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Birkenhead, Earl of (UK, 1922 - 1985)

 

Creation: let.pat. 28 Nov 1922

 

Extinct: 16 Feb 1985

 

Family name: Smith

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Arms:

Ermine on a Pale Gules between four Cross Crosslets of the second a like Cross Or

Crest:

A Cubit Arm couped fesswise vested Gules cuffed Argent the Hand proper grasping a Sword erect also Argent Pommel and Hilt Or

Supporters:

Dexter:  a Griffin Or Wings per fess Or and Sable;  Sinister: a Lion Azure charged on the shoulder with a Crozier Or

Motto:

 Faber meae fortunae

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Frederick Edwin [Smith], 1st Baron Birkenhead later 1st Viscount Birkenhead later 1st Earl of Birkenhead, GCSI PC

1st son and heir of Frederick Smith, of Birkenhead, co. Chester, and the Middle Temple, London, by his wife Elizabeth Taylor, dau. of Edwin Taylor, of Birkenhead, co. Chester

born

12 Jul 1872

mar.

9 Apr 1901 Margaret Eleanor Furneaux (d. 8 Sep 1968), 2nd dau. of Rev Henry Furneaux, Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford

children

1. Hon Frederick Winston Furneaux Smith, later 2nd Earl of Birkenhead

1. Lady Eleanor Furneaux Smith (d. 20 Oct 1945)

2. Lady Pamela Margaret Elizabeth Smith (b. c. 1915; d. 7 Jan 1982), mar. 7 Jan 1936 her brother's brother-in-law (William) Michael [Berry], Baron Hartwell (Life Peer) and 3rd Viscount Camrose, and had issue

died

30 Sep 1930

created

24 Jan 1918 a Baronet of the United Kingdom

3 Feb 1919 Baron Birkenhead, of Birkenhead in the County of Chester

15 Jun 1921 Viscount Birkenhead, of Birkenhead in the County of Chester

28 Nov 1922 Viscount Furneaux, of Charlton in the County of Northampton, and Earl of Birkenhead

suc. by

son

note

barrister, Gray's Inn 1899, King's Counsel 1908, Bencher 1908, Treasurer 1916, 1917 and 1924, and Vice-Treasurer 1925; Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Walton 1906-18 and for West Derby 1918-19; Privy Councillor 1911; knighted 1915; Solicitor-General 1915; Attorney-General 1915 and 1916-19; Lord High Chancellor 1919-22; High Steward of Oxford University 1922; Lord Rector of Glasgow University 1922-25; Secretary of State for India 1924-28; Lord Rector of Aberdeen University 1927; GCSI 1928

 

Frederick Winston Furneaux [Smith], 2nd Earl of Birkenhead

born

7 Dec 1907

mar.

1 May 1935 Hon Sheila Berry, Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent 1949-53, 2nd dau. of William Ewart [Berry], 1st Viscount Camrose, by his wife Mary Agnes Corns, dau. of Thomas Corns, of 2 Bolton Street, London

children

1. Hon Frederick William Robin Smith, later 3rd Earl of Birkenhead

1. Lady Juliet Margaret Smith DCVO, Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon 1965-71 and Extra Lady-in-Waiting 1971-2002 (b. 9 Sep 1941; d. 29 Nov 2014), mar. 1970 John Richard Townsend, of Newbottle Manor, Banbury, co. Oxford, and had issue

died

10 Jun 1975

suc. by

son

note

Parliamentary Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs 1938-39; a Lord-in-Waiting 1938-40; High Steward of the Manor of the Savoy 1942

 

Frederick William Robin [Smith], 3rd Earl of Birkenhead

born

17 Apr 1936

died

16 Feb 1985

note

 

On the death of the 3rd Earl of Birkenhead the Earldom of Birkenhead became extinct.

 

Last updated 29 Dec 2014

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