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Iddesleigh, Earl of (UK, 1885)


Creation: let. pat. 3 Jul 1885


Family name: Northcote




Argent three Cross Crosslets in bend Sable


On a Chapeau Gules turned up Ermine a Stag trippant Argent


On either side a Stag proper suspended from the neck of each by a Chain Or an Escutcheon Ermine thereon a Pine Cone Or


Christi Crux Est Mea Lux (The Cross of Christ is my light)



Stafford Henry [Northcote], 1st Earl of Iddesleigh, GCB PC

1st son of Henry Stafford Northcote (by his first wife Agnes Mary Cockburn, only dau. of Thomas Cockburn HEICS), 1st son and heir ap. of Sir Stafford Henry Northcote, 7th Bt., by his wife Jacquetta Baring, dau. of Charles Baring, of Larkbeer


/27 Oct 1818


5 Aug 1843 Cecilia Frances Farrer CI (b. 26 Sep 1823; d. 17 Jan 1910), sister of Thomas Henry [Farrer], 1st Baron Farrer, and 1st dau. of Thomas Farrer, of Lincoln's Inn Fields, co. Middlesex, by his wife Cecilia Willis, dau. of Richard Willis, of Halsnead, co. Lancaster


1. Hon Walter Stafford Northcote, later 2nd Earl of Iddesleigh

2. Hon Henry Stafford Northcote, later 1st Baron Northcote

3. Rev Hon John Stafford Northcote, Vicar of St Andrew's, Westminster (b. 3 Jan 1850; d. 5 Jun 1920), mar. 14 Jun 1881 Hilda Cardew Farrer (d. 8 Jan 1908), 2nd dau. of Very Rev Frederic William Farrer DD, Dean of Canterbury, and had issue:

1a. Capt Edward Stafford Northcote (b. 6 Jan 1884; dvp. 3 Sep 1918)

2a. Lieut Hugh Farrer Northcote (b. 21 Jan 1886; dvp. 28 Apr 1916)

3a. Henry Stafford Northcote, later 3rd Earl of Iddesleigh

1a. Lady Jaquetta Northcote, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1927 (b. 28 Sep 1882; d. 12 Oct 1962), mar. 3 Feb 1909 Philip Victor Williams, of Childs Ercall Hall, Market Drayton (d. 10 Feb 1954), son of Philip Williams, of Hinstock Hall, co. Shropshire

2a. Lady Mabel Stafford Northcote, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1927 (b. 20 Jul 1889; d. 4 Mar 1959), mar. 10 Dec 1913 Sir Arnold Henry Moore Lunn (d. 2 Jun 1974), 1st son of Sir Henry Simpson Lunn MD, and had issue

4. Rev Canon Hon Arthur Francis Northcote (b. 2 Nov 1852; d. 30 Aug 1943), mar. (1) 28 Apr 1877 Alice Caroline Owen (d. 28 May 1878), dau. of Edward R Owen, of Oxford, (2) 6 Apr 1880 Mary Arabella Toller (d. 7 May 1888), only surv. child of S Bush Toller QC, and (3) 14 Jun 1892 Emily Catherine Kekewich (d. 8 Nov 1931), 1st dau. of Col Samuel Blomefield Kekewich, of Tiverton, co. Devon, and had issue by each wife

5. Hon Hugh Oliver Northcote (b. 13 Nov 1854; d. 30 Mar 1900), mar. 6 Jun 1883 Edith Livingston Fish (d. 20 Dec 1887), yst. dau. of Hon Hamilton Fish, of New York, USA, and had issue

6. Edward Louis Northcote (b. 25 Aug 1857; dvp. 3 Oct 1872)

7. Hon Amyas Stafford Northcote (b. 25 Oct 1864; d. 11 May 1923), mar. 14 May 1890 Helen May Dudley (d. 20 Nov 1936), 1st dau. of James Garrard Dudley, of Kentucky, USA, and had issue

1. Lady Agnes Mary Cecilia Northcote (d. 26 Oct 1921), mar. 17 Apr 1877 Sir Reginald MacLeod of MacLeod KCB, Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer in Scotland 1889-1900, Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages in England 1900-02, Under-Secretary for Scotland 1902-09 (b. 1 Feb 1847; d. 20 Aug 1935), 3rd but 2nd surv. son of Norman MacLeod of MacLeod by his wife Hon Louisa Barbara St John, only dau. of Henry Beauchamp [St John], 13th Baron St John of Bletso, and had issue

2. Mabel Northcote (dvp. 1851)

3. Lady Margaret Stafford Northcote (d. 20 Jul 1947), mar. 1 Jun 1882 Frederick Shelley (b. 31 Aug 1849; d. 21 Jan 1925), 2nd son of Rev Sir Frederick Shelley, 8th Bt., Rector of Beerferris, co. Devon, by his wife Charlotte Martha Hippisley, dau. of Rev Henry Hippisley, of Lambourne Place, co. Berkshire, and had issue


12 Jan 1887


3 Jul 1885 Viscount St Cyres, of Newton St Cyres in the County of Devon, and Earl of Iddesleigh

suc. by



Private Secretary to the President of the Board of Trade 1843-45; barrister, Inner Temple 1847; Legal Secretary to the Board of Trade 1847; suc. his grandfather 17 Mar 1851 as 8th Baronet, styled "of Haine";  CB 1851; Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Dudley 1855-57, for Stamford 1858-66 and for North Devon 1866-85; Financial Secretary to the Treasury 1859; Privy Councillor 1866; President of the Board of Trade 1866-67;  Elder Brother of the Trinity House 1866-67; Secretary of State for India 1867-68;  Governor of the Hudson Bay Company 1869-74; Special Commissioner to the USA 1871; Chancellor of the Exchequer and Leader of the House of Commons 1874-80;  GCB 1880; Lord Rector of Edinburgh University 1883-87; First Lord of the Treasury 1885-86; Lord Lieutenant of Devon 1886-87; Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs 1886-87


Walter Stafford [Northcote], 2nd Earl of Iddesleigh, CB


7 Aug 1845


23 Sep 1868 Elizabeth Lucy Meysey-Thompson (b. 14 Jul 1844; d. 17 Apr 1928), 1st dau. of Sir Harry Stephen Meysey-Thompson, 1st Bt., of Kirby Hall, co. York, by his wife Elizabeth Ann Croft, 2nd dau. by his first wife of Sir John Croft, 1st Bt., of Dodington


1. Hon Stafford Harry Northcote, styled Viscount St Cyres, KStJ (b. 29 Aug 1869; dvp. and sp. 1 Feb 1926), mar. 9 Jul 1912 Dorothy Morrison DGStJ (d. 20 Sep 1936), 2nd dau. of Alfred Morrison, of Fonthill House, Hindon, co. Wiltshire, by his wife Mabel Chermside, dau. of Rev R S C Chermside, Rector of Wilton, co. Wiltshire

1. Lady Rosalind Lucy Northcote (d. 31 Dec 1950)

2. Lady Elizabeth Mabel Northcote (d. 27 Sep 1915), mar. 6 Jun 1914 Hon Robert Robert Randolph Bruce, of Wilmer, British Columbia, Canada (d. 23 Feb 1942), son of Rev Charles Bruce, of Banff, Canada

3. Lady Katharine Cecilia Rachel Northcote (dvp. 21 Oct 1893)


s.p.m.s. 26 May 1927

suc. by



Private Secretary to his father when Secretary of State for India 1867-68 and when Chancellor of the Exchequer 1874-80; Commissioner of Inland Revenue 1877-92 (Vice-Chairman 1886-92 and Chairman 1892); CB 1887


Henry Stafford [Northcote], 3rd Earl of Iddesleigh


19 Nov 1901


14 May 1930 Elizabeth Susan Angela Mary Lowndes (d. 1991), 1st dau. of Frederic Sawrey Archibald Lowndes, of 9 Baron Street, Westminster, London, by his wife Marie Adelaide Elizabeth Julia Renee Belloc, only dau. of Louis Belloc


1. Hon Stafford Henry Northcote, later 4th Earl of Iddesleigh

2. Hon Edward Frederick Northcote TD, of Flat 38, Westmore Court, London SW15, Major in TAVR serving with Devon Regiment 1955-56 and Intelligence Corps 1956-57 (b. 29 Jul 1934; d. 12 Nov 2006), mar. 29 Jun 1963 (div. 1980) Deaconess Vivian Sheena Hornby (b. 18 Nov 1942), 1st dau. and cohrss. of Col Robert John Augustine Hornby, of 38a The Broad Walk, Cheltenham, co. Gloucester, by his wife Barbara Jean Bruce, only dau. of Lt Cdr Alan Cathcart Fairlie Bruce RN, and had issue

1. Lady Catherine Cecilia Mary Northcote, a nun (b. 1931)

2. Lady Hilda Susan Mary Northcote (b. 23 Jul 1937; d. 4 Dec 1995), mar. 28 Dec 1957 Sir Conrad Marshall John Fisher Swan KCVO, of Boxford House, co. Suffolk, Garter Principal King of Arms 1992-95 (b. 13 May 1924), 2nd son of Henry Peter Swan, of Colchester, co. Essex, and had issue


16 Feb 1970

suc. by



Stafford Henry [Northcote], 4th Earl of Iddesleigh


14 Jul 1932


20 Jul 1955 Maria Luisa Alvarez-Builla y Urquijo OBE, suo jure Condesa del Real Agrado, dau. of Don Gonzalo Alvarez-Builla y Alvera, by his wife Maria Luisa, suo jure Marquesa de Olias, dau. of Luis de Urquijo, Marques de Amurrio


1. Hon John Stafford Northcote, later 5th Earl of Iddesleigh

1. Lady Mary Louise Northcote (b. 14 Apr 1959), mar. 1981 (div. 2000) Maj Simon Nicholas Fishwick, of Lower Woodrow, Brampford Speke, co. Devon, 2nd son of Clifford Fishwick, of Salisbury House, Topham, co. Devon, and has issue


8 Jul 2004

suc. by



John Stafford [Northcote], 5th Earl of Iddesleigh


15 Feb 1957

mar. (1)

14 May 1983 (div. 1999) Fiona Caroline Elizabeth Wakefield, dau. of Paul Alan Campbell Wakefield, of Barcelona, Spain

children by first wife

1. Hon Thomas Stafford Northcote, styled Viscount St Cyres (b. 5 Aug 1985)

1. Lady Elizabeth Rose Adèle Northcote (b. 10 Apr 1989)

mar. (2)

9 Jun 2000 Mrs Maria Ann Akaylar, dau. of John Lakin, of Exeter, co. Devon


Lord Iddesleigh has not proven his succession to the Baronetcy of Northcote of Haine


 Last updated 9 May 2012




5th Earl of Iddesleigh

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 3 Jul 1885)

5th Viscount St Cyres, of Newton St Cyres in the County of Devon

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 3 Jul 1885)

de jure 12th Baronet, styled "of Haine, co. Devon"

(England, let. pat. 16 Jul 1641)



Shillands House, Upton Pyne Hill, Exeter, Devon EX5 5EB



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