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Somerleyton, Baron (UK, 1916)


Creation: let. pat. 26 Jun 1916


Family name: Crossley




Gules a Chevron indented Ermine between two Cross Crosslets in chief and a Saltire couped in base Or


A Demi-hind erased proper charged with two Bars holding between the feet a Cross Crosslet Or


On either side a Hind proper semy of Cross Crosslets Or


Omne Bonum Ab Alto (All good is from above)



Savile Brinton [Crossley], 1st Baron Somerleyton, GCVO JP DL PC

only son and heir of Sir Francis Crossley, 1st Bt. MP, by his wife Martha Eliza Brinton, dau. of Henry Brinton


14 Jun 1857


14 Dec 1887 Phyllis de Bathe CBE (d. 22 Nov 1948), 3rd dau. of Gen Sir Henry Percival de Bathe, 4th Bt. KCB JP DL, of Knightstown, Ladyrath, co. Meath, by his wife Charlotte Clare, dau. of William Clare


1. Hon Francis Savile Crossley, later 2nd Baron Somerleyton

2. Capt Hon John de Bathe Crossley JP (b. 3 Feb 1893; d. 24 Jun 1935), mar. (1) 10 Sep 1918 (div. 1930) Dorothy Frances Cayley (b. 14 May 1888; d. 28 Feb 1955), 1st dau. of Capt Sir George Everard Cayley, 9th Bt. JP DL, by his wife Lady Mary Susan Montagu-Stuart-Wortley, sister of Francis John [Montagu-Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie], 2nd Earl of Wharncliffe, and only dau. of Hon Francis Dudley Montagu-Stuart-Wortley DL, and (2) 27 Nov 1930 Sybelle Winifred Louisa Pixley JP SSStJ (b. 29 Oct 1898; former wife of Gerald James Pixley; d. 26 Jun 1963), only dau. of Maj Cyril Augustus Drummond JP DL, of Cadland, co. Hampshire (by his first wife Edith Belle Wilkins, dau. of Southampton, co. Hampshire), 3rd son of Edgar Atheling Drummond JP DL, of Cadland, co Hampshire, banker (by his wife Hon Lousa Theodosia Pennington, 3rd dau. of Lowther Augustus John [Pennington], 3rd Baron Muncaster), 2nd son of Andrew Robert Drummond, of Cadland, co. Hampshire, banker (by his wife Lady Elizabeth Frederica Manners, 1st dau. of John Henry [Manners], 5th Duke of Rutland), 1st son of Andrew Berkeley Drummond, of Cadland, co. Hampshire, banker (by his wife Lady Mary Perceval, 1st dau. by his second wife of John [Perceval], 2nd Earl of Egmont), 1st son of Hon Robert Drummond, of Cadland, co. Hampshire, zand Charing Cross, co. Middlesex, banler (by his wife Winifred Thompson, dau. of William Thompson, of Ipsden, co. Oxford), 3rd son of William [Drummond], 4th Viscount Strathallan, and had issue by both wives

3. William George Francis Crossley (b. 14 Nov 1903; dvp. 4 Dec 1903)

1. Hon Phyllis Patty Crossley MBE JP, mar. 3 Jul 1917 Capt Evelyn Hugh Barclay, of Colney Hall, Norwich, co. Norfolk (b. 1886; d. 4 Sep 1956), only surv. son of  Hugh Gurney Barclay MVO JP, of Colney Hall, Norwich, co. Norfolk (by his wife Evelyn Louisa Hogg, dau. of Sir Stuart Hogg), 1st son and heir of Henry Ford Barclay JP DL, of Monkhams, Woodford, co. Essex (by his first wife Richenda Louisa Gurney, yst. dau. of Samuel Gurney, of Upton, co. Essex), first son and heir of Ford Barclay, of Walthamstow, co. Essex (by his wife Esther Reynolds, dau. of William Foster Reynolds, of Carshalton House, co. Surrey), 3rd son of Robert Barclay, of Clapham Common, co. Surrey, banker, and had issue

2. Hon Monica Victoria Crossley, mar. 19 Sep 1918 Lt Gen Sir Arthur Francis Smith KCB KBE DSO MC, only surv. son of Col Granville Roland Francis Smith CVO CB, of Duffield Hall, co. Derby (by his wife Lady Blanche Catherine Keith-Falconer, 2nd dau. of 8th Earl of Kintore), only son of Rowland Smith JP DL MP, of Duffield Hall, co. Derby (by his wife Constance Henrietta Sophia Louisa Somerset, 2nd dau. of Lord Granville Somerset MP), 3rd son of Samuel George Smith, of Sacombe Park, co. Hertford (by his wife Eugenia Chatfield, 3rd dau. of Rev Robert Chatfield, Vicar of Chatteris, co. Cambridge), 2nd son of Samuel Smith, of Woodhall Park, co. Hertford (by his wife Elizabeth Frances Turnor, dau. of Edmund Turnor, of Stoke-Rochford and Panton Hall, co. Lincoln), younger brother of Robert [Smith], 1st Baron Carrington, and 4th son of Abel Smith MP, of London and of Bulcot in Burton-Joyce, co. Nottingham, banker, and had issue


25 Feb 1935 (bur. at Somerleyton, co. Suffolk)


26 Jun 1916 Baron Somerleyton, of Somerleyton in the County of Suffolk

suc. by



suc. his father 5 Jan 1872 as 2nd Baronet of Belle Vue and Somerleyton; Member of Parliament (Liberal and Liberal Unionist) for North Suffolk 1885-92 and (Liberal Unionist) for Halifax 1900-06; Chairman of the Liberal-Unionist Council under Mr Chamberlain until the amalgamation of the Conservative and Liberal Unionist Parties;  High Sheriff of Suffolk 1896; served with the Imperial Yeomanry in the South African War 1899-1901; Privy Councillor 1902; Paymaster-General 1902-05; KCVO 1909; served in World War I 1915-16 as Major, 1st Suffolk Yeomanry; a Lord-in-Waiting to King George V 1918-24; GCVO 1922; Chairman of the Hospital Saturday Fund; Hon Secretary of King Edward VII's Hospital Fund; Chairman of J Crossley & Sons Ltd, carpet manufacturers, of Halifax, co. York; a Director of the Great Northern Railway


Francis Savile [Crossley], 2nd Baron Somerleyton, MC JP DL


1 Jun 1889


1 Jul 1924 Bridget Hoare MBE JP (b. c. 1899; d. 26 Dec 1983), 3rd dau. of William Douro Hoare CBE JP, of Guessons, Welwyn, co. Hertford


1. Hon Savile William Francis Crossley, later 3rd Baron Somerleyton

2. Col Hon (Richard) Nicholas Crossley OBE TD DL, of Westfield Farm, Norton, co. York, Capt 9th Queen's Royal Lancers, Lt-Col commanding Queen's Own Yorkshire Regiment 1973-76, Col General Staff 1978, ADC TAVR to Queen Elizabeth II 1980, High Sheriff of North Yorkshire 1989, member of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (b. 24 Dec 1932), mar. (1) 30 Aor 1958 Alexandra Anne Maitland Welch (d. 1990), only dau. of W/Cdr Charles Donald Graham Welch, of Perrot Farm, Graffham, co. Sussex, and (2) 1995 Priscilla Ann Kennedy Grahm, dau. of Maj Alastair Graham MC, of Norton Conyers, co. York, and has issue by his first wife

1. Hon Mary Crossley JP (b. 3 Feb 1926; d. 24 Apr 2014), mar. 7 Jul 1950 Maj William Birkbeck DL, of Bainton House, Stamford, co. Lincoln, yst. son of Maj Henry Anthony Birkbeck MC JP DL, of Westacre, co. Norfolk, and has issue


15 Jul 1959

suc. by



served in World War I 1914-15 as Maj, 9th Lancers; MC 1915; served in 108th (Suffolk and Norfolk) Field Brigade 1924-35; Chairman, Lowestoft Water Company


Savile William Francis [Crossley], 3rd Baron Somerleyton, GCVO


17 Sep 1928


14 Oct 1963 Belinda Maris Loyd OBE, only dau. of Capt Vivian Graham Loyd, of Kingsmoor, Ascot, co. Berkshire


1. Hon Hugh Francis Savile Crossley (b. 27 Sep 1971), Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II 1983-84, mar. Lara K Bailey, dau. of Richard Bailey, of Little Barrington, co. Oxford, and has issue:

1a. John Crossley (b. Feb 2010)

1. Hon Isabel Alicia Claire Crossley (b. 27 Sep 1964), mar. 1991 Mark Cantor (b. 30 Oct 1960), 2nd son of Francis Cator, of The Old House, Ranworth, co. Norfolk, by his wife Hon Jacquetta Storey, only dau. of Samuel [Storey], Baron Buckton (Life Peer), and has issue

2. Hon Camilla Mary Lara Crossley (b. 27 Jun 1967), mar. 1993 William Aldwin Soames, 1st son of Robert Harold Soames, of Toppesfield, co. Essex

3. Hon Alicia Phyllis Belinda Crossley (b. 9 Apr 1969), mar. 28 Nov 1998 Robert Pawson, only son of Michael Pawson, of Windsor Forest, co. Berkshire

4. Hon Louisa Bridget Vivian Crossley (b. 20 Feb 1974)


Capt, Coldstream Guards (ret 1956); County Councillor East Suffolk 1961-73; a Lord-in-Waiting 1979-92; Master of the Horse 1991-99; KCVO 1994; GCVO 1998


Last updated 5 Jul 2014




3rd Baron Somerleyton, of Somerleyton in the County of Suffolk

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

4th Baronet, styled "of Belle Vue and Somerleyton"

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 23 Jan 1863)



Somerleyton Hall, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 5QQ

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