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Willingdon, Marquess of (UK, 1936 - 1979)


Creation: let.pat. 26 May 1936


Extinct: 19 Mar 1979


Family name: Thomas later Freeman-Thomas




Quarterly, 1st and 4th, Argent three Lions rampant Gules a Chief Azure (Thomas);  2nd and 3rd, Ermine two Pallets in pale azure over all three Fusils conjoined in fess Or (Freeman)


1st:  A Demi Lion rampant Gules charged on the shoulder with an Ermine Spot Argent (Freeman);  2nd:  Issuant out of an Antique Crown Azure a Boar's Head proper (Thomas)


On either side a Freeman armed cap à pie in English armour of the 17th century proper


Honesty Is The Best Policy



Freeman [Thomas later Freeman-Thomas], 1st Baron Willingdon later 1st Viscount Willingdon later 1st Earl of Willingdon later 1st Marquess of Willingdon, GCSI GCMG GCIE GBE PC

only son and heir of Freeman Frederick Thomas, of Ratton and Yapton, co. Sussex, by his wife Hon Mabel Brand, 3rd dau. of Henry Bouverie William [Brand], 1st Viscount Hampden


12 Sep 1866


20 Jul 1892 Lady Mary Adelaide Brassey GBE CI DStJ (d. 30 Jan 1960), sister and cohrss. of Thomas Allnutt [Brassey], 2nd Earl Brassey, and 4th dau. of Thomas [Brassey], 1st Earl Brassey, by his first wife Anna Allnutt, only child of John Allnutt, of Charles Street, Berkeley Square, London and Clapham, co. Surrey


1. Hon Gerard Freeman Freeman-Thomas (b. 3 May 1893; dvp. 12 Sep 1914)

2. Lord Inigo Brassey Freeman-Thomas, later 2nd Marquess of Willingdon


12 Aug 1941


20 Jul 1910 Baron Willingdon, of Ratton in the County of Sussex

23 Jun 1924 Viscount Willingdon, of Ratton in the County of Sussex

20 Feb 1931 Viscount Ratendone, of Willingdon in the County of Sussex, and Earl of Willingdon

26 May 1936 Marquess of Willingdon

suc. by



assumed the additional name of Freeman by Royal Licence 1892; ADC to Lord Brassey when Governor of Victoria 1897-1900; Member of Parliament (Liberal) for Hastings 1900-06 and for Bodmin 1906-10; a Lord of the Treasury 1905-06; a Lord in Waiting 1911-13; Governor of Bombay 1913-19; GCIE 1913; GBE 1917; GCSI 1918; Governor of Madras 1919-24; Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of the Dominion of Canada 1926-31; Freedom of Canada 1927; GCMG 1931; Privy Councillor 1931; Viceroy and Governor-General of India 1931-36; Freedom of Edinburgh 1936; Constable of Dover Castle and Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports 1936; Chancellor of the Order of St Michael and St George 1936; KStJ


Inigo Brassey [Freeman-Thomas], 2nd Marquess of Willingdon


25 Jul 1899

mar. (1)

8 Oct 1924 (div. 1932) Maxine Frances Mary Robertson, 1st dau. of Sir Johnston Forbes Robertson, by his wife May Gertrude Dermot, dau. of Thomas Dermot, of Oakland, California, USA

mar. (2)

6 Jun 1934 (div. 1939) Mary Gwendoline Foster, dau. of Basil Samuel Foster, of Worcester

mar. (3)

9 Jun 1943 Daphne Caldwell, 1st dau. of Seymour Caldwell


s.p. 19 Mar 1979


ADC on the Viceroy's Personal Staff 1919-20; a Liberal Whip in the House of Lords 1948-49; Chief Liberal Whip 1949-50


On the death of the 2nd Marquess of Willingdon all his titles became extinct.




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