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Ranfurly, Earl of (I, 1831)

  Creation: let. pat. 14 Sep 1831


Family name: Knox




Gules a Falcon volant Or within an Orle wavy on the outer edge and engrailed on the inner edge Argent


A Falcon close standing on a Perch proper


On either side a Falcon wings inverted proper ducally gorged, lined, beaked, membered and belled Or


Moveo Et Proficior (I move and prosper)



Thomas [Knox], 2nd Viscount Northland later 1st Earl of Ranfurly

1st son of Thomas [Knox], 1st Viscount Northland, by his wife Hon Anne Vesey, sister of Thomas [Vesey], 1st Viscount de Vesci, and 2nd dau. of John Denny [Vesey], 1st Baron Knapton


5 Aug 1754


2 Jun 1785 his cousin Hon Diana Jane Pery (b. 20 Oct 1764; d. 24 Nov 1839; bur. at Dungannon, co. Tyrone), 1st dau. and cohrss. of Edmond Sexton [Pery], 1st Viscount Pery, by his second wife Hon Elizabeth Handcock, widow of Robert Handcock and 1st dau. of John Denny [Vesey], 1st Baron Knapton


1. Hon Thomas Knox, later 2nd Earl of Ranfurly

2. Admiral Hon Edmond Sexton Pery Knox (b. 21 Jul 1787; d. 24 Mar 1867), mar. 3 Jul 1813 Jane Hope-Vere (d. 11 Jun 1875), only dau. of William Hope-Vere of Blackwood (by his wife Sophia Corrie, dau. of Joseph Corrie, of Dumfries), 1st son and heir of Hon Charles hope later Hope-Vere of Craigiehall (by his first wife Catherine Weir, dau. and hrss. of Sir William Weir of Blackwood, Bt.), 2nd son of Charles [Hope], 1st Earl of Hopetoun, and had issue:

1a. Gen Thomas Edmond Knox CB (b. 16 Mar 1820; d. 27 May 1898), mar. 22 Oct 1846 Lucy Diana Maunsell (d. 1 Mar 1888), 2nd dau. of Ven William Wray Maunsell, Archdeacon of Limerick, by his wife Charlotte Warburton, dau. of Rt Rev Charles Morgan Warburton DD, Bishop of Cloyne 1820-26, and had issue:

1b. Capt Thomas Francis Edmond Knox (b. 20 Oct 1847; dsp. 8 Feb 1885), mar. 13 Jul 1878 Caroline Woodburn Morley, only dau. of J Evelyn K Morley, of Brighton, co. Sussex

2b. Maj Gen Sir William George Knox KCB, commanded 8th Division 1905-06, served in Abyssinia, Ashanti and Russo-Turkish Wars and in Afghanistan, Zululand and South Africa (b. 20 Oct 1847; dsp. 14 Dec 1916), mar. 3 Jul 1889 his second cousin Alice Dundas MBE (d. 5 Aug 1929), 2nd dau. of Sir Robert Dundas of Arniston, 1st Bt., by his wife Emily Louisa Diana Knox, only child of Lt Col Hon John James Knox (by his wife Mary Louisa Taylor, dau. of Edward Taylor, of Bifrons, co. Kent), 4th son of Thomas [Knox], 1st Earl of Ranfurly

3b. Lieut Frederick Charles Northland Knox (b. 8 Nov 1857; d. 30 May 1901)

1b. Alice Elizabeth Knox (dsp. 20 Nov 1921), mar. 15 Jan 1878 Rev Warrenne James Blake, of Bramerton Hall, Norwich, Vicar of Easton, co. Norfolk (d. 1927)

1a. Elizabeth Jane Knox (d. 4 Mar 1855), mar. 8 Apr 1850 as his second wife her second cousin Very Rev Henry Barry Knox (b. 7 Oct 1807; d. 24 Aug 1869), co-Dean of Bocking and Rector of Hadleigh, co. Suffolk, 2nd son of Rt Hon George Knox MP (by his first wife Anne Staples, 2nd dau. of Sir Robert Staples, Bt.), 5th son of Thomas [Knox], 1st Viscount Northland, and had issue

2a. Susan Euphemia Knox (d. 29 Mar 1905)

3a. Isabella Mary Cecil Knox (d. 20 Dec 1900)

3. Hon John Henry Knox (b. 26 Jul 1788; d. 27 Aug 1872), mar. 12 Feb 1822 Lady Mabella Josephine Needham (b. c. 1801; d. 16 Nov 1899), 7th dau. of Francis [Needham], 1st Earl of Kilmorey, by his wife Anne Fisher, 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Thomas Fisher, of Acton, co. Middlesex, and had issue:

1a. Rev Thomas Francis Knox DD, a priest at the Brompton Oratory (b. 24 Dec 1822; d. 20 Mar 1882)

2a. Capt Henry Needham Knox, nautical assessor to the Board of Trade and the Court of Appeal (b. 14 May 1831; d. 18 Jun 1916), mar. 1 Mar 1859 Alexandrina Henriette Wilhelmina Lavit (d. 5 Dec 1875), dau. of Jean Jacques Lavit, and had issue:

1b. Capt Edward Knox OBE, Agent to Lord Hylton, Chairman Frome RDC 1916 (b. 23 Sep 1860; d. 13 Jul 1950), mar. 28 Apr 1887 Mabel Wade (d. 24 Jul 1943), dau. of John Edward Wade, of Brantingham Thorpe, co. York, and had issue:

1c. Capt John Needham Knox RN, served in Persian Gulf 1911-13, World War I 1914-18 and World War II 1939-45 (b. 10 Oct 1890; d. 5 Apr 1967), mar. 20 Oct 1926 Monica Kitson (d. 1975), only dau. of Maj Gen Sir Gerald Kitson KCVO CB CMG, of Wendlesbury House, Bicester, co. Oxford, and had issue:

1d. Gerald Francoys Needham Knox, later 7th Earl of Ranfurly

2d. Rev (Thomas) Anthony Knox, of Croft Cottage, Little Blenheim, Yarnton, Kidlington, co. Oxford (b. 5 Aug 1931), mar. 6 Jun 1959 Susan Phoebe Matthews, Chairman Consumer in Europe Group, dau. of Arthur Pollard Matthews, of Mount Creek Manor, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, and has issue

2c. Lieut Thomas Edward Needham Knox RN (b. 30 Jun 1900; dvp. 28 Sep 1929)

1c. Mabella Ellinor Knox (b. 8 May 1889; dvp. 6 Jul 1939)

1b. Lucy Knox, Sister of the Community of the Holy Family (b. 14 May 1862 ; d. 2 Feb 1955)

2b. Alice Charlotte Knox (dvp. 21 Jul 1912)

3b. Agnes Matilda Knox (d. unm.)

3a. Octavius Newry Knox (b. 8 Apr 1836; d. 13 Jun 1923), mar. 23 Aug 1866 Lucy Spring Rice (d. 10 May 1884), 4th dau. of Hon Stephen Edmond Spring Rice (by his wife Ellen Mary Frere, 1st dau. of William Frere, serjeant-at-law and Master of Downing College, Cambridge), 1st son and heir ap. by his first wife of Thomas [Rice later Spring Rice], 1st Baron Monteagle of Brandon, and had issue

4a. Arthur Edward Ellis Knox (b. 12 Aug 1838; d. 26 Feb 1917)

1a. Mabella Francis Knox (d. 11 Sep 1887), mar. 26 Jan 1858 Count Wilhelm von Zeppelin (d. 30 Mar 1910)

2a. Georgina Knox (dvp. 1840)

3a. Selina Lucy Knox (dvp. 8 Jan 1866)

4a. Harriet Knox

5a. Anna Maria Georgiana Knox (b. c. 1840; d. 8 Jun 1944)

6a. Emily Josephine Knox (d. 23 Feb 1938), mar. 15 Mar 1875 Henry Fox, of Down View, Banstead, co. Surrey (d. 10 Jan 1926), yst. son of Sir Charles Fox, and had issue

4. Lt Col Hon John James Knox (b. 3 Apr 1790; d. Jul 1856), mar. 25 Sep 1824 Mary Louisa Taylor (d. 20 Oct 1868), dau. of Edward Taylor, of Bifrons, co. Kent, and had issue

5. William Brownlow Knox (b. Jan 1794; dvp. an infant)

1. Lady Frances Knox (d. 26 Dec 1861)


20 Apr 1840 (bur. at Dungannon, co. Tyrone)


6 Jul 1826 Baron Ranfurly, of Ramphorlie in the County of Renfrew (Peerage of the United Kingdom)

14 Sep 1831 Earl of Ranfurly (Peerage of Ireland)

suc. by



Member of Parliament [I] for Carlingford 1776-83, Dungannon 1783-90 and Co. Tyrone 1790-97 and [UK] 1806-12; suc. his father 5 Nov 1818 as 2nd Viscount Northland


Thomas [Knox], 2nd Earl of Ranfurly


19 Apr 1786


28 Feb 1815 Mary Juliana Stuart (b. 3 Apr 1797; d. 11 Jul 1866), 1st dau. of Most Rev Hon William Stuart DD, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland (by his wife Sophia Margaret Juliana Penn, dau. of Thomas Penn, of Stoke Poges, co. Buckingham), 5th son of John [Stuart], 3rd Earl of Bute


1. Hon Thomas Knox, later 3rd Earl of Ranfurly

2. Col Hon William Stuart Knox, Member of Parliament for Dungannon 1851-74 (b. 17 Mar 1826; d. 15 Feb 1900), mar. 26 Aug 1856 Georgiana Rooper (b. 1831; d. 4 Nov 1926), yst. dau. of John Bonfoy Rooper, of Abbot's Ripton, co. Huntingdon, by his wife Harriet Pott, dau. of William Pott, and had issue:

1a. Capt Thomas Granville Knox DL (b. 22 Dec 1868; d. 15 Jan 1947), mar. 24 Feb 1897 Hon Harriet Georgiana Lucia Agar-Ellis (b. 1867; d. 4 Jul 1928), 2nd dau. of Leopold George Frederick [Agar-Ellis], 5th Viscount Clifden, by his wife Hon Harriet Stonor, 6th dau. of Thomas [Stonor], 3rd Baron Camoys, and had issue:

1b. Constance Georgiana Knox (b. 7 Jan 1898; d. 13 Sep 1974), mar. 6 Oct 1919 Dr Henry Braund (b. 1872; d. 11 Apr 1954), 2nd son of George Braund, of Filleigh, co. Devon, by his second wife Hannah Mills, and had issue

1a. Violet Mary Knox (b. 1864; d. 23 Dec 1928)

2a. Florence May Knox (d. 11 Feb 1943), mar. 14 Nov 1889 Col Albert George Shaw, of the Manor House, Stoke Poges, co. Buckingham, and had issue

3. Hon Granville Henry John Knox (b. 1 Aug 1829; dvp. 18 Aug 1845, drowned in the River Tamar)

1. Lady Mary Stuart Knox (d. 14 May 1903), mar. 20 Sep 1854 John Page Reade DL, of Stutton, co. Suffolk (d. 28 Sep 1880), and had issue

2. Lady Louise Juliana Knox (d. 31 Mar 1896), mar. 14 Aug 1839 Henry Alexander DL, of Forkill, co. Armagh, and had issue

3. Lady Elisabeth Henrietta Knox (d. 28 Jan 1909)

4. Lady Juliana Caroline Frances Knox (b. 9 Feb 1820; d. 11 Dec 1906), mar. 15 Oct 1862 Gen Sir Edward Walter Forestier Walker KCB (d. 27 Jul 1881), son of Gen Frederick Nathaniel Walker KCH, of the Manor House, Bushey, co. Hertford, by his wife Annabella Cane, yst. dau. of Maj Edward Cane, of Donnybrook, and had issue

5. Lady Flora Sophia Anne Knox (d. 27 Feb 1905)

6. Lady Adelaide Henrietta Louisa Hortense Knox (d. 28 Aug 1911), mar. 26 Sep 1850 Joseph Goff, of Hale Park, co. Hampshire (d. 26 Dec 1872), and had issue


21 Mar 1858

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Tory) for Co. Tyrone 1812-18 and for Dungannon 1818-30 and 1837-38


Thomas [Knox], 3rd Earl of Ranfurly


13 Nov 1816


10 Oct 1848 Harriet Rimington (b. 26 Nov 1824; d. 16 Mar 1891; bur. in Kensal Green Cemetery, co. Middlesex), 1st dau. of James Rimington, of Broomhead Hall, co. York, by his wife Sarah Broomhead Ward, dau. of Samuel Broomhead Ward, of Mount Pleasant, nr. Sheffield, co. York


1. Hon Thomas Granville Henry Stuart Knox, later 4th Earl of Ranfurly

2. Hon Uchter John Marx Knox, later 5th Earl of Ranfurly

1. Lady Agnes Henrietta Sarah Knox (d. 29 Dec 1921), mar. 1870 Nugent Murray Whitmore Daniell, Bengal Civil Service (d. 8 Aug 1908)


20 May 1858 (bur. in Drumglass Church, near Dungannon, co. Tyrone)

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Dungannon 1838-51


Thomas Granville Henry Stuart [Knox], 4th Earl of Ranfurly


28 Jul 1849


10 May 1875 (bur. in Drumglass Church, near Dungannon, co. Tyrone)

suc. by



Uchter John Mark [Knox], 5th Earl of Ranfurly, GCMG PC


14 Aug 1856


10 Feb 1880 Hon Constance Elizabeth Caulfeild (b. 30 Nov 1858; d. 25 Jul 1932), only child of James Alfred [Caulfeild], 7th Viscount Charlemont, by his wife Hon Annette Handcock, 2nd dau. of Richard [Handcock], 3rd Baron Castlemaine


1. Capt Hon Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox, styled Viscount Northland (b. 13 Jun 1882; dvp. in action 1 Feb 1915), mar. 12 Jun 1912 Hilda Susan Ellen Cooper (mar. (2) 26 Feb 1917 Cmdr Hon Geoffrey Edward Mills RNVR, 6th son of Charles Henry [Mills], 1st Baron Hillingdon, (3) 30 Apr 1918 (div. 1929) Brig John Michael Stewart Wardell, and (4) Julien Joseph Legard, of Kimberley, South Africa), 2nd dau. of Sir Daniel Cooper, 2nd Bt., of Wollahra, New South Wales, Australia, by his wife Harriet Grant-Suttie, 2nd dau. of Sir James Grant-Suttie of Balgone, 6th Bt., by his wife Lady Susan Harriet Innes-Kerr, 1st dau. of James Henry Robert [Innes-Kerr], 6th Duke of Roxburghe, and had issue:

1b. Hon (Thomas) Daniel Knox, later 6th Earl of Ranfurly

2b. Hon Edward Paul Uchter Knox (b. 23 May 1914; d. 11 Dec 1935)

1. Lady Annette Agnes Knox (b. 21 Nov 1880; dvp. Jul 1886)

2. Lady Constance Harriet Stuart Knox DCVO DJStJ, Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Mary 1937-53, Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent 1953-60 (b. 21 Apr 1885; d. 29 Apr 1964), mar. 7 Nov 1905 Maj Evelyn Milnes Gaskell DL, of Thornes House, co. York, and Wenlock Abbey, Much Wenlock, co. Shropshire (b. 19 Oct 1877; d. 14 Sep 1931), only son of Rt Hon Charles George Milnes Gaskell MP DL , of Thornes House, co. York, and Wenlock Abbey, co. Shropshire, by his wife Lady Catherine Henrietta Wallop, 1st dau. of Isaac Newton [Fellowes later Wallop], 5th Earl of Portsmouth, and had issue

3. Lady Eileen Maud Juliana Knox, a trainbearer to Queen Mary at her Coronation 1911 (b. 3 May 1891; d. Mar 1972), mar. (1) 24 Nov 1914 (div. 1935) Maj Charles Lorraine Carlos Clarke (d. 19 Oct 1970), son of Charles Carlos Clarke, and (2) 3 Aug 1935 Peter Stanley Chappell, only son of Thomas Stanley Chappell, of Moreton House, Moreton Morrell, co. Warwick, and had issue by her first husband


1 Oct 1933

suc. by



a Lord-in-Waiting (Conservative) 1895-97; KCMG 1897; Governor and Commander-in-Chief of New Zealand 1897-1904; GCMG 1901; Privy Councillor [I] 1905 and [NI] 1923; GCStJ 1927


(Thomas) Daniel [Knox], 6th Earl of Ranfurly, KCMG


29 May 1913


17 Jan 1939 Hermione Llewellyn OBE (b. 13 Nov 1913;  d. 11 Feb 2001), 1st dau. of Griffith Robert Poyntz Llewellyn, of Llanvapley Court, Abergavenny, co. Monmouth, and Prince Hall, Princetown, co. Devon, by his wife Emily Constance Elwes, dau. of Algernon Leveson Elwes

only child

1.Lady Caroline Knox (b. 11 Dec 1948), mar. 15 Apr 1975 John Edward Simmonds, son of John Colin Simmonds, of Croydon, co. Surrey, and has issue


s.p.m. 6 Nov 1968

suc. by

fourth cousin


ADC to the Governor-General of Australia 1936-39; Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas 1953-56; KCMG 1955


Gerald Francoys Needham [Knox], 7th Earl of Ranfurly


4 Jan 1929


22 Jan 1955 Rosemary Beatrice Vesey Holt, only dau. of Air Vice Marshal Felton Vesey Holt CMG DSO RAF, by his wife Marion Edith Dugdale, only dau. of James Henry Dugdale, of Updown Hill, Windlesham, co. Surrey


1. Hon Edward John Knox, styled Viscount Northland, of Crooms Hill, London (b. 21 May 1957), mar. (1) 1980 (div. 1984) Rachel Sarah Lee, dau. of Frank Hilton Lee, and (2) 1994 Johannah Humphrey Walton, dau. of S/Ldr Harry Richard Walton, and has issue by his second wife:

1a. Hon Adam Henry Knox (b. 7 Dec 1994)

1a. Hon Helen Catherine Knox (b. 16 Aug 1996)

2. Hon Rupert Stephen Knox (b. 5 Nov 1963)

1. Lady Elizabeth Marianne Knox (b. 24 Feb 1959), mar. 1986 Simon Empson, and has issue

2. Lady Frances Christina Knox (b. 13 Feb 1961), mar. Henry Gordon-Jones, and has issue


 Last updated 5 Dec 2010




7th Earl of Ranfurly

(Ireland, let. pat. 14 Sep 1831)

8th Viscount Northland, of Dungannon in the County of Tyrone

(Ireland, let. pat. 5 Jul 1791)

8th Baron Welles, of Dungannon in the County of Tyrone

(Ireland, let. pat. 16 Jan 1781)

7th Baron Ranfurly, of Ramphorlie in the County of Renfrew

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 6 Jul 1826)



Maltings Chase, Nayland, Colchester, Essex CO6 4LZ



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