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Rootes, Baron (UK, 1959)


Creation: let. pat. 16 Feb 1959


Family name: Rootes




Ermine within an Orle Azure a Bugle Horn Sable garnished Or stringed Gules


[On a Wreath Argent and Vert] a Cubit Arm bendwise in Armour Or the Hand proper grasping a spear in bend also proper flying therefrom a Forked Pennon barry Argent and Azure semy of Plates and Bezants


On either side a Horse Argent gorged with a Chain pendent therefrom a Wheel Or


Prorsum In Futurum (Forwards in to the Future)



William Edward [Rootes], 1st Baron Rootes, GBE

son of William Rootes, of Hawkhurst, co. Kent


17 Aug 1894

mar. (1)

15 May 1916 (div. 1951) Nora Press (d. 19 Sep 1964), dau. of Horace Press, of Great Yarmouth, co. Norfolk

children by first wife

1. Hon William Geoffrey Rootes, later 2nd Baron Rootes

2. T/Maj Hon Brian Gordon Rootes (b. 1 Oct 1919; d. 1 Jan 1971), mar. 5 Feb 1944 Elizabeth Margaret Phillips (widow of Lieut Norman Lewis Phillips), yst. dau. of Rev Humphrey Gordon Barclay CVO MC, Rector of Southrepps, Norwich, and had issue:

1a. William Brian Rootes, heir presumptive to the Barony of Rootes, of Belhie House, Aberuthven, co. Perth (b. 8 Nov 1944), mar. 8 Nov 1969 Alicia Roberts, yst. dau. of Frederick Graham Roberts OBE, of East Farm House, Piddlehinton, co. Dorset, and has issue:

1b. Talitha Alice Louise Rootes (b. 19 Oct 1973)

2b. Annabell Catherine Natasha Rootes (b. 2 Jan 1976)

mar. (2)

9 Aug 1951 Ruby Joy Ann Peek (widow of Sir Charles Thomas Hewitt Mappin, 4th Bt.;  former wife of Sir Francis Henry Grenville Peek, 4th Bt.;  d. 28 Dec 1968), dau. of Capt Gordon Duff, of Brighton, co. Sussex


12 Dec 1964


16 Feb 1959 Baron Rootes, of Ramsbury in the County of Wiltshire

suc. by

son by first wife


industrialist; KBE 1942; GBE 1955


William Geoffrey [Rootes], 2nd Baron Rootes


14 Jun 1917


15 Aug 1946 Marian Slater (widow of W/Cdr James Hogarth Slater AFC RAF), dau. of Lt Col Herbert Roche Hayter DSO, of Newbury, co. Berkshire


1. Hon Nicholas Geoffrey Rootes, later 3rd Baron Rootes

2. Hon Sally Hayter Rootes (b. 12 Sep 1947), mar. 30 Mar 1968 Andrew Beauchamp St John, of Cul-na-Cloich, Glenalmond, Perthshire (b. 27 Aug 1945), 1st son and heir of Cdr Michael Beauchamp St John DSC RN, of The Old Thatch, Leggs Lane, Heyshott, West Sussex, by his wife Pamela Patience Guinness, only dau. of Sir Arthur Rundell Guinness KCMG


17 Jan 1992

suc. by



Nicholas Geoffrey [Rootes], 3rd Baron Rootes


12 Jul 1951


29 Mar 1976 Dorothy Anne Burn-Forti (former wife of Jonathan Burn-Forti, of Barnes, London), dau. of Cyril Wood, of Swansea


The heir presumptive to the Barony of Rootes is William Brian Rootes, a grandson of the 1st Baron Rootes, and a cousin of the present Baron.


Last updated 15 Apr 2005




3rd Baron Rootes, of Ramsbury in the County of Wiltshire

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 16 Feb 1959)



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