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Cross, Viscount (UK, 1886 - 2004)


Creation: let. pat. 19 Aug 1886


Extinct: 5 December 2004


Family name: Cross




Gules a Cross flory Argent charged with five Passion Nails Sable a Bordure of the second


A Griffin's Head erased Argent gorged with a Double Chain Or therefrom pendant a Mullet pierced Sable in the beak a Passion Nail of the last


On either side a Pegasus Argent holding in the mouth a Passion Nail Sable the dexter gorged with a Chain Or therefrom pendant a Cross flory Gules the sinister gorged with a Double Chain Or therefrom pendant a Mullet pierced Sable


Crede Cruci (Trust in the Cross)



Richard Assheton [Cross], 1st Viscount Cross, GCB GCSI PC

3rd son of William Cross, of Cottam and Red Scar, co. Lancaster, by his wife Ellen, dau. and cohrss. of Edward Chaffers, of Everton and Liverpool


30 May 1823


4 May 1852 Georgiana Lyon CI (b. c. 1827; d. 20 Jan 1907; bur. at Broughton-in-Furness, co. Lancaster), 3rd dau. of Thomas Lyon, of Appleton Hall, co. Chester, by his wife Eliza Clayton, dau. of George Clayton, of Lostock Hall, co. Lancaster


1. Thomas Richard Cross (b. 23 Apr 1853; dvp. 22 Sep 1873)

2. Hon William Henry Cross, Member of Parliament for Liverpool 1888-92 (b. 22 Aug 1856; dvp. 11 Dec 1892 of typhoid fever), mar. 19 Aug 1880 Mary Lewthwaite (b. 8 Mar 1855; d. 8 Nov 1946), 2nd dau. of William Lewthwaite, of Broadgate, co. Cumberland, by his wife Mary Challoner, dau. of William Challoner, of Leek, co. Stafford, and had issue:

1a. Richard Assheton Cross, later 2nd Viscount Cross

1a. Hon Dorothy Mary Cross, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of a Viscount by Royal Warrant 29 Jul 1914 (b. 10 Sep 1884; d. 31 Aug 1962)

2a. Hon Georgiana Marjorie Cross, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of a Viscount by Royal Warrant 29 Jul 1914 (b. 6 Sep 1886; d. 4 Feb 1958)

3a. Hon Katharine Cross, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of a Viscount by Royal Warrant 29 Jul 1914 (b. 1 Aug 1888; d. 10 Nov 1969)

4a. Hon Ellinor Frances Cross, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of a Viscount by Royal Warrant 29 Jul 1914 (b. 9 Jun 1891)

3. Hon John Edward Cross, of West Hall, High Legh, co. Chester, Member of Cheshire County Council 1904-07 (b. 5 Sep 1858; d. 26 Jun 1921), mar. (1) 31 Jul 1889 Katherine Ellen Cope (d. 9 Dec 1891), 2nd dau. of Rev F Haden Cope, Vicar of North Malvern, and (2) 18 Apr 1895 Sophy Katherine Mary Sandbach (b. 15 Jul 1865; d. 22 May 1946), 2nd dau. of Henry Robertson Sandbach DL, of Hafodunos, co. Denbigh, by his second wife Elizabeth Charlotte Williams, dau. and cohrss. of Martin Williams, of Bryn Gwyn, co. Montgomery, and had issue by both wives

4. Rev Hon Charles Francis Cross, Vicar of Shotwick, co. Chester, and later Vicar of Stretton, near Warrington (b. 22 Sep 1860; d. 28 Mar 1937)

1. Hon Georgiana Harriet Cross (d. 15 Mar 1957) , mar. 8 Jan 1895 Edward Wentworth Bowyer (b. 23 Jan 1862; d. 29 Dec 1914), 2nd son of Rev Wentworth Bowyer, Rector of Clapham, by his second wife Charlotte Wells, only dau. of Capt William Wells RN, of Holme Wood, co. Huntingdon, and had issue

2. Hon Mary Dorothea Cross (d. 2 Apr 1921)

3. Hon Anne Margaret Cross (d. 8 Jul 1962), mar. 3 Jan 1901 Lt Col Henry Finch Dawson, of Barrow Hill, Rocester, co. Stafford (b. May 1869; d. 28 Nov 1939), 1st son and heir of Capt Arthur Finch Dawson, of Barrow Hill, Rocester, co. Stafford, by his first wife Jessie Wentworth-Lyon, dau. of Arthur Wentworth-Lyon, of Clownholme, co. Derby, and had issue


8 Jun 1914


19 Aug 1886 Viscount Cross, of Broughton-in-Furness in the County of Lancaster

suc. by



barrister, Inner Temple 1849; Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Preston 1857-62, for South West Lancashire 1868-85 and for Newton 1885-86; Privy Councillor 1874; Secretary of State for the Home Department 1874-80 and 1885-86;  Bencher, Inner Temple 1876; GCB 1880; Secretary of State for India 1886-92;  GCSI 1892; Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 1895; Lord Privy Seal 1895-1900; Treasurer of the Inner Temple 1895


Richard Assheton [Cross], 2nd Viscount Cross


28 Jan 1882


11 Feb 1918 Maud Evelyn Inigo Jones (mar. (2) 18 Apr 1944 Guy Hope Coldwell;  d. 30 Apr 1976), yst. dau. of Maj Gen Inigo Richmond Jones CB CVO, of Kelston Park, co. Somerset, by his wife Elinor Charteris, 1st dau. of Hon Richard Charteris (by his wife Lady Margaret Butler, only surv. dau. and hrss. of Richard [Butler], 2nd Earl of Glengall), 2nd son of Francis [Charteris later Charteris-Wemyss-Douglas], 7th Earl of Wemyss


1. Hon Assheton Henry Cross, later 3rd Viscount Cross

2. Lt Hon Richmund Gilfrid Cross (b. 6 Jan 1922; d. in action in Italy May 1944)

3. Hon John Michael Inigo Cross (b. 23 Mar 1923; d. 2 Feb 1951), mar. 15 Apr 1950 Sybil Anne Murray (mar. (2) 7 Apr 1956 Lt Cdr James Parker-Jervis RN, 1st son of George Parker-Jervis, of Great Hampden, co. Buckingham), only dau. of Maj Thomas Prain Douglas Murray MBE DL, of Templewood, Brechin, co. Angus, by his wife Sybil Enid Toler, 4th dau. of Maj Thomas Clayton Toler DL, of Swettenham Hall and Saltersford Hall, co. Chester, and had issue

1. Hon Idonea Mary Ellice Cross (b. 30 Nov 1918; d. 1994), mar.


14 Mar 1932

suc. by



Assheton Henry [Cross], 3rd Viscount Cross


7 May 1920

mar. (1)

12 Jan 1952 (div. 1957) Patricia Mary Hewetson (b. c. 1928; mar. (2) 1960 Lt Cdr Gerald Henry Hobart Culme-Seymour; d. 27 Nov 2014), 1st dau. of Edward Pearson Hewetson JP, of The Craig, Windermere, co. Westmorland

children by first wife

1. Hon Venetia Clare Cross (b. 6 Apr 1953), mar. 1986 Rev Norman Hill, of The Hill, Great Walsingham, co. Norfolk, son of Charles Hill, of Sheffield, co. York, and has issue

2. Hon Nicola Cross (b. 14 Dec 1954), mar. 1992 Audley George Parry Burnett, son of Lt Col G P Burnett, of Winchester, co. Hampshire

mar. (2)

24 May 1972 (div. 1977) Victoria Webb (former wife of ..... Webb; d. 20 Jul 1997), dau. of John William Stoward

mar. (3)

12 Nov 1983 (div. 1987) Patricia Rossiter (widow of John Rossiter), dau. of ..... .....


5 December 2004


On the death of the 3rd Viscount Cross the Viscountcy of Cross became extinct.


Last updated 29 Dec 2014



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