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Denman, Baron (UK, 1834)


Creation: let. pat. 28 Mar 1834


Family name: Denman




Argent on a Chevron between three Lions' Heads erased Gules as many Ermine Spots Or


A Raven rising proper in the beak an Annulet Or


On either side a Lion Gules charged on the body with five Ermine Spots in cross Or


Prudentia Et Constantia (Prudence and constancy)



Thomas [Denman], 1st Baron Denman, PC

only son of Dr Thomas Denman, one of the Court Physicians, of Mount Street, London, by his wife Elizabeth Brodie, dau. of Alexander Brodie, of St James, Westminster, army accoutrement maker


23 Feb 1779


18 Oct 1804 Theodosia Anne Vevers (b. 21 Nov 1779; d. 28 Jun 1852), 1st dau. of Rev Richard Vevers, Rector of Kettering, co. Northampton, by his wife Theodosia Dorothy Anderson, dau. of Rev Sir William Anderson, 6th Bt., of Lea, co. Lincoln


1. Hon Thomas Denman later Aitchison-Denman, later 2nd Baron Denman

2. Vice-Admiral Hon Joseph Denman, Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific (b. 23 Jun 1810; dsp. 26 Nov 1875), mar. 12 Feb 1844 Grace Watts-Russell (d. 18 Dec 1902), yst. dau. of Jesse Watts-Russell, of Ilam Hall, co. Stafford, and Biggin House, co. Northampton

3. Hon Richard Denman, of Westergate, Arundel, co. Sussex, barrister (b. 13 Jan 1814; d. 19 Mar 1887), mar. 28 Oct 1840 Emma Jones (d. 2 Jan 1904), dau. of Hugh Jones, of Lark Hill, co. Lancaster, and had issue:

1a. Richard Denman (b. 3 Jan 1842; d. 5 Apr 1883), mar. 31 May 1871 (div. 1878) Helen Mary McMicking (mar. (2) 1888 Rt Hon Sir Henry Primrose KCB CSI ISO; d. 11 Jun 1919), 1st dau. of Gilbert McMicking, of Miltonise, co. Wigtown, and had issue:

1b. Thomas Denman, later 3rd Baron Denman

2b. Hon Sir Richard Douglas Denman, 1st Bt. JP, granted the style and precedence of the younger son of a Baron by Royal Warrant 1896, Private Secretary to the Postmaster General 1906-10, Member of Parliament for Carlisle 1910-18 and for Leeds Central 1920-45, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the President of the Board of Trade 1910, President of the Board of Agriculture 1917, President of the Board of Education 1917, Secretary of State for Air 1931, Second Church Estates Commissioner 1931-43, Member House of Laity Church Assembly 1939-58, Treasurer, Queen Anne's Bounty 1939-44, Chairman, Marine and General Mutual Life Assurance Society 1939-44, Chairman National Labour Organisation 1943-44, created a Baronet of the United Kingdom, styled "of Staffield", 2 Jul 1945 (b. 24 Aug 1876; d. 22 Dec 1957), mar. (1) 11 Feb 1904 (annulled 1913) Helen Christian Sutherland, only dau. of Sir Thomas Sutherland GCMG, and (2) 10 Jun 1914 Mary Radley Spencer (d. 1 Apr 1974), dau. of James Spencer, of Murrah Hall, Greystoke, Penrith, co. Cumberland, and had issue by his second wife:

1c. Sir Charles Spencer Denman, 2nd Bt., later 5th Baron Denman

2c. Hon Harold Denman, of East Heath Barn, Stream Lane, Hawkhurst, co. Kent (b. 26 Jan 1922; d. 8 May 2013), mar. 26 Mar 1976 Lady Frances Esmé Whiting (b. 8 Jun 1939; former wife of Derek Alan Whiting), only dau. of Francis Richard Henry Penn [Curzon], 5th Earl Howe, by his second wife Joyce Mary McLean Jack, dau. of Charles McLean Jack, of Johannesburg, South Africa, and had issue

3c. Hon George Denman, of Stratton House, Stoney Stratton, Shepton Mallet, co. Somerset (b. 3 Jun 1925), mar. 5 Oct 1960 Linda Louise Landale JP, 2nd dau. of David Fortune Landale, of Dalswinton, co. Dumfries, and has issue

1c. Dr Hon Phyllis Denman MRCS LRCP (b. 13 Apr 1919)

2c. Hon Catherine Denman (b. 10 Jun 1920), mar. 28 Dec 1957 Philip Musgrave Cowburn, of Cherwell House, Old Kidlington, co. Oxford (d. 1989), son of Maj Arthur Basil Cowburn MC TD, of Graceholme, Lorton, co. Cumberland, and has issue

1b. Hon Anna Maria Heywood Denman, granted the style and precedence of a Baron's daughter by Royal Warrant 1896 (b. c. 1874; d. 28 May 1965), mar. 13 Jul 1895 Sir John Emmott Barlow, 1st Bt., of Bradwell Hall, co. Chester, and had issue

2a. Thomas Hugh Denman, barrister (b. 16 Jan 1855; d. 9 Dec 1918), mar. 28 Jan 1890 Margaret Evelyn Townley (d. 31 May 1933), 4th dau. of Charles Watson Townley, of Fulbourn Manor, Cambridge, and had issue

1a. Theodosia Anne Denman (dvp. 3 Jun 1852)

2a. Emma Sophia Georgiana Denman (b. 22 Jun 1845; d. 31 Jan 1939), mar. (1) 31 Oct 1872 Maj Oswin Cumming Baker-Cresswell JP, of Cresswell and Harehope, co. Northumberland (d. 26 Feb 1886), (2) 7 Sep 1892 as his second wife Henry George [Liddell], 2nd Earl of Ravensworth, and (3) 30 Apr 1904 James William Wadsworth, her footman, and had issue by her first husband

3a. Elizabeth Margaret Denman (d. 31 Oct 1929), mar. 20 Jan 1870 Sir Peniston Milbanke, 9th Bt., and had issue

4a. Anna Maria Denman (d. 21 Oct 1938), mar. 16 Jul 1867 Reginald Garton Wilberforce DL, of Bramlands, Henfield, co. Sussex (d. 19 Jan 1914), 1st son of Rt Rev Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Winchester, and had issue

5a. Eleanora Denman (d. 5 Jan 1932), mar. 11 Feb 1907 Richard Patrick Boyle Davey, of Palazzo Vendramin, Venice, Italy (dsp. 25 Nov 1911)

4. Rt Hon George Denman QC, Member of Parliament for Tiverton 1859-65 and 1866-72. Justice of the Common Pleas 1872-75, High Court Judge 1875-92 (b. 23 Dec 1819; d. 21 Sep 1896), mar. 19 Feb 1852 Charlotte Hope (d. 19 Dec 1950), 5th dau. of Samuel Hope, of Liverpool, co. Lancaster, and had issue

5. Rev Hon Lewis William Denman (b. 23 Mar 1821; d. 6 May 1907), mar. (1) 16 Jun 1850 Frances Marianne Eden (d. 25 Apr 1862), dau. of Thomas Eden, of The Bryn, near Swansea, co. Glamorgan, Secretary to the Governor of Ceylon, by his wife Frances Eliza Rodney, dau. of Hon John Rodney, and (2) 22 Aug 1865 Frances Starkie Mary Armytage (dsp. 24 Dec 1893), 1st dau. of Col Henry Armytage, by his first wife Charlotte Starkie, dau. of Legendre Starkey, of Huntroyd, co. Lancaster, and had issue by his first wife

1. Hon Theodosia Denman (b. 16 Sep 1806; d. 20 May 1895), mar. 21 Nov 1825 Ichabod Charles Wright, of Mapperley Hall, co. Nottingham (d. 14 Oct 1871), and had issue

2. Hon Elizabeth Denman (b. 21 Nov 1807; d. 2 Aug 1880), mar. 3 May 1838 Ven Francis Hodgson DD, Archdeacon of Derby and Provost of Eton (d. 29 Dec 1852), and had issue

3. Hon Frances Denman (b. 17 Sep 1812; d. 29 Apr 1890), mar. 8 Jul 1846 Admiral Sir Robert Lambert Baynes KCB (d. 7 Sep 1869), and had issue

4. Hon Margaret Denman (b. 8 Aug 1815; d. 11 Jun 1899), mar. (1) 23 Nov 1841 Henry William Macauley (d. 24 Sep 1845), brother of Lord Macauley, (2) 10 Aug 1848 Edward Cropper, of Swaylands, co. Kent (d. 23 May 1877), and (3) 22 Apr 1879 Col John Owen (d. 2 Dec 1890), 2nd son of Sir Hugh Owen, 2nd Bt., of Orielton, and had issue by her first and second husbands

5. Hon Anne Denman (b. 26 Jun 1822; d. 23 Aug 1913), mar. 18 Aug 1846 Cdr Frederick Holland RN (d. 21 Jul 1860), and had issue

6. Hon Caroline Amelia Denman (b. 26 Aug 1823; d. 23 May 1911), mar. 3 Feb 1846 Rev John George Beresford, Rector of Bedale, co. York (b. 28 Sep 1821;  d. 17 Jul 1899), 3rd son of Admiral Sir John de la Poer Beresford, 1st Bt. KCB GCH MP, by his second wife Harriet Elizabeth Peirse, 3rd dau. of Henry Peirse, of Bedale Hall, co. York, and had issue


22 Sep 1854


28 Mar 1834 Baron Denman, of Dovedale in the County of Derby

suc. by



called to the Bar 1806; Member of Parliament (Whig) for Wareham 1818-20 and for Nottingham 1820-26 and 1830-32; Solicitor-General to Queen Caroline; Common Serjeant of London 1822-30; KC 1828; knighted 1830; Attorney-General 1830-32;  Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench 1832-50; Privy Councillor 1832; FRS 1833; Speaker of the House of Lords 1835; Lord High Steward at the trial of the Earl of Cardigan 1841


Thomas [Denman later Aitchison-Denman[, 2nd Baron Denman


30 Jul 1805

mar. (1)

12 Aug 1829 Georgina Roe (d. 25 Apr 1871), 1st surv. dau. of Rev Thomas Roe, by his wife Catherine Sarah Elphinstone, sister of Maj Gen Sir Howard Elphinstone, 1st Bt., and 3rd dau. of Adm John Elphinstone

mar. (2)

10 Oct 1871 Marion Aitchison (d. 27 Feb 1902), 1st dau. and cohrss. of James Aitchison, of Alderston, co. Haddinton, by his wife Janet Rennie


s.p. 9 Aug 1894 (bur. at Alderston, co. Haddington)

suc. by



called to the Bar 1833; took the name of Aitchison before that of Denman by Royal Licence 1876 under the will of his wife's mother


Thomas [Denman], 3rd Baron Denman, GCMG KCVO PC


16 Nov 1874


26 Nov 1904 Hon Gertrude Mary Pearson GBE JP, Chairman National Federation of Womens' Institutes 1917-46, Honorary director Womens' Land Army 1939-45 (d. 2 Jun 1954), only dau. of Weetman Dickinson [Pearson], 1st Viscount Cowdray, by his wife Anne Cass, 2nd but 1st surv. dau. of Sir John Cass JP, of Bradford, co. York


24 Jun 1954

suc. by



served in the South African Was 1900-02; a Lord-in-Waiting (Liberal) 1905-07; Captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms 1907-11; Privy Councillor 1907; Deputy Speaker, House of Lords 1909; Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of Commonwealth of Australia 1911-14 ; served in World War I 1914-18 as Lt Col, 1st County of London Yeomanry


Thomas [Denman], 4th Baron Denman


2 Aug 1905


21 Mar 1971

suc. by



Charles Spencer [Denman], 5th Baron Denman, CBE MC


7 Jul 1916


11 Sep 1943 Sheila Ann Stewart (d. 1987), 1st dau. of Lt-Col Algernon Bingham Anstruther Stewart DSO, by his wife Edith Evelyn Vivian, 1st dau. of Brig Gen Sir Arthur Pendarves Vivian KCB, by his second wife Lady Jane Dalrymple, 1st dau. of John Hamilton [Dalrymple], 10th Earl of Stair


1. Hon Richard Thomas Stewart Denman, later 6th Baron Denman

2. Hon James Stewart Denman, of 14 Prairie Street, London (b. 7 Oct 1954), mar. 1989 Philippa Jane Emma Trowbridge, dau. of Lewis Ronald Frederick Trowbridge, of Falfield, Winchester, co. Hampshire, and has issue

3. Hon (Christopher) John Denman, of Hurston Street Farm, Hurston Lane, Storrington, co. West Sussex (b. 5 Sep 1955), mar. 1985 Jenny Bridget Allen MVO, only dau. of Rupert Allen, of Head Hedgeside, Headley, co. Hampshire, and has issue

1. Hon Gillian Patricia Denman (b. 2 Sep 1944), mar. 3 Apr 1971 William Kenneth McCall, of Upper Old Park Farm, Farnham, co. Surrey (d. 1944), 2nd son of Kenneth Murray McCall by his wife Christina Eve Laurie, 6th dau. of Cecil Emilius Laurie (by his wife Helen Janet Douglas Campbell, 1st dau. of Capt Robert Douglas Campbell RN), 3rd son of Rev Sir (John Robert Laurie) Emilius Bayley later Laurie of Maxwelton, 3rd Bt., and has issue


21 Nov 2012

suc. by



MC 1942; suc. his father 22 Dec 1957 as 2nd Baronet of Staffield; CBE 1976


Richard Thomas Stewart [Denman], 6th Baron Denman


4 Oct 1946


18 Apr 1984 (Lesley) Jane Stevans, dau. of John Stevans, of 2 Shakespeare Drive, Hinckley, co. Leicester


1. Hon Robert Denman (b. 19 Dec 1995)

1. Hon Natasha Anne Denman (b. 1986)

2. Hon Philippa Jane Denman (b. 1987)

3. Hon Louisa Clare Denman (b. 1993)


 Last updated 25 May 2013




6th Baron Denman, of Dovedale in the County of Derby

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 28 Mar 1834)

3rd Baronet, styled "of Staffield"

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 2 Jul 1945)



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