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Bearsted, Viscount (UK, 1925)


Creation: let. pat. 16 Jun 1925


Family name: Samuel




Gules on a Chevron between two Lions' Heads erased in chief and in base a Naval Crown Or a Heart Gules


A Dexter Arm embowed proper grasping a Battle-Axe Argent the head charged with two Triangles interlaced Sable


Dexter:  a Horse Argent;  Sinister:  a Dragon Gules;  each charged on the shoulder with a Heart Or


Facta Non Verba (Deeds, not words)



Marcus [Samuel], 1st Baron Bearsted later 1st Viscount Bearsted, JP

2nd son of Marcus Samuel, of London, sea shell merchant, by his wife Abigail Moss, dau. of Abraham Moss, of London


5 Nov 1853


19 Jan 1881 Fanny Elizabeth Benjamin (d. 16 Jan 1927), only dau. of Benjamin Benjamin


1. Hon Walter Horace Samuel, later 2nd Viscount Bearsted

2. Lieut Gerald George Samuel (b. 6 May 1886; killed in action vp. 7 Jun 1917)

1. Hon Nellie Samuel (b. 2 Jul 1883; d. 14 Nov 1962), mar. (1) 7 Apr 1903 Maj Walter Henry Levy DSO (d. 9 Jun 1923), 1st son of Henry Levy, of 11 Hyde Park Place, London, and (2) 23 May 1930 Basil Ionides, of Buxted Park, co. Sussex (b. 20 Jun 1884; d. 23 Sep 1950), 4th son of Luke Alexander Ionides, by his wife Elfrida Elizabeth Bird, 2nd dau. of Dr George Hardacre Bird, and had issue by her first marriage

2. Hon Ida Marie Samuel (b. 22 Apr 1890; d. 21 Apr 1940), mar. 27 Apr 1911 Capt Robert Montefiore Sebag-Montefiore (b. 4 Oct 1882; d. 19 Nov 1915 of wounds received in action), 1st son and heir of Arthur Sebag-Montefiore, of East Cliff Lodge, Ramsgate, co. Kent (by his wife Harriette Beddington, yst. dau. of Edward Henry Beddington), 1st son and heir of Sir Joseph Sebag later Sebah-Montefiore JP DL, of East Cliff Lodge, Ramsgate. co. Kent, and had issue


17 Jan 1927


26 Aug 1903 Baronet of the United Kingdom, styled "of The Mote and Portland Place"

15 Jun 1921 Baron Bearsted, of Maidstone in the County of Kent

16 Jun 1925 Viscount Bearsted, of Maidstone in the County of Kent

suc. by



Lord of the Manor of Mote, nr. Maidstone, co. Kent; Sheriff of the City of London 1894-95; knighted for public services regarding the salvage of HMS Victorious 1898; Lord Mayor of London 1902-03;  founder of Shell Transport & Trading Co Ltd


Walter Horace [Samuel], 2nd Viscount Bearsted, MC


13 Mar 1882


23 Jul 1908 Dorothea Montefiore Nicholls (d. 19 Dec 1949), 1st dau. of Edward Montefiore Nicholls, of 11 Queen's Gate, London


1. Hon Marcus Richard Samuel, later 3rd Viscount Bearsted

2. Hon Peter Montefiore Samuel, later 4th Viscount Bearsted

3. Hon Anthony Gerald Samuel, of 29 St Leonard's Terrace, London, and Woodbury House, Longparish, co. Hampshire (b. 18 Feb 1917), mar. (1) 20 Nov 1946 (div. 1961) (Mary) Eve Higgins (mar. (2) 1974 as his third wife David William Anthony Blyth [Macpherson], 2nd Baron Strathcarron; d. 10 May 1999), only dau. of John Comyn Higgins CIE ICS, of Alford, co. Lincoln, (2) 6 Jul 1962 (div. 1966) Jennifer Puckle, dau. of Maj Kenneth Alfred Bridge Puckle, of Farnham, co. Surrey, and (3) 1 Aug 1966 Jean Mercy Haystead, dau. of M C Haystead, and has issue by his first marriage

1. Daphne Isobel Samuel (b. 21 Apr 1913; dvp. 14 Feb 1914)


8 Nov 1948

suc. by



served in World War I 1914-18 as Capt, Queen's Own West Kent Yeomanry, and World War II 1939-43 as Col, Intelligence Corps; Hon A/Cdre, Auxiliary Air Force 1930-37; Trustee, National Gallery 1936-43 and Tate Gallery 1938-42


Marcus Richard [Samuel], 3rd Viscount Bearsted, TD DL


1 Jun 1909

mar. (1)

15 Jan 1947 (div. 1966) Elizabeth Heather Firmston-Williams (mar. (2) 1966 Sir Ronald Hugh Grierson;  d. 1993), 1st dau. of Geoffrey Firmston-Williams, of Clunie House, Hans Place, London

children by first wife

1. Hon Felicity Ann Samuel (b. 3 Apr 1948), mar. 9 Dec 1975 Robert Bernard Waley-Cohen, of 18 Gilston Road, London (b. 10 Nov 1948), 2nd son of Sir Bernard Nathaniel Waley Cohen later Waley-Cohen, 1st Bt., Lord Mayor of London 1960-61, by his wife Hon Joyce Constance Ina Nathan, only dau. of Harry Louis [Nathan], 1st Baron Nathan, and has issue

2. Hon Camilla Elizabeth Samuel (b. 27 Oct 1949; dvp. 29 Dec 1962)

mar. (2)

24 Jun 1968 Jean Agnew Somerville (former wife of Maj John Somerville;  d. 31 Oct 1978), dau. of Robert Agnew Wallace, of Eton Terrace, Edinburgh


s.p.m. 15 Oct 1986

suc. by



served in World War II 1939-44 as Major, Warwickshire Yeomanry (TA); director of Hill Samuel Group and other private and public companies; Joint Master, Warwickshire Foxhounds 1935-56 and Chairman 1960-86


Peter Montefiore [Samuel], 4th Viscount Bearsted, MC TD


9 Dec 1911

mar. (1)

11 Oct 1939 (div. 1942) Deirdre du Barry du Lavey, dau. of Thomas Franklin Marshall du Lavey, of Tiffenden Manor, High Halden, co. Kent

mar. (2)

20 Mar 1946 Hon Elizabeth Adelaide Pearce-Serocold (widow of Capt Arthur John Pearce-Serocold;  d. 14 Jul 1983), only dau. of Lionel Leonard [Cohen], Baron Cohen (Life Peer), by his wife Adelaide Spielmann, dau. of Sir Isidore Spielmann CMG, by his wife Emily Sebag-Montefiore, dau. of Sir Joseph Sebag later Sebah-Montefiore JP DL, of East Cliff Lodge, Ramsgate. co. Kent

children by second wife

1. Hon Nicholas Alan Samuel, later 5th Viscount Bearsted

2. Hon Michael John Samuel, of 24 Hyde Park Gate, London (b. 2 Nov 1952), mar. 6 Mar 1980 Julia Aline Guinness (b. 12 Sep 1959), 4th dau. of James Edward Alexander Rundell Guinness CBE, of Coldpiece Farm, Hound Green, Basingstoke, co. Hampshire, by his wife Pauline Vivien Mander, 2nd dau. of Lt Col Howard Vivien Maner, of Congreve Manor, Penkridge, co. Stafford, and has issue

1. Hon Sarah Virginia Samuel (b. 26 Jun 1947), mar. (1) 22 May 1969 (div. 1978) Duncan John Lloyd Fitzwilliams, (b. 24 May 1943) 2nd son of Charles Collinssplatt Lloyd Fitzwilliams TD JP DL, of Cilgwyn. co. Cardigan, by his second wife Rosamomd Muriel Hill, 1st dau. of Maj Eustace Tickell Hill JP DL, of Llansantfraed Court, Abergavenny, co. Monmouth, by his wife Florence Muriel Bowen, 1st dau. of Sir George Bevan Bowen KBE, of Llwyngwair, co. Pembroke, and (2) 14 Jul 1980 Brian Mullins, of Moorhill House, Brannockstown, Naas, co. Kildare, 2nd son of Col William Mullins

mar. (3)

1984 Nina Alice Hilary Pocock (widow of Carmichael Charles Peter Pocock CBE, Chairman of Shell Transport & Trading), dau. of Reginald John Hearn, of London


9 Jun 1996

suc. by

son by second wife


served in World War II 1939-45 as Major, Warwickshire Yeomanry (TA); MC 1943; director, M Samuel & Co and other public and private companies; Deputy Chairman, Hill Samuel Group 1965-82; President, Norwood Home for Jewish Children 1962-79


Nicholas Alan [Samuel], 5th Viscount Bearsted


22 Jan 1950


30 Jan 1975 Caroline Jane Sacks, 2nd dau. of Dr David Sacks, of Elgin Avenue, London


1. Hon Harry Richard Samuel (b. 23 May 1988)

1. Hon Eugenie Sharon Samuel (b. 17 Jan 1977)

2. Hon Natalie Naomi Samuel (b. 18 May 1979)

3. Hon Zoe Elizabeth Samuel (b. 27 Jul 1982)

4. Hon Juliet Samantha Samuel (b. 1986)


Last updated 20 Sep 2013




5th Viscount Bearsted, of Maidstone in the County of Kent

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 16 Jun 1925)

5th Baron Bearsted, of Maidstone in the County of Kent

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 15 Jun 1921)

5th Baronet, styled "of The Mote and Portland Place"

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 26 Aug 1903)



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