Arms of the Barons Walsingham.

Baron Walsingham, of Walsingham in the County of Norfolk, is a title in the Peerage of Great Britain.[1]

This noble title was created in 1780 for Sir William de Grey on his retirement as Lord Chief Justice, who had previously served as Solicitor-General and as Attorney-General. His son, the second Baron, represented Wareham, Tamworth and Lostwithiel in the House of Commons and served as Joint Postmaster-General from 1787 to 1794; Lord Walsingham was also Chairman of Committees in the House of Lords for many years. His eldest son, the third Baron, was a Lieutenant-General in the Army, who was succeeded by his younger brother, the Archdeacon of Surrey, as fourth Baron. His grandson, the sixth Baron, was a Conservative Member of Parliament for Norfolk West and served as a Government Whip from 1874 to 1875 in Benjamin Disraeli's second administration. On his death the title passed to his half-brother, the seventh Baron, a barrister.

In 1929, his son Lieutenant-Colonel George de Grey succeeded as eighth Baron; he was appointed DSO, OBE and OStJ. His only son, Captain John de Grey MC, succeeded as the ninth and present Baron in 1965.

AncestorsEdit

Barons Walsingham (1780)Edit

The heir apparent is the present holder's son Hon. Robert de Grey (b. 1969)[2]
The heir apparent's heir apparent is his son Thomas de Grey (b. 1997)

ArmsEdit

Coat of arms of Baron Walsingham
 
Crest
A wyvern's head Or.
Escutcheon
Barry of six Argent and Azure in chief three annulets Gules.
Supporters
Two wyverns regardant Argent collard Azure chained Or ad charged on the breast with three annulets Gules.
Motto
Excitari Non Herescere (To Be Spirited Not Inactive) [3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "No. 12122". The London Gazette. 26 September 1780. p. 2.
  2. ^ www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk
  3. ^ Debrett's Peerage & Baronetage. 2000.

BibliographyEdit

  • Cokayne, George E.; Gibbs, Vicary; Doubleday, Harry A. (1949). The Complete Peerage of Great Britain of Ireland. XIV vols. London: St Catherine's Press.
  • Kidd, Charles; Williamson, David (1990). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage. London and New York: St Martin's Press.
  • Mosley, Charles (1999). Burke's Peerage and Baronetage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Genealogical Publishing Ltd.