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Beaverbrook, Baron (UK, 1917)


Creation: let. pat. 2 Jan 1917


Family name: Aitken




Argent two Barrulets wavy Azure between in chief two Maple Leaves slipped and in base a Thistle eradicated Gules a Bordure Sable charged with eight Bezants


Upon a Drum proper a Cock Gules wattled armed and legged Or


On either side a Beaver reguardant holding in the mouth a Fish proper


Res Mihi Non Me Rebus (Things for me, not I for things)



(William) Maxwell [Aitken], 1st Baron Beaverbrook, PC

3rd son of Rev William Cuthbert Aitken, Presbyterian Minister of Newcastle, New Brunswick, Canada, by his wife Jane Noble, dau. of Joseph Noble, of Vaughan, Canada


25 May 1879

mar. (1)

29 Jan 1906 Gladys Henderson Drury (d. 1 Dec 1927), 2nd dau. of Brig Gen Charles William Drury CB, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

mar. (2)

7 Jun 1963 Marcia Anastasia Dunn (widow of Sir James Hamet Dunn, 1st Bt.; d. 28 Oct 1994), dau. of John Christoforides, of Leyswood, Groombridge, co. Sussex


9 Jun 1964


3 Jul 1916 Baronet of the United Kingdom, styled "of New Brunswick"

2 Jan 1917 Baron Beaverbrook, of Beaverbrook in the Province of New Brunswick, Canada, and of Cherkley in the County of Surrey

suc. by

son by first wife


Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister of Information 1918-19;  Minister of Aircraft Production 1940-41;  Minister of Supply 1941-42;  Lord Privy Seal 1943-45


Sir (John William) Maxwell Aitken, 2nd Bt., DSO DFC, formerly 2nd Baron Beaverbrook


15 Feb 1910

mar. (1)

26 Aug 1939 (div. 1944) Cynthia Helen Glencairn Monteith, dau. of Col Hugh Glencairn Monteith DSO OBE

mar. (2)

15 Aug 1946 (div. 1950) Ursula Jane Lindsay (former wife of Lt Col David Ludovic Peter Lindsay DSO;  mar. (3) 5 Jul 1951 Robert Edward John Compton, of Newby Hall, Ripon, co. York), 2nd dau. of Maj Robert Orlando Rudolph Kenyon-Slaney, of Hatton Grange, Shifnal, co. Salop (by his first wife Lady Mary Cecilia Rhodesia Hamilton, 1st dau. of James Albert Edward [Hamilton], 3rd Duke of Abercorn), 1st son of Rt Hon William Slaney Kenyon-Slaney MP, of Hatton Grange, Shifnal, co. Salop, by his wife Lady Mabel Selina Bridgeman, dau. of Orlando George Charles [Bridgeman], 3rd Earl of Bradford

mar. (3)

1 Jan 1951 Violet de Trafford, 3rd dau. of Sir Humphrey Edmund de Trafford, 4th Bt. MC, of Trafford Park, co. Lancaster, by his wife Hon Cynthia Hilda Evelyn Cadogan, 3rd dau. and cohrss. of Hon Henry Arthur Cadogan, styled Viscount Chelsea (by his wife Hon Mildred Cecilia Harriet Sturt, dau. by his first wife of Henry Gerard [Sturt], 1st Baron Alington), son and heir app. by his first wife of George Henry [Cadogan], 5th Earl Cadogan


30 Apr 1985

suc. by

son by third wife


disclaimed his peerage for life 12 Jun 1964


Maxwell William Humphrey [Aitken], 3rd Baron Beaverbrook


29 Dec 1951


19 Jul 1974 Susan Angela O'Ferrall, 1st dau. of Frank Ambrose Joseph More O'Ferrall, by his wife Angela Mary Mather Jackson, 1st dau. and cohrss. of Sir Anthony Henry Mather Jackson, 6th Bt., of Stubbing Court, Chesterfield, co. Derby, by his wife Evelyn Mary Stephenson, 1st dau. of Lt Col Sir Henry Kenyon Stephenson, 1st Bt. DSO, of Hassop Hall, Bakewell, co. Derby


1. Hon Maxwell Francis Aitken (b. 17 Mar 1977), mar. 9 Nov 2007 Donna Ines Nieto Gomez-Valentia, 1st dau. of Don José Ventura Nieto Valencia, of Madrid, Spain, and has issue:

1a. Giulietta Ines Susanna Aitken (b. 1 Dec 2011)

2. Hon Alexander Rory Aitken (b. 1978)

1. Hon Charlotte Susanna Aitken (b. 15 Feb 1982), mar. 22 Jul 2011 Lord Charles Robert George Innes-Ker, styled Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford (b. 18 Feb 1981), 1st son and heir of George David [Innes-Ker], 10th Duke of Roxburghe, by his first wife  Lady Jane Meriel Grosvenor, 2nd dau. of Robert George [Grosvenor], 5th Duke of Westminster

2. Hon Sophia Violet Angela Aitken (b. 1985)


 Last updated 13 Dec 2011




3rd Baron Beaverbrook, of Beaverbrook in the Province of New Brunswick, Canada, and of Cherkley in the County of Surrey

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 2 Jan 1917)

3rd Baronet, styled "of New Brunswick"

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 3 Jul 1916)



Denchworth Manor, Wantage, Oxfordshire



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