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Avon, Earl of (UK, 1961 - 1985)


Creation: let.pat. 12 Jul 1961


Extinct: 17 Aug 1985


Family name: Eden




Gules on a Chevron Argent between three Garbs Or banded Vert as many Escallops Sable


A Dexter Arm in armour embowed couped at the shoulder proper the hand grasping a Garb as in the Arms







(Robert) Anthony [Eden], 1st Earl of Avon, KG MC PC

3rd son of Sir Sir William Eden, 7th Bt., of Windlestone, co. Durham, by his wife Sybil Frances Grey OBE DGStJ, 1st dau. by his second wife of Sir William Grey KCSI, Governor of Jamaica


12 Jun 1897

mar. (1)

5 Nov 1923 (div. 1950) Beatrice Helen Beckett (b. 26 Jul 1905; d. 29 Jun 1957), 3rd dau. of Capt Hon Sir William Gervase Beckett, 1st Bt., MP, of Kirkdale Manor, co. York (by his first wife and first cousin once removed Hon Mabel Theresa Duncombe, sister of Charles William Reginald [Feversham], 2nd Earl of Feversham, and only dau. of Hon William Reginald Duncombe, styled Viscount Helmsley), brother of Ernest William [Beckett], 2nd Baron Grimthorpe, and 2nd son of William Beckett-Denison MP, of Nun Appleton, co. York

children by first wife

1. P/O Simon Gascoyne Eden RAF (b. 13 Nov 1924; dvp. 23 Jun 1945)

2. Hon Nicholas Eden, later 2nd Earl of Avon

mar. (2)

14 Aug 1952 (Anne) Clarissa Spencer-Churchill (b. 28 Jun 1920), only dau. of Maj John Strange Spencer-Churchill DSO (by his wife Lady Gwendoline Theresa Mary Bertie, 1st dau. by his second wife of Montagu Arthur [Bertie], 7th Earl of Abingdon), younger brother of Rt Hon Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill KG PM CH MP, and 2nd son of Rt Hon Lord Randolph Henry Spencer-Churchill MP, Secretary of State for India 1885-86 and Chancellor of the Exchequer 1886 (by his wife Jennie Jerome CI, dau. of Leonard Jerome, of New York, USA), 3rd son of John Winston [Spencer-Churchill], 7th Duke of Marlborough


14 Jun 1977


12 Jul 1961 Viscount Eden, of Royal Leamington Spa in the County of Warwick, and Earl of Avon

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Leamington and Warwick 1923-61; Parliamentary Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary 1926-29; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs 1931-34; Lord Privy Seal 1934-35; Privy Councillor 1934; Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs 1935-38, 1940-45 and 1951-55; a Trustee of the National Gallery 1935-49; Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs 1939-40; Secretary of State for War 1940; Leader of the House of Commons 1942-45; Deputy Prime Minister 1951-55; Knight of the Garter 1954; Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury 1955-57


Nicholas [Eden], 2nd Earl of Avon


3 Oct 1930


17 Aug 1985


ADC to Governor-General of Canada 1952-53


On the death of the 2nd Earl of Avon both his titles became extinct.


 First written 8 Feb 2003



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