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Redesdale, Baron (UK, 1802-1886)


Creation:let.pat. 13 Feb 1802


Extinct:2 May 1886


Family name:Mitford later Freeman-Mitford




See Baron Redesdale



John Mitford, of Newton House and Exbury, co. Hampshire

1st son and heir of William Mitford, of Newton Park and Gilbury House, co. Hampshire, by his wife Margaret Edwards, dau. of Robert Edwards, of Wingfield, co. Berkshire




13 Sep 1740 Philadelphia Reveley (bur. 9 Jan 1797), dau. of Willey Reveley, of Newton Underwood and Throphill, co. Northumberland, and Newby Wiske, co. York


1. Col William Mitford, of Exbury House, co. Hampshire, Newton Park, co. Northumberland, and Newby Wiske, co. York, barrister Middle Temple, Member of Parliament for Beeralston 1796-1806 and for New Romney 1812-18 (b. 10 Feb 1744; d. 8 Feb 1827), mar. 18 May 1766 Frances Molloy (d. 27 Apr 1776), dau. of James Molloy, of Dublin, and had issue:

1a. Capt Henry Mitford RN, lost at sea in HMS York (b. 12 Sep 1769; dvp. 24 Dec 1803), mar. (1) 1796 Louise Wyke (d. May 1801), dau. of Anthony Wyke, Attorney-General of Montserrat, and had issue:

1b. Frances Mitford, mar. 9 Mar 1829 her cousin Bertram Mitford, of Mitford Castle, co. Northumberland (dsp. 27 Feb 1842)

Capt Henry Mitford mar. (2) 1803 Mary Anstruther (mar. (2) 13 Apr 1809 Farrer Grove Spurgeon-Farrer; d. 3 Apr 1860), dau. of David Anstruther, son of Alexander Anstruther, self-styled 4th Lord Newark, and had further issue:

1b. Henry Reveley Mitford DL, of Exbury House, co. Hampshire, and Newton Park, co. Northumberland (b. posthumously 21 Jun 1804; d. 21 Dec 1883), mar. 28 Feb 1828 Lady Georgiana Jemima Ashburnham (b. 11 May 1805; mar. (2) 1842 Hon Francis George Molyneux (b. 5 Mar 1805; d. 24 May 1886), 4th son of William Philip [Molyneux], 2nd Earl of Sefton; d. May 1882), 3rd dau. of George [Ashburnham], 3rd Earl of Ashburnham, by his second wife Lady Charlotte Percy, sister of George [Percy], 5th Duke of Northumberland, and 1st dau. of Algernon [Smithson later Percy], 1st Earl of Beverley, and had issue:

1c. Percy Mitford, barrister, member of the Diplomatic Service 1857-73 (b. 13 Jul 1833; dsp. 27 Jun 1884), mar. 14 Apr 1863 Hon Emily Marianne Egerton, Woman of the Bedchamber to HRH the Duchess of Cambridge (dsp. 5 Dec 1918), 2nd dau. of William Tatton [Egerton], 1st Baron Egerton of Tatton, by his wife Lady Charlotte Elizabeth Loftus, 1st dau. of John [Loftus], 2nd Marquess of Ely

2c. Henry Mitford (b. 13 Jul 1833; dsp. Feb 1910), mar. 30 May 1871 Johanna Wilhelmina Emillie Pauli, dau. of Moritz Pauli, of Kronach, Germany

3c. Algernon Bertram Mitford later Freeman-Mitford, later 1st Baron Redesdale

2a. John Mitford, barrister (b. 25 May 1772; d. 20 Jan 1851), mar. (1) 23 Jan 1802 Sarah Woodward (d. 30 Mar 1836), and (2) 1836 Susan Annette Henry (mar. (2) 5 Jan 1852 Maj W S R Hodson), and had issue by both wives

3a. Bertram Mitford, barrister, Commissioner of Bankruptcy in Ireland (b. 1 Oct 1774; d. 16 Dec 1844), mar. 24 May 1806 Frances Vernon (d. 30 Jan 1867), dau. of John Vernon, of Clontarf Castle, co. Dublin, and had issue

2. John Mitford later Freeman-Mitford, later 1st Baron Redesdale


16 May 1761


barrister, Lincoln's Inn


John [Mitford later Freeman-Mitford], 1st Baron Redesdale, PC


18 Aug 1748


6 Jun 1803 Lady Frances Perceval (b. 4 Dec 1767; d. 22 Aug 1817), 5th dau. of John [Perceval], 2nd Earl of Egmont, by his second wife Catherine Compton, suo jure Baroness Arden, 3rd dau .of Hon Charles Compton (by his wife Mary Lucy, only child of Sir Berkeley Lucy, 3rd Bt., of Broxburne, co. Hertford), 3rd son by his first wife of George [Compton], 4th Earl of Northampton


1. Hon John Thomas Mitford later Freeman-Mitford, later 2nd Baron Redesdale later 1st Earl of Redesdale

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16 Jan 1830


15 Feb 1802 Baron Redesdale, of Redesdale in the County of Northumberland

suc. by



barrister, Inner Temple 1777; Member of Parliament (Tory) for Beeralston 1788-99 and for East Looe 1799-1802; KC 1789; Justice of Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Cardiganshire 1789; Chancellor of the Diocese of Durham 1791; Solicitor-General 1793-99; knighted 1793; Treasurer of the Inner Temple 1796; Attorney-General 1799-1801; Speaker of the House of Commons 1801-02; Privy Councillor [I] 1802; Vice-Chancellor of Dublin University 1803-06; took the additional name of Freeman before that of Mitford by Royal Licence 1809 on inheriting the Batsford estate in Gloucestershire in accordance with the will of Thomas Edwards Freeman, the husband of his maternal aunt, Elizabeth Reveley


John Thomas [Mitford later Freeman-Mitford], 2nd Baron Redesdale later 1st Earl of Redesdale


3 Jan 1877 Earl of Redesdale


The Barony of Redesdale was held by the 1st Earl of Redesdale from 3 Jan 1877 until his death on 2 May 1886, when both peerages became extinct. His first cousin twice removed, Algernon Bertram Mitford later Freeman-Mitford, was created Baron Redesdale on 22 Jul 1902.


 First written 9 Apr 2005



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