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Cowdray, Viscount (UK, 1917)


Creation: let. pat. 2 Jan 1917


Family name: Pearson




Per fess indented Gules and Or in chief two Suns in Splendour and in base  a Demi-Gryphon couped all counterchanged


In front of a Demi Gryphon Gules holding between its claws a Millstone proper thereon Mill-Rind Sable a Sun in Splendour


Dexter:  a Diver holding in his exterior hand his Helmet all proper;  Sinister:  a Mexican peon also proper


Do It With Thy Might



Weetman Dickinson [Pearson], 1st Baron Cowdray later 1st Viscount Cowdray, GCVO PC DL

son of George Pearson, of Brickendonbury, co. Hertford, by his wife Sarah Dickinson, dau. of Weetman Dickinson, of High Hoyland, co. York


15 Jul 1856


22 Jun 1881 Annie Cass GBE, High Steward of Colchester 1927-32 (b. 1860; d. 15 Apr 1932), 2nd but 1st surv. dau. of Sir John Cass JP, of Bradford, co. York, stuff merchant


1. Hon Weetman Harold Miller Pearson, later 2nd Viscount Cowdray

2. Hon (Bernard) Clive Pearson, High Sheriff of Sussex 1940 (b. 12 Aug 1887; d. 22 Jul 1965), mar. 14 Oct 1915 Hon Alicia Mary Dorothea Knatchbull-Hugessen (b. 18 Feb 1893; d. 15 Jan 1974), only dau. of Edward [Hugessen later Knatchbull-Hugessen], 1st Baron Brabourne, by his second wife Ethel Mary Walker, 3rd dau. of Col Sir George Gustavus Walker KCB, of Crawfordton, co. Dumfries, and had issue

3. Hon Francis Geoffrey Pearson, served in World War I in the  (b. 23 Aug 1891; killed in acgtion vp. 6 Sep 1914), mar. 6 Aug 1909 Ethel Elizabeth Lewis (mar. (2) 11 Apr 1918 (div. 1926) A/Cdre Henry John Francis Hunter CBE MC RAF, son of Henry Charles Vicars Hunter), dau. of John J Lewis, of Hove, co. Sussex, and had issue

1. Hon Gertrude Mary Pearson GBE JP (d. 2 Jun 1954), mar. 26 Nov 1903 Thomas [Denman], 3rd Baron Denman, and had issue


1 May 1927


26 Jun 1894 Baronet of the United Kingdom, styled "of Paddockhurst"

16 Jul 1910 Baron Cowdray, of Midhurst in the County of Sussex

2 Jan 1917 Viscount Cowdray, of Cowdray in the County of Sussex

suc. by



Head, S Pearson and Son; Member of Parliament (Liberal) for Colchester 1905-10; Privy Councillor 1917; Rector of Aberseen University 1917-21; GCVO 1925; High Steward of Colchester


Weetman Harold Miller [Pearson], 2nd Viscount Cowdray


18 Apr 1882


14 Nov 1905 Agnes Beryl Spencer-Churchill (d. 19 Feb 1948), 2nd surv. dau. of Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill (by his wife Augusta Warburton, dau. of Maj John Drought Warburton MP), 1st son by his third wife of George [Spencer-Churchill], 6th Duke of Marlborough


1. Hon Weetman John Churchill Pearson, later 3rd Viscount Cowdray

1. Hon Daisy Yoskyl Consuelo Pearson (b. 5 Aug 1906; d. 1979), mar. (1) 20 Jan 1932 Lt Hon Robert Brampton Gurdon (b. 21 Jun 1904; killed in action vp. Jul 1942), only son of Bertram Francis [Gurdon], 2nd Baron Cranworth, by his wife Vera Emily Ridley CBE, 1st dau. of Arthur William Ridley, (2) 11 Nov 1944 Lt Col Alistair Monteith Gibb (killed in a polo accident vp. 29 Jul 1955), 1st son of Brig Gen Sir Alexander Gibb GCB, and (3) 26 Jan 1962 as his second wife Malcolm Stewart [McCorquodale], 1st Baron McCorquodale of Newton, and had issue by her first and second husbands

2. Hon (Beryl) Nancy Pearson (b. 25 Feb 1908d. 2 Nov 1994), mar. 31 Jan 1934 John Hugh [Hare], 1st Viscount Blakenham, and had issue

3. Hon Angela Pearson (b. 27 Feb 1910; d. 1981), mar. (1) 25 Aug 1930 Lt Col George Anthony Murray OBE (b. 7 Jan 1907; killed in action Apr 1945), only son of Sir George Evelyn Pemberton Murray KCB, by his wife Muriel Mildred Elizabeth Beresford-Hope, 1st dau. of Philip Beresford-Hope JP, of Bedgebury Park, and (2) 5 Jun 1950 Lt Col Robert Mordan Thorne Campbell-Preston OBE MC TD DL (d. 14 Jun 1996), 1st son of Lt Col Robert William PigottClarke Campbell-Preston JP DL, of Ardchattan Priory, co. Argyll, and had issue by both husbands

4. Hon Brenda Ruby Pearson (b. 15 Nov 1912; d. 19...), mar. (1) 11 Jun 1934 (div. 1948) G/Capt Paul Willert RAF, only son of Sir Arthur Willert KBE, of 12 Sloane Terrace Mansions, London SW1, and (2) 116 Dec 1948 Hugh Carter, and had issue by both husbands

5. Hon (Helena) Daphne Pearson (b. 13 Sep 1918), mar. 10 Aug 1939 Lt Col John Lakin TD JP (d. 1989), only surv. son of Henry Gilbert Lakin, of Temple Cottage, Harbury, co. Warwick, and has issue


5 Oct 1933

suc. by



Member of Parliament for Eye 1906-18


Weetman John Churchill [Pearson], 3rd Viscount Cowdray, TD DL


27 Feb 1910

mar. (1)

19 Jul 1939 (div. 1950) Lady Anne Pamela Bridgeman (b. 12 Jun 1913; d. Jun 2009), 3rd dau. of Orlando [Bridgeman], 5th Earl of Bradford, by his wife Hon Margaret Cecilia Bruce, 1st dau. of Henry Campbell [Bruce], 2nd Baron Aberdare

children by first wife

1. Hon Michael Orlando Weetman Pearson, later 4th Viscount Cowdray

1. Hon (Mary) Teresa Pearson (b. 3 Jun 1940), mar. 1980 (div. 1997) as his second wife Lionel Geoffrey Stopford Sackville, of Drayton House, Lowick, Kettering, co. Northampton (b. 4 Nov 1932), 1st son of Col Nigel Victor Stopford Sackville CBE TD JP DL, of Drayton House, co. Northampton, by his first wife Beatrix Helen Constance Pakenham, dau. of Col Hercules Arthur Pakenham CMG, of Langford Lodge, co. Antrim, and has issue

2. Hon Liza Jane Pearson (b. 30 Mar 1942), mar. 19 Dec 1967 Malcolm MacNaughton Jr, of Old Law House, 395 Miramontes Road, Woodside, California, USA, 1st son of Malcolm MacNaughton, of Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, and has issue

mar. (2)

4 Mar 1953 Elizabeth Georgiana Mather Jackson, 2nd dau. of Sir Anthony Henry Mather Jackson, 6th Bt., of Archway House, Kirklington, Newark, co. Nottingham, by his wife Evelyn Mary Stephenson, 1st dau. of Lt Col Sir Henry Kenyon Stephenson, 1st Bt. DSO, of Hassop Hall, Bakewell, co. Derby

children by second wife

2. Hon Charles Anthony Pearson, of 31 Jubilee Place, London SW3, and Dunecht House, Dunecht, Skene, co. Aberdeen (b. 5 Mar 1956), mar. 1992 Baroness Benedicte Blixen-Finecke, dau. of Ifver Iuul, of Fyn, Denmark, and has issue

3. Hon Lucy Pearson (b. 11 Apr 1954), mar. (1) 17 May 1972 (div. 1978) Luis Hector Juan Sosa Basualdo, of Argentia, and (2) Charles Torquil de Montalt Fraser, 1st son of Maj Michael Quintin Fraser, and has issue by both husbands

4. Hon Rosanna (Rosie) Pearson (b. 1 Jul 1959), mar. 1988 as his second wife Palma Xona Taylor, of Asthall Manor, Burford, co. Oxford, and has issue


19 Jan 1995

suc. by

son by first wife


served in World War II 1939-41 as Captain, Royal Artillery, and Lt Col, Horse Guards; Parliamentary Private Secretary to Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Air 1941-42


Michael Orlando Weetman [Pearson], 4th Viscount Cowdray


17 Jun 1944

mar. (1)

1977 (div. 1984) Ellen (Fritzi) Erhardt (mar. (2) 12 Jan 1985 as his fourth wife Spencer Douglas David [Compton], 7th Marquess of Northampton), dau. of Hermann Erhardt, of Munich, Germany

mar. (2)

1 Jul 1987 Marina Rose Cordle, 2nd dau. of John Howard Cordle MP, of Malmesbury House, The Close, Salisbury, co. Wiltshire, by his wife Venetia Caroline Maynard, 1st dau. and cohrss. of Lt Col Alister Maynard MBE, by his wife Muriel Violet Wingfield, only child by his first wife of Capt Maurice ffolliott Rhys Wingfield

children by second wife

1. Hon Peregrine John Dickinson Pearson (b. 27 Oct 1994)

2. Hon Montague Orlando William Pearson (b. 17 May 1997)

1. Hon Eliza Anne Venetia Pearson (b. 31 May 1988)

2. Hon Emily Jane Marina Pearson (b. 13 Dec 1989)

3. Hon Catrina Sophie Lavinia Pearson (b. 13 Mar 1991)


Last updated 1 Dec 2013




4th Viscount Cowdray, of Cowdray in the County of Sussex

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

4th Baron Cowdray, of Midhurst in the County of Sussex

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 16 Jul 1910)

4th Baronet, styled "of Paddockhurst"

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 26 Jun 1894)



Cowdray Park, Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 0AY

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