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Reading, Marquess of (UK, 1926)


Creation: let. pat. 7 May 1926


Family name: Isaacs later Rufus Isaacs




Sable a Bend between two Leopard's Faces Or on a Chief Argent a Fasces fesswise proper


In front of a Leopard's Head couped Sable a Fasces as in the arms


On either side a Leopard proper gorged with a Collar Or pendent therefrom an Escutcheon Argent charged with an Human Head affrontée proper erased at the neck ducally crowned Or


Aut Nunquam Tentes Aut Perfice (Either do not attempt or complete)



Rufus Daniel [Isaacs later Rufus Isaacs], 1st Baron Reading later 1st Viscount Reading later 1st Earl of Reading later 1st Marquess of Reading, GCB GCSI GCIE GCVO PC

2nd son of Joseph Michael Isaacs, of Finsbury Square in the City of London, by his wife Sarah Davis, 1st dau. of Daniel Davis, of London


10 Oct 1860

mar. (1)

8 Dec 1887 Alice Edith Cohen GBE CI (d. 30 Jan 1930), 3rd dau. of Albert Cohen, of London

only child by first wife

1. Lord Gerald Rufus Rufus Isaacs, later 2nd Marquess of Reading

mar. (2)

6 Aug 1931 Stella Charnaud GBE (cr. 22 Sep 1958 a life peeress as Baroness Swanborough, of Swanborough in the County of Sussex; d. 22 May 1971), 3rd dau. of Charles Charnaud


30 Dec 1935


9 Jan 1914 Baron Reading, of Erleigh in the County of Berkshire

26 Jun 1916 Viscount Reading, of Erleigh in the County of Berkshire

20 Dec 1917 Viscount Erleigh, of Erleigh in the County of Berkshire, and Earl of Reading

7 May 1926 Marquess of Reading

suc. by

son by first wife


Member of Parliament (Liberal) for Reading 1904-13; knighted 1910; Solicitor-General 1910;  Attorney-General 1910-13;  Privy Councillor 1911; KCVO 1911; Lord Chief Justice of England 1913-21;  GCB 1915; Viceroy of India 1921-26;  GCSI 1921; GCIE 1921; GCVO 1922; Captain of Deal Castle 1920-34; Foreign Secretary 1931; Constable of Dover Castle and Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports 1934-35


Gerald Rufus [Rufus Isaacs], 2nd Marquess of Reading, GCMG CBE MC PC


10 Jan 1889


28 Sep 1914 Hon Eva Violet Mond CBE (d. 14 Aug 1973), 1st dau. of Alfred Moritz [Mond], 1st Baron Melchett, by his wife Violet Florence Mabel Goetze, dau. of James Henry Goetze


1. Lord Michael Alfred Rufus Isaacs, later 3rd Marquess of Reading

1. Lady Joan Alice Violet Rufus Isaacs (b. 19 Jul 1918; d. 25 Mar 2000), mar. 30 Oct 1939 Solly [Zuckerman], Baron Zuckerman (Life Peer), and had issue

2. Lady Elizabeth Ann Mary Rufus Isaacs (b. 11 Oct 1921; d. 9 Feb 2019), mar. 12 Dec 1945 Maj Derek Francis Hornsby (d. 23 Apr 1971), only son of Maj Frank Haultain Hornsby, and had issue


19 Sep 1960

suc. by



Bencher of the Middle Temple 1936; CBE 1945; Minister of State for Foreign Affairs 1953-57; Privy Councillor 1953; KCMG 1957; GCMG 1958; Treasurer of the Middle Temple 1958


Michael Alfred [Rufus Isaacs], 3rd Marquess of Reading, MBE MC


8 Mar 1916


7 Jun 1941 Margot Irene Duke, 2nd dau. of Percival Augustus Duke OBE, of Walton-on-the-Hill, co. Surrey


1. Lord Simon Charles Henry Rufus Isaacs, later 4th Marquess of Reading

2. Lord Anthony Ian Michael Rufus Isaacs (b. 22 Feb 1943), mar. (1) 1972 (div. 1976) Ann Pugsley, and (2) 1983 Heide Lund, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and has issue by his second wife

3. Lord Alexander Gerald Rufus Isaacs (b. 25 Apr 1957), mar. 1993 Marjorie Frances Goldbach, dau. of Howard Goldbach, of Los Angeles, California, USA

1. Lady Jacqueline Rosemary Margot Rufus Isaacs (b. 10 Nov 1946), mar. 26 Jun 1976 (div. 1997) Sir Mark William Home Thomson, 3rd Bt., of Old Nunthorpe, and has issue


2 Jul 1980

suc. by



Simon Charles Henry [Rufus Isaacs], 4th Marquess of Reading


18 May 1942


12 May 1979 Melinda Victoria Dewar, yr. dau. of Richard J G Dewar, of Shoelands House, Seale, co. Surrey


1. Lord Julian Michael Rufus Isaacs, styled Viscount Erleigh (b. 26 May 1986)

1. Lady Sybilla Alice Rufus Isaacs (b. 3 Nov 1980), mar. 9 Jul 2005 Charles B B Hart, yst. son of David Hart, of Shimpling, co. Suffolk, and has issue

2. Lady Natasha Rose Eleanor Isaacs (b. 24 Apr 1983), mar. 8 Jun 2013 (Charles) Rupert H Finch (b. 1978), only son of John H Finch by his wife Prudence C L Schulman


 Last updated 9 Jul 2019




4th Marquess of Reading

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 7 May 1926)

4th Earl of Reading

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 20 Dec 1917)

4th Viscount Reading, of Erleigh in the County of Berkshire

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 26 Jun 1916)

4th Viscount Erleigh, of Erleigh in the County of Berkshire

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 20 Dec 1917)

4th Baron Reading, of Erleigh in the County of Berkshire

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 9 Jan 1914)



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