Timothy Tollemache, 5th Baron Tollemache

Timothy John Edward Tollemache, 5th Baron Tollemache KCVO (born 13 December 1939) is an English peer and landowner. He is the present owner of Helmingham Hall, the Tollemache principal ancestral seat; he succeeded as 5th Baron Tollemache in 1975. He was born in 1939, the son of Major John Edward Hamilton Tollemache, 4th Baron Tollemache (1910–1975) by his wife Dinah (née Jamieson).

Education and careerEdit

Educated at Eton College, he served as Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk [1] from 2003-14. He served previously as Vice-Lieutenant of Suffolk since 1994 and was Deputy Lieutenant before that, since 1984. He is patron or president of several organizations and societies.[2]

Tollemache was appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in the 2015 New Year Honours.[3]

Marriage and familyEdit

Lord Tollemache married Alexandra Dorothy Jean Meynell (or Maynell) in 1970. Lady Tollemache is a garden designer, working under the name Xa Tollemache. She supervises the gardens at Helmingham and has also worked on the Millennium Garden at Castle Hill in Devon, Dunbeath Castle in Scotland, and the Cloister Garden at Wilton House.[4]

Lord and Lady Tollemache have the following issue:[5]

  • Hon. Selina Karen Tollemache (born 3 October 1973) married James Hopkins on 11 September 2010 . They have one daughter: Lily Alexandra Hopkins (2 April 2012).
  • Hon. Edward John Hugh Tollemache (born 12 May 1976) married Sophie Johnstone on 3 February 2007. They have three children.
  • Hon. James Henry Timothy Tollemache (born 28 August 1980) married Princess Florence of Prussia (born 1983) (daughter of Prince Friedrich Nicolas von Preussen) on 10 May 2014. They have one daughter: Sylvie Beatrice Selina Tollemache (2 March 2016)

Lord and Lady Tollemache are members of the Countryside Alliance and have opened their gardens to the public, although their house remains private. A portrait of Lady Tollemache by Tessa Traegar, commissioned in 2004, hangs in the National Portrait Gallery collections.[6]


Coat of armsEdit

Coat of arms of Timothy Tollemache, 5th 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 (I trust and am content)

Title and stylesEdit

  • Timothy John Edward Tollemache (13 December 1939 -13 January 1955)
  • Honourable Timothy John Edward Tollemache (13 January 1955 -27 May 1975)
  • Right Honourable Lord Tollemache (27 May 1975 -

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ News and Views from The Times and Sunday Times, TimesOnline.co.uk; accessed 2 June 2016.
  2. ^ Lord-Lieutenant for Suffolk, number10.gov.uk; accessed 2 June 2016.
  3. ^ "No. 61092". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2014. p. N4.
  4. ^ "Background". Xa Tollemache.
  5. ^ Tollemache genealogy site, netopia.pt; accessed 2 June 2016.
  6. ^ Lady Tollemache, by Tessa Traegar National Portrait Gallery website; accessed 2 June 2016.
  7. ^ "No. 61092". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2014. p. N4.
  8. ^ "No. 57174". The London Gazette. 12 January 2004. p. 333.

External linksEdit

  • Profile, burkespeerage.com; accessed 2 June 2016.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Belstead
Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk
Succeeded by
Clare, Countess of Euston
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Tollemache
Baron Tollemache