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Esher, Viscount (UK, 1897)


Creation: let. pat. 11 Nov 1897


Family name: Brett




Quarterly:  1st and 4th, Or a Lion rampant Gules holding in the dexter paw a Fasces erect proper within an Orle of Crosses Botonnée fitchée of the second;  2nd, Per pale Or and Gules three Leopards' Faces counterchanged;  3rd, Azure thee Bears' Heads couped Argent muzzled Gules


A Lion passant Gules charged on the shoulder with a Cross Botonnée fitchée Or and holding in the dexter paw a Fasces proper


Dexter:  a Boar Sable;  Sinister:  a Lion Sable;  each charged on the shoulder with a Cross Botonnée fitchée Or and supporting a Fasces proper


Vicimus (We have conquered)



William Baliol [Brett], 1st Baron Esher later 1st Viscount Esher, PC

2nd son of Rev Joseph George Brett, of Ranelagh, Chelsea, London, by his wife Dorothy Best, 2nd dau. of George Best MP, of Chilston Park, co. Kent


13 Aug 1815


3 Apr 1850 Eugenie Mayer (d. 4 Jun 1904), dau. of Louis Mayer


24 May 1899


24 Jul 1885 Baron Esher, of Esher in the County of Surrey

11 Nov 1897 Viscount Esher, of Esher in the County of Surrey

suc. by



Member of Parliament for Helston 1866-68; Solicitor-General 1868;  Judge of the Court of Common Pleas 1868; Lord Justice of Appeal 1876;  Privy Councillor 1876; Master of the Rolls 1882-97


Reginald Baliol [Brett], 2nd Viscount Esher, GCB GCVO PC


30 Jun 1852


24 Sep 1879 Eleanor Frances Weston Van de Weyer (d. 7 Feb 1940), 3rd dau. of HE Jean Sylvain Van de Weyer, Belgian Minister at the Court of St James, by his wife Elizabeth Anne Sturgis Bates, dau. of Joshua Bates, of Boston, USA


22 Jan 1930

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Liberal) for Falmouth and Penryn 1880-85; CB 1897; KCB 1902; Deputy Governor and Constable of Windsor Castle 1901-28 and Governor and Constable 1928-30; KCVO 1901; GCVO 1905; Privy Councillor 1922


Oliver Sylvain Baliol [Brett], 3rd Viscount Esher, GBE


23 Mar 1881


1 Oct 1912 Antoinette Heckscher (d. 22 Jul 1965), only dau. of August Heckscher, of New York, USA


8 Oct 1963

suc. by



Lionel Gordon Baliol [Brett], 4th Viscount Esher, CBE


18 Jul 1913


22 Oct 1935 Helena Christian Olive Pike, 1st dau. of Col Ebeneezer John Lecky Pike CBE MC, of Dale Park, Arundel, co. Sussex


1. Hon Christopher Lionel Baliol Brett, later 5th Viscount Esher

2. Hon Michael Jeremy Baliol Brett (b. 26 Apr 1939), mar. 1971 Sarah Calloway, of Shelbyville, Kentucky, USA

3. Hon Guy Anthony Baliol Brett (b. 18 Oct 1942), mar. 1975 Alexandra Altamirano, of Santiago, Chile, and has issue

4. Hon (Maurice) Sebastian Baliol Brett (b. 16 May 1944), mar. (1) 1968 (div. 1971) Pauline R Murray-Jones, dau. of Lt Cdr Paul Murray-Jones RB, of Cordwainers, Titchfield, co. Hampshire, (2) 1971 (div. 1980) Mary Maddox, and (3) 1980 Leticia Garrido, and has issue by his second and third wives

5. Hon Stephen Patrick Baliol Brett (b. 20 Aug 1952)

1. Hon Olivia Clare Teresa Brett (b. 29 Nov 1947), mar. 1970 (div. 1985) Anthony Grey Gascoigne, 3rd son of Humphrey Edward Crisp Gascoigne (by his wife Elizabeth Sibell Isabel Wigan, 1st dau. of Capt Denis Grey Wigan), yst. son of Brig Gen Sir (Ernest) Frederick Orby Gascoigne KCVO CMG DSO, of Ashtead Lodge, co. Surrey, and has issue


9 Jul 2004

suc. by




Christopher Lionel Baliol [Brett], 5th Viscount Esher


23 Dec 1936

mar. (1)

28 Feb 1962 (div. 1970) Camilla Charlotte Rumbold (b. 17 Aug 1943; mar. (2) 1972 (div. 1983) Giles Oliver Cairnes Swayne, only son of Sir Ronald Oliver Carless Swayne MC), 3rd dau. of Sir (Horace) Anthony Claude Rumbold, 10th Bt., KCMG KCVO CB, by his wife Felicity Ann Bailey, 2nd dau. of Lt Col Frederick George Glyn Bailey (2nd son of Sir James Bailey, of Lofts Hall, co. Essex) by his wife Lady Janet Lyle Mackay, 2nd dau. of James Lyle [Mackay], 1st Earl of Inchcape

children by first wife

1. Hon Matthew Christopher Anthony Brett, of Shellingford House, Shellingford, Faringdon, co. Oxford (b. 2 Jan 1963), mar. 28 Mar 1992 Hon Emma Charlotte Denison-Pender (b. 1 Feb 1964), 1st dau. of John Willoughby [Denison-Pender], 3rd Baron Pender, by his wife Julia Cannon, 2nd dau. of Richard Nevill Cannon OBE, of Coombe Place, Lewes, co. Sussex, and has issue

1a. Jack Alexander Baliol Brett (b. 14 Jun 1996)

1a. Eleanor Rose Brett (b. 11 Jun 1994)

2a. Alice Martha Brett (b. 20 Apr 1999)

1. Hon Miranda Jane Brett (b. 16 Mar 1964), mar. 1990 Martin Nicholas Caleb Thomas, of 25 Frithville Gardens, London W12, 2nd son of Prof (Antony) Charles Thomas CBE, of Lambessow, St Clement, Truro, co. Cornwall, and has issue

2. Hon Rebecca Catherine Brett (b. 10 Oct 1966), mar. Oct 1998 Sam Riley, and has issue

mar. (2)

4 Feb 1971 Valerie Harrington, yst. dau. of Maxwell Maurice Harrington

children by second wife

2. Hon Oliver Maxwell Brett (b. 23 Jul 1972)

3. Hon William Falkland Brett (b. 23 May 1982)

3. Hon Susannah Mary Brett (b. 15 Nov 1973), mar. 5 Apr 2001 Guy Shepherd

4. Hon Clare Christian Brett (b. 15 Nov 1973), mar. 2 Jun 2001 Thomas Norcliffe Howard-Vyse (b. 1971), 1st son and heir of Richard Edward Howard-Vyse TD DL, of Town Farm, Langton, Malton, co. York (by his wife Sally Rosemary Whalley, dau. of Cdr R R Whalley RN), 1st son and heir of Lt Gen Sir Edward Dacre Howard-Vyse KBE CB MC DL, of Langton, co. York, by his wife Mary Bridget Willoughby, 1st dau. of Lt Col Hon Claude Henry Comaraich Willoughby CVO, Deputy Ranger of Windsor Great Park 1916-29 (by his wife Sybil Louise Murray, only dau. of Charles James Murray), 7th son of Henry [Willoughby], 8th Baron Middleton



 Last updated 12 Jul 2004




5th Viscount Esher, of Esher in the County of Surrey

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 11 Nov 1897)

5th Baron Esher, of Esher in the County of Surrey

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 24 Jul 1885)



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