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Simonds, Viscount (UK, 1954 - 1971)
Creation: let.pat. 18 Oct 1954
Extinct: 28 Jun 1971
Family name: Simonds
Tierced in pale Azure, Gules and Vert three Trefoils slipped Or
An Ermine proper resting the sinister paw upon the Astronomical Sign of Taurus Sable and holding in the mouth a Trefoil slipped Or
On either side an Ermine proper each charged on the shoulder the dexter with an Hop Leaf and the sinister with a Bezant
Gavin Turnbull [Simonds], Baron Simonds later 1st Viscount Simonds, PC
2nd son of Louis de Luze Simonds, of Audleys Wood, Basingstoke, co. Berkshire, by his wife Mary Elizabeth Turnbull, dau. of Surg-Gen Gavin Ainslie Turnbull
25 Nov 1881
28 Mar 1912 Mary Hope Mellor, dau. of Judge Francis Hamilton Mellor KC
1. Capt Hon Gavin Alexander Simonds, barrister, Lincoln's Inn 1945 (b. 1 Aug 1915; dvp. 19 Mar 1951
2. Maj Hon John Mellor Simonds, barrister, Inner Temple 1939 (b. 1 Aug 1915; dvp. and sp. 23 Sep 1944), mar. 12 Aug 1944 Barbara Willock (widow of F/O A J Willock RAF; mar. (3) 3 Jul 1948 Dr Angus McPherson, of Fourways House, Hoddesdon, co. Hertford), dau. of T Robinson, of Greenfield Mount, St Helens, co. Lancaster
28 Jun 1971
18 Apr 1944 for life Baron Simonds, of Sparsholt in the County of Southampton
24 Jun 1952 Baron Simonds, of Sparsholt in the County of Southampton, with remainder to the heirs male of his body
18 Oct 1954 Viscount Simonds, of Sparsholt in the County of Southampton, with a similar remainder
barrister, Lincoln's Inn 1906, KC 1924, Bencher 1929, Treasurer 1951; a Judge of the Chancery Division of the Hugh Court of Justice 1937-44; knighted 1937; Chairman, National Arbitrations Tribunal 1940-44; a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary 1944-51 and 1954; Privy Councillor 1944; Warden, Winchester College 1946-51; Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain 1951-54; High Steward of Winchester 1951-71
On the death of the 1st Viscount Simonds the Viscountcy and Barony of Simonds became extinct.
First written 20 Sep 2004
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