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Aberconway, Baron (UK, 1911)


Creation: let. pat. 21 Jun 1911


Family name: McLaren




Or two Chevronels invected Gules between two Shepherds Crooks in chief and in base a Castle triple towered and with flags flying Sable


A representation of the Virgin Mary with the dexter arm uplifted vested Azure holding in the sinister arm the Child Jesus


On either side a Wyvern Argent Wings erect Gules each supporting a Banner Or charged with a Horse-shoe Sable


Bi'se Mac Na Cromaige (I am a son of the Church)



Charles Benjamin Bright [McLaren], 1st Baron Aberconway, PC

1st son of Duncan McLaren MP, of Newington House, Edinburgh, Lord Provost of Edinburgh, by his third wife Priscilla Bright, dau. of Jacob Bright, of Green Bank, Rochdale, co. Lancaster


12 May 1850


6 Mar 1877 Laura Pochin CBE DGStJ (d. 4 Jan 1933), only dau. of Henry Davis Pochin MP, of Bodnant, co. Denbigh, by his wife Agnes Heap, dau. of George Gretton Heap


1. Hon Henry Duncan McLaren, later 2nd Baron Aberconway

2. Hon Francis Walter Stafford McLaren, Member of Parliament (Liberal) for Spalding 1910-17 (b. 16 Jun 1886; d. 30 Aug 1917), mar. 20 Jul 1911 Barbara Jekyll GBE DStJ (mar. (2) 14 Jun 1922 Bernard Cyril [Freyberg], 1st Baron Freyberg; d. 24 Sep 1973), dau. of Col Sir Herbert Jekyll KCMG, of Munstead House, Godalming, co. Surrey, and had issue

1. Hon Elsie Dorothea McLaren (d. 15 May 1973), mar. 28 Apr 1904 Col Sir Edward Alexander James Johnson-Ferguson, 2nd Bt., and had issue

2. Hon Florence Priscilla McLaren CBE (d. 1 Mar 1964). mar. 8 May 1907 as his second wife Sir Henry Norman, 1st Bt., and had issue


23 Jan 1934


8 Aug 1902 Baronet of the United Kingdom, styled "of Bodnant, Gwylgre and Hilders"

21 Jun 1911 Baron Aberconway, of Bodnant in the County of Denbigh

suc. by



barrister 1874; Member of Parliament (Liberal) for Stafford 1880-86 and for Bosworth 1895-1910; QC 1897; Privy Councillor 1908; Chairman of: Metropolitan Railway Company, Tredegar Iron and Coal Company, John Brown and Company and Sheepbridge Iron and Coal Company


Henry Duncan [McLaren], 2nd Baron Aberconway, CBE


16 Apr 1879


10 Jul 1910 Christabel Mary Melville Macnaghten (d. 7 Aug 1974), 2nd dau. of Sir Melville Leslie Macnaghten CB, by his wife Dora Emily Sanderson, 1st dau. of Rev Canon Robert Edward Sanderson DD


1. Hon Charles Melville McLaren, later 3rd Baron Aberconway

2. Hon John Francis McLaren, High Sheriff of Denbighshire 1952 (b. 19 Jun 1919; d. 23 Mar 1953), mar. 3 Apr 1940 Lady Rose Mary Primrose Paget (b. 21 Jul 1919), 4th dau. of Charles Henry Alexander [Paget], 6th Marquess of Anglesey, by his wife Lady Victoria Marjorie Harriet Manners, 1st dau. of Henry John Brinsley [Manners], 8th Duke of Rutland, and had issue

3. Hon Christopher Melville McLaren, Chancellor of the University of the South Bank since 1992 (b. 15 Apr 1934), mar. 31 Oct 1973 Jane Elizabeth Field (former wife of ..... Field), 1st dau. of James Matthew Barrie, of Highgate Village, London, and has issue

1. Hon Elizabeth Mary McLaren (b. 31 May 1911; d. 4 Dec 1991), mar. 9 Jun 1938 Kenneth Ralph Malcolm Peter Carlisle (d. 1983), 1st son of Kenneth Methven Carlisle, of Wyken Hall, Stanton, co. Suffolk, and had issue

2. Hon Anne Laura Dorothea McLaren DBE DPhil FRS FRCOG, Vice-President and Foreign Secretary of The Royal Society since 1992, President, British Association for the Advancement of Science 1993-94 (b. 26 Apr 1927; d. 7 Jul 2007), mar. 6 Oct 1952 (div. 1959) Dr Donald Michie (d. 7 Jul 2007), 1st son of James Kilgour Michie, of Great Cumberland Place, London, and had issue


23 May 1953

suc. by



barrister 1903; Member of Parliament (Liberal) for West Staffordshire 1906-10 and for Bosworth 1910-22; Parliamentary Private Secretary to the President of the Board of Trade 1906-08 and to the Chancellor of the Exchequer 1908-10; director: Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron, National Provincial Bank, London Assurance and Bolckow and Vaughan & Company; Chairman: John Brown and Company, Tredegar Iron and Coal Company, Yorkshire Amalgamated Collieries, Sheepbridge Iron and Coal Company, English China Clays and Loverin Pochin & Company; President, Royal Horticultural Society 1931-53


Charles Melville [McLaren], 3rd Baron Aberconway, JP


16 Apr 1913

mar. (1)

6 Dec 1941 (div. 1949) Deirdre Knewstub, yst. dau. of John Knewstub

children by first wife

1. Hon (Henry) Charles McLaren, later 4th Baron Aberconway

1. Hon Julia Harriet McLaren (b. 22 Sep 1942), mar. 1969 Capt Charles Walter Hayes Ridley, and has issue

2. Hon Caroline Mary McLaren (b. 24 Oct 1944), mar. (1) 8 Feb 1962 (div. 19...) Raimund Guernsey Sargent, 2nd son of Winthrop Sargent III, of Beverley Farms, Massachusetts, USA, and (2) 1978 (div. 19...) Graham Charles Steele, and (3) William Howard, of Forest House, Barbados Hill, Tintern, co. Gwent, and has issue by her first husband

mar. (2)

15 Oct 1949 Ann Lindsay Bullard (former wife of Maj Robert Lee Bullard III), only dau. of Alexander Lindsay Aymer, of New York City, USA

only child by second wife

2. Hon Michael Duncan McLaren (b. 29 Nov 1958), mar. 25 May 1985 Caroline Jane Stacey, 1st dau. of Air Chief Marshal Sir John Stacey KCB CBE, of Winchester, co. Hampshire, and has issue


4 Feb 2003

suc. by

son by first wife


barrister 1937; 2nd Lieut 1940; High Sheriff of Denbighshire 1950; director: Westland Aircraft 1947-85, National Westminster Bank 1953-83; Chairman: John Brown & Co 1953-78, Sheepbridge Engineering 1961-79, English China Clays 1963-84; President, Royal Horticultural Society 1961-84


(Henry) Charles [McLaren], 4th Baron Aberconway


26 May 1948


Aug 1981 (div. 1984) Sally Ann Bidwell (former wife of Philip Charles Bidwell), 2nd dau. of Capt Charles Nugent Lentaigne DSO RN, of Hawkley Place, Hawkley, Liss, co. Hampshire


1. Hon Charles Stephen McLaren (b. 27 Dec 1984)

1. Hon Emily Rose McLaren (b. 4 Mar 1982)


 Last updated 11 Oct 2007




3rd Baron Aberconway, of Bodnant in the County of Denbigh

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 21 Jun 1911)

3rd Baronet, styled "of Bodnant, Gwylgre and Hilders"

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 8 Aug 1902)



25 Egerton Terrace, London SW3 2BY

Bodnant, Tal-y-Cafn, Colwyn Bay, Clwyd LL28 5RE



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