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Skelmersdale, Baron (UK, 1828)


Creation: let. pat. 30 Jan 1828


Family name: Bootle-Wilbraham




Quarterly:  1st and 4th, Argent three Bendlets wavy Azure (Wilbraham);  2nd and 3rd, Gules on a Chevron engrailed between three Combs Argent as many Crosses Paty fitchy of the field (Bootle)


1st:  a Wolf's Head erased Argent;  2nd:  a Demi-Lion reguardant proper holding in the paws an Escutcheon Gules charged with a Cross Flory Argent


Dexter:  a Wolf Argent gorged with a Plain Collar Azure and pendent therefrom an Escutcheon charged with the Ancient Arms of Wilbraham, viz. Azure two Bars Argent and a Canton Sable thereon a Wolf's Head erased Silver;  Sinister:  a Wolf proper gorged with a Plain Collar Or and pendent therefrom an Escutcheon as the dexter


In Portu Quies (In the haven there is rest)



Edward [Wilbraham-Bootle later Bootle-Wilbraham], 1st Baron Skelmersdale

1st son of Richard Wilbraham later Wilbraham-Bootle MP, of Rode Hall, co. Chester, by his wife Mary Bootle, dau. and sole hrss. of Robert Bootle, of Lathom House, co. Lancaster


7 Mar 1771


19 Apr 1796 Mary Elizabeth Taylor (b. 16 Apr 1770; d. 2 Jun 1840), dau. of Rev Edward Taylor, of Bifrons, in Patrixbourne, co. Kent, by his wife Margaret Payler, dau. of Thomas Turner later Payler, of Ileden, in Kingstone, co. Kent


1. Hon Richard Wilbraham-Bootle later Bootle-Wilbraham, Member of Parliament for South Lancashire 1835-44 (b. 28 Oct 1801; dvp. 5 May 1844), mar. 22 May 1832 Jessy Brooke (b. c. 1812; d. 18 Jul 1892), 3rd dau. of Sir Richard Brooke, 6th Bt., of Norton Priory, co. Chester, by his wife and cousin Harriot Cunliffe, 2nd dau. of Sir Foster Cunliffe, Bt. of Acton Park, co. Denbigh, and had issue:

1a. Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, later 2nd Baron Skelmersdale later 1st Earl of Lathom

1a. Hon Adela Mary Bootle-Wilbraham, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of a Baron by Royal Licence (d. 22 Apr 1881)

2a. Hon Jessy Caroline Bootle-Wilbraham, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of a Baron by Royal Licence (d. 18 Oct 1925), mar. 4 Oct 1865 John Bateman, of Brightlingsea Hall, co. Essex (d. 18 Oct 1925), and had issue

3a. Hon Edith Bootle-Wilbraham, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of a Baron by Royal Licence (d. 2 Feb 1894), mar. 7 Sep 1859 Ynyr Henry Burges, of Parkanar, co. Tyrone (d. 14 Aug 1908), and had issue

4a. Hon Rose Bootle-Wilbraham, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of a Baron by Royal Licence (d. 20 May 1918)

2. Col Hon Edward Wilbraham-Bootle later Bootle-Wilbraham (b. 22 Dec 1807; d. 17 Dec 1882), mar. 8 Jul 1841 Emily Ramsbottom (d. 20 Dec 1899), 4th dau. of James Ramsbottom, and had issue:

1a. Lt Col Arthur Bootle-Wilbraham (b. 9 Sep 1842; d. 21 May 1897), mar. 19 Jul 1875 Elizabeth Jane Jardine (d. 2 Feb 1825), 1st dau. of Capt John Jardine, of Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia (by his wife Elizabeth Craig, dau. of Capt William Henry Craig RN), 2nd son of Sir Alexander Jardine of Applegirth, 6th Bt., and had issue:

1b. Capt Arthur George Bootle-Wilbraham MC, later 5th Baron Skelmersdale

2b. Dr Evelyn Caryl Bootle-Wilbraham OBE PhD (b. 8 Jun 1877; dsp. 3 Feb 1955), mar. 31 Oct 1924 (Sylvia) Joan Reeves (d. 8 Apr 1995), only dau. of Hugh Reeves, of Tillingham, Hartfield, co. Sussex

3b. Maj Claude Bootle-Wilbraham (b. 8 Jun 1877; dsp. 25 Jul 1955), mar. (1) 17 Feb 1921 (div. 1932) Frances May Pile, and (2) 18 Aug 1932 Hilda Margueritte Knockton, dau. of Michael Knockton

2a. Maj Lionel Bootle-Wilbraham (b. 19 Jan 1853; d. 4 Jan 1914), mar. 9 Apr 1895 Lavinia Wilson (d. 31 Aug 1930), dau. of Abraham Wilson, of Downshire House, Newry, co. Down, and had issue:

1b. Brig Lionel Bootle-Wilbraham DSO MC, later 6th Baron Skelmersdale

1b. Yvonne Bootle-Wilbraham

1a. Emma Violet Bootle-Wilbraham (d. 1846)

2a. Ada Constance Bootle-Wilbraham (d. 16 Feb 1934), mar. 11 Jul 1867 Onorato Caetani, 13th Duke of Sermoneta, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs (d. 2 Sep 1917), and had issue

3a. Emily Florence Bootle-Wilbraham (b. 3 Apr 1848; d. 15 Jan 1934), mar. 22 Jul 1869 James Ludovic [Lindsay], 26th Earl of Crawford, and had issue

4a. Evelyn Adela Bootle-Wilbraham (d. 28 Nov 1939), mar. 30 Oct 1877 Sir John Gordon Kennedy KCMG, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Roumania 1897-1905 (b. 18 Jul 1836; d. 2 Dec 1912), 1st son and heir of John Kennedy, Secretary of Legation at Naples and in USA (by his wife Amelia Maria Briggs, only dau. of Samuel Briggs), 1st son and heir of Hon Robert Kennedy (by his wife Jane Macomb, sister of General Alexander Macomb, Commander-in-Chief of the US Army), 3rd son by his second wife of Archibald [Kennedy], 11th Earl of Cassillis, and had issue

1. Hon ..... Bootle-Wilbraham (d. unm.)

2. Hon Emma Bootle-Wilbraham (b. 17 Mar 1805; d. 26 Apr 1876), mar. 31 May 1825 Edward Geoffrey [Smith-Stanley], 14th Earl of Derby, and had issue


3 Apr 1853


30 Jan 1828 Baron Skelmersdale, of Skelmersdale in the County of Lancaster

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Tory) for Westbury 1795-96, for Newcastle-under-Lyme 1796-1812, for Clitheroe 1812-18 and for Dover 1818-28; took the name of Bootle before instead of after that of Wilbraham by Royal Licence 1814


Edward [Bootle-Wilbraham], 2nd Baron Skelmersdale later 1st Earl of Lathom, GCB PC


3 May 1880 Earl of Lathom


The Barony of Skelmersdale was held by the Earls of Lathom from 3 May 1880 until 6 Feb 1930, when on the death of Edward William [Bootle-Wilbraham], 3rd Earl of Lathom and 4th Baron Skelmersdale, the Earldom of Lathom became extinct and the Barony of Skelmersdale was inherited by his second cousin twice removed,


Arthur George [Bootle-Wilbraham], 5th Baron Skelmersdale, MC


21 May 1876


9 Feb 1969

suc. by



Lionel [Bootle-Wilbraham], 6th Baron Skelmersdale, DSO MC


23 Sep 1896


1 Oct 1936 Ann Quilter (d. 1974), 2nd dau. of Percy Cuthbert Quilter (by his wife Gladys Clare Alice Tudway, 2nd dau. of Charles Clement Tudway, of The Cedars, Wells, co. Somerset), 4th son of Sir William Cuthbert Quilter, 1st. Bt.


1. Hon Roger Bootle-Wilbraham, later 7th Baron Skelmersdale

1. Hon Lavinia Bootle-Wilbraham (b. 1 Aug 1937), mar. 12 Jul 1969 Robert Brian Noel Massey, of Waterstone House, Itchenor, West Sussex, only son of Noel Armstrong Edmonds Massey, of Brighton, co. Sussex, and has issue

2. Hon Olivia Bootle-Wilbraham (b. 31 Dec 1938), mar. 29 Jul 1961 (div. 1975) Anthony John Hoole Lowsley-Williams, 2nd son of Maj Francis Saville Hoole Lowsley-Williams, and has issue

3. Hon Daphne Bootle-Wilbraham (b. 1946), mar. 1980 (div. 1992) Jocelyn Peter Gore Graham, son of Brig Peter Alastair John Gore Graham, of Chalkpit Cottage, Blewbury, co. Oxford, and has issue


21 Jul 1973

suc. by



MC 1917; ADC to Governor of Madras 1924-27; Military Secretary to Governor of Madras 1929-32; Brig/Lt Col, Coldstream Guards; DSO 1940


Roger [Bootle-Wilbraham], 7th Baron Skelmersdale


2 Apr 1945


5 Feb 1972 Christine Joan Morgan, only dau. of Philip Roy Morgan, of Evercreech, co. Somerset


1. Hon Andrew Bootle-Wilbraham, later 8th Baron Skelmersdale

1. Hon Carolyn Ann Bootle-Wilbraham (b. 6 Oct 1974), mar. ..... Staton



suc. by



a Lord-in-Waiting (Government Whip) 1981-86; Parliamentary Under-Secretary: Department of Employment 1986-97, Department of Health & Social Security 1987-88, Department of Social Security 1988-89 and Northern Ireland Office 1989-90; Deputy Chairman of Committees, House of Lords 1991; Deputy Speaker, House of Lords 1996; elected hereditary peer (Deputy Speaker - Conservative), House of Lords 1999


Andrew [Bootle-Wilbraham], 8th Baron Skelmersdale


9 Aug 1977


Fenella Jane Edwards, 2nd dau. of Jonathan Edwards, of Laleham, co. Middlesex

only child

1. Hon Daniel Peter Bootle-Wilbraham (b. 7 Jun 2007)


Last updated 30 Jun 2019




8th Baron Skelmersdale, of Skelmersdale in the County of Lancaster

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 30 Jan 1828)



(not known)



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