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Bridport, Viscount (UK, 1868)


Creation: let. pat. 6 Jul 1868


Family name: Hood




Quarterly:  1st and 4th, Azure a fret Argent on a Chief Or three Crescents Sable (Hood);  2nd and 3rd, Or a Cross patonce Sable a Bend Gules surmounted of another engrailed of the field charged with three Bombs fired proper on a Chief undulated Argent waves of the Sea from which a Palm Tree issuant between a Disabled Ship on the dexter and a Battery in Ruins on the sinister all proper over all a Fess wavy Azure thereon inscribed the word "Trafalgar" Or (Nelson)


A Cornish Chough proper the dexter foot resting on the fluke of an Anchor in bend sinister Or


Dexter:  a Figure of Neptune crowned with an Eastern Crown Or a Robe Vert flowing round his loins holding a Trident in the left hand and resting the right on an Anchor also Or;  Sinister:  a Sea Lion Argent the Back Fin and top of the tail Gules resting the sinister paw on an Anchor Or





Alexander Nelson [Hood], 3rd Baron Bridport later 1st Viscount Bridport, GCB

1st son of Samuel [Hood], 2nd Baron Bridport, by his wife Lady Charlotte Mary Nelson, suo jure Duchess of Bronté, only surv. dau. and hrss. by his first wife of William [Nelson], 1st Earl Nelson


23 Dec 1814


2 Aug 1838 Lady Mary Penelope Hill (b. 3 Sep 1817; d. 15 Jul 1884), 2nd dau. of Arthur Blundell Sandys Trumbull [Hill], 3rd Marquess of Downshire, by his wife Lady Mary Windsor, sister and cohrss. of Other Archer [Windsor], 6th Earl of Plymouth, and 1st dau. of Other Hickman [Windsor], 5th Earl of Plymouth


1. Hon Arthur Wellington Alexander Nelson Hood, later 2nd Viscount Bridport

2. Cmdr Hon Horatio Nelson Sandys Hood RN (b. 24 Mar 1843; dsp. 3 Feb 1881), mar. 28 Sep 1872 Isabella Emily Mundy (mar. (2) 7 Aug 1888 Percy Edward James Leveson; d. 22 Dec 1939), 2nd dau. of  Lt Col Sir Robert William Mundy KCMG JP

3. Lieut Hon William Nelson Hood RN (b. 6 Jan 1848; d. 25 Oct 1921)

4. Hon Sir Alexander Nelson Hood KCVO, Controller of the Household and Equerry to HRH the Duchess of Teck 1892-97, Extra Gentleman Usher of the Privy Chambers to Queen Victoria 1892-1901, Private Secretary to the Princess of Wales 1901-10, Treasurer to Queen Mary 1910-19 (b. 28 Jun 1854; d. 1 Jun 1937)

5. Hon Alfred Nelson Hood (b. 1 Oct 1858; dsp. 1 Dec 1918), mar. 29 Sep 1910 Ada Louisa Gavegan (dsp. 13 Oct 1959), 1st dau. of Lt Col Francis Charles Gavegan

6. Hon Victor Albert Nelson Hood CMG JP, Private Secretary to Governors of South Australia 1903-05, Victoria 1906-20, Western Australia 1912-13 and New South Wales 1913, Chamberlain to Governor-General of Australia 1911 (b. 14 Nov 1862; dso. 1 May 1929), mar. 3 Jul 1928 Violet Annie McBean (widow of Alec McBean, of Kirndean, New South Wales, Australia; d. 29 Jul 1942)

1. Hon Nina Maria Hood VA, Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria 1877-1901 (d. 5 Jun 1923), mar. 7 Feb 1861 Lt Col George Arthur Ferguson of Pitfour DL (d. 15 Dec 1924), and had issue

2. Hon Mary Hood (b. 4 Jun 1846; d. 6 Apr 1909), mar. 16 Apr 1868 Hugh de Grey [Seymour], 6th Marquess of Hertford, and had issue

3. Hon Adelaide Fanny Hood (d. 17 Jun 1927), mar. 16 Sep 1879 Capt Herbert F Gye MVO RN, HM Consul at Brest (d. 26 Apr 1906), and had issue

4. Hon Rosa Penelope Hood, Maid of Honour to Queen Victoria 1886-94 (dsp. 17 Mar 1922), mar. 31 Jul 1894 William Herbert Evans DL, of Forde Abbey, co. Dorset (dsp. 18 Sep 1900)


4 Jun 1904 (bur. at Cricket St Thomas, co. Somerset)


6 Jul 1868 Viscount Bridport, of Cricket St Thomas in the County of Somerset and of Bronte

suc. by



joined the Scots Fusilier Foot Guards 1831; Capt 1836; Groom-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria 1841-58; Lt Col 1847; Clerk Marshal to HRH the Prince Consort 1853-61; Col 1854; Equerry to Queen Victoria 1858-84; Maj Gen 1862; suc. his father 6 Jan 1868 as 3rd Baron Bridport and his mother 29 Jan 1873 as 4th Duke of Bronté; Lt Gen 1871; President, Royal Agricultural Society 1875; General 1877; Extra Equerry and Lord-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria 1884-1901; KCB 1885; GCB 1891; Hon Equerry to King Edward VII 1901-04; in 1901 he sold the Cricket St Thomas estate to F J Fry, the chocolate manufacturer


Arthur Wellington Alexander Nelson [Hood], 2nd Viscount Bridport, CB JP


15 Dec 1839


4 Apr 1872 Lady Maria Georgiana Julia Fox-Strangways (granted rank, style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl;  d. 12 Oct 1922), only dau. of Hon John George Charles Fox-Strangways MP, of Brickworth House, co. Wiltshire (by his wife Amelia Marjoribanks, 3rd dau. of Edward Marjoribanks), 3rd son by his second wife of Henry Thomas [Fox-Strangways], 2nd Earl of Ilchester


1. Alexander John Nelson Hood (b. 13 Aug 1876; dvp. 31 Aug 1877)

2. Lieut Hon Maurice Henry Nelson Hood RN (b. 16 Jan 1881; killed in action vp. 4 Jun 1915), mar. 19 Nov 1908 Ethel Rose Kendall, granted the style and precedence of the widow of a Viscount by Royal Warrant 1925 (d. 17 Apr 1931), 1st dau. of Charles Kendall, of Wokingham, co. Surrey, and had issue:

1a. Rowland Arthur Herbert Nelson Hood, later 3rd Viscount Bridport

1a. Hon Eileen Sybil Mary Nelson Hood, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of a Viscount by Royal Warrant 1925 (b. 25 Jan 1910; d. 26 May 1936), mar. 11 Jul 1933 David Lawrence Baker, 1st son of Charles J Baker, of Letcombe Manor, Wantage, co. Oxford, and had issue

1. Hon Mary Hood (b. 19 Jan 1873; d. 28 Nov 1934), mar. 21 Apr 1898 Sir Herbert Frederick Cook, 3rd Bt., and had issue

2. Hon Sybil Amy Hood (b. 10 Aug 1874; d. 8 Mar 1956)


28 Mar 1924

suc. by



Capt, 25th Regiment of Foot 1857-70; Member of Parliament (Conservative) for West Somerset 1868-80; Col commanding West Somerset Yeomen Cavalry 1872-95; CB 1892


Rowland Arthur Herbert Nelson [Hood], 3rd Viscount Bridport


22 May 1911

mar. (1)

11 Jul 1934 (div. 1945) Pamela Aline Mary Baker (mar. (2) 19 Dec 1945 Maj Alexander James Scratchley MC), only dau. of Charles J Baker, of Letcombe Manor, Wantage, co. Oxford

only child by first wife

1. Hon Peter Peregrine Nelson Hood (b. and dvp. 6 May 1938)

mar. (2)

2 Jan 1946 Shelia Jeanne Agatha Little (widow of W/Cmdr James Hayward Little DFC;  mar. (3) 1988 Alexei V Haieff; d. 24 May 1996), only dau. of Johan Hendrik van Meurs, of London

only child be second wife

2. Hon Alexander Nelson Hood, later 4th Viscount Bridport


25 Jul 1969

suc. by

son by second wife


Royal Navy cadet 1924-29;  Midshipman aboard HMS Nelson 1928-31; Sub Lieut, courses 1932-32 and aboard HMS Daring 1933, then transferring to RN Emergincy List; a Lord-in-Waiting to King George V 1939-40; served in World War II 1939-45 aboard HMS Newcastle 1939-44 as Lieut 1940-43 and Lt Cdr 1943-44, and in Pres Div Admiralty 1944-45;  transferred to RN Emergency List 1946


Alexander Nelson [Hood], 4th Viscount Bridport


17 Mar 1948

mar. (1)

5 Jan 1972 (div. 1979) Linda Jacqueline Paravicini (mar. (2) 15 Dec 1983 Michael John James George Robert [Howard], 21st Earl of Suffolk), dau. of Lt Col Vincent Rudolph Paravicini, of Nutley Manor, Basingstoke, co. Hampshire

only child by first wife

1. Hon Peregrine Alexander Nelson Hood (b. 30 Aug 1974), mar. 8 Jun 2013 Serena Nikkhah, 1st dau. of Shahrokh Nikkhah, of London, and has issue:

1a. Honor Linda Nelson Hood (b. 2016)

2a. Emilia Jeanne Nelson Hood (b. 8 Jun 2018)

mar. (2)

5 Dec 1979 (div. 1999) Nina Rindt (former wife of Phillip Martyn;  widow of Jochen Rindt), dau. of Curt Lincoln, of Helsinki, Finland

only child by second wife

2. Hon Anthony Nelson Hood (b. 7 Jan 1983)


Last updated 24 Jun 2019




4th Viscount Bridport, of Cricket St Thomas in the County of Somerset and of Bronte

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 6 Jul 1868)

6th Baron Bridport, of Cricket St Thomas, in Ireland

(Ireland, let. pat. 1 Nov 1794)

7th Duke of Bronté

(Sicily, let. pat. 1799)



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