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Keyes, Baron (UK, 1943)

Creation: let. pat. 22 Jan 1943


Family name: Keyes




Per chevron Gules and Sable three Keys Or the wards of the two in chief facing each other and of the one in base to the sinister on a Canton Argent a Lion rampant of the first


An Open Hand couped at the wrist proper holding between the forefinger and thumb a Key Or


Dexter:  a Sailor of the Royal Navy in blue working rig proper supporting in the exterior hand a Staff Argent ensigned with a Naval Crown Or and flying the Banner of Saint George also proper;  Sinister:  a Royal Marine in field service armed and equipped for trench raiding all proper


Virtute Adepta (Acquired by virtue)



Roger John Brownlow [Keyes], 1st Baron Keyes, GCB KCVO CMG DSO

1st son of Gen Sir Charles Patton Keyes GCB, of Croghan, co. Donegal, by his wife Katherine Jessie Norman, sister of Field Marshal Sir Henry Norman GCB GCMG CIE, and dau. of James Norman


According to older editions of Burke's Peerage Lord Keyes was a direct descendant of Thomas Keyes, Sergeant Porter, Captain of Sandgate Castle, Deputy Master of the Horse, etc. (b. 1523; d. 1571), by his second wife Lady Mary Grey (b. 1545; d. 20 Apr 1578), sister of Queen Jane and 3rd dau. and cohrss. of Henry [Grey], 1st Duke of Suffolk, by his wife Lady Frances Brandon, 1st dau. and cohrss. of Charles [Brandon], 1st Duke of Suffolk, by his third wife the Princess Mary, Queen Dowager of France, sister of King Henry VIII and 3rd dau. of King Henry VII



4 Oct 1872


10 Apr 1906 Eva Mary Salvin Bowlby (b. c. 1882; d. 30 Aug 1973), 1st dau. of Edward Salvin Bowlby, of Gilston Park, co. Hertford, and Knoydart, co. Inverness, by his second wife Elizabeth Agnew, 1st dau. of Robert Vans Agnew MP, of Barnbarroch and Sheuchan, co. Wigtown


1. Lt Col Geoffrey Charles Tasker Keyes VC MC, killed in action in Libya while leading a Commando raid on General Rommel's headquarters (b. 18 May 1917; dvp. 18 Nov 1941)

2. Hon Roger George Bowlby Keyes, later 2nd Baron Keyes

1. Hon Diana Margaret Keyes (b. 20 Feb 1910; d. 1983), mar. 9 Jun 1936 Brig James Robert Johnson DSO OBE MC, 1st son of Lt Col Robin Ingelow Bradshaw Johnson, of Mataban, Avalon Beach, New South Wales, Australia, and had issue

2. Hon Katherine Elizabeth Keyes (b. 24 Oct 1911; d. 5 Nov 1996), mar. 30 Jul 1935 Maj Peter de Barton Vernon Wallop William-Powlett MC (b. 22 Oct 1903; d. 1988), 4th son of Maj Barton Newton Wallop William-Powlett (by his wife Emily Charlotte Tyndall Reibey, dau. of James Reibey), 1st son and heir of Capt William Barton Powlett Wallop later William-Powlett (by his wife Ellinor Fleming, dau. of John Willis Fleming, of Chilworth, co. Hampshire), 1st son and heir of Maj William Barton Wallop (by his wife Elizabeth Ward, dau. of Maj ..... Ward), 1st son and heir of Rev Hon Barton Wallop, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge (by his wife and cousin Camilla Smyth, sister and cohrss. of of William Powlett Smyth later Powlett, and 2nd but 1st surv. dau. of Rev Richard Smyth, of Itchen and Crux Easton, co. Hampshire, Rector of Myddle, co. Salop, by his first wife Annabella Powlett, 1st dau. and cohrss. of William Powlett MP, of Easton, co. Hampshire (by his wife Lady Annabella Bennet, 2nd dau. of Charles [Bennet], 1st Earl of Tankerville), 1st son and heir of Lord William Paulet MP (by his first wife Louisa, dau. of the Marquis Monpouillon, 2nd son of the Duc de la Force), 2nd son by his second wife of Charles [Paulet], 1st Duke of Bolton), 3rd son of Hon John Wallop, styled Viscount Lymington (by his Catherine Conduitt, dau. and hrss. of John Conduitt, Master of the Mint, by his wife Catherine Barton, dau. of Robert Barton by his wife Hannah Newton, half-sister of Sir Isaac Newton), 1st son and heir ap. of John [Wallop], 1st Earl of Portsmouth, by his wife Lady Bridget Bennet, 1st dau. of Charles [Bennet], 1st Earl of Tankerville, and had issue

3. Hon Elizabeth Mary Keyes (b. 10 May 1915; d. 1993)


26 Dec 1945


10 Oct 1919 Baronet of the United Kingdom, styled "of Zeebrugge" (with thanks of Parliament and grant of £10,000)

22 Jan 1943 Baron Keyes, of Zeebrugge and of Dover in the County of Kent

suc. by



entered Royal Navy 1885; served East Africa 1890; Lieut 1893; Cdr 1900; served China 1900; Capt 1905; Naval Attaché, Rome, Vienna, Athens and Constantinople 1905-07; MVO 1906; Captain and Commander in charge of Submarine Service 1910-15; CB 1911; ADC to King George V 1914-17; Commander and Chief-of-Staff, South Eastern Mediterranean Squadron 1915-16; DSO 1916; Rear-Admiral, Grand Fleet 1916-17; CMG 1916; Rear-Admiral 1917; Director, Plans 1917; Acting Vice-Admiral 1918 (reverted to Rear-Admiral 1919); KCB 1918; CVO 1918; Vice-Admiral, Dover Patrol 1918-19; KCVO 1918; cmded Battle Cruiser Squadron, Atlantic 1919-21; Vice-Admiral 1921; Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff 1921-25; Admiral 1926; Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet 1925-28; Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth 1929-31; Admiral of the Fleet 1930; GCB 1930; Hon Col Commandant, Royal Marines Portsmouth 1932-42; Member of Parliament for North Portsmouth 1934-43; Special Liaison Officer to King Leopold II of the Belgians 1940; First Chief of Combined Operations 1940-41; present at the Battle of Leyte, Philippines 1944; part of Goodwill Mission to USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand 1944-45


Roger George Bowlby [Keyes], 2nd Baron Keyes


14 Mar 1919


6 Dec 1947 Grizelda Mary Packe (d. 19 Sep 1993), 2nd dau. of Lt Col William Vere Packe DSO, of Elmfield, Bromley Common, co. Kent, by his wife Mary Julia Norman, 1st dau. of Archibald Cameron Norman, of The Rookery, Bromley, co. Kent


1. Hon Charles William Packe Keyes, later 3rd Baron Keyes

2. Hon Leopold Roger John Keyes, heir presumptive to the Barony of Keyes, of Old Will II, Abingdon Boat Marina, co. Oxford (b. 8 Jun 1956), mar. 1988 (div. 1997) Jane Elizabeth Owen, only dau. of Trevor B Owen CBE, of Meadow Cottage, Carswell Marsh, co. Oxford, and has issue:

1a. Rose Keyes (b. 1989)

2a. Miranda Keyes (b. 1991)

3. Hon Adrian Christopher Noel Keyes (b. 25 Dec 1962)

1. Hon Virginia Clementine Keyes (b. 20 Mar 1950), mar. 8 Apr 1972 Rev Roger Martyn Crompton, Vicar of Golcar, co. York, son of H J Crompton, of Hyde, co. Chester, and has issue

2. Hon Josephine Mary Keyes (b. 9 Oct 1958), mar. 25 Apr 1987 Hon (William Aldus) Thoby Young (b. 24 May 1957), of 50 Wormholt Road, London W12, only son and heir ap. of Wayland Hilton [Young], 2nd Baron Kennet, by his wife Elizabeth Adams, dau. of Capt Bryan Fullerton Adams DSO RN, and has issue


4 Mar 2005

suc. by



Charles William Packe [Keyes], 3rd Baron Keyes


8 Dec 1951

mar. (1)

30 Nov 1978 (div. 19...) Sadiye Yasmin Caskum, 1st dau. of Mahir Caskum, of Istanbul, Turkey

mar. (2)

1984 Sally Jackson, dau. of Thomas Jackson

only child by second wife

1. Hon Anna Merula Keyes (b. 1985)


The heir presumptive to the Barony of Keyes is Hon Leopold Roger John Keyes, second son of the 2nd Baron Keyes and brother of the present Baron.


 Last updated 20 Jul 2014




3rd Baron Keyes, of Zeebrugge and of Dover in the County of Kent

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 22 Jan 1943)

3rd Baronet, styled "of Zeebrugge"

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 10 Oct 1919)



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