Baron Coleridge

Baron Coleridge, of Ottery St Mary in the County of Devon, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1874 for the prominent lawyer, judge and Liberal politician Sir John Coleridge.[1] He served as Lord Chief Justice of England from 1880 to 1894. His son, the second Baron, represented Attercliffe in the House of Commons and served as a Judge of the High Court of Justice. As of 2010 the title is held by the latter's great-grandson, the fifth Baron, who succeeded in 1984.

John Coleridge,
1st Baron Coleridge

The first Baron was the son of Sir John Taylor Coleridge and the great-nephew of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

The ancestral home of the Coleridge family is The Chanter's House in Ottery St Mary. In October 2006 the increasing costs of maintaining the property caused the family trust to put the property up for sale and auction the contents.[2][3]

Barons Coleridge (1874 onwards)Edit

The heir apparent is the present holder's only son The Hon. James Duke Coleridge (b. 1967)
The heir apparent's heir presumptive is his uncle Hon. Samuel John Taylor Coleridge (b. 1942)
Next in line is the present holder's cousin Syndercombe James Duke Coleridge (b. 1941), a grandson of the 3rd Baron. He has two sons, Robert James Duke (b. 1979) and Nicholas John (b. 1981).


Coat of arms of Baron Coleridge
A crucifix Or rising from an otter as in the arms.
Argent on a mount Vert in base an otter Proper; a chief Gules charged with a dove of the field between two crosses patée fitchée Or.
Dexter an otter Proper, gorged with a garland of roses Gules leaved Vert, sinister a lion sable gorged as the former.[4]


  1. ^ "No. 24050". The London Gazette. 2 January 1874. p. 1.
  2. ^ "Sotheby's to sell property from the Coleridge family collection at The Chanter's House" (PDF) (Press release). Sotheby's. 22 August 2006.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Coleridge heirlooms auctioned off". BBC. 24 October 2006.
  4. ^ Debrett's Peerage. 1878.