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Kimberley, Earl of (UK, 1866)


Creation: let. pat. 1 Jun 1866


Family name: Wodehouse




Sable a Chevron Or guttée de sang between three Cinquefoils Ermine


A Dexter Arm couped and erect vested Argent and grasping a Club in bend sinister Or


On either side a Wild Man wreathed about the loins proper holding in the exterior hand a Club raised in the attitude of striking Sable


Over the Crest:  Frappe Fort (Strike hard); Beneath the Shield:  Agincourt



John [Wodehouse], 3rd Baron Wodehouse later 1st Earl of Kimberley, KG PC

1st son and hr. of Hon Henry Wodehouse (by his wife Anne Gurdon, only dau. of Theophilus Thornhaugh Gurdon, of Letton, co. Norfolk), 1st son of John [Wodehouse], 2nd Baron Wodehouse


7 Jan 1826


16 Aug 1847 Lady Florence FitzGibbon CI (b. 12 Aug 1825; d. 4 May 1895), 1st dau. and cohrss. of Richard Hobart [FitzGibbon], 3rd Earl of Clare, by his wife Diana Woodcock, 1st dau. of Charles Bridges Woodcock, of Brentford Butts, co. Middlesex


1. Hon John Wodehouse, later 2nd Earl of Kimberley

2. Hon Armine Wodehouse CB, Member of Parliament for Saffron Walden 1900-01 (b. 24 Sep 1860; d. 1 May 1901), mar. 6 Jun 1889 Eleanor Mary Caroline Arnold OBE (mar. (2) 5 Jul 1909 as his second wife William [Mansfield], 1st Viscount Sandhurst; d. 5 Dec 1934), 2nd dau. of Matthew Arnold, the poet, by his wife Lucy Wightman, dau. of Sir William Wightman, a Justice of the Queen's Bench, and had issue

1. Lady Alice Wodehouse (b. 17 Dec 1850; d. 8 Jan 1937), mar. 14 Aug 1872 Hussey Packe DL, of Prestwold Hall, co. Leicester, and Caythorpe Hall, co. Lincoln (b. 7 Dec 1846; d. 8 Oct 1908), 2nd but 1st surv. son of Lt Col George Hussey Packe, of Prestwold Hall, co. Leicester, and Caythorpe Hall, co. Lincoln, by his wife Mary Anne Lydia Heathcote, 1st dau. of John Heathcote MP, of Conington Castle, co. Huntingdon, and had issue


8 Apr 1902


1 Jun 1866 Earl of Kimberley, of Kimberley in the County of Norfolk

suc. by



suc. his grandfather 29 May 1846 as 3rd Baron Wodehouse;  Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs (Liberal) 1852-56 and 1859-61; Envoy to St Petersburg 1856-58/; Ambassador to Copenhagen 1863; Under Secretary for India 1864; Privy Councillor 1864; Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1864-66;  High Steward of Norwich Cathedral 1867-1902; Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company 1868-69; Lord Privy Seal 1868-70;  Secretary of State for the Colonies 1870-74 and 1880-82; Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 1882; Secretary of State for India 1882-85, 1886 and 1892-94; Knight of the Garter 1885; Lord President of the Council 1892-94;  Foreign Secretary 1894-95; Leader of the Liberal Party in the House of Lords 1897; Chancellor of the University of London 1899-1902


John [Wodehouse], 2nd Earl of Kimberley


10 Dec 1848


22 Jun 1875 Isabel Geraldine Stracey (d. 20 Jan 1927), 5th dau. of Sir Henry Josias Stracey, 5th Bt., of Rackheath, co. Norfolk, by his wife Charlotte Denne, only dau. and hrss. of George Denne, of The Paddock, Canterbury, co. Kent


1. Hon John Wodehouse, later 3rd Earl of Kimberley

2. Lieut Hon Philip Wodehouse (b. 1 Oct 1886; dvp. 6 May 1919)

3. 2nd Lieut Hon Edward Wodehouse MC (b. 12 Apr 1898; dvp. 30 Mar 1918)

1. Lady Isabel Wodehouse (d. 15 Dec 1959)


7 Jan 1932

suc. by



John [Wodehouse], 3rd Earl of Kimberley, CBE MC


11 Nov 1883


5 May 1922 Frances Margaret Montagu (former wife of (1) Sir Morgan George Crofton, 6th Bt. DSO JP, of Mohill, co. Leitrim, and (2) James Fountayne Montagu, of Papplewick Hall, co. Nottingham, and Cold Overton Hall, Oakham, co. Rutland;  d. 4 Jan 1950), only dau. of Lt Col Leonard Howard Lloyd Irby, by his second wife Mary Brandling, dau. of Col John James Brandling CB

only child

1. Hon John Wodehouse, later 4th Earl of Kimberley


16 Apr 1941

suc. by



Member of Parliament for Mid-Norfolk 1906-10; served in World War I as Capt, 16th Lancers


John [Wodehouse], 4th Earl of Kimberley


12 May 1924

mar. (1)

27 Oct 1945 (div. 1949) Diana Evelyn Legh (mar. (2) 1951 Lt Col Norman Robert Colville MC; d. 11 Nov 2000), only dau. of Lt Col Hon Sir Piers Walter Legh GCVO KCB CMG CIE OBE (by his wife Sarah Polk Bradford, dau. of Judge James C Bradford, of Nashville, Tennessee, USA), 2nd son of Thomas Wodehouse [Legh], 2nd Baron Newton

mar. (2)

9 Feb 1949 (div. 1952) Carmel June Dunnett (former wife of Derek Dunnett; d. 1992), 3rd dau. of Michael Joseph Maquire, of Melbourne, Australia, welterwight boxing champion of Australia

only child by second wife

1. Hon John Armine Wodehouse, later 5th Earl of Kimberley

mar. (3)

15 Sep 1953 (div. 1960) Cynthia Abdy Westendarp (former wife of Charles Gustav Westendarp), 2nd dau. of Eric Abdy Collins, of The Chantry, Saxmundham, co. Suffolk

children by third wife

2. Hon Edward Abdy Wodehouse of Limekiln House, Bell Hill, Lydbrook, co. Gloucester (b. 29 Mar 1954), mar. (1) 1980 (div. 1983) Pandora Jeffreys, 1st dau. of Mrs W J Germing, of Castelnau, Barnes, London, and (2) 1988 Sarah Katherine Allen, dau. of Richard Allen, of Ranskill, co. Nottingham

3. Hon Henry Wyndham Wodehouse (b. 26 Apr 1956), mar. (1) 1979 (div. 1988) Sarah M Fleming, only dau. of J A Fleming, of Hampton, co. Middlesex, and (2) 1992 Elizabeth Ellen Parkin, dau. of Edmund Parkin, and has issue by his first wife

mar. (4)7 Jul 1961 (div. 1965) Margaret Simons, dau. of Albert Simons

only child by fourth wife

4. Hon Charles James Wodehouse (b. 30 Mar 1963)

mar. (5)

8 Aug 1970 (div. 1982) Gillian Raw (former wife of John Raw), dau. of Col Norman Ireland-Smith, of Sherborne, co. Dorset

mar. (6)

20 Aug 1982 Sarah Jane Hope Consett, 1st dau. of Lt Col Christopher D'Arcy Preston Consett DSO MC, of Swan House, Great Rissington, co. Gloucester


26 May 2002

suc. by

son by second wife


served in World War II 1942-45 as Lieut, Grenadier Guards; Member, Norfolk County Council 1946; Liberal spokesman in the House of Lords on aerospace, defence and voluntary community services; Member, British Bobsleigh Team 1949-58; Member, House of Lords All Party Defence Study Group 1978-92; Delegate, North Atlantic Assembly 1981-83


John Armine [Wodehouse], 5th Earl of Kimberley


15 Jan 1951


21 Jul 1973 Rev Hon Carol Lylie Palmer (b. 28 Nov 1951), 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Raymond Cecil [Palmer], 3rd Baron Palmer, by his wife Victoria Ellen Weston-Stevens, only dau. of Capt Joseph Arthur Ronald Weston-Stevens, of Woolley Cottage, The Thicket, Maidenhead, co. Berkshire


1. Hon David Simon John Wodehouse, styled Lord Wodehouse (b. 10 Oct 1978)

1. Lady Katherine Frances Wodehouse (b. 13 Dec 1976)


 Last updated 13 Sep 2005




5th Earl of Kimberley, of Kimberley in the County of Norfolk

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 1 Jun 1866)

7th Baron Wodehouse, of Kimberley in the County of Norfolk

(Great Britain, let. pat. 26 Oct 1797)

10th Baronet, styled "of Wilberhall, co. Norfolk"

(England, let. pat. 29 Jun 1611)



The Vicarage, Great Hormead, Buntingford SG9 0NT

Hailstone House, Cricklade, Wiltshire SN6 6JP



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