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Athlumney, Baron (I, 1863 - 1929)


Creation: let.pat. 14 Dec 1863


Extinct: 8 Jan 1929


Family name: Somerville




Azure three Mullets Or two and one between seven Cross Crosslets fitchée Argent three one two and one


A Demi-Lion rampant Sable charged on the shoulder with a Cross Crosslet fitchée and two Mullets Argent


Dexter: A Greyhound proper collared Gules and charged on the shoulder with a Mullet and two Cross Crosslets fitchée Sable;  Sinister: A Lion rampant Sable collared and chained Or charged on the shoulder with a Cross Crosslet fitchée and two Mullets Argent


 Crains Dieu tant que tu viveras



William Meredyth [Somerville], 1st Baron Athlumney, PC

1st son and heir of Sir Marcus Somerville, 4th Bt. MP, of Somerville, co. Meath, by his first wife Mary Anne Meredyth, only dau. and hrss. of Sir Richard Gorges-Meredyth, 1st Bt., of St Katherine's Grove, co. Dublin


mar. (1)

22 Dec 1832 Lady Maria Harriet Conyngham (dspms. 3 Dec 1843), 2nd dau. of Henry [Conyngham], 1st Marquess Conyngham, by his wife Elizabeth Denison, sister and event. sole hrss. of William Joseph Denison, of Seamer, co. York, and 1st dau. by his second wife of Joseph Denison, of St Mary Axe, London

children by first wife

1. William Henry Marcus Somerville (dvp. an infant 11 Sep 1837)

1. Hon Elizabeth Jane Somerville (b. 21 Jun 1834; dsp. 31 May 1882), mar. 18 Dec 1856 as his first wife James Molyneux [Caulfeild], 3rd Earl of Charlemont

mar. (2)

16 Oct 1860 Maria Georgiana Elizabeth Jones (b. 24 Jun 1831; d. 6 Jan 1899), only dau. of Herbert George Jones, Serjeant-at-Law, by his wife Maria Alicia Leeds, 2nd dau. of Sir George William Leeds, 1st Bt.

children by second wife

2. Hon James Herbert Gustavus Meredyth Somerville, later 2nd Baron Athlumney

3. Hon Marcus Edward Francis Meredyth Somerville (b. c. 1867; dvp. 17 Sep 1871)

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7 Dec 1873


14 Dec 1863 Baron Athlumney, of Somerville and Dollardstown in the County of Meath

3 May 1866 Baron Meredyth, of Dollardstown in the County of Meath (Peerage of the United Kingdom)

suc. by

son by second wife


suc. his father as 5th Baronet styled "of Somerville, Meath" 11 Jul 1831; Member of Parliament (Liberal) for Drogheda 1837-52 and for Canterbury 1854-65; Under Secretary, Home Department 1846-47; Chief Secretary for Ireland 1847-52; Privy Councillor 1847


James Herbert Gustavus Meredyth [Somerville], 2nd Baron Athlumney


23 Mar 1865


30 Jul 1919 Margery Boan (dsp. 10 Jul 1946), dau. of Henry Boan, of Australia


s.p. 8 Jan 1929


Lieut, 5th Battalion Royal Canadians 1882; Lieut, Coldstream Guards 1886; served in the Dongola Expedition 1896 and the South African War 1900; ADC to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland


On the death of the 2nd Baron Athlumney the Baronies of Athlumney and Meredyth became extinct and the Irish Baronetcy of Somerville (cr. 1748) became dormant.


 First written 12 Jul 2006



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