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Colville of Culross, Viscount (UK, 1902)


Creation: let. pat. 12 Jul 1902


Family name: Colville




Quarterly:  1st and 4th, Argent a Cross Moline Sable (Colville);  2nd and 3rd, Gules a Fess chequy Argent and Azure (Lindsay)


A Hind's Head couped at the neck Argent


Dexter:  a Rhinoceros proper;  Sinister:  a Savage habited in a bearskin and supporting on his left shoulder with his exterior hand a Club all proper


Oublier Ne Puis (I cannot forget)



Charles John [Colville], 10th Lord Colville of Culross later 1st Viscount Colville of Culross, KT GCVO PC

1st son of Gen Hon Sir Charles Colville GCB GCH (by his wife Jane Mure, 1st dau. of William Mure of Caldwell), 2nd surv. son of John [Colville], 8th Lord Colville of Culross, by his wife Amelia Webber


23 Nov 1818


6 Jun 1853 Hon Cecil Katherine Mary Carrington (b. 12 Sep 1829; d. 2 Oct 1907; bur. with her husband in Northwood Cemetery, near Cowes), only child of Robert John [Smith later Carrington], 2nd Baron Carrington, by his first wife Hon Elizabeth Katherine Weld-Forester, 2nd dau. of Cecil Ward [Forester later Weld-Forester], 1st Baron Forester


1. Hon Charles Robert William Colville, later 2nd Viscount Colville of Culross

2. Admiral Hon Sir Stanley Cecil James Colville GCB GCMG GCVO, served in the Zulu War 1879, Egyptian Campaign 1882, Nile Expedition 1884-85, Dongola Expedition 1896, ADC to King Edward VII 1905-06, commanding Nore Division 1908-09, 1st Cruiser Squadron 1909-11, 1st Battle Squadron 1912-14, Commander-in-Chief of Orkney and Shetlands 1914-16, Commander-in-Chief of Portsmouth 1916-19, First and Principal ADC to King George V 1919-22, Rear Admiral 1927-29, Vice-Admiral 1929-49 (b. 21 Feb 1861; d. 9 Apr 1939), mar. 6 Dec 1902 Lady Adelaide Jane Meade (d. 31 Mar 1960), 4th dau. of Richard James [Meade], 4th Earl of Clanwilliam, by his wife Elizabeth Henrietta Kennedy, 1st dau. of Sir Arthur Edward Kennedy GCMG CB, Governor of Queensland, and had issue

3. Hon George Charles Colville MBE, barrister, High Sheriff of London 1930 (b. 22 Feb 1867; d. 19 Sep 1943), mar. 21 Jan 1908 Lady (Helen) Cynthia Milnes later Crewe-Milnes DCVO DBE, a Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Mary 1923-53 (b. 20 May 1884; d. 15 Jun 1968), 3rd dau. of Robert Offley Ashburton [Milnes later Crewe-Milnes], 1st Marquess of Crewe, by his first wife Sibyl Marcia Graham, 4th dau. of Sir Frederick Ulric Graham, 3rd Bt., of Netherby, co. Cumberland, and had issue

1. Hon Blanche Cecile Colville (b. 8 Aug 1857; d. 3 Apr 1940), mar. 26 Jul 1890 Rear-Admiral Richard Frederick Britten, of Kenswick, co. Worcester, and had issue

2. Hon ..... Colville (dvp. in infancy)


1 Jul 1903 (bur. in Northwood Cemetery, near Cowes)


31 Dec 1885 Baron Colville of Culross, of Culross in the County of Perth

12 Jul 1902 Viscount Colville of Culross, of Culross in the County of Perth

suc. by



Gentleman of the Bedchamber to the Prince Consort 1841-43; suc. his uncle 22 Oct 1849 as 10th Lord Colville of Culross; a Representative Peer for Scotland 1852-85; Lt Col, Hon Artillery Company 1859-66; Chief Equerry and Clerk Marshal to Queen Victoria 1852 and 1858-59;  Master of the Buckhounds (Conservative) 1866-68;  Privy Councillor 1866; Vice President of the Hon Artillery Company 1868-85 and President 1885-1903; Chamberlain to the Princess of Wales 1873-1901; Knight of the Thistle 1874; Chairman, Great Northern Railway 1880-95; GCVO 1896; Chamberlain to the Queen Consort 1901-03


Charles Robert William [Colville], 2nd Viscount Colville of Culross


26 Apr 1854


7 Oct 1885 Ruby Streatfeild (b. 10 Nov 1866; d. 14 Dec 1943), 2nd dau. of Lt Col Henry Dorrien Streatfeild, of Chiddingstone Castle, co. Kent, by his wife Marion Henrietta Smith, 4th dau. of Oswald Smith, of Blendon Hall, co. Kent


1. Hon Charles Alexander Colville, later 3rd Viscount Colville of Culross

2. Lieut Hon John Gilbert Colville RNVR, served in World Wars I and II (b. 24 Dec 1892; d. 19 Jan 1952)

1. Hon Margaret Colville, WVS Centre Organiser 1938-40 (b. 11 Sep 1886; d. 30 Apr 1975)

2. Hon Sybil Marion Colville, Lady-in-Waiting to HRH the Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood (b. 21 Jul 1897; d. 30 Sep 1946), mar. 25 May 1916 her half-cousin once removed Rupert Victor John [Carington], 5th Baron Carrington, and had issue


25 Mar 1928

suc. by



joined the Grenadier Guards 1871; Lieut 1874 and subsequently Capt and later Major; served with the 24th Regiment in the Zulu War 1879; ADC to the Commander-in-Chief of the Bombay Army 1881; Military Secretary to Governor-General of Canada; Lt Col, Territorial Force Reserve 1915


Charles Alexander [Colville], 3rd Viscount Colville of Culross


26 May 1888


21 May 1931 Kathleen Myrtle Gale OBE (d. 1986), 1st dau. of Brig Gen Henry Richmond Gale CMG, of Bardsea, Saanichton, Vancouver Island, Canada


1. Hon John Mark Alexander Colville, later 4th Viscount Colville of Culross

2. Hon (Charles) Anthony Colville, of Rydes Nevill Court, Tunbridge, co. Kent, Sub-Lieut RNVR, solicitor, Overseas Civil Service Kenya 1958-64 (b. 5 Aug 1935), mar. 2 Oct 1965 Katherine Sankey, dau. of Humphrey John Sankey, of Kinangop, Kenya, and has issue

3. Hon Angus Richmond Colville, 2nd Lieut Grenadier Guards 1957-59, chartered surveyor (b. 29 Apr 1939; murdered by thieves in Guatemala City)


14 Mar 1945

suc. by



served in World War I as Cdr Royal Navy at the Battle of Jutland 1916; served in World War II, being killed on active service in a flying accident in the Azores


John Mark Alexander [Colville], 4th Viscount Colville of Culross, QC


19 Jul 1933

mar. (1)

4 Oct 1958 (div. 1973) Mary Elizabeth Webb-Bowen, only dau. of Col Mostyn Hird Wheeler Webb-Bowen, of Beccles, co. Suffolk

children by first wife

1. Hon Charles Mark Townshend Colville, later 5th Viscount Colville of Culross

2. Hon (Richmond) James Innys Colville, Master of Colville (b. 9 Jun 1961), mar. 1993 (Aurea) Katherine Dowson, dau. of Sir Philip Manning Dowson CBE, and has issue

3. Hon Alexander Fergus Gale Colville (b. 9 Jul 1964), mar. 1993 Elizabeth O'Hare, yst. dau. of John Desmond O'Hare, of Liverpool

4. Hon Rupert George Streatfeild Colville (b. 17 May 1966)

mar. (2)

Aug 1974 Margaret Birgitta Davidson JP, barrister, Member, Parole Board for England and Wales 1976-80 (former wife of John Andrew [Davidson], 2nd Viscount Davidson), dau. of Maj-Gen Cyril Henry Norton CB CBE DSO, of Dunn House, Long Melford, co. Suffolk

only child by second wife

5. Hon Edmund Carleton Colville (b. 14 Jul 1978)


8 Apr 2010

suc. by

son by first wife


Lieut, Grenadier Guards; barrister, Lincoln's Inn 1960; Member of Council, University of East Anglia 1968-72; Minister of State, Home Office 1972-74; Queen's Counsel 1978; Bencher, Lincoln's Inn, 1986; Chairman, Parole Board 1988-92; Recorder 1990; Circuit Judge 1993-99; elected to the House of Lords 1999; Member, Royal Company of Archers


Charles Mark Townshend [Colville], 5th Viscount Colville of Culross


5 Sep 1959


elected hereditary peer (Deputy Speaker - Cross Bench), House of Lords 2011


The heir presumptive to the Viscountcy of Colville of Culross is Hon (Richmond) James Innys Colville, Master of Colville, second son of the 4th Viscount Colville of Culross and next brother of the present Viscount.


Last updated 26 Jun 2010




5th Viscount Colville of Culross

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 12 Jul 1902)

14th Lord Colville of Culross

(Scotland, let. pat. 10 Mar 1604)

5th Baron Colville of Culross, of Culross in the County of Perth

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 31 Dec 1885)



Rookyards, Spexhall, nr Halesworth, Suffolk



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