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Halifax, Earl of (UK, 1944)


Creation: let. pat. 11 Jul 1944


Family name: Wood




Quarterly:  1st and 4th, Azure three Naked Savages ambulant in fess proper in the dexter hand of each a Shield Argent charged with a Cross Gules and in the sinister a Club resting on the shoulder also proper on a Canton Ermine three Lozenges conjoined in fess Sable (Wood);  2nd and 3rd, Paly bendy Or and Azure a Canton Ermine (Buck)


A Savage as in the arms the shield charged with a Griffin's Head erased Argent


On either side a Griffin Sable gorged with a Collar and pendant therefrom a Portcullis Or


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Edward Frederick Lindley [Wood], 1st Baron Irwin later 3rd Viscount Halifax later 1st Earl of Halifax, KG OM GCSI GCIE PC

4th but 1st surv. son and heir of Charles Lindley [Wood], 2nd Viscount Halifax, by his wife Lady Agnes Elizabeth Courtenay, only dau. of William Reginald [Courtenay], 11th Earl of Devon


16 Apr 1881


21 Sep 1909 Lady Dorothy Evelyn Augusta Onslow CI DCVO DGStJ, Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth 1937-41 (b. 21 Mar 1885; d. 2 Feb 1976), 2nd dau. of William Hillier [Onslow], 4th Earl of Onslow, by his wife Hon Florence Coulston Gardner, 1st dau. of Alan Legge [Gardner], 3rd Baron Gardner


1. Hon Charles Ingram Courtenay Wood, later 2nd Earl of Halifax

2. Maj Hon (Francis Hugh) Peter Courtenay Wood, killed on active service in Egypt with the Queen's Own Yorkshire Dragoons (b. 5 Oct 1916; dvp. Oct 1942)

3. Hon Richard Frederick Wood, later Baron Holderness (Life Peer)

1. Mary Agnes Wood (b. 31 Jul 1910; dvp. 3 Aug 1910)

2. Lady Anne Dorothy Wood OBE, Joint-MFH Sinnington Hunt 1950-63 and MFH Sinnington Hunt 1963-85 (b. 31 Jul 1910; d. 25 Mar 1995), mar. 9 May 1936 Charles William Slingsby [Duncombe], 3rd Earl of Feversham, and had issue


23 Dec 1959


v.p. 22 Dec 1925 Baron Irwin, of Kirby Underdale in the County of York

11 Jul 1944 Earl of Halifax

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Ripon 1910-25; served in World War I 1915-17 as Lt Col, Queen's Own Yorkshire Dragoons; Assistant Secretary, Ministry of National Service 1917-18; Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Colonies 1921-22; Privy Councillor 1922; President, Board of Education 1922-24 and 1932-35; Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries 1924-25; Viceroy and Governor-General of India 1926-31; GCSI 1926; GCIE 1926; Knight of the Garter 1931; MFH Middleton Hunt 1932-59; Chancellor of Oxford University 1933-59; suc. his father 19 Jan 1934 as 3rd Viscount Halifax; Secretary of State for War and President of the Army Council 1935; Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords 1935-37; Lord President of the Council 1937;  GCMG 1937; Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs 1938-40; Ambassador to Washington 1941-46; Chancellor of the Order of the Garter 1943-59; Order of Merit 1946; High Steward of Westminster 1947; Chairman, BBC General Advisory Council 1947-52; Chancellor of Sheffield University 1947-59


Charles Ingram Courtenay [Wood], 2nd Earl of Halifax


3 Oct 1912


25 Apr 1936 Ruth Alice Hannah Mary Primrose (d. 1989), only child of Capt Rt Hon Neil James Archibald Primrose MC MP (by his wife Lady Victoria Alice Louise Stanley, only dau. of Edward George Villiers [Stanley], 17th Earl of Derby), 2nd son of Archibald Philip [Primrose], 5th Earl of Rosebery


1. Hon (Charles Edward) Peter Neil Wood, later 3rd Earl of Halifax

1. Lady Caroline Victoria Wood (b. 10 Sep 1937; d. 15 Nov 2014), mar. (1) 29 Apr 1958 (div. 1970) Randle Joseph Fielden, of Home Farm, Cokethorpe, co. Oxford (b. 1931; mar. (2) 19... Mary Francesca Gosling, former wife of John Valentine Gosling and dau. of G.Capt Henry William Pearson-Rogers CBE. of Tostock, co. Suffolk), 1st son of Maj Gen Sir Randle Guy Fielden KCVO CB CBE DL (by his wife Mary Joyce Ramsden, only dau. of Sir John Frecheville Ramsden, 6th Bt.), 1st son of Maj Percy Henry Guy Feilden DL, of Cokethorpe Hall, co. Oxford, by his wife Hon Dorothy Louisa Brand, 3rd dau. by his second wife of Henry Robert [Brand], 2nd Viscount Hampden, and (2) 1970 as his second wife John Valentine Gosling, of The Claw, Brushford, Dulverton, co. Somerset, and had issue by her first husband

2. Lady Susan Diana Wood (b. 22 Sep 1938), mar. 10 Oct 1959 Brig Ian Darsie Watson CBE TD, of Bossall Hall, Barton-le-Willows, co. York, only son of Darsie Watson, and has issue


19 Mar 1980

suc. by



2nd Lieut, Royal Horse Guards 1934-37; Member of Parliament (Unionist) for York 1937-45; served in the East in World War Ii as a Capt; Senior Steward of the Jockey Club 1950-51 and 1958-59; Deputy Lieutenant, East Riding of Yorkshire and Kingston-upon-Hull, 1955-68; Lord Lieutenant of East Yorkshire 1968-74; Chairman, East Riding County Council 1968-74; KStJ 1970; High Steward of York Minster 1970-80; Lord Lieutenant of Humberside 1974-80; Pro-Chancellor of Hull University 1974-80


Charles Edward Peter Neil [Wood], 3rd Earl of Halifax


14 Mar 1944


17 Nov 1976 Camilla Parker-Bowles (former wife of Richard Eustace Parker-Bowles), dau. of Col Charles Frank Johnston Younger DSO, of Painsthorpe Hall, Kirby Underdale, co. York


1. Hon James Charles Wood, styled Lord Irwin (b. 24 Aug 1977), mar. 14 Oct 2006 Georgia E Clarkson, only dau. of Patrick Robert James Clarkson QC, of Sutton Veny, co. Wiltshire (by his wife Bridget Cecilia Doyne), son of Cmdr Robert Anthony Clarkson LVO RN, and has issue:

1a. Hon Rex Patrick Wood (b. 12 Aug 2010)

1a. Hon Audrey Nancy Wood (b. 23 Jan 2013)

1. Lady Joanna Victoria Wood (b. 15 Jan 1980)


Deputy Lieutenant, Humberside 1983-96; High Steward of York Minster since 1988; Vice-Lord Lieutenant for the East Riding of Yorkshire since 1996; KStJ


Last updated 31 Dec 2014




3rd Earl of Halifax

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 11 Jul 1944)

5th Viscount Halifax, of Monk Bretton in the West Riding of the County of York

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 21 Feb 1866)

3rd Baron Irwin, of Kirby Underdale in the County of York

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 22 Dec 1925)

7th Baronet, styled "of Harrowby"

(Great Britain, let. pat. 22 Jan 1784)



Garrowby Hall, Garrowby, York YO4 1QD



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