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Lyell, Baron (UK, 1914 - 2017)


Creation: let. pat. 4 Jul 1914


Extinct: 10 Jan 2017


Family name: Lyell




Or a Cross parted and fretty Azure between four Crosses Patée Gules all within a Bordure of the last


Upon a Rock a Dexter Cubit Arm erect in Armour proper charged with a Cross parted and fretty Gules the hand grasping a Sword in bend sinister also proper




Forti Non Ignavo (To the brave, not to the dastardly)



Leonard [Lyell], 1st Baron Lyell

1st son of Lt Col Henry Lyell, by his wife Katherine Murray Horner, 4th dau. of Leonard Horner, of Montagu Square, London


21 Oct 1850


4 Jul 1874 Mary Sterling (d. 24 Feb 1929), dau. and cohrss. of Rev John Mayne Sterling, by his wife Rosetta Cheyne, dau. of Capt George Cheyne RN, by his wife Jane Hughes, dau. of Edward Hughes, by his wife Rosetta Ferrar, dau. of Hugh Ferrar, of Ferrar House


1. Maj Hon Charles Henry Lyell, Member of Parliament (Liberal) for East Dorset 1904-10 and for South Edinburgh 1910-17, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary 1906 and Prime Minister 1911, Assistant Military Attaché, Washington 1918 (b. 18 May 1875; dvp. 18 Oct 1918), mar. 18 May 1911 Rosalind Margaret Watney MBE (d. 22 May 1957), 1st dau. of Vernon James Watney, of Cornbury Park, Charlbury, co. Oxford, by his wife Lady Gwendolen Margaret Wallop, 5th dau. of Isaac Newton [Fellowes later Wallop], 5th Earl of Portsmouth, and had issue:

1a. Charles Antony Lyell, later 2nd Baron Lyell

1a. Hon Margaret Laetitia Lyell (b. 22 Apr 1912 ; d. Nov 1995), mar. (1) 23 Jan 1937 Maj Hon Francis Alan Brodrick later Stewart-Mackenzie of Seaforth (d. Sep 1943), 1st son of William St John Fremantle [Brodrick], 1st Earl of Midleton, by his second wife Madeleine Cecilia Carlyle Stanley, 1st dau. of Col Hon John Constantine Stanley (by his wife Susan Mary Elizabeth Stewart-Mackenzie, dau. of Keith William Stewart-Mackenzie of Seaforth), 2nd son of Edward John [Stanley], 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley, and (2) 6 Jun 1944 Charles Henry Pearson Gifford OBE (d. c. 1993), 1st son of Thomas Johnstone Carlyle Gifford, of Edinburgh, and had issue by her second husband

1. Hon Mary Leonora Lyell (d. 18 Feb 1916), mar. 9 Oct 1912 Arthur Pierson, of Calgary, Canada

2. Hon Eleanor Katherine Lyell (d. 18 Nov 1963), mar. 5 Jan 1904 Sir Archibald Lawrence Langman, 2nd Bt., and had issue


15 Sep 1926


24 Jan 1894 a Baronet of the United Kingdom, styled "of Kinnordy, co. Forfar"

4 Jul 1914 Baron Lyell, of Kinnordy in the County of Forfar

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Liberal) for Orkney and Shetland 1885-1900


Charles Antony [Lyell], 2nd Baron Lyell, VC


14 Jun 1913


4 Jul 1938 Sophie Mary Trafford (b. 1916; d. 10 Jun 2012), 2nd dau. of Maj Sigismund William Joseph Trafford, of Wroxham Hall, Norwich, by his wife Lady Elizabeth Constance Mary Bertie OBE, 2nd dau. by his second wife of Montagu Arthur [Bertie], 7th Earl of Abingdon

only child

1. Hon Charles Lyell, later 3rd Baron Lyell


27 Apr 1943

suc. by



Capt, Scots Guards World War II 1939-43; VC (posthumous), 1943


Charles [Lyell], 3rd Baron Lyell, DL


27 Mar 1939


10 Jan 2017


Opposition Whip, House of Lords 1975-79; Lord-in-Waiting (Government Whip) 1979-84; Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Northern Ireland 1984-89; elected hereditary peer (Deputy Speaker - Conservative), House of Lords 1999


On the death of the 3rd Baron Lyell the Barony of Lyell became extinct .


Last updated 17 Jan 2017



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