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Acton, Baron (UK, 1869)


Creation: let. pat. 11 Dec 1869


Family name: Lyon-Dalberg-Acton




Quarterly:  1st and 4th, Gules semée of Cross Crosslets fitchée Or two Lions passant guardant in pale Argent (Acton);  2nd, quarterly:  1st and 4th, Azure six Fleurs-de-lis three two and one Argent a Chief dancetty of the last;  2nd and 3rd, Or a Cross Patonce Gules;  over all an Escutcheon Gules thereon a Tower Argent a Chief dancetty of the last (Dalberg);  3rd, Azure a Lion passant Or between three Plates each charged with a Griffin's Head erased Sable (Lyon)


In front of a Lion's Head erased Argent two Hurts


On either side a Lion guardant proper gorged with a Chain Or and charged with a Cross Patonce Gules


 Deo Adjurante (With God assisting)



John Emerich Edward [Dalberg-Acton], 1st Baron Acton, KCVO MP

1st son of Sir Ferdinand Richard Edward Acton later Dalberg-Acton, 7th Bt., of Aldenham Hall, co. Shropshire, by his wife Marie Louise Pelline, only child and hrss. of Emeric Josef Wolfgang Heribert, 1st Duc de Dalberg


10 Jan 1834


1 Aug 1865 Countess Marie Anna Ludomilla Euphrosina Arco-Valley (b. 11 Feb 1841; d. 3 Apr 1923), 2nd dau. of Count Johann Maximilian Arco-Valley by his wife Countess Anna Margarita Maria Juliana Pelina Marescalchi


1. Hon Richard Maximilian Dalberg-Acton later Lyon-Dalberg-Acton, later 2nd Baron Acton

2. Hon John Dalberg Dalberg-Acton (b. 30 Mar 1872; dvp. 16 Apr 1873)

1. Hon Mary Elizabeth Anne Dalberg-Acton (b. 15 Aug 1866; d. 9 Jan 1955), mar. 21 Oct 1901 Lt Col Edward Bleiddian Herbert DL (d. 29 Apr 1931), 3rd son of John Arthur Edward Herbert JP DL, of Llanarth Court and Treowen, and had issue

2. Hon Annie Mary Catherine Dalberg-Acton (b. 26 Sep 1868; d. 30 Sep 1917)

3. Hon Elizabeth Mary Catherine Dalberg-Acton (b. 21 Apr 1874; dvp. 1 Oct 1881)

4. Hon Jeanne Marie Dalberg-Acton (b. 12 Mar 1876; d. 18 May 1919)


19 Jun 1902


11 Dec 1869 Baron Acton, of Aldenham in the County of Shropshire

suc. by



suc. his father 31 Jan 1837 as 8th Baronet, styled "of Aldenham"; naturalised a British Subject 1859; Member of Parliament (Liberal) for Carlow 1859-65 and for Bridgnorth 1865-66 ; a Lord-in-Waiting 1892-95; Regius Professor of Modern History, Cambridge 1895; KCVO 1897


Richard Maximilian [Dalberg-Acton later Lyon-Dalberg-Acton], 2nd Baron Acton, KCVO


7 Aug 1870


7 Jun 1904 Dorothy Lyon (d. 17 Mar 1923), only child of Thomas Henry Lyon DL, of Appleton Hall, co. Cheshire, and of Rutland Lodge, Rutland Gardens, London


1. Hon John Emerich Lyon-Dalberg-Acton, later 3rd Baron Acton

2. T/Maj Hon Richard William Herbert Peter Lyon-Dalberg-Acton MBE

1. Hon Marie Immaculée Antoinette Lyon-Dalberg-Acton

2. Hon (Dorothy Elizabeth Anne) Pelline Lyon-Dalberg-Acton

3. Hon Helen Mary Grace Lyon-Dalberg-Acton

4. Hon Gabrielle Marie Leopoldine Lyon-Dalberg-Acton

5. Hon Joan Henrica Josepha Mary Clare Lyon-Dalberg-Acton

6. Hon Margaret Mary Teresa Lyon-Dalberg-Acton

7. Hon Aedgyth Bertha Milburg Mary Antonia Frances Lyon-Dalberg-Acton OBE


16 Jun 1924

suc. by



Clerk, Foreign Office 1894; 3rd Secretary, Diplomatic Service 1896, 2nd Secretary 1900, 1st Secretary 1908; a Lord-in-Waiting 1905-10 and 1910-15; naturalised a British Subject 1911; Chargé d'Affaires: Berne 1904-06, Madrid 1906-07, The Hague 1908-11, Darmstadt 1911-14 and Berne 1915-16; Consul-General, Zurich 1917-18; Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, Finland 1919-20


John Emerich Henry [Lyon-Dalberg-Acton], 3rd Baron Acton, CMG MBE


15 Dec 1907


25 Nov 1931 Hon Daphne Strutt (b. 5 Nov 1911; d. 18 Feb 2003), 2nd dau. of Robert John [Strutt], 4th Baron Rayleigh, by his first wife Lady Mary Hilda Clements, 2nd dau. of Robert Bermingham [Clements], 4th Earl of Leitrim


1. Hon Richard Gerald Lyon-Dalberg-Acton, later 4th Baron Acton

2. Canon Hon (John) Charles Acton, heir presumptive to the Barony of Acton, of Franciscan International Study Centre, Giles Lane, Canterbury, co. Kent, Lecturer in Theology since 1999, Canon of Westminster Cathedral 2002 (b. 26 Jan 1943)

3. Hon Robert Peter Acton, of Framley Garth, Dullingham Road, Newmarket, co. Suffolk (b. 23 Jun 1946), mar. 28 Jun 1974 Michèle Laigle, dau. of Henri Laigle, and has issue

4. Prof Edward David Joseph Acton, of 365 Unthank Road, Norwich, co. Norfolk, Professor of Modern European History, University of East Anglia since 1991 (b. 4 Feb 1949), mar. 8 Apr 1972 Stella Marie Conroy, only dau. of Henry Conroy, of Bolton, co. Lancaster, and has issue

5. Hon Peter Hedley Acton, of Dancing Dicks, Blunts Hall Road, Witham, co. Essex (b. 27 Mar 1950), mar. 1981 Anne Sinclair, dau. of James Sinclair, of Sandy, Orkney Isles, and has issue

1. Hon Pelline Margot Acton (b. 24 Dec 1932), mar. 30 Jun 1953 Laszlo Marffy, of Rottenbiller u 10 fsz 2, 1074 Budapest, Hungary, son of Elemer Marffy, and has issue

2. Hon Charlotte Acton (b. 6 Dec 1934; dvp. 1 Mar 1935)

3. Hon Catherine Acton (b. 30 Sep 1939), mar. 20 Feb 1960 Hon Joseph Mervyn Corbett, of The Old Rectory, Coates, Cirencester, co. Gloucester, 4th son of 2nd Baron Rowallan, and has issue

4. Hon Jill Mary Joan Acton, solicitor (b. 15 Jun 1947), mar. 1 Mar 1969 Nicholas Lampert, of 46 Clarence Road, Moseley, Birmingham, son of Dr Eugene Lampert, of Keele University, by his wife Katharine Sophy Ridley, only dau. of Hon Sir Jasper Ridley KCB OBE (by his wife Countess Nathalie Benckendorff, only dau. of Count Alexander Benckendorff, Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom), 2nd son of Matthew White [Ridley], 1st Viscount Ridley, and has issue

5. Hon Mary Anne Acton (b. 30 Mar 1951). mar. 15 Apr 1972 Timothy John Sheehy, of 8 St Margaret's Road, Oxford, only son of Matthew Joseph Sheehy, and has issue

6. Hon Jane Acton (b. 25 Jan 1954), mar. (1) 13 Dec 1975 (div. 1983) Charles Thomas Pugh (d. 1989), son of Rev F W Pugh, and (2) 26 Aug 1983 Xan de Crespigny Smiley, of 68 Lonsdale Road, Oxford, and has issue by both husbands


23 Jan 1989

suc. by



Richard Gerald [Lyon-Dalberg-Acton], 4th Baron Acton


30 Jul 1941

mar. (1)

28 Aug 1965 Hilary Juliet Sarah Cookson (d. 25 Oct 1973), 2nd dau. of Dr Osmond Lawrence Charles Cookson, of Perth, Western Australia

only child by first wife

1. Hon John Charles Ferdinand Harold Lyon-Dalberg-Acton, later 5th Baron Acton

mar. (2)

1 Jan 1974 (div. 1987) Judith Todd, dau. of Hon Sir Garfield Todd, Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia, of Hokonui Ranch, PO Dadaya, Zimbabwe

mar. (3)

1988 Prof Patricia Nassif, only dau. of M Morey Nassif, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA


17 Apr 2000 Baron Acton of Bridgnorth, of Aldenham in the County of Shropshire (Life Peerage)


10 Oct 2010

suc. by

son by first wife


on the death of Lord Acton the 2000 life Barony of Acton of Bridgnorth became extinct


John Charles Ferdinand Harold [Lyon-Dalberg-Acton], 5th Baron Acton


19 Aug 1966


7 Feb 1998 Lucinda A F Percival, dau. of Brig James Percival OBE, of Marnhull, co. Dorset


Lord Acton has not proven his succession to the Baronetcy of Lyon-Dalberg-Acton (formerly Acton) of Aldenham


The heir presumptive to the Barony of Acton is Canon Charles Acton, second son of the 3rd Baron Acton and uncle of the present Baron.


Last updated 8 Jan 2011




5th Baron Acton, of Aldenham in the County of Shropshire

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 11 Dec 1869)

de jure 12th Baronet, styled "of Aldenham, co. Salop"

(England, let. pat. 17 Jan 1643/4)



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