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Ferrers, Earl (GB, 1711)

 

Creation: let. pat. 3 Sep 1711

 

Family name: Shirley

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Arms:

Paly of six Or and Azure a Quarter Ermine

Crest:

A Saracen's Head in profile couped proper wreathed about the temples Or and Azure

Supporters:

Dexter:  A Talbot Ermine eared Gules and ducally gorged Or;  Sinister:  A Reindeer Gules billettée and charged on the shoulder with a Horse-shoe Argent attired and ducally gorged Or

Motto:

Honor Virtutis Praemium (Honour is the reward of virtue)

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Robert [Shirley], 14th/7th Baron Ferrers of Chartley later 1st Earl Ferrers, PC

uncle and heir of Sir Robert Shirley, 6th Bt., of Staunton Harold, co. Leicester, and 3rd son of Sir Robert Shirley, 4th Bt., of Staunton Harold, co. Leicester (by his wife Catherine Okeover, dau. of Humphrey Okeover, of Okeover, co. Stafford), 2nd son of Sir Henry Shirley, 2nd Bt., of Staunton Harold, co. Leicester, by his wife Lady Dorothy Devereux, sister and cohrss. in her issue of Robert [Devereux], 3rd Earl of Essex and 13th/6th Baron Ferrers of Chartley, and 2nd dau. of Robert [Devereux], 2nd Earl of Essex and 12th/5th Baron Ferrers of Chartley

born

20 Oct 1650

mar. (1)

28 Dec 1671 Elizabeth Washington (b. c. 1655; d. 2 Oct 1693; bur. at Staunton Harold, co. Leicester), only dau. and hr. of Lawrence Washington, of Garesden, co. Wiltshire, by his wife Eleanor Guise, dau. of William Guise, of Elmore, co. Gloucester

children by first wife

1. Hon Robert Shirley (b. 4 Sep 1673 ; dvp. 25 Feb 1698), mar. (1) Catherine Venables (d. 27 Sep 1697), dau. of Peter Venables, and (2) 27 Sep 1688 Anne Ferrers, dau. of Sir Humphrey Ferrers, of Tamworth Castle, co. Stafford, and had issue by his second wife:

1a. Hon Robert Shirley, styled Viscount Tamworth, Member of Parliament (Tory) for Leicestershire 1713-14 (b. 28 Dec 1692; d. 5 Jul 1714)

1a. Hon Elizabeth Shirley, suo jure Baroness Ferrers of Chartley

2. Hon Washington Shirley, later 2nd Earl Ferrers

3. Hon Henry Shirley, later 3rd Earl Ferrers

4. Hon Lewis Shirley (b. 1685; dvp. 1710)

5. Hon Laurence Shirley, of Staunton Harold, co. Leicester (b. 26 Sep 1693; d. 27 Apr 1743), mar. Anne Clarges (d. 27 May 1782), 4th dau. of Sir Walter Clarges, 1st Bt., and had issue:

1b. Laurence Shirley, later 4th Earl Ferrers

2b. Washington Shirley, later 5th Earl Ferrers

3b. Robert Shirley, later 6th Earl Ferrers

4b. Rev Walter Shirley, Rector of Loughrea, co. Galway (b. 28 Sep 1726; d. 7 Apr 1786), mar. 27 Aug 1766 Henrietta Maria Phillips (d. 15 Dec 1792), sister of Lt Col Molesworth Philiips, of Belcotton, co. Louth, the companion of Capt James Cook, and dau. of John Phillips, of Swords, co. Dublin, by his wife Henrietta Eccleston, dau. of John Eccleston, of Termonfeckin, co. Louth, son of William Eccleston, of Drumshallon, by his wife Rose Brabazon, dau. of Capt James Brabazon, and had issue:

1c. Rev Walter Shirley, of Westpoint, co. Mayo, Rector of Brailsford, co. Derby (b. 1768; d. 18...), mar. 1796 Alice Newenham, dau. of Sir Edward Newenham, son of William Newenham, of Coolmore, co. Cork, and had issue:

1d. Rt Rev Walter Augustus Shirley DD, Prebendary of Lichfield, Archdeacon of Derby 1841-46, Bishop of Sodor and Man 1846-47 (b. 30 May 1797; d. 21 Apr 1847), mar. 4 Sep 1827 Maria Waddington (d. 10 Jan 1859), dau. of William Waddington, of St Rémy, Normandy, France, and had issue:

1e. Rev Walter Waddington Shirley DD, Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History (b. 24 Jul 1828; d. 20 Nov 1866), mar. 4 Jul 1855 Philippa Frances Emilia Knight (d. 2 Feb 1902), only child of Samuel Knight, of Impington Hall, co. Cambridge, and had issue:

1f. Walter Sewallis Shirley (dvp. young 21 Jan 1861)

2f. Walter Knight Shirley, later 11th Earl Ferrers

3f. Hon Ralph Shirley, granted the style and precedence of the younger son of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1913 (b. 30 Dec 1865; dsp. 29 Dec 1946), mar. (1) 28 Jul 1903 Florence Beatrice Wright (d. 10 Oct 1926), dau. of H Wright, of Didcot, co. Oxford, and (2) 24 Jul 1935 Lilian Octavia Fortescue Davidson (widow of Maj Venour Davidson; d. 30 Apr 1957), dau. of Matthew Lisle Ingram, of Feckenham, co. Worcester

1f. Alice Shirley (d. 18 Jan 1911), mar. 26 Jan 1887 Rev William Richardson Linton, Vicar of Shirley, co. Derby (d. 4 Jan 1908), and had issue

2f. Lady Mary Philippa Shirley, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1913 (d. 9 Sep 1917)

3f. Lady Laeta Shirley, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1913

1e. Alicia Maria Shirley (d. 14 Nov 1857), mar. 7 Oct 1856 Capt C R W F Harris (d. 9 Mar 1862), and had issue

1c. Frances Anne Shirley (b. 1770; d. 1838), mar. Rev John Goring, Rector of Mealiffe, co. Tipperary (b. c. 1769; d. 1829), and had issue

2c. Henrietta Eleanora Shirley (b. 1772; d. 1841), mar. 1790 Rev H Bunbury

3c. Anna Augusta Shirley (b. 1775), mar. 1798 G Maturin (d. 1840)

5b. Admiral Thomas Shirley RN, of Horkston, co. Lincoln (b. 6 Apr 1733; dsp. 7 Apr 1814), mar. (1) 30 Mar 1773 Mary Anderson (widow of Sir Stephen Anderson, 3rd Bt.; dsp. 1808), dau. of W Elsgood, and (2) 6 Nov 1809 Anne Hele (mar. (2) Col John Tufnell, of Horkston, co. Lincoln), dau. of Thomas Hele

1. Lady Elizabeth Shirley, mar. Walter Clarges, 2nd son of Sir Walter Clarges, 1st Bt., by his third wife Elizabeth Wymondsell, widow of Sir Dawes Wymondsell, of Putney, co. Surrey, and dau. of Sir James Gould, Alderman of London

2. Lady Dorothy Shirley (d. 3 Apr 1721), mar. 1700 John Cotes, of Woodcote, co. Shropshire

mar. (2)

bef 19 Aug 1699 Selina Finch (bapt. 7 Apr 1681; d. 20 Mar 1762; bur. at Twickenham, co. Middlesex), dau. of George Finch, merchant, of the City of London

children by second wife

6. Hon George Shirley, of Ettington (b. 23 Oct 1705; d. 22 Oct 1787), mar. 28 Dec 1749 Mary Sturt (d. 22 Oct 1787), dau. of Humphrey Sturt, and had issue

7. Hon Sewallis Shirley, Comptroller of the Household to Queen Charlotte (dsp. 25 Oct 1765), mar. 25 May 1751 as her second husband Margaret Rolle later Walpole, suo jure Baroness Clinton

3. Lady Selina Shirley (d. 14 Dec 1777), mar. 24 Oct 1720 as his second wife Peter Bathurst MP, of Clarendon Park, co. Wiltshire (b. 3 May 1687; d. 6 May 1748), brother of Allen [Bathurst], 1st Earl Bathurst, and 2nd son of Sir Benjamin Bathurst MP by his wife Frances Apsley, dau. of Sir Allen Apsley, of Apsley, co. Sussex, and had issue

4. Lady Mary Shirley, mar. Charles Tryon, of Bulwick, and had issue

5. Lady Anne Shirley (d. 25 Feb 1779), mar. 15 May 1729 as his third wife Sir Robert Furnese, 2nd Bt. MP, of Waldershare, co. Kent, and had issue

died

25 Dec 1717 (bur. at Staunton Harold, co. Leicester)

created

3 Sep 1711 Viscount Tamworth, of Tamworth in the County of Stafford, and Earl Ferrers

suc. by

son by first wife

note

suc. his nephew 11 Mar 1668/9 as 7th Bt. of Staunton Harold, co. Leicester;  on 14 Dec 1677 the abeyance of the Barony of Ferrers of Chartley was terminated in his favour;  Master of the Horse to the Queen Consort 1682-85; Steward of the Household to the Dowager Queen 1685-1717; Col, Princess Anne's Regiment of Foot 1685-86; Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire 1687; Privy Councillor 1689; on his death the Barony of Ferrers of Chartley passed to his grand-daughter Hon Elizabeth Shirley, only surviving child of his eldest son, Hon Robert Shirley, who had died v.p. 25 Feb 1698

 

Washington [Shirley], 2nd Earl Ferrers

born

22 Jun 1677

mar.

c. 1704 Mary Levinge (d. Jan 1739/40), 1st dau. of Rt Hon Sir Richard Levinge, 1st Bt., Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas of Ireland 1720-24, by his first wife Mary Corbyn, dau. and cohrss. of Sir Gawen Corbyn

children

1. Lady Elizabeth Shirley, mar. 24 Jun 1725 Joseph Gascoigne Nightingale, of Enfield, co. Middlesex, and had issue

2. Lady Selina Shirley (b. 12 Aug 1707; d. 17 Jun 1791), mar. 3 Jun 1728 Theophilus [Hastings], 9th Earl of Huntingdon, and had issue

3. Lady Mary Shirley (b. 25 Sep 1712; dsp. 12 Aug .1784), mar. 20 Jun 1730 Thomas [Needham], 9th Viscount Kilmorey

died

s.p.m. 14 Apr 1729 (bur. at Staunton Harold, co. Leicester)

suc. by

brother

note

Ensign, Coldstream Guards 1704; Member of Parliament for Fore 1713-15; Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire 1725-29

 

Henry [Shirley], 3rd Earl Ferrers

born

14 Nov 1691

died

6 Aug 1745 (bur. at Staunton Harold, co. Leicester)

suc. by

nephew

note

Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire 1731-42

 

Laurence [Shirley], 4th Earl Ferrers

born

18 Aug 1720

mar.

16 Sep 1752 (div. 20 Jun 1758) Mary Meredith (b. c. 1738; mar. (2) 28 Mar 1769 Lord Frederick Campbell, 4th son of John [Campbell], 4th Duke of Argyll, by his wife Hon Mary Bellenden, 3rd dau. of John [Kerr later Bellenden], 2nd Lord Bellenden of Broughton;  d. 26 Jul 1807, being accidentally burnt to death while reading in bed), sister of Sir William Meredith, 3rd Bt., of Henbury, co. Chester, and dau. of Amos Meredith, of Henbury, co. Chester, by his wife Joanna Cholmondeley, dau. of Thomas Cholmondeley

died

s.p.legit. 5 May 1760 (bur. at St Pancras Church. co. Middlesex, and later at Staunton Harold, co. Leicester)

suc. by

brother

note

the Earl shot and killed his land steward in January 1760, was tried by his peers in April 1760, unanimously found guilty of murder and was hanged at Tyburn gallows with a silken cord; by his mistress, Margaret Clifford, he left with other children a daughter, Anna Maria, who married John Louis Pasteur and was the grandmother of the famous scientist John Louis Pasteur

 

Washington [Shirley], 5th Earl Ferrers

born

26 May 1722

mar.

Anne Elliot (b. c. 1723; d. 26 Mar 1791; bur. at Staunton Harold, co. Leicester), dau. of John Elliot, of Plymouth, co. Devon

died

s.p. 1 Oct 1778 (bur. at Staunton Harold, co. Leicester)

suc. by

brother

note

entered the Royal Navy 1738; Post Captain 1746, Rear Admiral 1775 and Admiral 1776; Grand Master of Freemasons 1762-64

 

Robert [Shirley], 6th Earl Ferrers

born

18 Jul 1723

mar.

26 Dec 1754 Catherine Cotton (d. 26 Mar 1786; bur. at Bredon, co. Leicester), dau. of Rowland Cotton, of Etwall, co. Derby, by his wife Mary Sleigh, dau. and cohrss. of Sir Samuel Sleigh, of Etwall, co. Derby

children

1. Hon Robert Shirley, later 7th Earl Ferrers

2. Hon Washington Shirley, later 8th Earl Ferrers

died

17 Apr 1787 (bur. at Bredon, co. Leicester)

suc. by

son

 

Robert [Shirley], 7th Earl Ferrers

born

21 Sep 1756

mar. (1)

13 Mar 1778 Elizabeth Prentice (d. 14 Sep 1799; bur. at White Rooding, co. Essex), dau. of John Prentice

only child by first wife

1. Hon Robert Sewallis Shirley, styled Viscount Tamworth (b. 9 Nov 1778; dsp. and vp. 6 Jun 1824; bur. at Bredon, co. Leicester), mar. 5 Aug 1800 Hon Sophia Caroline Curzon (b. 13 Jan 1779; dsp. 3 Feb 1849; bur. at Bredon, co. Leicester), 1st dau. of Nathaniel [Curzon], 2nd Baron Scarsdale, by his first wife Hon Sophia Susanna Noel, sister and cohrss. of Thomas [Noel], 2nd Viscount Wentworth, and 3rd dau. of Edward [Noel], 1st Viscount Wentworth

mar. (2)

28 Sep 1799 Elizabeth Mundy (dsp. 22 Feb 1827; bur. at Bredon, co. Leicester), yst. dau. of Wrightson Mundy, of Markeaton, co. Derby, by his wife Anne Burdett, dau. of Robert Burdett, of Foremark, co. Derby

died

s.p.m.s. 2 May 1827 (bur. at Bredon, co. Leicester)

suc. by

brother

 

Washington [Shirley], 8th Earl Ferrers

born

13 Nov 1760

mar. (1)

24 Jul and 1 Sep 1781 Frances Ward (d. 4 Mar 1812; bur. at Staunton Harold, co. Leicester), only dau. of Rev William Ward, Rector of Himley, co. Stafford (brother of John [Ward], 1st Viscount Dudley and Ward), by his wife Elizabeth Hawkes, dau. of John Hawkes

children by first wife

1. Hon Robert William Shirley, styled Viscount Tamworth (b. 24 Aug 1783; dvp. 3 Feb 1830; bur. at Staunton Harold, co. Leicester), mar. 12 Dec 1821 Anne Weston (b. c. 1799; d. 7 Oct 1839; bur. at Staunton Harold, co. Leicester), dau. of Richard Weston, and had issue:

1a. Hon Washington Sewallis Shirley, later 9th Earl Ferrers

2a. Lieut Hon Robert William Devereux Shirley (b. 14 Dec 1825; d. 4 Jun 1849)

1a. Lady Rosamond Ann Myrtle Shirley, mar. 19 Jun 1841 Hon Henry Hanbury-Tracy, Member of Parliament for Bridgnorth 1837-38 (b. 11 Apr 1802; d. 6 Apr 1889), 2nd son of Charles [Hanbury later Hanbury-Tracy], 1st Baron Sudeley, by his wife Hon Henrietta Susanna Tracy, only child and hrss. of Henry Leigh [Tracy], 8th Viscount Tracy, and had issue

1. Lady Frances Shirley (dvp. 1834)

2. Julia Anne Shirley (dvp. 23 Nov 1825)

mar. (2)

29 Sep 1829 Sarah Davy (dsp. 30 Jun 1835; bur. at Staunton Harold, co. Leicester), dau. of William Davy

died

2 Oct 1842 (bur. at Staunton Harold, co. Leicester)

suc. by

grandson

 

Washington Sewallis [Shirley], 9th Earl Ferrers

born

3 Jan 1822

mar.

23 Jul 1844 Lady Augusta Annabella Chichester (b. 20 Jun 1826; mar. (2) 15 Jun 1864 Capt Frederick Henry Walsh;  d. 9 Oct 1914), 1st dau. of Edward [Chichester], 4th Marquess of Donegall, by his wife Amelia Spread Deane O'Grady, 3rd dau of Henry Deane O'Grady, of Stillorgan Castle, co. Dublin

children

1. Hon Sewallis Edward Shirley, later 10th Earl Ferrers

2. Hon Devereux Hugh Lupus Shirley (b. 17 Jul 1853; dvp. 22 Feb 1854)

1. Lady Amelia Ann Shirley (dvp. young 1849)

2. Lady Augusta Amelia Shirley (dsp. 10 Feb 1933), mar. 19 Aug 1873 Sir Archdale Robert Palmer, 4th Bt., of Wanlip Hall, co. Leicester

died

13 Mar 1859 (bur. at Staunton Harold, co. Leicester)

suc. by

son

 

Sewallis Edward [Shirley], 10th Earl Ferrers

born

24 Jan 1847

mar.

24 Oct 1885 Lady Ina Maude Hedges-White (b. 20 May 1852; dsp. 8 Jun 1907; bur. at Staunton Harold, co. Leicester), 4th dau. of William Henry Hare [White later Hedges-White], 3rd Earl of Bantry, by his wife Jane Herbert, dau. of Charles John Herbert, of Muckruss Abbey, co. Cork

died

s.p. 26 Jul 1912 (bur. at Staunton Harold, co. Leicester)

suc. by

fourth cousin

note

Provincial Grand Master of Freemasons, Leicestershire and Rutland; KStJ

 

Walter Knight [Shirley], 11th Earl Ferrers

born

5 Jun 1864

mar.

9 Jul 1890 Mary Jane Moon (d. 10 Jan 1944), 3rd dau. of Robert Moon, of Princes Gardens, London, by his wife Mary Jane Pacy, dau. of Robert Pacy, of Rio de Janeiro and Liverpool

children

1. Hon Robert Walter Shirley, later 12th Earl Ferrers

2. Hon Andrew Shirley, Assistant Keeper of Fine Art, Ashmolean Museum Oxford 1925-29, Manager Times Book Club 1939-50 (b. 29 Dec 1900; d. 20 Jun 1958), mar. 30 Apr 1927 Ethel Muriel Lewis, dau. of John Henry David Lewis, and had issue

1. Lady Margery Joan Shirley (b. 25 Nov 1891; d. 1 Jun 1952), mar. 22 Sep 1920 Lancelot Sackville Fletcher, barrister

2. Elizabeth Mary Shirley (b. 30 Dec 1892; dvp. 9 Nov 1893)

3. Lady Phillida Shirley, a nun (b. 4 Nov 1896)

died

2 Feb 1937

suc. by

son

 

Robert Walter [Shirley], 12th Earl Ferrers

born

7 Jul 1894

mar.

28 Feb 1922 Hermione Justice Morley, dau. of A Noel Morley, of Lychwood, Worplesdon, co. Surrey

children

1. Hon Robert Washington Shirley, later 13th Earl Ferrers

1. Lady Elizabeth Hermione Shirley (d. 7 Oct 1997), mar. 24 Oct 1959 John Fownes Luttrell (d. 1985), 2nd son of Maj Hugh Courtenay Fownes Luttrell MP, of Ward House, Bere Ashford, co. Devon (by his wife Dorothy Hope Wedderburn, 1st dau. and cohrss. of Sir William Wedderburn of Balindean, 4th Bt. MP), 2nd son of George Fownes Luttrell, of Dunster Castle, co. Somerset, , and had issue

2. Lady (Jane) Penelope Justice Shirley, mar. 17 May 1944 Rev Canon John Maurice Robson TD, Vicar of Shirley, Rector of Brailsford and Rural Dean of Ashbourne (d. 1989), yst. son of Rev James Robson, Vicar of West Harton, co. Durham, and has issue

died

11 Oct 1954

suc. by

son

 

Robert Washington [Shirley], 13th Earl Ferrers, PC DL

born

8 Jun 1929

mar.

21 Jul 1951 Annabel Mary Carr, only dau. of Brig William Greenwood Carr CVO DSO, of Park Lodge, Hedenham, co. Norfolk, by his wife Nenella Salazar, 2nd dau. of Gen Count Michele Salazar, of via Umbria, Rome

children

1. Hon Robert William Saswalo Shirley, later 14th Earl Ferrers

2. Hon Andrew John Carr Sewallis Shirley, of Collycroft House, Clifton, co. Derby (b. 24 Jun 1965), mar. 3 Oct 1992 Tamara Halfpenny, dau. of Donald Halfpenny, of Sutton in Ashfield, co. Nottingham, and has issue

1. Lady Angela Mary Shirley (b. 16 Jun 1954), mar. 19 Jul 1975 Jonathan Felix Hugh Ellis, of The Old Rectory, Thurning, co. Norfolk, son of Maj Timothy Basil Ellis, of Mendham Mill, Harleston, co. Norfolk, and has issue

2. Lady Sallyanne Margaret Shirley (b. 22 Mar 1957; d. 6 Jul 2011)

3. Lady Selina Clare Shirley (b. 1 Jul 1958; dvp. 2 Jun 1998), mar. 1989 Antoine Bertrand Cheneviere, 2nd son of Bertrand Cheneviere, of Geneva, Switzerland, and had issue

died

13 Nov 2012

suc. by

son

note

Lieut, Coldstream Guards Malaya 1949; Lord-in-Waiting (Government Whip, House of Lords) 1962-64 and 1974-74; Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Foods 1974; Joint Deputy Leader of the Opposition, House of Lords 1976-79; High Steward, Norwich Cathedral, since 1979; Minister of State, Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Food 1979-83; Deputy Leader, House of Lords 1979-83 and 1988-97; Privy Councillor 1982; Deputy Lieutenant, Norfolk 1983; Minister of State, Home Office 1988-94, Department of Trade and Industry 1994-95 and Department of the Environment 1995-97; Sub-Warden, Winchester College, since 1998; elected to the House of Lords 1999; Grand Prior of England, Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem

 

Robert William Saswalo [Shirley], 14th Earl Ferrers

born

29 Dec 1952

mar.

21 Jun 1980 Susannah Mary Sheepshanks, yst. dau. of Charles Edward William Sheepshanks, of Arthington Hall, Otley, co. York

children

1. Hon William Robert Charles Shirley, styled Viscount Tamworth (b. 10 Dec 1984), mar. Camilla Lutyens (b. 1985), yst. dau. of Richard David Lutyens by his wife Mary Drabble, and has issue:

1a. Hon Francesca Alice Hermione Shirley (b. 7 Jun 2016)

2a. Hon Amelie Mary Tanya Shirley (b. 11 Dec 2018)

2. Hon Frederick James Walter Shirley (b. 1990)

1. Lady Hermione Mary Annabel Shirley (b. 11 Dec 1982), mar. Edward J Crisp, of Kirby Cane Hall, co. Norfolk, son of Maj Simon Crisp, and has issue

 

 Last updated 29 Jun 2019

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Titles:

14th Earl Ferrers

(Great Britain, let. pat. 3 Sep 1711)

14th Viscount Tamworth, of Tamworth in the County of Stafford

(Great Britain, let. pat. 3 Sep 1711)

20th Baronet, styled "of Staunton Harold, co. Leicester"

(England, let. pat. 22 May 1611)

 

Address:

Park Lodge, Hedenham, Norfolk NR35 2LE

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