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Dilhorne, Viscount (UK, 1964)


Creation: let. pat. 7 Dec 1964


Family name: Manningham-Buller




Quarterly:  1st and 4th, Sable on a Cross Argent quarterly pierced of the first four Eagles displayed of the first (Buller); 2nd and 3rd, Sable a Fess Ermine in chief three Griffins' Heads erased Or (Manningham)


1st:  a Saracen's Head affrontée couped proper;  2nd:  out of a Ducal Coronet Gules a Talbot's Head Or collared Gules Line terminating in a Knot Sable


Dexter:  An Eagle wings elevated and addorsed Ermine beaked and legged Or gorged with a Ducal Coronet Gules therefrom a Line reflexed over the back and terminating in a Knot Sable;  Sinister:  a Pegasus Azure winged crined unguled and queued Argent;  both charged on the shoulder with a Portcullis chained Gold


Aquila Non Capit Muscas (The eagle does not catch flies)



Reginald Edward [Manningham-Buller], 1st Baron Dilhorne later 1st Viscount Dilhorne, PC

1st son of Sir Mervyn Edward Manningham-Buller, 3rd Bt., of Dilhorne Hall, co. Stafford, by his wife Hon Lilah Constance Cavendish, only surv. dau. of Charles Compton William [Cavendish], 3rd Baron Chesham


1 Aug 1905


18 Dec 1930 Lady Mary Lilian Lindsay (b. 27 Sep 1910; d. 25 Mar 2004), 4th dau. of David Alexander Edward [Lindsay], 27th Earl of Crawford, by his wife Constance Lilian Pelly, 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Sir Henry Carstairs Pelly, 3rd Bt. MP


1. Hon John Mervyn Manningham-Buller, later 2nd Viscount Dilhorne

1. Hon Marian Cynthia Manningham-Buller (b. 26 Nov 1934; d. 10 Aug 2013), mar. 8 Nov 1955 Edmund Crispin Stephen James George Brudenell DL (b. 24 Oct 1948), only son of George Lionel Thomas Brudenell-Bruce later Brudenell, of Deene Park, Corby, co. Northampton (by his wife Mary Julia Schilizzi, dau. of Stephen Schilizzi), 2nd son of Cdr Lord Robert Thomas Brudenell-Bruce (by his wife Emma Leigh, dau. of Capel Hanbury Leigh, of Pont-y-Pool Park, co. Monmouth), 4th son of Ernest Augustus Charles [Brudenell-Bruce], 3rd Marquess of Ailesbury, by his wife Hon Louisa Elizabeth Horsley-Beresford (b. Apr 1814; d. 14 Oct 1891), 2nd dau. of John [Beresford later Horsley-Beresford], 2nd Baron Decies, and had issue

2. Hon Dame Elizabeth (Eliza) Lydia Manningham-Buller DCB, later suo jure Baroness Manningham-Buller

3. Hon Anne Constance Manningham-Buller (b. 13 Aug 1951), mar. 20 Feb 1982 Sir John Christopher Parsons KCVO FCA, and has issue


7 Sep 1980


17 Jul 1962 Baron Dilhorne, of Towcester in the County of Northampton

7 Dec 1964 Viscount Dilhorne, of Green's Norton in the County of Northampton

suc. by



barrister, Inner Temple 1927; Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Daventry 1943-50 and for Northamptonshire South 1950-62; Parliamentary Secretary Ministry of Works 1945; King's Counsel 1946; Solicitor-General 1951-54;  knighted 1951; Attorney-General 1954-62;  Privy Councillor 1954; suc. his father as 4th Baronet styled "of Dilhorne Hall" 22 Aug 1956; Lord High Chancellor 1962-64;  Recorder of Kingston-upon-Thames 1962; Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords 1964-66; Deputy Lieutenant of Northamptonshire 1967; a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary 1969-80; Reader, Inner Temple 1974; Treasurer, Inner Temple 1975


John Mervyn [Manningham-Buller], 2nd Viscount Dilhorne


28 Feb 1932

mar. (1)

8 Oct 1955 (div. 1973) Gillian Evelyn Stockwell, 1st dau. of Col George Cochrane Stockwell, of Roquebrune, Cap Martin, France, by his wife Evelyn Dorothy Heywood, only dau. of Richard Heywood, of Pentnet House, Narborough, co. Norfolk

children by first wife

1. Maj Hon James Edward Manningham-Buller (b. 20 Aug 1956), mar. 4 May 1985 Nicola Marion Mackie, 1st dau. of Sven Mackie, of Ballydugan House, Downpatrick, co. Down, and has issue:

1a. Edward John Manningham-Buller (b. 25 Jan 1990)

1a. Camilla Mary Manningham-Buller (b. 1 Jul 1992)

2. Hon Mervyn Reginald Manningham-Buller (b. 11 Jul 1962), mar. (1) 7 Oct 1989 (div. 19...) Lucy Meriel Thurstan, dau. of George Thurstan, and (2) 13 Sep 1996 Lara Caroline Ryder, 1st dau. of James Ryder, and has issue by his second wife

1. Hon Mary Louise Manningham-Buller (b. 8 Mar 1970), mar. 1992 Capt James M Cowan, and has issue

mar. (2)

17 Dec 1981 Prof Susannah Jane Gilchrist (former wife of Colin Gilchrist), dau. of Cdr W C Eykyn RN


 Last updated 27 Aug 2013




2nd Viscount Dilhorne, of Green's Norton in the County of Northampton

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 7 Dec 1964)

2nd Baron Dilhorne, of Towcester in the County of Northampton

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 17 Jul 1962)

5th Baronet, styled "of Dilhorne Hall"

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 20 Jan 1866)



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