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Kilmorey, Earl of (I, 1822)


Creation: let. pat. 5 Feb 1822


Family name: Needham




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Francis [Needham], 12th Viscount Kilmorey later 1st Earl of Kilmorey

3rd son of John [Needham], 10th Viscount Kilmorey, by his wife Anne Hurleston, dau. and cohrss. of John Hurleston, of Newton, co. Chester


5 Apr 1747/8


20 Feb 1787 Anne Fisher (d. 29 Oct 1816), 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Thomas Fisher, of Acton, co. Middlesex, by his wife Margaret Pigot, dau. of Richard Pigot, of Westminster


1. Hon Francis Jack Needham, later 2nd Earl of Kilmorey

2. Lt Col Hon Francis Henry William Needham (b. 1799; d. 24 Mar 1868)

1. Lady Anna Maria Needham (d. 29 May 1866), mar. 20 Jun 1816 Rev Hon Henry Cockayne Cust, of Cockayne Hatley, co. Bedford, Canon of Windsor (b. 28 Sep 1780; d. 19 May 1861), 2nd son of Brownlow [Cust], 1st Baron Brownlow, by his second wife Frances Bankes, only dau. and hrss. of Alderman Sir Henry Bankes, of Wimbledon, co. Surrey, and had issue

2. Lady Amelia Needham (d. 25 Dec 1860)

3. Lady Frances Elizabeth Needham (b. c.1792; d. 22 Dec 1890), mar. 16 Jun 1825 Gen George Powell Higginson (d. 19 Apr 1866)

4. Lady Selina Needham (d. 10 Jan 1876), mar. 5 Jul 1817 Capt Hon Orlando Henry Bridgeman (b. 6 May 1794; d. 28 Aug 1827), 3rd son of Orlando [Bridgeman], 1st Earl of Bradford, by his wife Hon Lucy Elizabeth Byng, 1st dau. and cohrss. of George [Byng], 4th Viscount Torrington, and had issue

5. Lady Georgiana Needham (d. 3 Dec 1888)

6. Lady Alicia Mary Needham (b. c.1799; d. 31 Jan 1885), mar. 6 Jul 1836 Samuel Ellis Bristowe, of Reesthorpe, co. Nottingham

7. Lady Mabella Josephine Needham (b. c.1801; d. 16 Nov 1899), mar. 12 Feb 1822 Hon John Henry Knox (b . 26 Jul 1788; d. 27 Aug 1872), 3rd son of Thomas [Knox], 1st Earl of Ranfurly, by his wife and cousin Hon Diana Jane Pery, 1st dau. and cohrss. by his second wife of Edmond Sexton [Pery], 1st Viscount Pery, and had issue


21 Nov 1832


12 Jan 1822 Viscount Newry and Mourne, in the County of Down, and Earl of Kilmorey

suc. by



entered the Army 1762; ADC to King George III 1793-95 ; Maj Gen 1795, Lieut Gen 1802 and Gen 1812; Col, 5th Veterans' Regiment 1804-10; Col, 86th Regiment of Foot 1810-32; served throughout the American Revolution and took a prominent part in quelling the Irish rebellion 1798; Member of Parliament for Newry 1806-18; suc. his brother 30 Nov 1818 as 12th Viscount Kilmorey


Francis Jack [Needham], 2nd Earl of Kilmorey


12 Dec 1787

mar. (1)

7 Mar 1814 Jane Gun-Cunninghame (b. c.1791; d. 25 Jul 1867), 5th dau. of George Gun-Cunninghame, of Mount Kennedy, co. Wicklow, and Kilmorna, co. Kerry

children by first wife

1. Hon Francis Jack Needham, styled Viscount Newry and Mourne, Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Newry 1841-51 (b. 2 Feb 1815; dvp. 6 May 1851), mar. 29 Jul 1839 Hon Anne Amelia Colville (b. 7 Dec 1819; d. 6 Jan 1900), sister of Charles John [Colville],1st Viscount Colville of Culross, and 1st dau. of Gen Hon Sir Charles Colville GCB GCH (by his wife Jane Mure, 1st dau. of William Mure, of Caldwell, Ayrshire), 3rd son of John [Colville], 8th Lord Colville of Culross, and had issue:

1a. Hon Francis Charles Needham, later 3rd Earl of Kilmorey

2a. Lt Col Hon Henry Colville Needham, granted the style and precedence of the younger son of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1880 (b. 20 Feb 1844; d. 2 Aug 1917), mar. (1) 13 Jul 1875 Bertha Nesta Maclean (d. 27 Jun 1886), and (2) 25 Apr 1887 Eleanor Effreta Campbell (d. 27 Mar1929), dau. of Archibald Campbell, and had issue by both wives

3a. Capt Hon Edward Thomas Needham RN, granted the style and precedence of the younger son of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1880 (b. 6 Jan 1847; dsp. 9 Jan 1916), mar. 12 Aug 1891 Mary Augusta Comyn Platt (d. 12 Dec 1898), 1st dau. of Rev Thomas Platt, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Portsea, co. Hampshire

1a. Lady Lucy Jane Needham, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1880 (d. 19 May 1917), mar. 16 Dec 1876 William Drury Nathaniel Lowe later Drury-Lowe DL, of Locko Park, co. Derby (b. 13 Jul 1828; d. 31 Aug 1906), 1st son and hr. of William Drury Holden later Lowe, of Locko Park, co. Derby, by his wife Hon Caroline Esther Curzon, 3rd dau. by his second wife of Nathaniel [Curzon], 2nd Baron Scarsdale, and had issue

2a. Lady Margaret Needham, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1880 (d. 31 Jul 1940), mar. 11 Aug 1874 Rear Admiral Hon Algernon Charles Littleton RN (b. 23 Aug 1843; d. 19 Jun 1912), 2nd son of Edward Richard [Littleton], 2nd Baron Hatherton, by his wife Lady Margaret Percy, 2nd dau. of George [Percy], 5th Duke of Northumberland, and had issue

3a. Lady Frances Aline Catherine Mary Needham, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1880 (d. 3 Mar 1929)

2. Maj Hon Robert Needham (b. 10 May 1816; dsp. 11 Nov 1899), mar. (1) 11 May 1874 Eleanor Wilkin Legge (widow of W Wallace Legge, of Malone, co. Antrim; dsp. 26 May 1884), dau. of T Foster, and (2) 18 May 1893 Alicia Frances Anna Sutton (widow of Capt Charles Sutton; d. 17 Jun 1903), 1st dau. of Sir Willoughby Dixie, 8th Bt., by his wife Louisa Anne Lloyd, 2nd dau. of Lieut Gen Sir Evan Lloyd KCH, of Ferney Hall, co. Shropshire

3. Hon Francis Henry Needham (b. 3 Aug 1819; d. 13 Jan 1902), mar. 8 Aug 1840 Fanny Amelia Hubbard (d. Nov 1884), yst. dau. of Charles Hubbard, and had issue

1. Lady Selina Elizabeth Needham (dsp. 15 Oct 1910), mar. 22 Sep 1874 Rev J F Hinde, Vicar of Dalby Parva (dsp. 5 Aug 1882)

mar. (2)

30 Nov 1867 Martha Foster (dsp. 6 May 1908), dau. of John Foster, of Lenham, co. Kent


20 Jun 1880

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Tory) for Newry 1819-26; Sheriff of co. Down 1828


Francis Charles [Needham], 3rd Earl of Kilmorey, KP


2 Aug 1842


23 Jun 1881 Ellen Constance Baldock (d. 25 Apr 1920), 2nd dau. of Edward Holmes Baldock MP, by his wife Elizabeth Mary Corbet, dau. of Sir Andrew Vincent Corbet, 2nd Bt., of Moreton Corbet, co. Salop


1. Hon Francis Charles Aldelbert Henry Needham, later 4th Earl of Kilmorey

2. Maj Hon Francis Edward Needham MVO, ADC to HRH the Duke of Connaught 1919-21 (b. 6 Mar 1886; d. 24 Oct 1955), mar. 25 Apr 1911 Blanche Esther Combe (d. 22 Jan 1965), 1st dau. of Richard Combe (by his wife Lady Constance Augusta Conyngham, 2nd dau. of George Henry [Conyngham], 3rd Marquess Conyngham), 2nd son of Richard Henry Combe, of Pierrepont, co. Surrey, by his wife Esther Fanny Holway, 3rd dau. of John Hardwick Holway, of Gunby, co. Lincoln, and had issue:

1a. Francis Jack Richard Patrick Needham, later 5th Earl of Kilmorey

2a. Maj Hon (Arthur Edward) Peter Needham, granted the style and precedence of the younger son of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1962 (b. 18 Mar 1921; d. 1979), mar. 30 Mar 1951 Janet Beatrice Winifred Ramsden, yst. dau. of Capt George Taylor Ramsden MP, of Bramham House, Boston Spa, co. York, and had issue

1a. Brigid Needham (b. 27 Mar 1914; dvp. 17 Apr 1914)

2a. Lady Mary Esther Constance Needham, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1962 (b. 2 Dec 1918), mar. 6 Jul 1949 her fist cousin once removed Cdr Anthony Boyce Combe RN (b. 10 Oct 1900; d. 1990), 1st son and hrs. of Maj Boyce Combe, of Farnham, co. Surrey (by his wife Mabel Tombs, dau. of Maj Gen Sir Henry Tombs VC KCB), 4th son of Richard Henry Combe, of Pierrepont, co. Surrey, by his wife Esther Fanny Holway, 3rd dau. of John Hardwick Holway, of Gunby, co. Lincoln, and has issue

1. Lady Cynthia Almina Constance Mary Needham (b. 7 Nov 1889; d. 12 Jan 1947), mar. (1) 8 Oct 1908 George Henry Robert [Child-Villiers], 8th Earl of Jersey, and (2) 5 Jun 1925 Cdr William Rodney Slessor RNVR (d. 14 Apr 1945), 2nd son of Maj Arthur Kerr Slessor, of Newland House, Eynsham, co. Oxford, and had issue by both husbands


28 Jul 1915

suc. by



High Sheriff for co. Down 1871; Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Newry 1871-74; a Representative Peer for Ireland 1881-1915; Knight of St Patrick 1890; Yeomanry ADC to King Edward VII 1901; KStJ


Francis Charles Aldelbert Henry [Needham], 4th Earl of Kilmorey, OBE


26 Nov 1883


10 Feb 1920 Lady Norah Frances Hastings (b. 12 Sep 1894; dspm. 1985), 2nd dau. of Warner Francis John Plantagenet [Hastings], 16th Earl of Huntingdon, by his wife Maud Margaret Wilson, 2nd dau. of Sir Samuel Wilson MP


1. Lady Eleanor Noreen Patricia Needham (b. 9 Jan 1921; d. 4 Jan 1965), mar. 25 Apr 1942 (div. 1949) Maj Philip Maitland Gore Anley, of Rycroft House, Bolney, co. Sussex (b. 5 Aug 1911; d. 20 Oct 1968), 1st son and hr. of Brig Gen Frederick Gore Anley CB, of Rycroft House, Bolney, co. Sussex, by his wife Ethel Maitland, dau. of A Maitland, of Shudy Camps Park, co. Cambridge, and had issue

2. Lady Hyacinth Kathleen Anne Needham (b. 14 Feb 1923), mar. 25 Jun 1953 John Hubert George Calvert Gough, 1st son of Hubert Vincent Gough, of Meon, co. Hampshire, and has issue


s.p.m. 11 Jan 1961

suc. by



joined 1st Life Guards 1902, Lieut 1904, Capt 1907, resigned 1911; High Sheriff of co. Down 1913; served in World War I 1914-18 as Capt, 1st Life Guards; a Representative Peer for Ireland 1916-61; OBE 1936; ADC to King George VI 1937-39; Lord Lieutenant of Co. Down 1949-61;


Francis Jack Richard Patrick [Needham], 5th Earl of Kilmorey


4 Oct 1915


23 Apr 1941 Helen Bridget Faudel-Phillips (b. c. 1918; mar. (2) 12 May 1978 (div. 1990 and resumed style of an earl's widow) Harold William Elliott, of Godalming, co. Surrey; d. 3 Dec 2010), yst. dau. of Sir Lionel Lawson Faudel later Faudel-Phillips, 3rd Bt., of Balls Park, co. Hertford, by his wife Armyne Evelyn Gordon, only dau. of Lord Granville Armyne Gordon (by his first wife Charlotte D'Olier Roe, dau. of Henry Roe, of Mount Dunville Park, co. Dublin), 6th son by his second wife of Charles [Gordon], 10th Marquess of Huntly


1. Hon Richard Francis Needham, later 6th Earl of Kilmorey

2. Hon Christopher David Needham, of 63 Foro Buonaparte, Milan, Italy (b. 30 Jul 1948), mar. Marina Malvezzi, 1st dau. of Rodi Malvezzi, of Milan, Italy, and has issue

3. Hon (Patrick) Jonathan Needham, of Drifters End, Woodgate Lane, Swanton Morley, co. Norfolk (b. 20 Mar 1951), mar. 1979 (div. 1993) Jane Hinbest, 2nd dau. of Geoffrey Hinbest, of Winterbourne, Bristol, and (2) 19... Karen .....


11 Apr 1977

suc. by



served in World War II as Major, Grenadier Guards


Richard Francis [Needham], 6th Earl of Kilmorey, PC


29 Jan 1942


5 Jun 1965 Sigrid Juliane Thiessen-Gairdner, only dau. of Ernst Thiessen, of Hamburg, Germany


1. Hon Robert Francis John Needham, styled Viscount Newry and Mourne, of 6 Lattimer Place, Chiswick, London W4 (b. 30 May 1966), mar. 13 Apr 1991 Laura Mary Tregaskis, only dau. of Michael Tregaskis, of Cosham, co. Hampshire, and has issue:

1a. Hon Thomas Francis Michael Needham (b. 25 Sep 1998)

1a. Hon Julia Helen Mary Needham (b. 11 Mar 1997)

2. Hon Andrew Francis Needham, of Lydbrook Farmhouse, West Hanney, Wantage, co. Oxford (b. 7 Mar 1969), mar. 16 Aug 1997 Lindsay Stephenson, dau. of Lance Stephenson, of Thompson, co. Norfolk, and has issue

1. Lady Christina Clare Needham (b. 2 Sep 1977), mar. 6 Sep 2003 Colin Harrington, son of Jack Harrington


Chairman, Somerset County Council 1967-74; Personal Assistant to Rt Hon James Prior MP 1974-79; Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Chippenham 1979-83 and for North Wiltshire 1983-97; Principal Parliamentary Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 1983-84 and to Secretary of State for the Environment 1984-85; Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Northern Ireland 1985-92 ; Minister of State, Department of Trade & Industry 1992-95; Privy Councillor 1994; knighted 1997; holds senior board positions in various public companies; does not use his title


 Last updated 13 Jan 2007




6th Earl of Kilmorey

(Ireland, let. pat. 5 Feb 1822)

18th Viscount Kilmorey

(Ireland, let. pat. 18 Apr 1625)

6th Viscount Newry and Mourne

(Ireland, let. pat. 5 Feb 1822)



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