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Astor, Viscount (UK, 1917)

 

Creation: let. pat. 23 Jun 1917

 

Family name: Astor

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Arms:

Or a Falcon resting on a Dexter Hand couped at the wrist proper gauntleted Gules in chief two Fleur-de-lys of the last

Crest:

From a Mount Vert a Falcon rising proper ensigned by three Mullets Gold

Supporters:

Dexter:  a North American Indian;  Sinister:  a North American fur trapper;  each habited accoutred and holding in the exterior hand a Rifle all proper

Motto:

Ad Astra (To the stars)

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William Waldorf [Astor], 1st Baron Astor later 1st Viscount Astor

only child of Col John Jacob Astor, of New York, USA, by his wife Charlotte Augusta Gibbes, dau. of Thomas Stanyarne Gibbes

born

31 Mar 1848

mar.

6 Jun 1878 Mary 'Mamie' Dahlgren Paul (d. 22 Dec 1894), dau. of James William Paul, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

children

1. Hon Waldorf Astor, later 2nd Viscount Astor

2. John Rudolph Asttor (b. 1881; dvp. young)

3. Hon John Jacob Astor, later 1st Baron Astor of Hever

1. Hon Pauline Astor JP (b. 1880; d. 5 May 1972). mar. 29 Oct 1904 Lt Col Rt Hon Herbert Henry Spender-Clay CMG MC MP, of Ford Manor, Lingfield, co. Sussex (b. 4 Jun 1875; d. 15 Feb 1937), only son of Joseph Spender-Clay JP, of Ford Manor, Lingfield, co. Sussex, by his wife Elizabeth Sydney Jane Garrett, 1st dau. of Rev James Perkins Garrett, of Kilgarron, co. Carlow, and had issue

2. Gwendolyn Enid Astor (b. 1889; dvp. 1902 from tubercolosis)

died

18 Oct 1919

created

26 Jan 1916 Baron Astor, of Hever Castle in the County of Kent

23 Jun 1917 Viscount Astor, of Hever Castle in the County of Kent

suc. by

son

note

qualified as a lawyer in the USA 1875; member of the New  York State Legislature 1878 and 1881; US Minister to Italy 1882-88;  owner of the Pall Mall Gazette from 1893; founder of the Waldorf hotel, New York; naturalised in the UK 1899; acquired The Observer 1910

 

Waldorf [Astor], 2nd Viscount Astor, DL

born

19 May 1879

mar.

3 May 1906 Nancy Witcher Shaw CH, Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Plymouth (Sutton) 1919-45 (b. 19 May 1879; former wife of Robert Gould Shaw II; d. 2 May 1964), 3rd dau. of Col Chiswell 'Chillie' Dabney Langhorne, of Mirador, Greenwood, Virginia, USA, railway entrepreneur, by his wife Nancy Witcher Keane

children

1. Hon William Waldorf Astor, later 3rd Viscount Astor

2. Capt Hon (Francis) David Langhorne Astor CH, served in World War II 1939-45 as Capt Royal Marines, proprietor and editor of The Observer 1948-75 (b. 5 Mar 1912; d. 6 Dec 2001), mar. (1) 1 Aug 1945 (div. 1951) Melanie Mathilda Elena Hauser, dau. of Philip Hauser, of Berne, Switzerland, and (2) 28 Feb 1952 Bridget Aphra Wreford, 1st dau. of Maj Cyril Wreford, of Yew Tree House, Goosey, Faringdon, co. Berkshire, and had issue by both marriages

3. Capt Hon Michael Langhorne Astor, served in World War II 1939-45 with the Berkshire Yeomanry, Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Surrey East 1945-51 (b. 10 Apr 1916; d. 1980), mar. (1) 28 Nov 1942 (div. 1961) Barbara Mary Colonsay McNeill (d. 1980), only dau. of Capt Ronald Frank Rous McNeill, of 8 Hyde Park Gardens, London, (2) 12 Jul 1961 (div. 1968) (Patricia David) Pandora Jones (former wife of Timothy Angus Jones, of 40 Albert Street, London; d. 1968), 2nd dau. of Capt Hon Sir Bede Edmund Clifford GCMG CB MVO, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas 1931-37, Mauritius 1937-42 and Trinidad and Tobago 1942-46, of Queen Anne Farm, Jacob's Well, Guildford, co. Surrey (by his wife Alice Devin Gundry CStJ, dau. of John Murton Gundry, of Cleveland, Ohio, USA), 3rd son by his first wife of William Hugh [Clifford], 10th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh, and (3) Judith Caroline Traill Moyniham (former wife of John Moynihan), dau. of Paul Innes, and had issue by his first and third marriages

4. Maj Hon Sir John Jacob Astor MBE ERD JP DL, served in World War II 1939-45 with the Life Guards, Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Plymouth (Sutton) 1951-59, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Financial Secretary of the Treasury 1951-53, High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely 1967, Steward of the Jockey Club 1968-71 and 1983-85, Member Horserace Betting Levy Board 1976-80, Member Horserace Totaliser Board 1983-85 (b. 29 Aug 1918; d. 10 Sep 2000), mar. (1) 1944 (div. 1972) Ana Inez Carcano (d. 1992), 2nd dau. of Dr Don Miguel Angel Carcano KCMG KBE, Argentinian Ambassodor to the United Kingdom, (2) 1976 (div. 1985) Mrs Susan Sheppard (d. 1997), dau. of Maj Michael Eveleigh, of Lyddington, co. Leicester, and (3) 1988 Mrs Marcia de Savary, and had issue by his first marriage

1. Hon (Nancy) Phyllis 'Wissie' Louise Astor (b. 22 Mar 1909; d. 2 Mar 1975), mar. 27 Jul 1933 (Gilbert) James [Heathcote-Willoughby-Drummond], 3rd Earl of Ancaster, and had issue

died

30 Sep 1952

suc. by

son

note

Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Plymouth 1910-18 and Plymouth Sutton 1918-19; T/Maj and Inspector of Quarter Master General Services 1914-17; Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister 1917-18; Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Food 1918-19 and Ministry of Health 1919-21; Master of the Musician's Company 1935-36; Lord Mayor of Plymouth 1939-44; High Steward of Maidenhead

 

William 'Bill' Waldorf [Astor], 3rd Viscount Astor

born

13 Aug 1907

mar. (1)

14 Jun 1945 (div. 1953) Hon Sarah Katharine Elinor Norton (mar. (2) 17 Apr 1953 (div. 1965) Maj Thomas Michael Baring), only dau. of Richard Henry Brinsley [Norton], 6th Baron Grantley, by his wife Jean Mary Kinloch, 1st dau. of Brig Gen Sir David Alexander Kinloch of Gilmerton, 11th Bt. CB MVO, of Gilmerton House, Drem, co. East Lothian

only child by first wife

1. Hon William Waldorf Astor, later 4th Viscount Astor

mar. (2)

26 Apr 1955 (div. 1960) Philippa Victoria Hunloke, 1st dau. of Lt Col Henry Philip Hunloke MP, of Pendower House, Ruan High Lanes, co. Cornwall, by his wife Lady Anne Cavendish, 5th dau. of Victor Christian William [Cavendish], 9th Duke of Devonshire

only child by second wife

1. Hon Emily Mary Astor, photographer (b. 9 Jun 1956), mar. (1) 1984 Alan M C L Gregory, 1st son of Donald Gregory, of San Francisco, California, USA, and (2) 1988 (div. 1996) as his second wife James Ian Anderson, of Roro Lodge, Glenlyon, co. Perth (b. 1 Nov 1952), 1st son of Capt John Murray Anderson MC by his wife Lady Gillian Mary Drummond, 3rd dau. of James Eric [Drummond], 7th Earl of Perth, and has issue by her second marriage

mar. (3)

14 Oct 1960 Janet Bronwen Alun Pugh, dau. of His Honour Sir John Alun Pugh, of The Old Rectory, Dunsfold, co. Surrey

children by third wife

2. Hon Janet Elizabeth Astor (b. 1 Dec 1961), mar. 1991 as his second wife Lord Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, styled Earl of March and Kinrara (b. 8 Jan 1955), only son and heir of Charles Henry [Gordon-Lennox], 10th Duke of Richmond, by his wife Susan Monica Grenville-Grey, dau. of Col Cecil Everard Montague Grenville-Grey CBE, of Westrop House, Highworth, co. Wiltshire, and has issue

3. Hon Pauline Marian Astor (b. 26 Mar 1964), mar. 1990 George C V Case, of Turville Llodge, Turville Heath, Henley-on-Thames, co. Oxford, son of Denis Case, of Marlow, co. Buckingham, and has issue

died

8 Mar 1966

suc. by

son by first wife

note

Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Fulham East 1935-45 and Wycombe 1951-52; Parliamentary Private Secretary to First Lord of the Admiralty 1936-37 and Home Secretary 1937-39; served in World War II 1939-45 as Lt Cmdr RNVR; High Steward of Maidenhead

 

William Waldorf [Astor], 4th Viscount Astor

born

27 Dec 1951

mar.

14 Jan 1976 Annabel Lucy Veronica Sheffield (former wife of Sir Reginald Adrian Berkeley Sheffield, 8th Bt.), dau. of Timothy Angus Jones, of 40 Albert Street, London, by his wife (Patricia David) Pandora Clifford, 2nd dau. of Capt Hon Sir Bede Edmund Clifford GCMG CB MVO, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas 1931-37, Mauritius 1937-42 and Trinidad and Tobago 1942-46, of Queen Anne Farm, Jacob's Well, Guildford, co. Surrey (by his wife Alice Devin Gundry CStJ, dau. of John Murton Gundry, of Cleveland, Ohio, USA), 3rd son by his first wife of William Hugh [Clifford], 10th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh

children

1. Hon William Waldorf Astor (b. 19 Jan 1979), mar. 5 Sep 2009 Lohralee Stutz, dau. of Serge-Alian Stutz, and has issue:

1a. William Waldorf Astor (b. 4 May 2012)

2a. Conrad Astor (b. 2016)

1a. Allegra Annabel Astor (b. 14 Aug 2013)

2a. India Isabel Astor (b. 10 Jul 2017)

2. Hon James Jacob "Jake" Astor (b. 4 Mar 1981), mar. 11 Sep 2014 Victoria L Hargreaves, 1st dau. of Lt Col Patrick Hargreaves, and has issue

1. Hon Flora Katherine Astor (b. 7 Jun 1976)

note

a Lord-in-Waiting 1990-93; Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of National Heritage 1993-95; elected to the House of Lords 1999

 

Last updated 21 Sep 2017

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Titles:

4th Viscount Astor, of Hever Castle in the County of Kent

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 23 Jun 1917)

4th Baron Astor, of Hever Castle in the County of Kent

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 26 Jan 1916)

 

Address:

Ginge Manor, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 8QT

Tel:  01235 833228

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