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Sondes, Baron (GB, 1760 - 1996)


Creation: let.pat. 22 May 1760


Extinct: 2 Dec 1996


Family name: Watson later Milles later Milles-Lade




Quarterly:  1st and 4th, Argent on a Chevron engrailed Azure between three Martlets Sable as many Crescents Or (Watson);  2nd and 3rd, Or two Chevrons Gules a Crescent for difference (Monson)


A Griffin's Head erased Argent ducally gorged Or


Dexter:  A Griffin Argent ducally gorged Or;  Sinister:  A Bear proper gorged with a Belt Argent rimmed buckled pendanted and charged with three Crescents Or


 Esto Quod Esse Videris


These arms were borne by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Barons Sondes. The 4th Baron Sondes bore the arms of Milles from 1820 (for which see Earl Sondes).



Lewis [Monson later Watson], 1st Baron Sondes

2nd son of John [Monson], 1st Baron Monson, by his wife Lady Margaret Watson, 4th dau. of Lewis [Watson], 1st Earl of Rockingham, by his wife Lady Catherine Sondes, 2nd dau. and cohrss. and in her issue sole hrss. of George [Sondes], 1st Earl of Feversham


28 Nov 1728


12 Oct 1752 Grace Pelham (d. 31 Jul 1777), 3rd surv. dau. and cohrss. of Rt Hon Henry Pelham, First Lord of the Treasury (Prime Minister) 1743-46 and 1746-54, by his wife Lady Catharine Manners, 1st dau. by his first wife of John [Manners], 2nd Duke of Rutland


1. Hon Lewis Thomas Watson, later 2nd Baron Sondes

2. Hon ..... Watson

3. Hon ..... Watson


30 Mar 1795


22 May 1760 Baron Sondes, of Lees Court in the County of Kent

suc. by



assumed the name of Watson on succeeding to the estates of his cousin Thomas [Watson], 3rd Earl of Rockingham, 1745/6; Member of Parliament (Whig) for Boroughbridge 1750-54 and for Kent 1754-60; Joint Auditor of the Imprest, Mint, Coinage, etc., 1754


Lewis Thomas [Watson], 2nd Baron Sondes


18 Apr 1754


30 Nov 1785 Mary Elizabeth Milles (b. 26 May 1767; mar. (2) 23 Jun 1809 as his first wife Maj Gen Sir Henry Tucker Montresor KCB; d. 29 Sep 1818), only dau. and hrss. of Richard Milles, of North Elmham, co. Norfolk, and of Nackington, co. Kent, by his wife Mary Elizabeth Tanner, only dau. and hrss. of Rev Thomas Tanner DD, Canon of Canterbury (by his wife Mary Potter, dau. of Most Rev John Potter DD, Archbishop of Canterbury 1737-47), son of Rt Rev Thomas Tanner DD, Bishop of St Asaph 1732-35


1. Hon Lewis Richard Watson, later 3rd Baron Sondes

2. Hon George John Watson later Milles, later 4th Baron Sondes

3. Rev Hon Henry Watson (b. 10 Aug 1796; d. 23 Sep 1849)

4. Maj Hon Richard Watson MP (b. 6 Jan 1800; d. 24 Jul 1852), mar. 21 Dec 1839 Lavinia Jane Quin (b. 21 Mar 1816; d. 28 Feb 1888), 1st dau. of Lord George Taylour later Quin (by his first wife Lady Georgiana Charlotte Spencer, 2nd dau. of George John [Spencer], 2nd Earl Spencer), 2nd son of Thomas [Taylour], 1st Marquess of Headfort, and had issue:

1a. George Lewis Watson, of Rockingham Castle, co. Northampton (b. 9 Mar 1841; dsp. 31 Dec 1899), mar. 1 Jan 1867 Laura Maria Culme-Seymour (dsp. 21 Mar 1893), 2nd dau. of Rev Sir John Culme-Seymour, 2nd Bt.

2a. Edward Spencer Watson (b. 24 May 1843; d. 28 Jan 1889), mar. 28 Sep 1871 Mary Blanche Hall (d. 1910), only dau. of Dr George Hall, of Portslade, co. Sussex, by his wife Mary Isabella Hood, widow of Samuel [Hood later Hood-Tibbits], 3rd Viscount Hood, and dau. and hrss. of Richard John Tibbits, of Barton Seagrave Hall, co. Northampton, by his wife Horatia Charlotte Lockwood, only dau. of Thomas Lockwood by his wife Charlotte Manners-Sutton, 2nd dau. of Lord George Manners later Manners-Sutton (by his first wife Diana Chaplin, only dau. of Thomas Chaplin, of Blankney and Tathwell, co. Lincoln), 3rd son of John [Manners], 2nd Duke of Rutland, and had issue:

1b. Henry George Watson (b. 7 Dec 1873; d. 13 Jun 1892)

1b. Christabel Sarah Lavinia Watson (b. 24 Dec 1874; d. 19...)

2b. Grace Mary Watson (d. 21 Dec 1946)

3b. Margaret Isabella Watson (d. 19...)

4b. Meriel Georgiana Watson (d. 31 Jul 1941)

5b. Evelyn Horatia Watson (b. 13 Jan 1884; d. 19...)

6b. Selina Charlotte Watson (b. 7 Sep 1885; d. 19...), mar. 14 Apr 1831 Rev John Thomas Evans, Rector of Stow-on-the-Wold 1899-1935 (d. 10 May 1940)

7b. Cicely Eleanor Watson (b. 8 Apr 1887; d. 19...)

8b. Gwendolen Olivia Watson (b. 11 Oct 1888; d. 19...)

3a. Rev Wentworth Watson, of Rockingham Castle, co. Northampton, Vicar of Abingdon, co. Berkshire (b. 1 Mar 1848; dsp. 5 Jul 1925), mar. 23 Apr 1903 Eveleen Frances Stopford (dsp. 11 Mar 1953), 2nd dau. of Rev Frederick Manners Stopford, Rector of Tichmarsh, co. Northampton (by his first wife Florence Augusta Saunders, 2nd dau. of Charles Alexander Saunders, of Westbourne Lodge), 1st son of Lt Col Hon Edward Stopford (by his wife Horatia Charlotte Tibbits, widow of Richard john Tibbits, of Barton Seagrave Hall, co. Northampton, and only dau. of Thomas Lockwood as above

1a. Mary Georgiana Watson (d. 6 Mar 1912), mar. 16 Oct 1866 Admiral Sir Michael Culme-Seymour, 3rd Bt. GCB, and had issue

2a. Lavinia Grace Watson (d. 29 Mar 1933), mar. 14 Jul 1875 Baron Eugene von Roeder, of Villa Roeder, Interlaken, Switzerland, and had issue

1. Hon Mary Grace Watson (d. 24 Nov 1853), mar. 3 May 1808 Sir John Henry Palmer, 7th Bt., of Carlton, co. Northampton (d. 26 Aug 1866), and had issue

2. Hon Catherine Watson (d. 24 Nov 1884), mar. 23 Apr 1829 Sir William de Capell Brooke, 3rd Bt., of Great Oakley Hall, co. Northampton (d. 8 Mar 1886), and had issue


21 Jun 1806

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Whig) for Hedon 1776-80; Col, 3rd Kent Militia


Lewis Richard [Watson], 3rd Baron Sondes


24 May 1792


14 Mar 1836

suc. by



Maj, East Kent Regiment of Yeomanry 1830


George John [Watson later Milles], 4th Baron Sondes


20 Jan 1794


24 Jul 1823 Eleanor Knatchbull (d. 30 Oct 1883), 5th dau. of Sir Edward Knatchbull, 8th Bt., of Mersham Hatch, co. Kent, by his third wife Mary Hawkins, dau. and cohrss. of Thomas Hawkins, of Nash Court, Boughton under Blean, co. Kent


1. Hon George Watson Milles, later 5th Baron Sondes later 1st Earl Sondes

2. Lt Col Hon Lewis Richard Watson Milles (b. 5 Aug 1829; d. 7 Jun 1871), mar. 12 Nov 1861 Elizabeth Georgiana Turle (d. 9 Oct 1869), only dau. of Robert Turle, of Armagh, and had issue:

1a. Lewis George Watson Milles (b. 11 Sep 1862; dsp. 5 Jul 1904), mar. Minnie Powell (dsp. 31 Dec 1916), dau. of Charles William Powell

2a. George John Watson Milles (b. 24 Oct 1866 ; d. 1899)

1a. Inna Georgiana Milles (d. 16 Apr 1913), mar. 21 Feb 1885 Hon Louis Guy Scott (b. 23 Apr 1850; d. 23 Apr 1900), younger brother of Beauchamp Henry [Scott], 6th Earl of Clonmell, and 2nd son of Col Hon Charles Grantham Scott (by his wife Frances Grey, dau. of Ralph William Grey, of Backworth, co. Northumberland), 2nd son of Thomas [Scott], 2nd Earl of Clonmell, and had issue

1. Hon Mary Julia Milles (b. 8 Oct 1825; d. 10 Apr 1901), mar. 22 Jul 1845 Edward [Fellowes], 1st Baron De Ramsey, and had issue

2. Hon Elizabeth Frances Milles (b. 26 Aug 1827; d. 12 Mar 1894), mar. 3 Sep 1846 James George Henry [Stopford], 5th Earl of Courtown, and had issue

3. Hon Jemima Townshend Milles (d. 17 Jul 1890), mar. 1 Mar 1859 Frederick Goulbourn CB (d. 10 May 1878), 3rd son of Rt Hon Henry Goulbourn


17 Dec 1874

suc. by



Lieut, Royal Horse Guards 1814 and present at the Battle of Waterloo 1815; took the name of Milles in lieu of that of Watson by Royal Licence 1820; High Sheriff of Norfolk 1830-31; Capt, East Kent Regiment of Yeomanry 1836; High Steward of Yarmouth 1854; Chairman, London, Chatham and Dover Railway


George Watson [Milles], 5th Baron Sondes later 1st Earl Sondes


4 May 1880 Viscount Throwley, of Throwley in the County of Kent, and Earl Sondes, of Lees Court in the County of Kent


The Barony of Sondes was held by the Earls Sondes from 4 May 1880 until 2 Dec 1996, when on the death of Henry George Herbert [Milles-Lade], 5th Earl Sondes, 9th Baron Sondes, etc., all his peerage titles became extinct.


 First written 2 Nov 2003



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