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Napier of Magdala, Baron (UK, 1868)


Creation: let. pat. 17 Jul 1868


Family name: Napier




Gules on a Saltire between two Mural Crowns in plane and as many Lions passant in fess Or a Rose of the field


Upon a Mount Vert a Lion passant Or gorged with a Collar Gules therefrom a Chain reflexed over the back and broken Gold supporting with the sinister forepaw a Flagstaff in bend sinister proper flowing therefrom a Banner Argent charged with a Cross Couped Gules


Dexter:  a Soldier of the Corps of Royal Engineers holding in the exterior hand a Musket all proper;  Sinister:  a Sikh Sirdar habited and holding in the exterior hand a Matchlock all proper


Tu Vincula Frange (Break thou the chains)



Robert Cornelius [Napier], 1st Baron Napier of Magdala, GCB GCSI

son of Maj Charles Frederick Napier RA, by his wife Catherine Carrington, dau. of Codrington Carrington, of Carrington, Barbados, and of Great Missenden Abbey, co. Buckingham


5 Dec 1810

mar. (1)

3 Sep 1840 Anne Sarah Pearse (d. 30 Dec 1849), 1st dau. of Dr George Pearse, Medical Inspector General at Madras

children by first wife

1. Hon Robert William Napier, later 2nd Baron Napier of Magdala

2. Col Hon George Campbell Napier CIE (b. 11 Feb 1845; d. 10 Mar 1914), mar. 7 Feb 1882 Alice Mary Beech (d. 23 Mar 1926), only dau. of James Beech, of Brandon Hall, co .Warwick, and had issue:

1a. Capt Rupert George Carrington Napier (b. 10 Dec 1885; d. of wounds received in action 2 Aug 1917)

1a. Sibyl Esther Napier (d. 28 Oct 1962)

3. Hon James Pearse Napier, later 3rd Baron Napier of Magdala

1. Hon Catherine Anne Carrington Napier (b. 12 Oct 1841; d. 3 Jan 1929), mar. 12 Mar 1863 Robert Henry Dundas of Glenesk (b. 4 Feb 1823; d. 12 Aug 1912), 3rd son of James Dundas, 26th of Dundas, by his wife Lady Mary Tufton Duncan, 4th dau. of Adam [Duncan], 1st Viscount Duncan of Camperdown, and had issue

2. Hon Anne Amelia Napier (b. 11 Nov 1842; d. 22 Mar 1932), mar. 15 Mar 1864 Henry Robarts Madocks (d. 29 Dec 1902), and had issue

3. Clare Frances Napier (b. 19 Dec 1843; dvp. Jun 1846)

mar. (2)

2 Apr 1861 Mary Cecilia Scott CI (b. 1841; d. 18 Dec 1930), dau. of Maj-General Edward Smyth Scott, of Trelydan Hall, co. Montgomery (by his wife Eliza Whish, dau. of Lieut-General Sir William Sampson Whish KCB by his wife Mary Dixon), son of Rev John Middleton Scott, of Ballygannon, Co. Wicklow, by his wife Lady Arabella Barbara Brabazon, 6th dau. of Anthony [Brabazon], 8th Earl of Meath

children by second wife

4. Hon Edward Herbert Scott, later 4th Baron Napier of Magdala

5. Lt-Col Hon Henry Dundas Napier CMG (b. 18 Feb 1864; d. 13 Nov 1941), mar. 11 Nov 1897 Sybil Gurney (d. 14 Aug 1944), dau. of John Gurney, of Sprowston Hall, co. Norfolk, and had issue

6. Capt Hon Arthur Fullarton Napier (b. 4 Jun 1865; d. 17 Jul 1898)

7. Lt-Col Hon Charles Frederick Hamilton Napier (b. 19 Mar 1872; d. 15 Jun 1963), mar. 23 Oct 1902 Helen Mary Campbell Brook-Morgan (d. 15 Mar 1960), yst. dau. of Col Sir Alexander Brook-Morgan KCB, and had issue

8. Hon Cecil Scott Napier (b. 13 Apr 1876; d. 17 Oct 1908)

9. Hon Sir Albert Edward Alexander Napier KCB KCVO KC, Private Secretary to Lord Chancellor 1915-19, Deputy Clerk of the Crown 1919-44, Clerk of the Crown in Chancery 1944-54 (b. 4 Sep 1881; d. 18 Jul 1973), mar. 29 Aug 1917 Gladys White (d. 1978), dau. of Field Marshal Sir George Stuart White VC GCB OM GCSI GCMG GCIE GCVO, and had issue

4. Hon Mary Grant Napier (b. 15 Dec 1862; d. 6 Jan 1940), mar. 21 May 1889 North More Nisbett, of Midlothian and Bayswater, London (d. 5 Jan 1939)

5. Hon Emilia Herbert Fullarton Napier (b. 18 Jul 1870; d. 6 Apr 1932), mar. 25 May 1899 Col Edward John Mounsey Gore (b. 26 Jul 1863; d. 2 Dec 1949), 3rd son of Maj James Arthur Charles Gore (by his wife Catherine Louise Bazalgette, 3rd dau. of Col John Bazalgette), 3rd son of General Hon Sir Charles Stephen Gore GCB KH (by his wife Sarah Rachel Fraser, dau. of James Fraser, of Nova Scotia), 3rd son of Arthur Saunders [Gore], 2nd Earl of Arran, by his third wife Elizabeth Underwood, dau. of Richard Underwood, and had issue

6. Hon Alice Maude Napier (b. 29 Dec 1874; dvp. 17 Jul 1875)


14 Jan 1890


17 Jul 1868 Baron Napier of Magdala, of Magdala in Abyssinia and of Carynton in the County Palatine of Chester

suc. by

son by first wife


member of the Indian Council 1961-65;  Commander-in-Chief of the Bombay Army 1865-69;  Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Forces 1870-76;  Governor of Gibraltar 1876-82;  Field Marshal 1882;  Constable of the Tower of London 1886-90


Robert William [Napier], 2nd Baron Napier of Magdala


11 Feb 1845


27 Jan 1885 Hon Eva Maria Louisa Langham (widow of Capt Henry Algernon Langham;  d. 7 Feb 1930), 1st dau. of Godfrey William Wentworth [Bosville-Macdonald], 4th Baron Macdonald, by his wife Marie Anne Wyndham, 1st dau. and cohrss. of George Thomas Wyndham, of Cromer Hall, co. Norfolk

only child

1. Hon Eva Lilian Cecilia Napier (d. 23 Mar 1974), mar. 16 Oct 1906 Philip George [Best], 6th Baron Wynford, and had issue


s.p.m. 11 Dec 1921

suc. by



James Pearse [Napier], 3rd Baron Napier of Magdala


30 Dec 1849


25 Jul 1876 Mabel Ellen Parker (d. 16 Jul 1907), 2nd dau. of Lt-Col Windsor Parker MP, of Clopton Hall, Rattlesden, co. Suffolk, by his wife Elizabeth Mary Duncan, 2nd dau. of General Alexander Duncan, of Gattonside House, Melrose


1. James Windsor Napier (b. 17 Oct 1882; dvp. 11 Jan 1883)

1. Hon Gertrude Carrington Napier (d. 24 Jun 1937)

2. Hon Mabel Alice Napier (d. 15 Aug 1938)


s.p.m.s. 2 May 1935

suc. by



Edward Herbert Scott [Napier], 4th Baron Napier of Magdala


16 Dec 1861


11 Jul 1900 Florence Martha Perceval (d. 1 Dec 1946), only dau. of General John Maxwell Perceval CB, of Dillon House, Downpatrick, co. Down, by his wife Isabel Catherine Maude, sister of Robert Henry [Maude], 5th Viscount Hawarden, and 1st dau. of Very Rev Hon Robert William Henry Maude, Dean of Clogher and Archdeacon of Dublin (by his wife Hon Martha Elizabeth Mary Prittie, half-sister of Henry [Prittie], 3rd Baron Dunalley, and dau. of Hon Francis Aldborough Prittie MP (by his first wife Martha Hartpole, widow of George Hartpole, of Shrule Castle, Queen's County, and only dau. of Cook Otway, of Castle Otway, co. Tipperary), 2nd son of Henry [Prittie], 1st Baron Dunalley), 2nd son of Corwallis [Maude], 1st Baron de Montalt later 1st Viscount Hawarden, by his third wife Anne Isabella Monck, sister of Charles Stanley [Monck], 1st Viscount Monck, and dau. of Thomas Monck, of Charleville, co. Wicklow


1. Hon (Robert) John Napier, later 5th Baron Napier of Magdala

1. Hon Kathleen Marion Napier

2. Hon Evelyn Rose Napier

3. Hon (Ermine) Maude Napier


20 Jul 1948

suc. by



(Robert) John [Napier], 5th Baron Napier of Magdala, OBE


16 Jun 1904


20 Sep 1939 Elizabeth Marion Hunt, yst. dau. of Edmund Henderson Hunt, of Cheniston, Farnham, co. Surrey


1. Hon Robert Alan Napier, later 6th Baron Napier of Magdala

2. Hon Andrew Perceval Napier

3. Hon Michael Elibank Napier

1. Hon Jane Elizabeth Napier

2. Hon Ruth Kathleen Napier


29 Oct 1987

suc. by



Robert Alan [Napier}, 6th Baron Napier of Magdala


6 Sep 1940


4 Jan 1964 Frances Clare Skinner, 1st dau. of Alan Frank Skinner OBE, of Monks Close, Woolpit, co. Suffolk


1. Hon James Robert Napier (b. 29 Jan 1966), mar. 1992 Jacqueline Stephen, 1st dau. of A Stephen, of Inverkeithing, co. Fife

1. Hon Frances Catherine Napier (b. 2 Jul 1964), mar. 1992 Simon Andrew Cholerton, of 4 Prince Street, North Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia, and has issue


 Last updated 3 Mar 2023




6th Baron Napier of Magdala, of Magdala in Abyssinia and of Carynton in the County Palatine of Chester

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 17 Jul 1868)



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