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Wynford, Baron (UK, 1829)


Creation:let. pat. 5 Jun 1829


Family name:Best




Sable a Cinquefoil within an Orle of Cross Crosslets Or on a Canton of the last a Portcullis of the first


Out of a Ducal Coronet Or a Demi-Ostrich rising Argent in its beak a Cross Crosslet fitchée Gold gorged with a Plain Collar and pendent therefrom a Portcullis Sable


On either side an Eagle reguardant wings elevated standing on a Roman Fasces all proper


Libertas In Legibus (Liberty in the laws)



1.William Draper [Best], 1st Baron Wynford, PC

3rd son of Thomas Best, of Haslebury Plucknett, co. Somerset

born13 Dec 1767

mar.6 May 1794 Mary Anne Knapp (d. 5 Mar 1840), 2nd dau. of Jerome Knapp, Clerk to the Haberdasher's Company

died3 Mar 1845

created5 Jun 1829 Baron Wynford, of Wynford Eagle in the County of Dorset

suc. byson

noteSolicitor-General to the Prince of Wales 1813-16;  Attorney-General to the Prince of Wales 1816-18;  a Judge of the Court of King's Bench 1818-24;  Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas 1824-29


2.William Samuel [Best], 2nd Baron Wynford

born19 Feb 1798

mar.21 Jul 1821 Jane Thoyts (d. 23 Feb 1895), dau. of William Thoyts, of Sulhampstead, co. Berkshire, by his wife Jane Newman, dau. of Allan Newman, of West Bergholt Hall and Brook House, co. Essex

died28 Feb 1869

suc. byson


3.William Draper Mortimer [Best], 3rd Baron Wynford

born2 Aug 1826

mar.17 Dec 1857 Caroline Eliza Montague Baillie (d. 16 Jan 1913), 1st dau. of Evan Baillie, of Dochfour, co. Inverness, by his wife Lady Georgiana Frederica Montagu, 4th dau. of William [Montagu], 5th Duke of Manchester

died27 Aug1899

suc. bybrother


4.Henry Molyneux [Best], 4th Baron Wynford

born9 Nov 1829

died28 Oct 1903

suc. bycousin


5.George [Best], 5th Baron Wynford

1st son of Rev Hon Samuel Best, Rector of Abbots Anne, co. Hampshire (by his second wife Emma Duke, dau. of Lt Col Charles Duke), 3rd son of William Draper [Best], 1st Baron Wynford

born14 Dec 1838

mar.7 Sep 1870 Edith Anne Marsh (d. 31 May 1924), dau. of Matthew Henry Marsh MP, of Ramridge House, Andover, co. Hampshire

died27 Oct 1904

suc. byson


6.Philip George [Best], 6th Baron Wynford, DSO

born27 Aug 1871

mar.16 Oct 1906 Hon Eva Lilian Cecilia Napier (d. 23 Mar 1974), only child of Robert William [Napier], 2nd Baron Napier of Magdala, by his wife Hon Eva Maria Louisa Langham, 1st dau. of Godfrey William Wentworth [Bosville-Macdonald], 4th Baron Macdonald

dieds.p.m. 15 Dec 1940

suc. bybrother


7.Samuel John [Best], 7th Baron Wynford

born24 Jun 1874

mar. (1)26 Aug 1914 Evelyn Mary Aylmer May (d. 28 Mar 1929), 2nd dau. of Maj Gen Sir Edward Sinclair May KCB CMG, of Rockbeare Court, co. Devon, by his first wife Evelyn Mary Norburn Kekewich, 3rd dau. of Trehawke Kekewich, of Peamore, co. Devon

mar. (2)5 Jun 1930 Margueritte Jane Allies (widow of William Kenneth Allies;  d. 28 Mar 1966), dau. of Charles Pratt

died29 Aug 1943

suc. byson by first wife


8.Robert Samuel [Best], 8th Baron Wynford, MBE DL

born5 Jan 1917

mar. 5 May 1941 Anne Daphne Mametz Minshull-Ford (b. c. 1918; d. 25 Oct 2002), only dau. of Maj Gen John Randle Minshull-Ford CB DSO MC, of The White Cottage, Windlesham, co. Surrey, by his wife Dorothy Harmood-Banner, 3rd dau. by his first wife of Sir John Sutherland Banner later Harmood-Banner, 1st Bt.

died21 Jan 2002

suc. byson


9.John Philip Robert [Best], 9th Baron Wynford

born23 Nov 1950

mar.10 Sep 1981 Fenella Christian Mary Danks (b. 4 Dec 1952), only dau. of Capt Arthur Reginald Danks MBE (by his wife Hon Serena May de Gruchy Warren, former wife of Patrick de Gruchy Vignolles Crawshay Warren and 1st dau. and cohrss. by his second wife of Edgar Berkeley [Gifford], 4th Baron Gifford), 2nd son of Arthur Benjamin Danks, of Kidderminster, co. Warwick


1.Hon Harry Robert Francis Best (b. 9 May 1987)

1.Hon Sophie Hannah Elizabeth Best (b. 18 Nov 1985)


 Last updated 3 Apr 2005




9th Baron Wynford, of Wynford Eagle in the County of Dorset

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 5 Jun 1829)



Wynford House, Wynford Eagle, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 0ER



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