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Bolingbroke, Viscount (GB, 1712)


Creation: let. pat. 7 Jul 1712


Family name: St John




Argent on a Chief Gules two Mullets Or


A Mount Vert thereon a Falcon rising Or ducally gorged Gules


Dexter:  a Falcon wings displayed Or ducally gorged Gules; Sinister:  an Eagle wings displayed Or charged on the breast with the Hames (the Hames is a badge of the family of Tregoze, viz.:  on an Antique Shield rimmed Gold party per pale Argent and Gules a Crescent Sable thereon a Label of three points Or)


Nec quaerere, nec spernere honorem (Neither to seek nor to despise honours)



Henry [St John], 1st Viscount Bolingbroke

1st son of Henry [St John], 1st Viscount St John, by his first wife Lady Mary Rich, 2nd dau. and cohrss. by his second wife of Robert [Rich], 3rd Earl of Warwick


10 Oct 1678

mar. (1)

1700 Frances Winchcombe (dsp. 24 Oct 1718), 1st dau. and cohrss. of Sir Henry Winchcombe, 2nd Bt. of Bucklebury, co. Berkshire, by his wife ..... Rolls

mar. (2)

1718 Marie Claire de Champs de Maresiley (widow of Marquis de Vilette;  dsp. 18 Mar 1750)


s.p.s. 12 Dec 1751


v.p. 7 Jul 1712 Baron St John of Lydiard Tregoze and Viscount Bolingbroke, with remainder, failing his own male issue, to his father and the heirs male of his body

suc. by



attainted 10 Sep 1715;  cr. Earl of Bolingbroke 1715 by Prince James Francis Edward, styled King James III;  restored to his estates but not his honours 31 May 1725


Frederick [St John], 3rd Viscount St John later 2nd Viscount Bolingbroke

1st son of John [St John], 2nd Viscount St John (by his first wife Anne Furnese, only dau. and hrss. of Sir Robert Furnese, 2nd Bt. MP, of Waldershare, co. Kent), 1st surv. son by his second wife of Henry [St John], 1st Viscount St John




8 Sep 1757 (div. 8 Mar 1768) Lady Diana Spencer (mar. (2) 1768 Topham Beauclerk;  d. 11 Mar 1780), 1st dau. of Charles [Spencer], 3rd Duke of Marlborough, by his wife Hon Elizabeth Trevor, dau. of Thomas [Trevor], 2nd Baron Trevor


1. Hon George Richard St John, later 3rd Viscount Bolingbroke

2. Gen Hon Frederick St John, of Chailey, co. Sussex (b. 20 Dec 1765; d. 19 Nov 1844), mar. (1) 8 Dec 1788 Lady Mary Kerr (b. 5 Dec 1767; dvp. 6 Feb 1791), 3rd dau. of William John [Kerr], 5th Marquess of Lothian, by his wife Elizabeth Fortescue, only dau. of Chichester Fortescue, of Dromisken, co. Louth, (2) 6 Apr 1793 Hon Arabella Craven, 3rd dau. of William [Craven], 6th Baron Craven, by his wife Lady Elizabeth Berkeley, 2nd dau. of Augustus [Berkeley], 4th Earl of Berkeley, and (3) 14 Nov 1821 Caroline Parsons (d. 27 May 1869), dau. of J Parsons, and had issue by each of his wives


5 May 1787

suc. by



suc. his father Feb 1749 as 3rd Viscount St John


George Richard [St John], 3rd Viscount Bolingbroke


5 Mar 1761

mar. (1)

26 Feb 1783 Charlotte Collins (d. 11 Jan 1803), dau. of Rev Thomas Collins, of Winchester

only child by first wife

1. Hon Henry St John, later 4th Viscount Bolingbroke

mar. (2)

1 Aug 1804 Baroness Isabella Charlotte Antoinette Sophia Hompesch (d. Jul 1848)

children by second wife

2. Hon Ferdinand St John (b. 16 Oct 1804; d. 10 Oct 1865), mar. 8 Feb 1826 Selina Charlotte Keatinge (d. 23 Mar 1897), dau. of Col Maurice Bagenal St Leger Keatinge, of Narraghmore, co. Kildare, by his wife Lady Martha Brabazon, 1st dau. of Anthony [Brabazon], 8th Earl of Meath, and had issue:

1a. Rev Maurice William Ferdinand St John DD, Canon of Gloucester, Vicar of Kempston and Rural Dean of Fairford (b. 14 Nov 1827; d. 18 Feb 1914), mar. 30 Jun 1853 Charlotte Lucy Hamilton Dalyell (d. 28 Apr 1902), dau. of John Dalyell of Lingo, and had issue:

1b. Henry Percy St John, Principal Clerk, Judicial Department, and Taxing Officer in the House of Lords (b. 23 Mar 1854; d. 9 Sep 1921), mar. 12 Oct 1887 Maud Louisa Glyn (d. 28 Oct 1938), only dau. of Hon Pascoe Charles Glyn MP (by his second wife Caroline Henrietta Hale, dau. of Capt William Amherst Hale), 6th son of George Carr [Glyn], 1st Baron Wolverton, by his wife Marianne Grenfell, 3rd dau. by his second wife of Pascoe Grenfell MP, of Taplow House, co. Buckingham, and had issue:

1c. Capt Geoffrey Robert St John MC (b. 4 Jan 1889), mar. (1) 10 Dec 1914 (div. 1925) Gwendolen Isabel Okeden, only child of Herbert Okeden, of Stutton House, co. Suffolk, and had issue:

1d. Midshipman Ralph Geoffrey Julian St John RN (b. 11 Feb 1917; dvp. in motoring accident 31 May 1937)

Capt Geoffrey St John mar. (2) 5 Dec 1925 (div. 1940) Katharine Mary Musgrave (d. 22 Apr 1958), dau. of A S J Musgrave, of Abbeylands, Settle, co. York, (3) 4 Mar 1941 Mary Violet Handley (d. 29 Aug 1951), niece and adopted dau. of John Mills, of Maffra, Victoria, Australia, and (4) 1957 Brynhildr Archdall Purkis (widow of W Bryant Purkis; d. 14 May 1975), dau. of Harold Archdall Vicars, and had issue by his second wife:

2d. Kenneth Oliver Musgrave St John, later 7th Viscount Bolingbroke

3d. Hon Henry Ferdinand Musgrave St John (b. 5 May 1928; d. 26 Oct 1995), mar. 1 Nov 1956 Patricia Margaret Mary Ryan, dau. of Edward Ryan, of Exeter, co. Devon, and had issue:

1e. Oliver Geoffrey St John (b. 18 Jun 1958; dvp. 1982)

1d. Hon Antonia Josephine St John (b. 19 Nov 1933), mar. (1) 1955 (div. 1966) Henry Wilson, and (2) 1 Apr 1967 Peter Johnson, and has issue by her second husband

1c. Margaret Olivia St John (b. 3 Jun 1890; d. 29 Sep 1964), mar. 6 Aug 1914 Capt Guy Melvil Gibbs, of Barrow Court, co. Somerset (b. 15 ec 1889), 5th son of Henry Martin Gibbs JP, of Barrow Court, co. Somerset, by his wife Emily Anna Otter, 5th dau. of Ven William Bruere Otter, Archdeacon of Lewes, and had issue

2c. Ursula Mary St John (b. 11 Oct 1891; d. 18 Feb 1971), mar. 10 Jul 1912 Capt Cyril Francis Hawley (k. in action 2 Nov 1914), 2nd son of Sir Henry Michael Hawley, 2nd Bt., and had issue

2b. Lt Col Ferdinand John St John (b. 25 Oct 1861; dsp. 27 Mar 1930), mar. 1924 Zulmée Marie Thérèse Lesoing, dau. of Théophile Lesoing, of Avèsnes-le-Comte, France

1b. Aline St John (b. 23 Mar 1854; d. 29 Mar 1884), mar. 11 Apr 1883 Robert Ingham Tidswell, of Haresfield Court, co. Gloucester, and had issue

2a. Maj John Henry St John (b. 3 Jan 1829; d. 18 Sep 1912), mar. 6 Apr 1854 Margaret Warren (b. 19 Oct 1832; d. 29 Feb 1912), dau. of Maj Gen Sir Charles Warren KCB, by his first wife Mary Anne Hughes, dau. of William Hughes, of Dublin, and had issue:

1b. Charles Ferdinand St John (b. 12 Apr 1855; dvp. 1884)

2b. Normanby Hay St John (b. 21 May 1857; d. 12 Nov 1913)

3b. Henry Warren St John (b. 13 Aug 1860; dspm. 2 Feb 1931), mar. 30 Nov 1916 Justina Margaret Mackenzie (d. 1969), dau. of Duncan Mackenzie, of Hill View, East Grinstead, co. Sussex, and had issue:

1c. Margaret Irene St John (b. 4 Jul 1917), mar. 9 Aug 1939 (div. 1947) Gerald William Francis Matthews, and has issue

4b. Louis William St John (b. 12 Jun 1862; d. 12 Oct 1928)

5b. Frederick George St John (b. 27 Jul 1866; dsp. 26 Jan 1924), mar. 12 Nov 1910 Edith Constance Addyman (widow of James W Addyman, of Harrogate, co. York), dau. of Claude Wilkin

6b. Walter Cecil Hompesch St John (b. 27 Sep 1867; d. 1955), mar. 3 Jan 1908 Maria Salome Rodriques (d. 1930), dau. of ..... Rodriques, of Santiago del Estero, Argentine, and had issue:

1c. Walter Warren St John, heir presumptive to the Viscountcy of Bolingbroke, of Villa Celina, Buenos Aires, Argentina (b. 14 Feb 1921), mar. 1949 Lida Amelia Goicoechea, and has issue:

1d. Henry William St John, of Juan J Paso 30-CP 1832, Lomas de Zamora, Prov Buenos Aires, Argentina (b. 1952), mar. 1977 (div. 1981) Silvia Mazzoni, and has issue:

1e. German Andres St John (b. 1980)

1s. Alice St John (b. 1950), mar. 1974 Alejandro Funes Lorea, and has issue

1c. Lila Romona del Rosario St John (b. 1910), mar. 2 Jan 1935 Dr Ernesto Christensen, of Entre Rios 166, Santiago del Estero, Argentine, and has issue

2c. Fanny de Valle St John (b. 1912), mar. 1938 Dr Ramon Bernardo Juarez, and has issue

3c. Margarita del Carmen St John (b. 1913), mar. 1941 Luis Frederico Quade, of Peru 161, Catamarca, Argentina, and has issue

4c. Rosa Pastora St John (b. 1916), mar. 1940 Ubaldo Casimiro Garcia, of Madero 755, CP 1408, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has issue

7b. John Oliver St John (b. 1874; dvp. 1876)

8b. Edward Archibald St John (b. 7 Apr 1876; d. 11 Nov 1949), mar. 12 Jul 1922 Clara Esmeralda Magno, and had issue

1b. Sophia Rose Bethel St John (d. 25 May 1953)

2b. Mary Lilian Muriel St John (d. 17 May 1954)

3b. Margaret Zeline St John

3a. Charles Louis St John (b. 2 Mar 1831; d. 8 Jun 1897), mar. 1 Jul 1875 Aglaé de Jora, dau. of Alexander de Jora, of Jassy, and had issue

4a. Sir Frederic Robert St John KCMG, Secretary of Embassy at Constantinople 1879-81, Minister resident in Central America 1881 and to Columbia 1884, Minister Resident in Caracas 1884-88, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to King of Serbia 1888-90, Consul-General in Serbia 1890-92 and Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary at Berne 1893-1901 (b. 2 Mar 1831; d. 27 Feb 1923), mar. 18 Apr 1882 Isabella Annie FitzMaurice, 2nd dau. of Capt Hon James Terence FitzMaurice JP RN (by his first wife Frances Rhoda Ouseley, only dau. of Sir William Gore Ouseley KCB), 5th son of Thomas John Hamilton [FitzMaurice], 5th Earl of Orkney, and had issue

3. Hon Charles Robert St John (b. 21 Nov 1807; dsp. 21 Jan 1844), mar. 20 Apr 1841 Jane Gibson (mar. (2) 22 Jun 1848 Sir Percy Florence Shelley, 3rd Bt.; dsp. 24 Jun 1899), dau. of Thomas Gibson

1. Hon Isabella St John

2. Hon Antonia St John


18 Dec 1824

suc. by

son by first wife


Henry [St John], 4th Viscount Bolingbroke


6 Mar 1786


3 Jun 1812 Maria St John-Mildmay (d. 21 Dec 1836), 2nd dau. of Sir Henry Paulet St John later St John-Mildmay, 3rd Bt., MP, by his wife Jane Mildmay, 1st dau. and cohrss. of Carew Mildmay, of Shawford House, co. Hampshire, and of Mildmay Park, Stoke Newington, co. Middlesex


1. Hon Henry Mildmay St John, later 5th Viscount Bolingbroke

2. Hon Spencer Mildmay St John, HEICS (b. 1822; dsp. vp. 20 Aug 1849), mar. 1 Feb 1842 Dora Clutterbuck (dsp. 22 Mar 1847), only dau. of Capt ..... Clutterbuck

1. Hon Maria Louisa St John (d. 2 Jun 1861), mar. 11 Mar 1839 John Lauriston Kneller, 2nd son of Godfrey John Kneller, of Donhead Hall, co. Wiltshire, and had issue

2. Hon Anne Jane Charlotte St John (d. 24 Apr 1881), mar. 21 Apr 1838 Lawrence Robert Shawe

3. Hon Isabella St John (dsp.)

4. Hon Emily Arabella Jane St John (d. 1855), mar. (1) William Corbel Smith, of Bitteswell Hall, co. Leicester (d. 9 Mar 1847), and (2) 14 Jan 1852 Frederick Geldart Webbe Horlock, of The Rocks House, Marshfield, co. Gloucester


1 Oct 1851

suc. by



Henry Mildmay [St John], 5th Viscount Bolingbroke


30 Mar 1820


5 Jan 1893 Mary Emily Elizabeth Howard (d. 22 Feb 1940), dau. of Robert Howard

only child

1. Hon Vernon Henry St John, later 6th Viscount Bolingbroke


7 Nov 1899

suc. by



Vernon Henry [St John], 6th Viscount Bolingbroke


15 Mar 1896


15 Jun 1950 (div. 1952) Valezina Frohawk, dau. of Frederick William Frohawk, of Sutton, co. Surrey


s.p. 1 May 1974

suc. by

second cousin twice removed


Kenneth Oliver Musgrave [St John], 7th Viscount Bolingbroke


27 Mar 1927

mar. (1)

1953 (div. 1972) Patricia Mary McKenna, dau. of B J McKenna, of Christchurch, New Zealand

only child by first wife

1. Hon Henry FitzRoy St John, later 8th Viscount Bolingbroke

mar. (2)

22 Dec 1972 (div. 1987) Jainey Anne McRae, dau. of Alexander Duncan McRae, of Timaru, New Zealand

children by second wife

2. Hon Oliver John Beauchamp St John, not in succession to his father's titles (b. 23 Jan 1972)

3. Hon Nicholas Alexander Mowbray St John, later 9th Viscount Bolingbroke


5 Jul 2010

suc. by

son by first wife



Henry FitzRoy [St John], 8th Viscount Bolingbroke


18 May 1957


21 May 2011

suc. by



Nicholas Alexander Mowbray [St John], 9th Viscount Bolingbroke


20 Jun 1974


Lord Bolingbroke has not proven his succession to the Baronetcy of St John of Lydiard Tregoze


The heir presumptive to the Viscountcy of Bolingbroke is Walter Warren St John, a great-great grandson of the 3rd Viscount Bolingbroke and second cousin twice removed of the present Viscount.


 Last updated 19 Feb 2012




9th Viscount Bolingbroke

(Great Britain, let. pat. 7 Jul 1712

10th Viscount St John

(Great Britain, let. pat. 2 Jul 1716)

9th Baron St John of Lydiard Tregoze

(Great Britain, let. pat. 7 Jul 1712)

10th Baron St John of Battersea

(Great Britain, let. pat. 2 Jul 1716)

de jure 13th Baronet, styled "of Lydiard Tregoze, co. Wiltshire"

(England, let. pat. 22 May 1611)



[not known]



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