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Stradbroke, Earl of (UK, 1821)


Creation: let. pat. 18 Jul 1821


Family name: Rous




Sable a Fess dancetty Or between three Crescents Argent


A Pyramid of Bay-Leaves in the form of a cone Vert


On the dexter side a Lion Argent maned and tufted Or, and on the sinister side a Sea-Horse Argent maned and finned Or the tail round an Anchor Azure, each gorged with a Wreath of Bay Vert


Je vive en espoir (I live in hope)



John [Rous], 1st Baron Rous later 1st Earl of Stradbroke

1st son of Sir John Rous, 5th Bt., of Henham Hall, co. Suffolk, by his wife Judith Bedingfeld, 1st dau. and hrss. of John Bedingfeld, of Beeston St Andrew, co. Norfolk


30 May 1750

mar. (1)

26 Jan 1788 Frances Juliana Warter-Wilson (dspm. 20 Jun 1790), only dau. and hrss. of Edward Warter-Wilson, of Bilboa, co. Limerick, by his wife Hon Frances Anne Evans, only dau. of George [Evans], 2nd Baron Carbery

only child by first wife

1. Lady Frances Anne Juliana Rous (d. 31 Jan 1859), mar. 6 Jul 1816 Vice Admiral Hon Sir Henry Hotham GCMG KCB RN (b. 19 Feb 1777; d. 19 Apr 1833), 3rd son of Beaumont [Hotham], 2nd Baron Hotham, by his wife Susanna Norman, widow of James Norman and 2nd dau. of Sir Thomas Hankey, Alderman of London, and had issue

mar. (2)

23 Feb 1792 Charlotte Maria Whittaker (b. 17 Mar 1769; d. 15 Jan 1856), 1st dau. of Abraham Whittaker, of Stratford, co. Essex, and Lyston House, co. Hereford

children by second wife

1. Hon John Edward Cornwallis Rous, later 2nd Earl of Stradbroke

2. Admiral Hon Henry John Rous RN MP (b. 23 Jan 1795 ; d. 19 Jun 1877), mar. 2 Jan 1836 Sophia Cuthbert (d. 30 Jan 1871), only surv. dau. of James Ramsay Cuthbert, of Grosvenor Square, co. Middlesex, and had issue

3. Capt Hon William Rufus Rous DL, of Worstead Hall, co. Norfolk (b. 1 Aug 1796; d. 2 Mar 1875), mar. 27 Dec 1822 Louisa Hatch (d. 1 Oct 1876), yst. dau. of James Hatch, of Clabery Hall, co. Essex, and had issue

2. Lady Charlotte Marianne Harriet Rous (d. 29 Apr 1830), mar. 27 Dec 1810 Nathaniel Micklethwait, of Taverham and Beeston, co. Norfolk, and had issue

3. Lady Louisa Maria Judith Rous (d. 24 Mar 1843), mar. 23 Feb 1824 Spencer Horsey de Horsey MP (d. 20 May 1860), and had issue


17 Aug 1827


28 May 1796 Baron Rous, of Dennington in the County of Suffolk

18 Jul 1821 Viscount Dunwich and Earl of Stradbroke

suc. by

son by second wife


suc. his father 31 Oct 1771 as 6th Baronet, styled "of Henham"; Member of Parliament (Tory) for Suffolk 1780-96


John Edward Cornwallis [Rous], 2nd Earl of Stradbroke


13 Feb 1794


26 May 1857 Augusta Bonham (b. 1830; widow of Col Henry Frederick Bonham;  d. 11 Oct 1901), 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Rev Sir Christopher John Musgrave, 9th Bt., of Edenhall, co. Cumberland, by his wife Mary Anne Hasell, dau. of Edward Hasell, of Dalemain, co. Cumberland


1. Hon George Edward John Mowbray Rous, later 3rd Earl of Stradbroke

1. Lady Augusta Fanny Rous (d. 10 Feb 1950), mar. 8 May 1880 (div. 1904) as his first wife Cecil Francis William Fane (b. 7 Oct 1856; d. 30 Jan 1914), 2nd but 1st surv. son and heir of Hon Robert George Cecil, a Commissioner in Bankruptcy (by his second wife Harriette Anne Blackwood, only dau. of Admiral Hon Sir Henry Blackwood, 1st Bt. RN), 7th son of Thomas [Fane], 8th Earl of Westmorland, and had issue

2. Lady Sophia Evelyn Rous (d. 5 Nov 1940), mar. 20 Apr 1888 Maj George Hamilton Heaviside (d. 27 Nov 1906)

3. Lady Adela Charlotte Rous (dsp. 18 May 1911), mar. 19 Feb 1887 as his first wife Thomas Belhaven Henry Cochrane MVO, Deputy Governor of the Isle of Wight (b. 24 Nov 1856; d. 31 Mar 1925), 1st son of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Thomas John Cochrane GCB RN by his second wife Rosetta Wheeler-Cuffe, dau. of Sir J D Wheeler-Cuffe, 1st Bt.

4. Lady Hilda Maud Rous (d. 15 Aug 1904), mar. 31 Jan 1891 as his first wife Charles Fitzroy Ponsonby McNeill OBE (b. 9 Dec 1866; d. 22 Nov 1955), 3rd son of Capt Duncan McNeill, Chief Constable of the West Riding of Yorkshire 1869-76, by his wife Fanny Charlotte Emma Talbot, 2nd dau. of Admiral Sir Charles Talbot KCB RN, and had issue

5. Lady Gwendoline Audrey Aveline Brudenell Rous CBE (d. 4 Aug 1952), mar. 26 Jun 1895 Brig Gen Sir Richard Beale Colvin KCB MP, of Monkhams Hall, Waltham Abbey, co. Essex (b. 4 Aug 1856; d. 17 Jan 1936), 1st son and heir of Beale Blackwell Colvin, of Monkhams Hall, co. Essex, by his wife Emma Elizabeth Britten, only dau. of Daniel Britten DL, of Kenswick Manor, co. Worcester, and had issue


27 Jan 1886

suc. by



Ensign 1810 and Lieut and Capt 1814 in the Coldstream Guards; served in the Peninsular War 1812-14, being present at the Battles of Salamanca, Vittoria, the Nive and Nivelle, the Sieges of Burgos and San Sebastian, the investment of Bayonne, etc., and in the Netherlands 1814-15; Capt, 93rd Regiment of Foot 1817 and Nova Scotia Regiment of Fencibles 1818; retired from the Army 1821; Col, East Suffolk Regiment of Militia 1830-44; Lord Lieutenant and Vice Admiral of Suffolk 1844-86


George Edward John Mowbray [Rous], 3rd Earl of Stradbroke, KCMG CB CVO CBE


19 Nov 1862


23 Jul 1898 Helena Violet Alice Fraser DBE DStJ (d. 14 Apr 1949), only dau. of Lt Gen James Keith Fraser CMG by his wife Amelia Alice Julia Ward, 1st dau. of Hon Humble Dudley Ward (by his wife Eleanor Louisa Hawkes, 3rd dau. of Thomas Hawkes MP, of Himley House, co. Stafford), 2nd son of William Humble [Ward], 10th Baron Ward


1. Hon John Anthony Alexander Rous, later 4th Earl of Stradbroke

2. Hon (William) Keith Rous, later 5th Earl of Stradbroke

3. Maj Hon George Nathaniel Rous (b. 5 Apr 1911; d. 9 Sep 1982), mar. 1 Sep 1949 Joyce Harpur (d. 1985), yst. dau. of Col Charles Harpur OBE, of Benhall, Saxmundham, co. Suffolk, and had issue

4. Maj Hon Peter James Mowbray Rous (b. 23 Jan 1914; d. 17 May 1997), mar. 24 Jun 1942 Elizabeth Alice Mary Fraser (b. 20 Jun 1921; d. 8 Feb 1968), 2nd dau. of Maj Hon Alastair Thomas Joseph Fraser DSO, of Moniack Castle, Kirkhill, co. Inverness (by his wife Lady Sibyl Grimston, 5th dau. of James Walter [Grimston], 3rd Earl of Verulam), 4th son of Simon [Fraser], 13th Lord Lovat, and had issue

5. Hon Christopher Simon Rous (b. 3 Jan 1916; dvp. 22 Feb 1925)

1. Lady Pleasance Elizabeth Rous (b. 11 May 1899; d. 19...), mar. 12 May 1923 Owen McKenna, son of Patrick McKenna, of Shotts, co. Lanark, and had issue

2. S/Offr Lady (Catherine) Charlotte Rous OBE WAAF (b. 5 May 1900; d. 19 Sep 1983)

3. Lady (Betty) Helena Joanna Rous (b. 24 Apr 1901; d. 4 Nov 1969), mar. 17 Sep 1930 Maj Douglas Beresford-Ash (b. 8 Sep 1887; d. 1976), only son of Lt Col William Randal Hamilton Beresford later Beresford-Ash DL, of Ashbrook, co. Derry, by his wife Lady Florence Marion Browne, 3rd dau. of Henry Ulick [Browne]. 5th Marquess of Sligo, and had issue


20 Dec 1947

suc. by



Col, 1st Norfolk Royal Field Artillery (Volunteers) 1888-1908; Vice-Admiral of Suffolk 1890-1947; ADC to King Edward VII 1902-10 and King George V 1910-30; CB 1904; CVO 1906; Col, 3rd East Anglian Brigade Royal Field Artillery 1909-16; Chairman, East Suffolk County Council 1911-24; served in World War I 1914-18 as Col, Royal Field Artillery, in France, Egypt and Palestine; CBE 1919; Col commanding Kantara Area 1919-20; Governor of Victoria 1920-26; KCMG 1920; Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries 1928-29; Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk 1835-47; Grand Master of the Mark Masons of England 1943-47; KGStJ


John Anthony Alexander [Rous], 4th Earl of Stradbroke


1 Apr 1903


15 Jan 1929 Barbara Grosvenor (d. 30 Aug 1977), 2nd dau. of Lt Col Lord Arthur Hugh Grosvenor (by his wife Helen Sheffield, 2nd dau. of Sir Robert Sheffield, 5th Bt., of Normanby Park, Scunthorpe, co. Lincoln), 2nd son by his first wife of Hugh Lupus [Grosvenor], 1st Duke of Westminster


1. Lady Marye Violet Isolde Rous (b. 16 Mar 1930;  d. 2012)

2. Lady Penelope Anne Rous (b. 31 Jul 1932), mar. (1) 19 Jun 1950 (div. 1960) as his first wife Cdr Ian Dudley Stewart Forbes DSC RN (b. 10 Sep 1919; d. 1992), 3rd son of Col James Stewart Forbes of Asloun by his second wife Feridah Frances Taylor, dau. of Hugh Lewis Taylor, (2) 15 Mar 1961 (div. 1969) John Cator, 1st son of Lt Col Henry John Cator MC by his wife Anne Letitia Mary Cayley, 3rd dau. of Sir George Everard Arthur Cayley, 9th Bt., and (3) 27 Sep 1984 as his third wife Anthony James Gilbey, of White Lion House, Wangford, Beccles, co. Suffolk (b. 2 Apr 1933), 1st son of Quintin Holland Gilbey by his second wife Rosemary Marguerite Drury-Lowe, former wife of Maj John Boteler Drury-Lowe and 2nd dau. of Lt Col James Charles Hope-Vere DL, and had issue by her first husband


s.p.m. 14 Jul 1983

suc. by



Cdr, RN; Deputy Lieutenant for Suffolk 1946-48; Lord Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of Suffolk 1948-78; Grand Master of the Mark Masons of England 1973; KStJ


(William) Keith [Rous], 5th Earl of Stradbroke


10 Mar 1907

mar. (1)

7 Aug 1935 (div. 1940) Pamela Catherine Mabell Kay-Shuttleworth (b. 17 Sep 1915; mar. (2) 25 Jun 1942 Maj Hon Sir Thomas William Assheton Frankland, 11th Bt.;  mar. (3) 29 Jun 1946 (div. 1968) Michael Barclay, of Hanworth Hall, co. Norfolk, son of Rev Humphrey Barclay CVO, of Southrepps Rectory, Norwich;  and mar. (4) 1970 Robert Hugh Pardoe; d. 15 Sep 1972), only dau. of Capt Hon Edward Kay-Shuttleworth (by his wife Sibell Eleanor Maud Adeane, 2nd dau. of Charles Robert Whorwood Adeane CB, of Babraham Hall, co. Cambridge), 2nd son of Ughtred James [Kay-Shuttleworth], 1st Baron Shuttleworth

children by first wife

1. Hon (Robert) Keith Rous, later 6th Earl of Stradbroke

2. Col Hon Sir William Edward Rous KCB OBE, Quartermaster General and Member of the Army Board 1994-96 (b. 23 Feb 1939; d. 25 May 1999), mar. 20 Jun 1970 Judith Rosemary Persse, only child of Maj Jocelyn Arthur Persse, of Roxborough, co. Galway, by his wife Joan Shirley ....., and had issue

mar. (2)

19 Jul 1943 April Mary Asquith (b. 14 Apr 1919; d. 14 Apr 2002), 1st surv. dau. of Brig Gen Hon Arthur Melland Asquith DSO (by his wife Hon Betty Constance Manners, 2nd dau. of John Thomas [Manners], 3rd Baron Manners), 3rd son of Henry Herbert [Asquith], 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith

children by second wife

3. Hon John Rous, of Clovelly Court, Bideford, co. Devon, and 94 Oakley Street, London SW3 (b. 31 Jul 1950), mar. 1984 Zeenat Hameed, dau. of Dr K Hameed, of Lucknow, India, and has issue

1. Lady (Christine) Caroline Catherine Rous (b. 27 Apr 1946), mar. (1) 4 Feb 1978 John Francis Burnett Armstrong (d. 1992), son of George Burnett Armstrong MC, and (2) 10 Apr 1999 Richard Mark Cox-Johnson, of Skaiteshill House, Chalford, Stroud, co. Gloucester, and has issue by her first husband

2. Lady Henrietta Elizabeth Rous (b. 17 Nov 1947)

3. Mary Anne Rous (b. 15 Mar 1949 ; dvp. 5 Nov 1950)

4. Lady Virginia Rous (b. 13 Jun 1954), mar. 12 Oct 1974 Anthony William Hew Gibbs, of The Home Farm, Barrow Gurney, Bristol (b. 6 Nov 1947), 1st son and heir of Maj Martin Antony Gibbs, of Sheldon Manor, Chippenham, co. Wiltshire, High Sheriff of Wiltshire 1974, by his wife Elsie Margaret Mary Hamilton-Dalrymple, 1st dau. of Sir Hew Hamilton-Dalrymple, 19th Bt., and has issue


18 Jul 1983

suc. by

son by first wife


(Robert) Keith [Rous], 6th Earl of Stradbroke


25 Mar 1937

mar. (1)

3 Sep 1960 (div. 1977) Dawn Antoinette Beverley, dau. of Thomas Edward Beverley, of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

children by first wife

1. Hon Robert Keith Rous, styled Viscount Dunwich (b. 17 Nov 1961)

2. Hon Wesley Alexander Rous (b. 22 Oct 1972)

1. Lady Ingrid Arnel Rous (b. 12 Apr 1963)

2. Lady (Sophia) Rayner Rous (b. 27 Sep 1964)

3. Lady Heidi Simone Rous (b. 27 Mar 1966), mar. 1991 Timothy Crick, and has issue

4. Lady Pamela Keri Rous (b. 15 May 1968)

5. Lady Brigitte Aylena Rous (b. 13 Jun 1970)

mar. (2)

2 Mar 1977 Roseanna Mary Blanche Reitman, 2nd dau. of Dr Francis Reitman by his wife Susan Diana Mary Vernon, only dau. of Lieut Robert Rupert Charles Vernon

children by second wife

3. Hon Hektor Fraser Rous (b. 25 May 1978)

4. Hon Maximilian Otho Rous (b. 1981)

5. Hon Henham Mowbray Rous (b. 20 Sep 1983)

6. Hon Winston Walberswick Rous (b. 1986)

7. Hon Yoxford Ulysses Rous (b. 1989)

8. Hon Ramsar Fyans Rous (b. 1992)

6. Lady Zea Katherina Rous (b. 18 Oct 1979)

7. Lady Minsmere Mathilda Rous (b. 1988)


 Last updated 27 Dec 2012




6th Earl of Stradbroke

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 18 Jul 1821)

6th Viscount Dunwich

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 18 Jul 1821)

6th Baron Rous, of Dennington in the County of Suffolk

(Great Britain, let. pat. 28 May 1796)

11th Baronet, styled "of Henham, co. Suffolk"

(England, let. pat. 17 Aug 1660)



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