Cracroft's Peerage
The Complete Guide to the British Peerage & Baronetage

If you have found this page useful, why not make a donation to The Peerage Research Trust so that we can continue to maintain and develop Cracroft's Peerage?

| Search this site | Introduction | Contents | The Monarchy | The Peerage | The Baronetage | Untitled Families | Orders of Chivalry | Miscellaneous | Forums | Contact Us | Links |



Rothermere, Viscount (UK, 1919)


Creation: let. pat. 17 May 1919


Family name: Harmsworth




Azure two Scrolls of Paper in saltire Or banded in the centre Gules between four Bees volant of the second


Between two Ostrich Feathers Or a Cubit Arm erect proper the hand grasping a Roll of Paper Or


On either side a Gladiator fully habited and accoutred the dexter holding in the exterior hand a Sword and the sinister holding on the exterior arm a Shield all proper each charged on the breast with a Fountain


Bene Qui Sedulo (He who acts diligently acts well)



Harold Sidney [Harmsworth], 1st Baron Rothermere later 1st Viscount Rothermere, PC DL

2nd son of Alfred Harmsworth, by his wife Geraldine Mary Maffet, dau. of William Maffet, of Pembroke Place, Dublin


26 Apr 1868


4 Jul 1893 Mary Lilian Share (d. 16 Mar 1937), dau. of George Wade Share, of Forest Hill, co. Surrey


1. Capt Hon Harold Alfred Vyvyan St George Harmsworth MC (b. 2 Aug 1894; dvp. 12 Feb 1918 of wounds received in action)

2. Lt Hon Vere Sidney Tudor Harmsworth (b. 25 Sep 1895; killed in action vp. 13 Nov 1916)

3. Hon Esmond Cecil Harmsworth, later 2nd Viscount Rothermere


26 Nov 1940


14 Jul 1910 Baronet of the United Kingdom, styled "of Horsey"

17 Jan 1914 Baron Rothermere, of Hemsted in the County of Kent

17 May 1919 Viscount Rothermere, of Hemsted in the County of Kent

suc. by



Director-General Royal Army Clothing Department 1916-17;  Privy Councillor 1917; President, Air Council 1917-18; owned Daily Mail and Evening News; Chairman, Associated Newspapers


Esmond Cecil [Harmsworth], 2nd Viscount Rothermere


29 May 1898

mar. (1)

12 Jan 1920 (div. 1938) Margaret Hunam Redhead (mar. (2) 1938 (div. 1946) Capt Thomas Andrew Hussey CBE RN;  mar. (3) 1947 Sir John Lionel Reginald Blunt, 10th Bt.;  d. 1991), dau. of William Lancelot Redhead, of Carville Hall, Brentford, co. Middlesex, by his wife Janet Gorham, dau. of Robert Gorham, of Kensington, London

children by first wife

1. Hon Vere Harold Esmond Harmsworth, later 3rd Viscount Rothermere

1. Hon Lorna Peggy Vyvyan Harmsworth (b. 24 Oct 1920; d. 18 Jun 2014), mar. 11 Jan 1941 Maj Sir Edmund McNeill Cooper-Key MP (d. 1981). 1st son of Capt Edmund Moore Cooper-Key CB MVO RN, of Landford, Fleet, co. Hampshire, and had issue

2, Hon Esme Mary Gabriel Harmsworth CVO, Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II 1987-71, Extra Lady of the Bedchamber 1974-93, and Extra Woman of the Bedchamber since 1993 (b. 6 Jul 1922), mar. (1) 19 Jan 1942 George Rowland Stanley [Baring], 3rd Earl of Cromer, and (2) 1993 as his second wife Capt (Reinier) Gerrit Anton van der Woude, and has issue by her first husband

mar. (2)

28 Jun 1945 (div. 1952) Ann Caroline Mary O'Neill (widow of Shane Edward Robert [O'Neill], 3rd Baron O'Neill;  mar. (3) 24 Mar 1952 Ian Lancaster Fleming;  d. 1981), 1st dau. of Hon Guy Lawrence Charteris, of Old House, Didbrook, Winchecombe, co. Gloucester (2nd son of Hugo Richard [Charteris], 9th Earl of Wemyss), by his wife Frances Lucy Tennant, 1st dau. of Francis John Tennant, of Innes, co. Moray

mar. (3)

1966 Mary Ohrstrom (former wife of Richard Ohrstrom, of The Plains, Virginia, USA;  d. 1993), 1st dau. of Kenneth Murchison, of Dallas, Texas, USA

only child by third wife

2. Hon (Esmond) Vyvyan Harmsworth (b. 18 Jun 1967)


12 Jul 1978

suc. by

son by first wife


ADC to the Prime Minister at the 1919 Peace Conference; Member of Parliament (Unionist) for the Isle of Thanet 1919-29; Chairman, Associated Newspapers and Daily Mail and General Trust; firstr Chancellor, University of Newfoundland 1952-61


Vere Harold Esmond [Harmsworth], 3rd Viscount Rothermere


27 Aug 1925

mar. (1)

21 Mar 1957 Patricia Evelyn Beverley Brooks (former wife of Capt Christopher John Brooks;  d. 12 Aug 1992), 1st dau. of John William Matthews, of Heathcroft, Hertford Heath

children by first wife

1. Hon (Harold) Jonathan Esmond Vere Harmsworth, later 4th Viscount Rothermere

1. Hon Geraldine Theodora Mary Gabriel Harmsworth (b. 25 Jul 1957). mar. (1) 1981 (div. 1990) as his first wife Hon David John Ogilvey, styled Lord Ogilvy (b. 9 Mar 1958), 1st son and heir ap. of David George Coke Patrick [Ogilvy], 8th Earl of Airlie, by his wife Virginia Fortune Ryan DCVO, dau. of John Barry Ryan, of Moorland Farm, Newport, Rhode Island, USA, and (2) 28 Jun 1997 Glyn Maxwell, author and poet, son of Dr James Maxwell, and has issue by both husbands

2. Hon Camilla Patricia Caroline Harmsworth (b. 28 Jul 1964), mar. Oct 1989 Andrew K Yeates, and has issue

mar. (2)

15 Dec 1993 Maiko Jeong-Shun Lee, of Kyoto, Japan


1 Sep 1998

suc. by

son by first wife


Chairman, Associated Newdspaper Holdings and Daily Mail and General Trust


Harold Jonathan Esmond Vere [Harmsworth], 4th Viscount Rothermere


3 Dec 1967


Jul 1993 Claudia C. Clemence, dau. of T J Clemence, of Wilton Crescent, Belgravia, London


1. Hon Vere Richard Jonathan Harold Harmsworth (b. 20 Oct 1994)

2. Hon Alfred Northcliffe St John Harmsworth (b. 20 May 2010)

1. Hon Eleanor Patricia Margaret Harmsworth (b. 17 Oct 1996)

2. Hon Theodora Mairi Ferne Harmsworth (b. 9 Jul 2001)

3. Hon Iris Geraldine Lilian Harmsworth (b. 6 Jan 2004)


Chairman, Daily Mail and Heneral Trust and Northcliffe Newspapers


 Last updated 18 Jul 2014




4th Viscount Rothermere, of Hemsted in the County of Kent

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 17 May 1919)

4th Baron Rothermere, of Hemsted in the County of Kent

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 17 Jan 1914)

4th Baronet, styled "of Horsey"

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 14 Jul 1910)



c/o Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, Kensington, London W8 5TT



Copyright: Heraldic Media Limited. All rights reserved.