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Selborne, Earl of (UK, 1882)


Creation: let. pat. 30 Dec 1882


Family name: Palmer




Argent on two Bars Sable three Trefoils slipped of the first in chief a Greyhound courant of the second collared Or


On a Mount Vert a Greyhound sejant Sable collared Or and charged on the shoulder with a Trefoil slipped Argent


On either side a Greyhound Sable collared and charged on the shoulder with a Trefoil slipped Argent


Palma Virtuti (The palm is for virtue)



Roundell [Palmer], 1st Baron Selborne later 1st Earl of Selborne, PC

2nd son of Rev William Jocelyn Palmer, Rector of Mixbury, and Finmere, co. Oxford, by his wife Dorothea Richardson Roundell, yst. dau. of Rev William Roundell, of Gladstone, Skipton-in-Craven, co. York


27 Nov 1812


2 Feb 1848 Lady Laura Waldegrave (b. 17 Mar 1821; d. 10 Apr 1885), 3rd but 1st surv. dau. of William [Waldegrave], 8th Earl Waldegrave, by his first wife Elizabeth Whitbread, 1st dau. of Samuel Whitbread, of Cardington Park, co. Bedford


1. Hon William Waldegrave Palmer, later 2nd Earl of Selborne

1. Lady Laura Elizabeth Palmer (b. 16 Mar 1849; dsp. 22 May 1939), mar. 26 Oct 1876 Rt Rev George Ridding DD, Bishop of Southwell (dsp. 30 Aug 1904)

2. Lady Mary Dorothea Palmer DBE (b. 25 Mar 1850; d. 8 Nov 1933), mar. 5 Aug 1874 her cousin William Frederick [Waldegrave], 9th Earl Waldegrave, and had issue

3. Lady Sophia Matilda Palmer (b. 14 Nov 1852; d. 28 Oct 1915), mar. 16 Feb 1903 Amable Charles Franquet, Count de Franqueville. of Château de la Muette, Passy, Paris, and Château de Bourbilly, Sémur-en-Auxois, Côte d'Or, France (d. 28 Dec 1919)

4. Lady Sarah Wilfreda Palmer (b. 3 Oct 1854; d. 4 Oct 1910), mar. 3 Oct 1883 George Tournay Biddulph, and had issue


4 May 1895


23 Oct 1872 Baron Selborne, of Selborne in the County of Southampton

30 Dec 1882 Viscount Wolmer, of Blackmoor in the County of Southampton, and Earl of Selborne

suc. by



barrister, Lincoln's Inn 1837; Member of Parliament for Plymouth 1847-52 and 1853-57 and for Richmond 1861-72; QC 1849; Bencher, Lincoln's Inn 1849; Solicitor-General 1861-63; knighted 1861; Deputy Steward of and Counsel to Oxford University 1861-63; Attorney-General 1863-68;  Treasurer, Lincoln's Inn 1864; Counsel for Great Britain on the Alabama dispute in Geneva 1872; Lord Chancellor 1872-74 and 1880-85; Privy Councillor 1872; Master of the Mercers' Company 1876; Chairman of the Universities Commission 1876-80; Lord Rector of St Andrews University 1877; High Steward of Oxford University 1892


William Waldegrave [Palmer], 2nd Earl of Selborne, KG GCMG PC


17 Oct 1859


27 Oct 1883 Lady Beatrix Maud Gascoyne-Cecil (b. 11 Apr 1858; d. 27 Apr 1950), 1st dau. of Robert Arthur Talbot [Gascoyne-Cecil], 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, by his wife Georgina Caroline Alderson, 1st dau. of Sir Edward Hall Alderson, a Baron of the Court of Exchequer


1. Hon Roundell Cecil Palmer, later 3rd Baron Selborne later 3rd Earl of Selborne

2. Capt Hon Robert Stafford Arthur Palmer, barrister, Inner Temple (b. 26 Sep 1888; dvp. 21 Jan 1916)

3. Capt Hon (William Jocelyn) Lewis Palmer, Master of the Mercers' Company 1950-51 and 1955-56 (b. 15 Sep 1894; d. 6 Jun 1971), mar. 13 May 1922 Hon Dorothy Cicely Sybil Loder (b. 1896; d. 1986), 1st dau. of George Walter Erskine [Loder], 1st Baron Wakehurst, by his wife Lady Louise de Vere Beauclerk, 1st dau. by his first wife of William Amelius Aubrey de Vere [Beauclerk], 10th Duke of St Albans, and had issue

1. Lady Mabel Laura Georgiana Palmer CBE (b. 6 Oct 1884; d. 15 Jul 1958), mar. 16 Jun 1906 Charles Robert [Grey], 5th Earl Grey, and had issue


26 Feb 1942

suc. by



Assistant Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer 1882-85; Member of Parliament for East Hampshire 1885-92 and for West Edinburgh 1892-95; Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies 1885-1900; First Lord of the Admiralty 1900-05;  Privy Councillor 1900; Elder Brother of the Trinity House 1904; High Commissioner of South Africa and Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Transvaal and the Orange River Colony 1905-10; GCMG 1905; Knight of the Garter 1909; President of the Board of Agriculture 1915-16; Warden of Winchester College 1920-25; High Steward of Winchester 1929-42


Roundell Cecil [Palmer], 3rd Baron Selborne later 3rd Earl of Selborne, CH PC


15 Apr 1887

mar. (1)

9 Jun 1910 Hon Grace Ridley (d. 22 Sep 1959), 3rd dau. of Matthew White [Ridley], 1st Viscount Ridley, by his wife Hon Mary Georgiana Marjoribanks, 1st dau. of Dudley Coutts [Marjoribanks], 1st Baron Tweedsmouth

children by first wife:

1. Capt Hon William Matthew Palmer, styled Viscount Wolmer (b. 27 May 1912; dvp. 2 Oct 1942), mar. 16 Jul 1936 Priscilla Egerton-Warburton (b. 5 Nov 1915; mar. (2) 6 Jul 1948 her cousin Peter Richard [Legh], 4th Baron Newton;  mar. (3) 1994 as his second wife Frederick Charles Horace Fryer, of Vernon Hill House, Bishop's Waltham, co. Hampshire), 2nd dau. of Capt John Egerton-Warburton, of Arley Hall, co. Chester, by his wife Hon Lettice Legh, 1st dau. of Thomas Wodehouse [Legh], 2nd Baron Newton, and had issue:

1a. Hon John Roundell Palmer, later 4th Earl of Selborne

2a. Hon Henry William Palmer, of Burhunt Farm, Selborne, co. Hampshire, granted the style and precedence of the younger son of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1985, Master of the Mercers' Company 1992 (b. 12 Jul 1941; d. 1 Apr 2010), mar. 5 Oct 1968 (Patricia) Minette Donner (b. 11 Feb 1948), 1st dau. of Rt Hon Sir Patrick William Donner MP, of Hurstbourne Park, Whitchurch, co. Hampshire, by his second wife Pamela Louise Forster, yst. dau. of Rear Adm Herbert Acheson Forster MVO RN, and had issue

1a. Rosemary Laura Palmer (b. 26 May 1937; dvp. 30 Apr 1938)

2a. Lady Katherine Elizabeth Palmer, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1985 (b. 24 Jul 1938), mar. 16 Jun 1958 Hon David Lawrence Robert Nall-Cain (b. 1 Sep 1930), 2nd son of Arthur Ronald Nall [Nall-Cain], 2nd Baron Brocket, by his wife Angela Beatrix Pennyman, 2nd dau. of Rev Prebendary William Geoffrey Pennyman, Rector of St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, London, and has issue

2. Hon John Ralph Roundell Palmer (b. 11 May 1914; dvp. 13 Nov 1914)

3. Maj Hon Robert Jocelyn Palmer MC (b. 9 Jan 1919; d. 30 Nov 1991), mar. 11 May 1950 Hon Anne Rosemary Cooper, suo jure Baroness Lucas of Crudwell, and had issue

4. Hon Edward Roundell Palmer (b. 10 Apr 1926; d. 1 Aug 1974), mar. 18 May 1957 Joanna Constance Bacon (b. 12 Mar 1937; d. 28 Jan 1994), 1st dau. of Lt Col Sir Edmund Castell Bacon, 13th and 14th Bt., by his wife Priscilla Dora Ponsonby, 1st dau. of Col Charles Edward Ponsonby MP, of Woodleys, Woodstock, co. Oxford, and had issue

1. Lady Anne Beatrice Mary Palmer MBE (b. 26 Mar 1911; d. 31 Mar 2002), mar. 3 Jul 1935 Rev John Salusbury Brewis (d. 1972), son of George Robert Brewis, of Oxford, and had issue

2. Lady Laura Mary Palmer (b. 29 Mar 1915; d. 9 May 1999), mar. 1 Apr 1948 Rt Rev Cyril Easthaugh DD MC, Bishop of Peterborough 1961-72 (d. 1988), son of Robert Wilgress Easthaugh, and had issue

3. Lady Mary Sophia Palmer, Lady-in-Waiting to HRH Princess Elizabeth 1944-47 and Extra Lady-in-Waiting 1947-49 (b. 6 Sep 1920; d. 17 Aug 2001), mar. (1) 11 Nov 1944 Maj Hon (Thomas) Anthony Edward Towneley-O'Hagan later Towneley Strachey (b. 13 Sep 1917; dvp. 1955), only son and heir ap. of Maurice Herbert Towneley [O'Hagan later Towneley-O'Hagan], 3rd Baron O'Hagan, by his first wife Hon Frances Constance Magdalena Strachey, only dau. of Edward [Strachey], 1st Baron Strachie, and (2) 1981 as his second wife (Francis) St John Gore CBE, of Flat 5, 42 Sutherland Avenue, London SW1 (b. 8 Apr 1921), 1st son of Francis William Baldock Gore by his wife Mary Isabel Kirsteen Corbet-Singleton, dau. of Francis Corbet-Singleton, and had issue by her first husband

mar. (2)

3 Mar 1966 Valerie Irene Josephine Margaret de Thomka Bevan (former wife of Bryan Henry Bevan;  d. 5 Dec 1968), 2nd dau. of Joseph Antony Nicholas de Thomka de Thomkahaza et Folkusfalva, Hungarian Secretary of State


3 Sep 1971

suc. by



Member of Parliament for Newton 1910-18 and for Aldershot 1918-40; Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs 1916; Assistant Director, War Trade Department 1916-18; Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade 1922-24; Assistant Postmaster-General 1924-29; Privy Councillor 1929; Director of Cement, Ministry of Works and Buildings 1940-42; Minister of Economic Warfare 1942-45; sum. to Parliament v.p. in his father's Barony of Selborne Oct 1940; Companion of Honour 1945; Master of the Mercers' Company 1948


John Roundell [Palmer], 4th Earl of Selborne, KBE DL


24 Mar 1940


19 Dec 1969 Dr Joanna van Antwerp PhD, 2nd dau. of Evan Maitland James, of Upwood Park, Abingdon, co. Oxford


1. Hon William Lewis Palmer, styled Viscount Wolmer (b. 1 Sep 1971)

2. Hon George Horsley Palmer (b. 12 Mar 1974)

3. Hon Luke James Palmer (b. 12 Mar 1974)

1. Lady Emily Sophia Palmer (b. 27 Apr 1978)


Deputy Lieutenant for Hampshire 1982; KBE 1987; elected to the House of Lords 1999


 Last updated 26 Jun 2010




4th Earl of Selborne

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 30 Dec 1882)

4th Viscount Wolmer, of Blackmoor in the County of Southampton

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 30 Dec 1882)

4th Baron Selborne, of Selborne in the County of Southampton

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 23 Oct 1872)



Temple Manor, Selborne, Alton, Hampshire GU34 3LR



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