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Saint Aldwyn, Earl (UK, 1915)


Creation: let. pat. 22 Feb 1915


Family name: Hicks Beach




Quarterly:  1st and 4th, Vairy Argent and Gules a Canton Azure charged with a Pile Or (Beach);  2nd and 3rd, Gules a Fess wavy between three Fleurs-de-lis Or (Hicks)


1st:  a Demi Lion rampant Argent ducally gorged Or holding in the paws an Escutcheon Azure charged with a Pile Or (Beach);  2nd:  a Buck's Head couped at the neck Or gorged with a Wreath of Laurel proper (Hicks)


On the dexter side a Knight armed cap-a-pie in English armour of the middle of the 14th century, his armour charged with the arms of Beach, and on the sinister side a Knight similarly vested, his jupon charged with the arms of Hicks


Tout En Bon Heure (All in good time)



Michael Edward [Hicks-Beach], 1st Viscount Saint Aldwyn later 1st Earl Saint Aldwyn, PC

1st son of Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, 8th Bt., by his wife Harriett Vittoria Stratton, 2nd dau. of John Stratton, of Farthinghoe Lodge, co. Northampton


23 Oct 1837

mar. (1)

6 Jan 1864 Caroline Susan Elwes (dsp. 14 Aug 1865), 1st dau. of John Henry Elwes, of Colesbourne Park, Cheltenham, co. Gloucester, by his wife Mary Bromley, 4th dau. of Admiral Sir Robert Howe Bromley, 3rd Bt., of East Stoke, co. Nottingham

mar. (2)

3 Sep 1874 Lady Lucy Catherine Fortescue (d. 17 Mar 1940), 3rd dau. of Hugh [Fortescue], 3rd Earl Fortescue, by his wife Georgiana Augusta Charlotte Caroline Dawson-Damer, 1st dau. of Col Rt Hon George Lionel Dawson-Damer CB (by his wife Mary Georgiana Emma Seymour, dau. of Lord Hugh Seymour), 3rd son of John [Dawson], 1st Earl of Portarlington

children by second wife

1. Hon Michael Hugh Hicks-Beach, styled Viscount Quenington, served in the Boer War 1889-1901, Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Tewkesbury 1906-16, served in World War I as Lieut, Royal Gloucestershire Hussars 1914-16, killed in action at Katia, Egypt (b. 19 Jan 1877; dvp. 23 Apr 1916), mar. 28 Sep 1909 Marjorie Dent Brocklehurst (d. 4 Mar 1916), dau. of Capt Henry Dent Brocklehurst, of Sudeley Castle, co. Gloucester, by his wife Marion Lascelles, only surv. child of Hon Egremont William Lascelles (by his wife Jessie Malcolm, dau. of Neil Malcolm, of Poltalloch), 2nd son of Henry [Lascelles], 3rd Earl of Harewood, and had issue:

1a. Hon Michael John Hicks-Beach, later 2nd Earl Saint Aldwyn

1a. Lady Delia Mary Hicks-Beach, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1920 (b. 2 Aug 1910), mar. 3 Dec 1934 Brig Sir Michael Dillwyn-Venables-Llewelyn, 3rd Bt.MVO DL, and has issue

1. Lady Eleanor Lucy Hicks-Beach (b. 29 Oct 1875; d. 1 Dec 1960), mar. 14 Feb 1907 Lt Col Sir John Keane, 5th Bt. DSO DL, and had issue

2. Lady Susan Evelyn Hicks-Beach (b. 15 Jun 1878; d. 17 Feb 1965)

3. Lady Victoria Alexandrina Hicks-Beach (b. 12 Sep 1879; d. 29 Apr 1963)


30 Apr 1916


6 Jan 1906 Viscount Saint Aldwyn, of Coln St Aldwyn in the County of Gloucester

22 Feb 1915 Viscount Quenington, of Quenington in the County of Gloucester, and Earl Saint Aldwyn, of Coln St Aldwyn in the same county

suc. by



suc. his father 22 Nov 1854 as 9th Baronet, styled "of Beverston Castle";  Member of Parliament (Conservative) for East Gloucestershire 1864-85 and for West Bristol 1885-1906; Secretary to the Poor Law Board 1868; Under Secretary to the Home Office 1868; Chief Secretary for Ireland 1874-78 and 1886-87; Privy Councillor [UK] 1874 and [I] 1874; Secretary of State for the Colonies 1878-80; Provincial Grand Master for Gloucestershire Freemasons 1880-1916; Chancellor of the Exchequer 1885-86 and 1895-1902;  President of the Board of Trade 1888-92; Church Estates Commissioner 1892-95 and 1908; Independent Chairman of the South Wales Coal Trade Conciliation Board 1904-15; High Steward of the City of Gloucester


Michael John [Hicks-Beach], 2nd Earl Saint Aldwyn, KBE PC


9 Mar 1912


26 Jun 1948 Diana Mary Christian Smyly (former wife of Maj Richard Patrick Pilkington Smyly MC;  d. 10 Jul 1992), only dau. of Henry Christian George Mills, by his second wife Hilma Ohman, dau. of August Ohman, of Brisbane, Australia


1. Hon Michael Henry Hicks Beach, later 3rd Earl Saint Aldwyn

2. Hon Peter Hugh Hicks Beach, painter (b. 21 May 1952; dvp. 1990)

3. Hon David Seymour Hicks Beach, heir presumptive to the Earldom of Saint Aldwyn, of The Upper Mill, Coln St Aldwyn, co. Gloucester, Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II 1969-72 (b. 25 May 1955), mar. 17 Jul 1993 Katrina Louise Susannah Henriques (b. 1966), only dau. of Michael Henriques, of Winson Manor, Cirencester, co. Gloucester, by his wife Susan M Reymond, and has issue:

1a. Peter Etienne Hicks Beach (b. 2 Nov 1998)

1a. Lucy Susan Hicks Beach (b. 31 Oct 1996)


29 Jan 1992

suc. by



Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Foods 1954-58; Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (Government Chief Whip in the House of Lords) 1958-64 and 1970-74; Privy Councillor 1959; KBE 1964; Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Lords 1964-70 and 1974-78; Vice Chancellor, Venerable Order of St John 1969-78 and Chancellor 1978


Michael Henry [Hicks Beach], 3rd Earl Saint Aldwyn


7 Feb 1950

mar. (1)

16 Apr 1982 Gilda Maria Saavedra, only dau. of Barao Saavedra, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

children by first wife

1. Lady Atalanta Maria Hicks Beach (b. 6 Sep 1983)

2. Lady Aurora Ursula Hicks Beach (b. 1988)

mar. (2)

21 Oct 2005 Mrs Louise Wigan


The heir presumptive to the Earldom of Saint Aldwyn is Hon David Seymour Hicks Beach, second surviving son of the 2nd Earl Saint Aldwyn and brother of the present Earl.


 Last updated 8 Dec 2005




3rd Earl Saint Aldwyn, of Coln St Aldwyn in the County of Gloucester

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 22 Feb 1915)

3rd Viscount Saint Aldwyn, of Coln St Aldwyn in the County of Gloucester

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 6 Jan 1906)

3rd Viscount Quenington, of Quenington in the County of Gloucester

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 22 Feb 1915)

11th Baronet, styled "of Beverston Castle"

(England, let. pat. 21 Jul 1619)



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