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Devonport, Viscount (UK, 1917)


Creation: let. pat. 22 Jun 1917


Family name: Kearley




Azure in chief two Mitres Argent garnished Or and in base a Square Tower of the second


An Ancient Ship Or the Mainsail Azure charged with a Sea Lion of the first


On either side a Sea Lion Argent crined finned and tufted Or each gorged with a Collar Gules charged with three Roses of the second and each supporting a Spear erect proper


Fit Via Vi (The way is made through strength)



Hudson Ewbanke [Kearley], 1st Baron Devonport later 1st Viscount Devonport, PC

yst. son of George Ewbanke Kearley, of Uxbridge, co. Middlesex, by his wife Mary Ann Hudson, dau. of Charles Hudson, of Old Ford, co. Essex


1 Sep 1856


19 Jan 1888 Selina Chester (d. 28 Sep 1931), only dau. of Edward Chester, of Blisworth, co. Northampton


1. Hon Gerald Chester Kearley, later 2nd Viscount Devonport

2. Hon Mark Hudson Kearley (b. 3 Mar 1895; d. 1977), mar. 26 May 1928 Mabel Florence Dagley (d. 10 Jun 1967), 1st dau. of John Francis Dagley, and had issue:

1a. Chester Dagley Hugh Kearley, heir presumptive to the Viscountcy of Devonport (b. 29 Apr 1932), mar. 1974 Josefa Mezquida, only dau. of Nadal Mezquida, of Denia, Alicante, Spain, and has issue:

1b. David Kearley (b. 18 Jan 1982)

1b. Melanie Kearley (b. 24 Aug 1978)

2a. Patrick Richard Hudson Kearley (b. 20 Jul 1935), mar. 25 Aug 1962 (Birgitta) Susanne Ringberg, 1st dau. of Karl-Erik Ringberg, of Stockholm, Sweden, and has issue

1a. Anthea Kearley (b. 25 May 1929), mar. 28 Nov 1959 Luigi Triossi, only son of Raniero Triossi, of Rome, Italy, and has issue

1. Hon Beryl Kathleen Kearley (d. 10 Apr 1965)


5 Sep 1934


22 Jul 1908 Baronet of the United Kingdom, styled "of Wittington"

15 Jul 1910 Baron Devonport, of Wittington in the County of Buckingham

22 Jun 1917 Viscount Devonport, of Wittington in the County of Buckingham

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Liberal) for Devonport 1892-1910; Privy Councillor 1909


Gerald Chester [Kearley], 2nd Viscount Devonport


16 Sep 1890


12 Mar 1938 Sheila Isabel Hope-Murray (d. 21 Nov 2006), 1st dau. of Col Charles Hope-Murray, of Morishill, Beith, co. Ayr


1. Hon Terence Kearley, later 3rd Viscount Devonport

1. Hon Marilyn Whitson Kearley (b. 11 Sep 1939)


29 Mar 1973

suc. by



Terence [Kearley], 3rd Viscount Devonport


29 Aug 1944

mar. (1)

7 Dec 1968 (div. 1979) Elizabeth Rosemary Hopton, 2nd dau. of John Gordon Hopton, of Chute Manor, Andover, co. Hampshire

children by first wife

1. Hon Velvet Jane Kearley (b. 17 Jul 1975)

2. Hon Idonia Clare Kearley (b. 6 Nov 1977)

mar. (2)

7 May 2000 Dr Meiyi Pu, 2nd dau. of Prof Wan Jun Up, of Beijing, China, by his wife Prof Shi Ying Miao


The heir presumptive to the Viscountcy of Devonport is Chester Dagley Hugh Kearley, a grandson of the 1st Viscount Devonport and cousin of the present Viscount.


 Last updated 1 Jan 2007




3rd Viscount Devonport, of Wittington in the County of Buckingham

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 22 Jun 1917)

3rd Baron Devonport, of Wittington in the County of Buckingham

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 15 Jul 1910)

3rd Baronet, styled "of Wittington"

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 22 Jul 1908)



Ray Demesne, Kirkwhelpington, Northumberland NE19 2RG



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