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Ashbourne, Baron (UK, 1885)


Creation: let. pat. 4 Jul 1885


Family name: Gibson




Ermine three Keys fesswise in pale Azure and in chief as many Trefoils slipped Vert


A Pelican in her piety on a Bank of Reeds proper


Dexter:  a Female Figure representing Mercy standing upon a Fasces proper habited Argent charged on the breast with a Trefoil slipped Vert and resting her right hand on a Sword point downwards proper Pommel Or;  Sinister:  a like Figure representing Justice habited charged and standing as the dexter holding in her right hand a Balance and in the left a Sword erect proper


Coelestes Pandite Portae (Open, o ye heavenly gates!)



Edward [Gibson], 1st Baron Ashbourne, PC

2nd son of William Gibson, of Gaulstown, co. Meath, and of Merrion Square, Dublin, by his first wife Louisa Grant, dau. of Joseph Grant, of Dublin, barrister


4 Sep 1837


4 Apr 1868 Frances Maria Adelaide Colles (b. 24 Dec 1849; d. 21 Mar 1926), 2nd dau. of Henry Jonathan Cope Colles, barrister


1. Hon William Gibson, later 2nd Baron Ashbourne

2. Lieut Hon Henry d'Olier Grant Gibson (b. 13 Jun 1870; dvp. 11 Dec 1905)

3. Hon Edward Graves Mayne Gibson JP, barrister King's Inns Dublin (b. 28 Jul 1873; d. 26 Apr 1928), mar. (1)5 Aug 1900 Mary Phillips Greg (d. 19 Dec 1919), dau. of Henry Russell Greg, of Lode Hill, co. Chester, and (2) 1 Jun 1922 Deloraine Amy Norah Henslowe (d. 16 Aug 1962), 2nd dau. of C W D Henslowe, and had issue by his first wife:

1a. Edward Russell Gibson, later 3rd Baron Ashbourne

2a. John Mayne Gibson (b. 6 Jun 1906; d. 26 Feb 1939), mar. 9 Jan 1935 Penelope Mayall JP (mar. (2) 27 Dec 1947 Cecil Batstone Cook (d. 23 Jul 1965), only son of Horace Batstone Cook, of London), 1st dau. of Alexander Mayall, of Bealings End, Woodbridge, co. Suffolk, and had issue

3a. Hon (William) David Gibson OBE, Housemaster at Clifton College 1936-65, served in World War II 1939-45 as Col on the General Staff (b. 22 Mar 1914; d. 1993), mar. 6 Jan 1947 Sabina Landsberg, dau. of Dr Ernst Landsberg, of 31 Rosemead Avenue, Cape Town, South Africa, and had issue

1a. Hon Erica Alba Gibson, mar. 23 Oct 1920 Patrick Hope Rutland, 2nd son of Dr Charles Rutland, and had issue

2a. Hon Kathleen Mary Gibson (b. 1908; d. 2001), mar. 16 Dec 1930 James Hamilton Russell (d. 1981), 2nd son of Verner Wallace Russell, of Cape Town, South Africa, and had issue

3a. Hon Elizabeth Marion Gibson (d. 15 Aug 1960), mar. 6 Mar 1936 Neil Richardson, 2nd son of William Richardson, of York, and had issue

4. Hon (Ernest) Victor Gibson, barrister King's Inns Dublin (b. 3 Jan 1875; d. 14 Jan 1922), mar. (1) 28 Apr 1905 Mary Wood Salisbury Wood (dsp. 21 Sep 1905), dau. of Joseph L R Wood, of New York, New York, USA, and (2) 8 Dec 1909 Caroline de Billier (d. 15 Oct 1951), dau. of Frederic de Billier, of New York, New York, USA, and had issue by his second wife

1. Hon Elizabeth Mary Gibson (d. 9 Dec 1943), mar. 6 Jun 1893 5th Baron Bolton, and had issue

2. Hon Violet Albina Gibson, attempted to assassinate Mussolini 1926 (d. 2 May 1956)

3. Hon Frances Maud Gibson (d. 5 Mar 1957), mar. 2 Jul 1904 Alexander Horsbrugh Porter (d. 4 Feb 1946), 2nd son of Sir Andrew Porter, 1st Bt., and had issue

4. Hon Constance Anna Gibson (d. 7 Aug 1960)


22 May 1913


4 Jul 1885 Baron Ashbourne, of Ashbourne in the County of Meath

suc. by



barrister 1860; QC 1872; Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Dublin University 1875-85; Bencher, King's Inn Dublin 1877; Privy Councillor [I] 1877; Attorney-General for Ireland 1877-80;  Privy Councillor [GB] 1885; Lord Chancellor of Ireland 1885-86, 1886-1892 and 1895-1905


William [Gibson], 2nd Baron Ashbourne, JP


16 Dec 1868


7 Jan 1896 Marianne de Monbrison (d. 17 Aug 1953), dau. of Henri Roger Conquerre de Monbrison, of Avenue de Jena, Paris


s.p. 21 Jan 1942

suc. by



Edward Russell [Gibson], 3rd Baron Ashbourne, CB DSO JP


1 Jun 1901


20 Jul 1929 Reta Frances Manning Hazeland (d. 20 Jan 1996), 1st dau. of Ernest Manning Hazeland, of Hong Kong


1. Hon (Edward) Barry Greynville Gibson, later 4th Baron Ashbourne

1. Hon Oonagh Elizabeth Gibson (b. 20 Apr 1935; d. Jun 1991), mar. 2 Feb 1963 John William Jeffrey, son of William Jeffrey, of The Old House, Medbourne, Market Harborough, co. Leicester, and had issue


3 Sep 1983

suc. by



served in World War I 1917-18 in HMS Superb, HMS Dreadnought and HMS Monarch; specialised in submarines from 1925; Cdr 1934; on staff of Admiral Sir Dudley Pound 1939; Capt 1939; on staff of Admiral Sir Max Horton 1940-42; took part in assault on Sicily; DSO 1943; commanded HMS Ariadne 1943-45 ; served on 3rd Submarine Flotilla 1945; on Naval Staff at Admiralty 1945-47; commanded HMS Mauritius 1947-48; Rear Admiral 1948; UK Naval Staff Representative on UN Military Staff Committee 1948-50; CB 1950; Flag Officer Gibraltar and Admiral Superintendent of HM Dockyard Gibraltar 1950-52; Vice-Admiral 1952; County President, St John's Ambulance Devon 1962-65


(Edward) Barry Greynville [Gibson], 4th Baron Ashbourne


28 Jan 1933


25 Mar 1967 Yvonne Georgina Ham, dau. of Maj Gordon William Ham, of Malin, co. Donegal


1. Hon (Edward) Charles D'Olier Gibson (b. 31 Dec 1967), mar. 16 Sep 2001 Tanya Louise Beckett, dau. of Brian Beckett, and has issue:

1a. Edward Alexander Gibson (b. 4 Aug 2002)

2. Hon (William) Rodney Colles Gibson (b. 20 Oct 1970)

3. Hon Patrick Mayne Gibson (b. 20 Oct 1977)


entered Royal Navy 1951; Midshipman 1952; Sub Lieut 1953; Lieut 1955; specialised in torpedo and anti-submarine warfare; Lr Cdr 1963 ; commanded HMS Crofton 1963-64 and HMS Phoebe 1966; Staff Cdr, Naval Forces in the Gulf 1967; left the Royal Navy 1972; with Kitcat and Aitken stockbrokers 1972-73 and 1976-79, and with Vickers da Costs stockbrokers 1973-76; with Save and Prosper Group 1979-81 and GT Management 1981-88 ; MOD Naval Operations and Trade Directorate 1989-93


 Last updated 26 Mar 2012




4th Baron Ashbourne, of Ashbourne in the County of Meath

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 4 Jul 1885)



Colebrook Barn, East Harting Farm, nr. Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 5LU



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