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Attlee, Earl (UK, 1955)


Creation: let. pat. 16 Dec 1955


Family name: Attlee




Argent on a Chevron Or between three Hearts of the last winged Argent as many Lions rampant Sable


On a Mount Vert two Lions rampant addorsed


On either side a Welsh Terrier sejant proper


Labor Vincit Omnia (Labour conquers all)



Clement Richard [Attlee], 1st Earl Attlee, KG OM CH PC

4th son of Henry Attlee DL, of Westcott, Portinscale Road, Putney, London, by his wife Ellen Bravery Watson, dau. of Thomas Simmons Watson, of The Gables, Wandsworth Common, London


3 Jan 1883


10 Jan 1922 Violet Helen Millar (b. 20 Nov 1895; d. 7 Jun 1964), 5th dau. of Henry Edward Millar, of Heathdown, Hampstead Heath, London, by his wife Ada Margaret Prance, dau. of Robert Rooke Prance, of Hampstead, London


1. Hon Martin Richard Attlee, later 2nd Earl Attlee

1. Lady Janet Helen Attlee, ceased to use courtesy title on taking American citizenship 1973 (b. 25 Feb 1923), mar. 15 Nov 1947 Prof Harold William Shipton, of 4 North Kingshigjhway, St Louis, Missouri, USA, only son of Albert William Shipton, of Shrewsbury, and has issue

2. Lady Felicity Ann Attlee (b. 22 Aug 1925; d. 15 Feb 2007), mar. 2 Apr 1955 John Keith Harwood OBE (d. 1989) ,son of Col George Edward Harwood, of Putney, London, and has issue

3. Lady Alison Elizabeth Attlee (b. 14 Apr1930), mar. 8 Mar 1952 Richard Lionel Lance Davis, of Westcott, Beacon Rise, Sevenoaks, co. Kent, son of Maj Arthur Owen Lance Davis, of Hinckley, co. Leicester, and has issue


8 Oct 1967


16 Dec 1955 Viscount Prestwood, of Walthamstow in the County of Essex, and Earl Attlee

suc. by



barrister, Inner Temple 1905; Secretary, Toynbee Hall 1910; Lecturer, Ruskin College 1911; Tutor and Lecturer in Social Science, London School of Economics 1913-23; served in World War I as Maj, South Lancashire Regiment; First Labour Mayor of Stepney 1919 and Alderman of Stepney 1920-27; First Chairman, London Labour Mayors and Ex-Mayor's Association 1919; Member of Parliament (Labour) for Limehouse 1922-50 and for West Walthamstow 1950-55; Parliamentary Private Secretary to Leader of the Opposition 1922; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for War 1924; Member, Indian Statutory Commission 1927; Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 1930; Postmaster General 1931; Deputy Leader, Parliamentary Labour Party 1931; Leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition 1935 and 1951-56; Privy Councillor 1935; Lord Privy Seal 1940-42;  Deputy Prime Minister 1942-45; Secretary for the Dominions 1942-43; Lord President of the Council 1943-45; Companion of Honour 1945; Prime Minister 1945-51; Minister of Defence 1945-46; Order of Merit 1951; Knight of the Garter 1956; Freeman of Merthyr Tydfil 1946, of Birmingham 1947, of Greenwich 1948, of Dartford 1948, of Stepney 1948, of Leeds 1951, of Manchester 1954, of the City of London 1954, of Oxford 1956, of Aberdeen 1956, and of of Bristol 1959; Elder Brother of the Trinity House


Martin Richard [Attlee], 2nd Earl Attlee


10 Aug 1927

mar. (1)

16 Feb 1955 (div. 1988) Anne Barbara Henderson (b. 1931; d. 31 May 2018), 1st dau. of James Henderson CBE, author, of Sydney Place, Bath, co. Somerset

children by first wife

1. Hon John Richard Attlee, later 3rd Earl Attlee

1. Lady Jane Elizabeth Attlee (b. 29 Mar 1959)

mar. (2)

1988 Margaret Deane Gouriet, only dau. of Geoffrey Gouriet CBE, of Paper House, Hampton Court, co. Middlesex


27 Jul 1991

suc. by

son by first wife


served in the Merchant Navy 1945-50; Member, Honourable Artillery Company 1951-55; MIPR 1964; owner, Prestwood Publicity 1967; Assistant Public Relations Officer, Southern Region British Rail 1970-77; Marketing Director, SOS Talkswan Company 1977


John Richard [Attlee], 3rd Earl Attlee


3 Oct 1956


31 Jul 1993 Celia Jane Plummer, yst. dau. of Dexter Plummer, of Bishop's Stortford, co. Hertford


Capt (TA) REME; Junior Front Bench Opposition (Conservative) Spokesman on Defence, Environment and Northern Ireland 1997-98; Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Northern Ireland 1998-99; elected to the House of Lords 1999


There is no heir to the Earldom of Attlee.


 Last updated 19 Jun 2018




3rd Earl Attlee

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 16 Dec 1955)

3rd Viscount Prestwood, of Walthamstow in the County of Essex

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 16 Dec 1955)



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