (b. 17 Dec 1945), 3rd son of Sir Victor Mallet GCMG CVO, of Wittersham House, co. Kent, British Ambassador at Madrid 1945-46 and Rome 1947-53 (by his wife Christiana Jean Andreae, dau. of Herman Anton Andreae, of Moundsmere Manor, Basingstoke, co. Hampshire), 1st son and heir of Sir Bernard Mallet KCB, of Wittersham House, co. Kent, Registrar-General of England 1909-20 (by his wife Hon Marie Constance Adeane VA, Maid of Honour to Queen Victoria 1887-91, 1st dau. of Henry John Adeane JP DL MP, of Babraham, co. Cambridge, by his wife Lady Elizabeth Philippa Yorke VA, 1st dau. of Charles Philip [Yorke], 4th Earl of Hardwicke), 1st son and heir of Rt Hon Sir Louis Mallet CB, Permanent Under Secretary of State for India 1874-83, by his wife Frances Helen Pellew, 4th dau. of Rev & Hon Edward Pellew (by his wife Marianne Winthrop, dau. of Dr Stephen Winthrop), 4th son of Edward [Pellew], 1st Viscount Exmouth, and (2) 1992 Martin K Levi, of The Prospect, 83 High Street, Cowes, Isle of Wight, powerboat designer, son of R Levi, and has issue by both husbands


30 Apr 1985

suc. by

son by third wife


served in World War II 1939-45 as G/Capt RAuxAF; DFC 1940; DSO 1942; Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Holborn 1945-50; Chairman, Beaverbrook Newspaper Ltd; disclaimed his peerage for life 12 Jun 1964


Maxwell William Humphrey [Aitken], 3rd Baron Beaverbrook


29 Dec 1951


19 Jul 1974 Susan Angela O'Ferrall, 1st dau. of Frank Ambrose Joseph More O'Ferrall, by his wife Angela Mary Mather Jackson, 1st dau. and cohrss. of Sir Anthony Henry Mather Jackson, 6th Bt., of Stubbing Court, Chesterfield, co. Derby, by his wife Evelyn Mary Stephenson, 1st dau. of Lt Col Sir Henry Kenyon Stephenson, 1st Bt. DSO, of Hassop Hall, Bakewell, co. Derby


1. Hon Maxwell Francis Aitken (b. 17 Mar 1977), mar. 9 Nov 2007 Donna Ines Nieto Gomez-Valentia, 1st dau. of Don José Ventura Nieto Valencia, of Madrid, Spain, and has issue:

1a. Giulietta Ines Susanna Aitken (b. 1 Dec 2011)

2. Hon Alexander Rory Aitken (b. 1978)

1. Hon Charlotte Susanna Aitken (b. 15 Feb 1982), mar. (1) 22 Jul 2011 (div. 2013) Charles Robert George [Innes-Ker], 11th Duke of Roxburghe, and (2) Francesco Bellasi, and has issue by her second husband

2. Hon Sophia Violet Angela Aitken (b. 1985), mar. Marchese Ugolino Bourbon di Petrella, of Rome, Italy, son of Marchese Onorio Bourbon di Petrella, of Castella di Petrella, Umbria, Italy, by his wife Cecilia Mori, and has issue


 Last updated 12 Jun 2021




3rd Baron Beaverbrook, of Beaverbrook in the Province of New Brunswick, Canada, and of Cherkley in the County of Surrey

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 2 Jan 1917)

3rd Baronet, styled "of New Brunswick"

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 3 Jul 1916)



Denchworth Manor, Wantage, Oxfordshire



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