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Chilston, Viscount (UK, 1911)


Creation: let. pat. 6 Jul 1911


Family name: Akers later Akers-Douglas




Quarterly:  1st and 4th, Argent a Man's Heart Gules ensigned with an Imperial Crown and pierced by an Arrow fesswise the pheon to the dexter proper on a Chief Azure three Mullets of the field (Douglas of Baads);  2nd and 3rd, Gules three Escallops Or within a Bordure Argent charged with eight Acorns proper (Akers)


1st:  An Arm in Armour embowed proper garnished Or the gauntlet grasping a Dagger also proper (Douglas of Baads);  2nd:  An Arm in Armour embowed proper garnished Or the gauntlet grasping a Pennon barry of four Azure and Argent (Akers)


Dexter:  a Horse Argent supporting a Banner Azure charged with three Mullets also Argent;  Sinister:  a like Horse supporting a similar Banner Ermine charged with a Man's Heart Gules ensigned with an Imperial Crown and pierced by an Arrow fesswise the pheon to the dexter proper


Sapientia Et Veritas (Wisdom and truth)



Aretas [Akers later Akers-Douglas], 1st Viscount Chilston, GBE PC

1st son of Rev Aretas Akers, of Malling Abbey, co. Kent (by his wife Frances Maria Brandram, dau. of Francis Holles Brandram, of Underriver House, co. Kent), 1st son of Aretas Akers JP DL, of Malling Abbey, co. Kent (by his wife Isabella Larking, dau. of John Larking, of Clare House, co. Kent), 1st son of Aretas Akers (by his wife and cousin Jean Ramsay, dau. of Rev James Ramsay, Rector of Teston and Nettlestead, co. Kent), 2nd son of Aretas Akers by his wife Jean Douglas, dau. of Rev Alexander Douglas, Minister of Skirling and East Calder (by his wife Isabel Houstoun, dau. of Andrew Houstoun of Calder Hall), 4th son of William Douglas of Baads


21 Oct 1851


10 Jun 1875 Adeline Mary Austen-Smith (d. 25 Feb 1929), dau. of Horatio Austen-Smith, of Hayes, co. Kent


1. Hon Aretas Akers-Douglas, later 2nd Viscount Chilston

2. Lt Col Hon George Alexander Akers-Douglas, served in the South African War 1900-01, ADC to the Viceroy of India 1904, served in World War I 1914-18 (b, 7 Jun 1878; d. 11 Jul 1955), mar. 5 Jan 1909 Doris Christopherson (d. 24 Sep 1971), dau. of Stanley Christopherson, of Bramley, co. Surrey, and had issue:

1a. Capt Ian Stanley Akers-Douglas (b. 16 Nov 1909; dvp. 16 Dec 1952), mar. (1) 5 Oct 1933 (div. 1943) Joan Holroyd Toms, only child of Maj Charles Bowring Toms, of 109 Oakwood Court, Kensington, London W14, and had issue:

1b. Jennifer Akers-Douglas (b. 30 Oct 1938), mar. (1) 24 Jun 1958 George David Henry Wiggin (d. 1990), 1st son of Lt Col Peter Milner Wiggin JP, of Ashe House, Overton, Basingstoke, co. Hampshire, and (2) 1993 Charles Arthur Smith-Bingham, of Stag Cottage, Bagnor, Newbury, co. Berkshire, and has issue by her first husband

Capt Ian Akers-Douglas mar. (2) 12 Jul 1945 Phyllis Rosemary Parsons (b. 8 Apr 1918; mar. (2) 9 Oct 1965 Maj John Anthony Cobham Shaw MC; d. Jul 2000), 3rd dau. of Arthur David Clere Parsons (by his wife Doris Cookson, dau. of Norman Charles Cookson, of Wylam, co. Northumberland), 2nd son of Hon Richard Clere Parson (by his wife Agnes Elizabeth Bateman, dau. of John Frederic La Trobe Bateman, of Moor Park, Farnham, co. Surrey), 5th son of William [Parsons], 3rd Earl of Rosse, and had further issue:

1b. Alastair George Akers-Douglas, later 4th Viscount Chilston

2b. Diana Akers-Douglas (b. 17 Sep 1948), mar. 24 May 1969 Simon Richard Harrap, of Perryland, Bentley, Farnham, co. Surrey (b. 25 Mar 1941), 1st son of Michael Webster Harrap, of Marsh House, Bentley, co. Surrey, by his wife Cynthia Mary Darell, sister of Brig Sir Jeffrey Lionel Darell, 8th Bt. MC, and only dau. of Lt Col Guy Marsland Darell MC (by his wife Esmé Violet Savile, dau. of Capt Walter Stewart Savile JP, of Middleton Holt, Banbury, co. Oxford), 3rd son of Capt Sir Lionel Edward Darell, 5th Bt. JP DL, and has issue

2a. Maj Anthony George Akers-Douglas (b. 21 Dec 1914; d. 1991), mar. 9 Aug 1941 Dorothy Louise Gage (b. 29 Sep 1917), only dau. of Brig-Gen Moreton Foley Gage DSO DL (by his second wife Frances Lippitt, 2nd dau. of Senator Henry F Lippitt, of Rhode Island, USA), 3rd son of Lt Gen Hon Edward Thomas Gage CB (by his second wife Ella Henrietta Maxse, 1st dau. of James Maxse by his wife Lady Caroline FitzHardinge Berkeley, 4th dau. of Frederick Augustus [Berkeley], 5th Earl of Berkeley, 3rd son of Henry Hall [Gage],4th Viscount Gage, and had issue

1a. Sonia Akers-Douglas (b. 9 Nov 1917; dvp. 10 Mar 1918)

2a. Angela Evelyn Akers-Douglas (b. 6 Mar 1919; d. 30 Nov 1959), mar. 15 Mar 1940 Lt Douglas Shankland RNVR, son of Andrew Shankland, of 3 Bristol Court, Brighton, co. Ssusex, and had issue

1. Hon Adeline Frances Akers-Douglas (d. 19 Aug 1959), mar. 30 Sep 1899 Fedow Andrew Satow, Judge of the Egyptian Court of Appeal (d. 23 Oct 1909), and had issue

2. Hon Ethel Margaret Akers-Douglas (d. 25 Jan 1951), mar. 27 Apr 1925 (annulled 1928) Capt John William Haughton (d. 1930), son of W J Haughton, of Morley Hall, Wymondham, co. Norfolk

3. Hon Bertha Marion Akers-Douglas (d. 27 Jan 1960), mar. 2 Jun 1905 Maj Gen Sir Arthur Lynden Lynden-Bell KCB KCMG JP DL (d. 14 Feb 1943), 3rd son of Maj Gen T L Lynden-Bell, of Brookhill, co. Wexford, and had issue

4. Hon Evelyn Amy Akers-Douglas (dvp. 13 Jul 1914), mar. 29 Oct 1910 as his first wife Capt Bernard Godfrey Samuelson (b. 17 Oct 1888; d. 13 Nov 1954), 1st son of Godfrey Blunden Samuelson JP MP (by his first wife Annie Jane Davis, 3rd dau. of Rev Weston Brocklesby Davis), 3rd son of Sir Bernhard Samuelson, 1st Bt., of Kenfield Hall, Canterbury, co. Kent, and had issue

5. Hon Cara Mary Akers-Douglas (d. 10 Oct 1969), mar. 3 May 1916 Maj John Esmond Longuet-Higgins OBE MC (d. 27 Jan 1968), 2nd son of Henry Longuet Longuet-Higgins, of Turvey Abbey, co. Bedford, and had issue


15 Jan 1926


6 Jul 1911 Baron Douglas of Baads, of Baads in the County of Midlothian, and Viscount Chilston, of Boughton Malherbe in the County of Kent

suc. by



took the additional name and arms of Douglas under the will of his second cousin twice removed James Douglas Stoddart later Douglas of Baads 1875; Member of Parliament (Conservative) for East Kent 1880-85 and for St Augustine's, Kent 1885-1911; Privy Councillor 1891; First Commissioner of Works 1895-1902; Secretary of State for Home Affairs 1902-05; GBE 1920


Aretas [Akers-Douglas], 2nd Viscount Chilston, GCMG PC


17 Feb 1876


6 Aug 1903 Amy Bramly (d. 11 Aug 1962), dau. of John Robert Jennings Bramly


1. Hon Aretas Akers-Douglas (b. 7 Nov 1905; dvp. and sp. following a motor accident 28 Feb 1940), mar. (1) 25 May 1932 (div. 1938) Irene Goss, dau. of George Richard Goss, and (2) 1939 Marcia Victoria Bruce (d. 3 Nov 1945), dau. of John Myddleton Bruce, of Mapitigama, Ceylon

2. Hon Eric Alexander Akers-Douglas, later 3rd Viscount Chilston


25 Jul 1947

suc. by



Capt, 3rd Batallion Royal Scots; Attaché 1898; served in Cairo; 3rd Secretary 1900: served in Madrid, Constantinople and Athens; 2nd Secretary 1905; Acting Agent and Consul-General Sofia 1907, Rome 1907 and Vienna 1909; 1st Secretary 1912; Chargé d'Affaires Montenegro 1911, 1913 and 1914, and Romania 1914; CMG 1918; Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary in Vienna 1921-28 and in Budapest 1928-33; KCMG 1927; Ambassador Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary in Moscow 1933-38; GCMG 1935; Privy Councillor 1939


Eric Alexander [Akers-Douglas], 3rd Viscount Chilston


17 Dec 1910


15 Feb 1955 Marion Howard (d. 9 Jan 1970), dau. of Capt Charles William Howard


s.p. 10 Apr 1982

suc. by

first cousin once removed


served in World War II 1939-45 as F/Lt RAFVR


Alastair George [Akers-Douglas], 4th Viscount Chilston


6 Sep 1946


5 Jun 1971 Juliet Anne Lovett, dau. of Lt Col Nigel Lovett, of The Old Rectory, Inwardleigh, Okehampton, co. Devon


1. Hon Oliver Ian Akers-Douglas (b. 13 Oct 1973), mar. 2005 Camilla E H Edwards, only dau. of Francois Edwards, of Micheldever, co. Hampshire, and has issue:

1a. Ivo Aretas Akers-Douglas (b. 27 Jul 2007)

2a. Arthur Sholto Akers-Douglas (b. 23 Jul 2012)

1a. Alice Akers-Douglas (b. 20...)

2. Hon Alexander Hugh Akers-Douglas (b. 30 Jul 1975), mar. 2006 Tabitha Peebles, and has issue

3. Hon Dominic Lovett Akers-Douglas (b. 31 Jul 1979)


 Last updated 26 Nov 2013




4th Viscount Chilston, of Boughton Malherbe in the County of Kent

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 6 Jul 1911)

4th Baron Douglas of Baads, in the County of Midlothian

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 6 Jul 1911)



The Old Rectory, Twyford, nr. Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1NS



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