Baron Tennyson

Baron Tennyson, of Aldworth in the County of Sussex and of Freshwater in the Isle of Wight, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.[3] It was created in 1884 for the poet Alfred Tennyson. His son, the second Baron, served as Governor-General of Australia, and his grandson, the third Baron, as a captain for the English cricket team. On the death in 2006 of the latter's younger son, the fifth Baron, the line of the eldest son of the first Baron failed. The title was inherited by the late Baron's second cousin once removed, the sixth and present holder of the peerage. He is the great-grandson of Hon. Lionel Tennyson, second son of the first Baron.

Arms of Tennyson: Gules, a bend nebuly or thereon a chaplet vert between three leopard's faces jessant-de-lys of the second[1]
Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, the poet, usually referred to (strictly incorrectly) as "Alfred, Lord Tennyson".[2]

Another member of the Tennyson family was the naval architect Sir Eustace Tennyson-d'Eyncourt, 1st Baronet. He was the grandson of Charles Tennyson-d'Eyncourt, uncle of the first Baron Tennyson.

Barons Tennyson (1884)Edit

The heir presumptive is the present holder's brother, Alan James Drummond Tennyson (b. 1965) and the heir presumptive's heir apparent is his son, Andrew Barnard Tennyson (b. 1992).

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Coat of arms of Baron Tennyson
A Coronet of a baron
A dexter arm in armour the hand in a gauntlet or grasping a broken tilting spear enfiled with a garland of laurel
Gules, a bend nebuly or thereon a chaplet in the chief point vert between three leopard's faces jessant-de-lys of the second
On either side a leopard rampant guardant gules semy-de-lys and ducally crowned or
Respiciens Prospiciens (Latin: "Looking backwards (is)[4] looking forwards" (i.e. "History repeats itself"; "If you want to see into the future study the past")


  1. ^ Montague-Smith, P.W. (ed.), Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage, Kelly's Directories Ltd, Kingston-upon-Thames, 1968, p.1091
  2. ^ Such a style is properly used for the courtesy title of the eldest son and heir apparent of certain peers.
  3. ^ "No. 25308". The London Gazette. 15 January 1884. p. 243.
  4. ^ Verbs (here est) frequently omitted in Latin mottos for stylistic purposes