Baron Tollemache, of Helmingham Hall near Ipswich in the County of Suffolk, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The Tollemache family's surname and the title of the barony is pronounced /ˈtɒlmæʃ/ TOL-mash.

Barony of Tollemache
Coronet of a British Baron.svg
Earl of Dysart COA.svg
Blazon: Argent a fret sable
Creation date11 January 1876[1]
MonarchQueen Victoria
PeeragePeerage of the United Kingdom
First holderJohn Tollemache
Present holderTimothy Tollemache, 5th Baron
Heir apparentThe Hon. Edward Tollemache
Remainder toHeirs male of his body lawfully begotten
Seat(s)Helmingham Hall[1]
MottoConfido Conquiesco
("I trust and am content")[1]
Helmingham Hall, the seat of the Tollemache family.


The title was created in 1876 for John Tollemache,[2] who had earlier represented Cheshire South and Cheshire West in the House of Commons as a Conservative. He was the son of Admiral of the Fleet John Halliday (who in 1821 assumed by Royal licence the surname and arms of Tollemache in lieu of Halliday), eldest son of Lady Jane Halliday, youngest daughter of Lionel Tollemache, 4th Earl of Dysart.[1]

The first Baron was succeeded by his eldest son, the second Baron. He also sat as Conservative Member of Parliament for Cheshire West. On the death of his grandson, the third Baron, this line of the family failed, and the title passed to the late Baron's second cousin, the fourth Baron. He was the son of Major-General Edward Tollemache, son of the Hon. Hamilton James Tollemache, fourth son of the first Baron. As of 2017, the title is held by the fourth Baron's son, the fifth Baron, who succeeded in 1975. He was Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk from 2003 to 2014. As a descendant of the fourth Earl of Dysart, Lord Tollemache is also in remainder to this peerage and its subsidiary title the lordship of Huntingtower.[1]

The actor Danny Dyer is distantly related to the family, through his 11-times great-grandmother, Anne Tollemache, which he discovered during an episode of BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?.[3]

The family seat is Helmingham Hall, near Helmingham, Suffolk.

Barons Tollemache (1876)Edit

The heir apparent is the present holder's eldest son, the Hon. Edward John Hugh Tollemache (b. 1976).
The heir apparent's heir apparent is his son, Ralph Timothy Jack Tollemache (b. 2010).[4]

Coat of armsEdit

Coat of arms of Baron Tollemache
Coat of arms of the Tollemache family
A coronet of a Baron
A Horse's Head erased Argent between two Wings Or pellety
Argent a Fret Sable
On either side a Stag guardant proper gorged with a Collar flory counterflory Or
Confido Conquiesco (Latin for "I trust and am content")

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. pp. 3910–3913. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  2. ^ "No. 24283". The London Gazette. 11 January 1876. pp. 99–99.
  3. ^ "Danny Dyer visits Helmingham Hall during BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?". East Anglian Daily Times. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Tollemache". The Telegraph. 16 September 2010.

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