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Chelmsford, Baron (UK, 1858)


Creation: let. pat. 1 Mar 1858


Family name: Thesiger




Gules a Griffin segreant Or within an Orle of Roses Argent barbed and seeded proper


A Cornucopia fesswise the Horn Or the Fruit proper thereon a Dove holding in the beak a Sprig of Laurel also proper


On either side a Griffin Or winged Vair


Spes Et Fortuna (Hope and fortune)



Frederic [Thesiger], 1st Baron Chelmsford, PC

3rd but only surv. son of Charles Thesiger, Collector of Customs in the island of St Vincent, by his wife Mary Anne Williams, dau. of Theophilus Williams, of London


15 Jul 1794


9 Mar 1822 Anna Maria Tinling (b. 24 Dec 1799; d. 9 Apr 1875; bur. in Brompton Cemetery, co. Middlesex), yst. dau. and cohrss. of William Tinling, of Southampton, co. Hampshire, by his wife Frances Peirson, dau. of Sir Richard Peirson KB


1. Hon Frederic Augustus Thesiger, later 2nd Baron Chelmsford

2. Lieut Gen Hon Charles Wemyss Thesiger, Inspector-General of Cavalry in Ireland 1885-90 ADC (b. 12 Oct 1831; d. 29 Jul 1903), mar. 23 Apr 1863 his brother's sister-in-law Charlotte Elizabeth Handcock (d. 29 Oct 1880), 1st dau. of Hon George Handcock (by his wife Elizabeth Alicia French, dau. of Robert Henry French, of Dublin), 5th son of Richard [Handcock], 2nd Baron Castlemaine, and had issue

3. George Cochran Thesiger (b. 15 Apr 1837; dvp. 2 Apr 1853)

4. Rt Hon Alfred Henry Thesiger QC, a Lord Justice of Appeal, Attorney-General to the Prince of Wales (b. 15 Jul 1838; dsp. 20 Oct 1880), mar. 31 Dec 1862 Henrietta Handcock (d. 18 Feb 1921), 2nd dau. of Hon George Handcock (by his wife Elizabeth Alicia French, dau. of Robert Henry French, of Dublin), 5th son of Richard [Handcock], 2nd Baron Castlemaine

5. Hon Sir Edward Peirson Thesiger KCB, Clerk Assistant of the Parliaments 1890-1917 (b. 19 Dec 1842; d. 11 Nov 1928), mar. 13 May 1869 Georgina Mary Stopford-Sackville (d. 22 Dec 1906), 3rd dau. of William Bruce Stopford later Stopford-Sackville JP DL, of Drayton House, Thrapston, co. Northampton (by his wife Caroline Harriet Sackville-Germain, only dau. of Hon George Sackville-Germain (by his wife Harriet Pierce), brother of Charles [Sackville-Germain], 5th Duke of Dorset, and 2nd son of George [Sackville later Sackville-Germain], 1st Viscount Sackville), 2nd son of Rev Canon Hon Richard Bruce Stopford (by his wife Hon Eleanor Powys, 1st dau. of Thomas [Powys], 1st Baron Lilford), 4th son of James [Stopford], 2nd Earl of Courtown, and had issue

1. Sidney Louisa Thesiger (dvp. 15 Dec 1823)

2. Hon Augusta Thesiger (d. 14 Jan 1912), mar. 1 Jul 1843 William Frederic Higgins, Master of the Court of Bankruptcy (d. 1891), 1st son of Col Sir Samuel Gordon Higgins KCH, and had issue

3. Sidney Maria Thesiger (dvp. 6 Feb 1831)

4. Hon Julia Selina Thesiger (d. 3 Feb 1904), mar. 19 Jul 1851 Maj Gen Sir John Eardley Wilmot Inglis KCB (d. 27 Sep 1862), and had issue

5. Hon Mary Lincoln Thesiger, Lady-in-Waiting to the Duchess of Teck (d. 26 May 1914)


5 Oct 1878 (bur. with his wife in Brompton Cemetery, co. Middlesex)


1 Mar 1858 Baron Chelmsford, of Chelmsford in the County of Essex

suc. by



Midshipman in the Navy 1807, serving at the second bombardment of Copenhagen; following the total destruction of his father's estate in St Vincent by a volcanic eruption in 1812, he left the Navy and entered Gray's Inn 1813; called to the Bar 1818; moved to the Inner Temple 1824; joined the Home Circuit and became one of the four Counsel of the Palace Court; KC 1834; Leader of his Circuit 1834-44; Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Woodstock 1840-44, for Abingdon 1844-52 and for Stamford 1852-58; Treasurer of the Inner Temple 1843; Solicitor-General 1844; knighted 1844; FRS 1845; Attorney-General 1845-46 and 1852; Lord Chancellor 1858-59 and 1866-68; Privy Councillor 1858


Frederic Augustus [Thesiger], 2nd Baron Chelmsford, GCB GCVO


21 May 1837


1 Jan 1867 Adria Fanny Heath, 1st dau. of Maj General ..... Heath


1. Hon Frederic John Napier Thesiger, later 3rd Baron Chelmsford later 1st Viscount Chelmsford

2. Capt Hon Percy Mansfield Thesiger MBE (b. 7 Nov 1869; d. 3 Aug 1959), mar. 6 Nov 1900 Katharine Frances Wallace (d. 16 Aug 1958), dau. of Alexander Falconer Wallace of Candacraig, of Strathdon, co. Aberdeen, and had issue

3. Capt Hon Wilfred Gilbert Thesiger DSO, Vice-Consul at Taranto 1897-1900 and Belgrade 1901-06, served in the Boer War 1900-01, Consul at St Petersburg 1905-08 and Boma 1908-09, Consul-General and Minister Plenipotentiary at Addis Ababa 1909-19, served in World War I 1914-18 (b. 25 Mar 1871; d. 31 Jan 1920), mar. 21 Aug 1909 Kathleen Mary Vigors CBE (mar. (2) 8 Oct 1931 Reginald Basil Astley, 5th son of Lt Col Francis L'Estrange Astley; d. 1973), 1st dau. of Thomas Mercer Cliffe Vigors, of Burgage, co. Carlow, and had issue

4. Harold Lumsden Thesiger (b. 19 May 1872; dvp. 3 Aug 1872)

5. Lt Col Hon Eric Richard Thesiger DSO TD, Page of Honour to Queen Victoria (b. 17 Feb 1874; d. 2 Oct 1961), mar. (1) 29 Oct 1904 Pearl Marie Coupland (d. 14 Feb 1922), only dau. of John Coupland, (2) 3 Oct 1929 Sydney Hilda Taylor (widow of Maj George Du Plat Taylor OBE; d. 16 Jul 1930), dau. of George Arthur Hutton-Croft, of Aldborough Hall, co. York, and (3) 27 Mar 1953 Mrs Mary Anderson (d. 16 Nov 1954), dau. of Rev F W Pudsey, of Stainton-in-Cleveland, co. York, and had issue bt his first wife

6. Hon Alfred Sullivan Thesiger (b. 5 Oct 1880; dvp. 8 Jul 1889)


9 Apr 1905 (bur. in Brompton Cemetery, London)

suc. by



entered the Army 1844; Capt, Grenadier Guards 1850; at the Siege of Sebastopol 1855; Lt Col, 95th Foot 1858; Brevet Col, 1863; served in the Indian Mutiny; Deputy Adjutant General, Bombay 1861; Adjutant General to the Abyssinian Expedition 1867-68; CB 1868; ADC to Queen Victoria 1868-77; Adjutant General to the Bengal army 1869-74; Maj General 1877 (ante-dated to 1868); KCB 1878; Brig General in command of 1st Infantry Brigade at Aldershot; Commander of the forces in the Kaffir War 1878, and in the Zulu War 1879; Lieutenant-Governor of the Cape of Good Hope 1878-79; GCB 1879; Lieut General in the army 1882; General 1888; Lieutenant of the Tower of London 1884-89; Col, Sherwood Foresters 1898-1900; Col, 2nd Life Guards 1900-05; GCVO 1902


Frederic John Napier [Thesiger], 3rd Baron Chelmsford later 1st Viscount Chelmsford, GCSI GCMG GCIE GBE


3 Jun 1921 Viscount Chelmsford, of Chelmsford in the County of Essex


The Barony of Chelmsford has been held by the Viscounts Chelmsford since 3 Jun 1921.


First written 25 Nov 2013



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