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Desborough, Baron (UK, 1905 - 1945)


Creation: let.pat. 30 Dec 1905


Extinct: 9 Jan 1945


Family name: Grenfell




Gules on a Fess between three Organ Rests Or a Mural Crown of the field


On a Mural Crown Gules a Griffin passant Or holding in the beak a Sprig of Laurel proper


On either side a Griffin Or collared Gules supporting a Spear proper flowing therefrom a Banner of the second charged with an Organ Rest as in the Arms



William Henry [Grenfell], 1st Baron Desborough, KG GCVO JP DL

1st son and heir of Capt Charles William Grenfell MP, by his wife Georgiana Caroline Lascelles ,1st dau. of Rt Hon William Saunders Sebright Lascelles MP (by his wife Lady Caroline Georgiana Howard, 1st dau. of George [Howard], 6th Earl of Carlisle), 3rd son of Henry [Lascelles], 2nd Earl of Harewood


30 Oct 1855


17 Feb 1887 Ethel Anne Priscilla Fane, Extra Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Mary (d. 28 May 1952), only dau. of Hon Julian Henry Charles Fane, Secretary at Embassies in Vienna and Paris (by his wife Lady Adine Eliza Anne Cowper, 3rd dau. of George Augustus Frederick [Cowper], 6th Earl Cowper, by his wife Lady Anne Florence De Grey, suo jure Baroness Lucas, 1st dau. of Thomas Philip [Robinson later Weddell later De Grey], 2nd Earl de Grey), 5th son of John [Fane], 11th Earl of Westmorland, by his wife Lady Priscilla Anne Wellesley-Pole, 3rd dau. of William [Wellesley later Wellesley-Pole], 3rd Earl of Mornington


1. Capt Hon Julian Henry Francis Grenfell DSO (b. 30 Mar 1888; dvp. 26 May 1915 of wounds received in action)

2. T/Lt Hon Gerald William Grenfell (b. 29 Mar 1890; killed in action vp. 30 Jul 1915)

3. Lieut Hon Ivo George Winifred Grenfell (b. 5 Sep 1898; dvp. 8 Oct 1926 following a car crash)

1. Hon Monica Margaret Grenfell (b. 4 Aug 1893; d. 17 Jun 1973), mar. 2 Jun 1924 Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir John Maitland Salmond GCB CMG CVO DSO (d. 16 Apr 1968), 2nd son of Maj Gen Sir William Salmond KCB, and had issue

2. Hon Alexandra Imogen Clair Grenfell (b. 11 Feb 1905; d. 3 Jan 1969), mar. 26 Feb 1931 as his first wife Henry Rainald [Gage], 6th Viscount Gage, and had issue


s.p.m.s. 9 Jan 1945


30 Dec 1905 Baron Desborough, of Taplow in the County of Buckingham


Member of Parliament for Salisbury 1880-82 and 1885-86, for Hereford 1892-93 and for Wycombe 1900-05;  Parliamentary Groom-in-Waiting 1882;  High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire 1890;  Chairman, Thames Conservancy Board 1905-37;  CVO 1907;  KCVO 1908;  Captain, Yeoman of the Guard 1924-29;  GCVO 1925;  Knight of the Garter 1928


 First written 6 Sep 2012



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