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McGowan, Baron (UK, 1937)


Creation: let. pat. 24 Feb 1937


Family name: McGowan




Per saltire Argent and Azure two Lions rampant in pale Gules and as many Horseshoes in fess proper


A Tower Or between two Horseshoes proper


Dexter:  a Figure representing St Barbara proper holding in the exterior hand a Tower Or;  Sinister:  a Figure representing St Kentigern proper holding in the exterior hand his Crozier Or


Juncta Juvant (Union is strength)



Harry Duncan [McGowan], 1st Baron McGowan, KBE

son of Henry McGowan, of Glasgow, by his wife Agnes Wilson, dau. of Richard Wilson


3 Jun 1874


17 Dec 1903 Jean Boyle Young (d. 8 Apr 1952), dau. of William Young, of Paisley


1. Hon Henry Wilson McGowan, later 2nd Baron McGowan

2. Hon William Johnston McGowan (b. 10 Jul 1909; d. 13 Jun 1977), mar. 26 Feb 1949 Helen Myrtle Dorothy Kellett MBE (widow of Col Edward Orlando Kellett DSO OBE; d. 16 Mar 1976), 2nd dau. of Arthur Atherley, of Landguard Manor, Isle of Wight, and had issue

1. Hon Isobel Young McGowan (d. 25 Jan 1973), mar. 12 Jun 1929 D'Arcy Melville Stephens (d. 10 Nov 1942), and had issue

2. Hon Agnes Wilson McGowan (d. 11 Mar 1976), mar. (1) 24 Jul 1936 (div. 1949) Maj Dermot Ralph Daly (d. 8 Mar 1974), son of Maj Denis St George Daly, of Chipping Norton, co. Oxford, and (2) 21 Apr 1949 George Berkeley Sheffield (d. 2 Jul 1968), 3rd son of Sir Berkeley Sheffield, 6th Bt., of Normanby Park, co. Lincoln;n, and had issue by both husbands


13 Jul 1961


24 Feb1937 Baron McGowan, of Ardeer in the County of Ayr

suc. by



Harry Wilson [McGowan], 2nd Baron McGowan


18 May 1906


22 Apr 1937 Carmen Cory (b. 1914; d. 6 Sep 1996), 2nd dau. of Sir (James) Herbert Cory, 1st Bt. MP, of Coryton, Whitchurch, co. Glamorgan, by his second wife Elizabeth Cansh Walker CBE, dau. of Alexander Walker, JP


1. Hon (Harry) Duncan Cory McGowan, later 3rd Baron McGowan

2. Hon Dominic James Wilson McGowan, heir presumptive to the Barony of McGowan, of Bragborough Hall, Daventry, co. Warwick (b. 26 Nov 1951), mar. 19... Brigitta Papadimitriou, dau. of C Papadimitriou, of Athens, Greece

3. Hon Mungo Alexander Cansh McGowan, of Bragborough Farm, Daventry, co. Warwick (b. 10 Dec 1956), mar. 12 Feb 1983 Hon (Arabella) Charlotte Eden (b. 1 Aug 1960), 2nd dau. of John Benedict [Eden], Baron Eden of Winton (Life Peer), by his first wife Belinda Jane Pascoe, only dau. of Sir (Frederick) John Pascoe, of Easton Place, London, and has issue

1. Hon Moana Elizabeth Jean McGowan (b. 30 May 1948), mar. 1978 as his second wife John David Vaughan Seth-Smith, of The Old School House, Whilton, Daventry, co. Northampton, only son of Cdr David Keith Seth-Smith, and has issue

2. Hon Catriona Carmen Harriet McGowan (b. 8 Jan 1953)


5 Jul 1966

suc. by



(Harry) Duncan Cory [McGowan], 3rd Baron McGowan


20 Jul 1938


16 May 1962 Lady Gillian Angela Pepys (b. 7 Jul 1941; d. 23 Apr 2008), 3rd dau. of John Digby Thomas [Pepys], 7th Earl of Cottenham, by his wife and second cousin Lady Angela Isabel Nellie Milbank, only dau. of Guy Temple Montacute [Nevill later Larnach-Nevill], 4th Marquess of Abergavenny


1. Hon Harry John Charles McGowan, later 4th Baron McGowan

1. Hon Emma Louisa Angela McGowan (b. 13 Jun 1963), mar. 1987 Guy H C Hill, of 30 Westover Road, London SW18, 1st son of R J C Hill, of Croxton, Kerrial, co. Leicester, and has issue

2. Hon Annabel Kate Cory McGowan (b. 2 Nov 1965), mar. 1991 Ashley J Bealby, 2nd son of J Bealby, of Barrowby, co. Leicester


6 May 2003

suc. by



Harry John Charles [McGowan], 4th Baron McGowan


23 Jun 1971


13 Oct 2001 Emma Hattersley Smith, dau. of Duncan Hattersley Smith, of Killiecrankie. co. Perth

only child

1. Hon Sophie Isabella Fox McGowan (b. 21 Jan 2003)

2. Hon Martha Davina Fox McGowan (b. 8 Nov 2004)


The heir presumptive to the Barony of McGowan is Hon Dominic James Wilson McGowan, 2nd son of the 2nd Baron McGowan and uncle of the present Baron McGowan.


 Last updated 12 May 2008




4th Baron McGowan, of Ardeer in the County of Ayr

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 24 Feb 1937)



Highway House, Lower Froyle, Hampshire GU34 4NB

12 Stanhope Mews East, London SW7 5QU



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