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Mottistone, Baron (UK, 1933)


Creation: let. pat. 21 Jun 1933


Family name: Seely




Azure three Ears of Wheat banded Or between two Martlets in pale and as many Wreaths of Roses in fess Argent


In front of three Ears of Wheat banded Or the Trunk of a Tree fesswise eradicated and sprouting to the dexter proper


On either side a Seahorse (hippocampus) Azure gorged with a Mural Crown and charged on the shoulder with a Maple Leaf Or


In Deo Spero (I hope in God)



John Edward Bernard [Seely], 1st Baron Mottistone, CB CMG DSO PC

4th son of Sir Charles Seely, 1st Bt., of Sherwood Lodge, Arnold, co. Nottingham, and Brooke House, Isle of Wight, by his wife Emily Evans, 2nd dau. of William Evans, of Crumpsall Grange, Cheetham Hill, co. Lancaster


31 May 1868

mar. (1)

9 Jul 1895 Emily Florence Crichton (d. 9 Aug 1913), 1st dau. of Col Hon Sir Henry George Louis Crichton KCB, of Netley Castle (by his first wife Letitia Grace Cole-Hamilton, 3rd dau. of Maj Arthur Willoughby Cole-Hamilton, of Beltrim Castle, co. Tyrone), 3rd son of John [Crichton], 3rd Earl Erne

children by first wife

1. Frank Reginald Seely (b. 26 Jun 1896; killed in action v.p. at the Battle of Arras Apr 1917; bur. at Haute Avesnes)

2. Hon Henry John Alexander Seely, later 2nd Baron Mottistone

3. Hon Arthur Patrick William Seely, later 3rd Baron Mottistone

1. Hon Emily Grace Seely (b. 18 Jan 1898; dsp. 9 May 1992), mar. 28 Aug 1937 Lt Col Archibald Ogilvie Lyttelton Kindersley CMG DL, of Hamstead Grange, Isle of Wight (d. 19 Jun 1955), son of Capt Henry Wasey Sextus Kindersley, of Tranmere, Lymington, co. Hampshire

2. Hon Irene Florence Seely (b. 22 Jun 1902; d. 18 Apr 1977), mar. 11 Jun 1924 Capt Mason Hogarth Scott RN (b. 11 Aug 1900; d. 25 May 1971), 2nd but 1st surv. son and heir of Capt Charles Thomas Scott (by his wife Jane Davidson Milvain, dau. of James Milvain, of Newcastle), 5th son by his first wife of Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt. JP, of Beauclerc, Bywell St Andrews, co. Northumberland, and had issue

3. Hon Kathleen (Kitty) Mary Seely (b. 14 Nov 1907; dsp. 6 Sep 1996), mar. 20 mar 1946 (Clement) Maxwell Winton Haydon (d. 1981), only son of Clement John Haydon. of Greencroft, Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, and Bournemouth, co. Hampshire

4. Hon Louisa Mary Seely (b. 9 Aug 1913; d. 14 Jan 1998), mar. 24 Oct 1941 Prof Charles Montague Fletcher CBE MD FRCP (d. 15 Dec 1995), only son of Sir Walter Morley Fletcher KBE CB MD FRS, of 15 Holland Street, London W8, and had issue

mar. (2)

31 Jul 1917 Hon Evelyn Izm Nicholson (widow of Capt George Crosfield Norris Nicholson RFC;  d. 1976), 5th dau. of Montolieu Fox Oliphant [Murray], 1st Viscount Elibank, by his wife Blanche Alice Scott, 1st dau. of Edward John Scott, of Portland Lodge, Southsea, co. Hampshire

only child by second wife

4. Hon David Peter Seely, later 4th Baron Mottistone


7 Nov 1947


21 Jun 1933 Baron Mottistone, of Mottistone in the County of Southampton

suc. by

son by first wife


Barrister, Inner Temple 1897; served in the South African war with the Imperial Yeomanry 1900; DSO 1900; Member of Parliament (Liberal) for the Isle of Wight 1900-06 and 1923-24, for Abercromby 1906-10, and for Ilkeston 1910-22; Under Secretary of State for the Colonies 1908-11; Privy Councillor 1909; Under Secretary of State for War 1911-12; Secretary of State for War and President of the Army Council 1912-14; served in World War I 1914-18, commanding the Canadian Cavalry Brigade; CB 1916; CMG 1918; Parliamentary Under Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions and Deputy Minister of Munitions 1918; Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire 1918-47; Under Secretary of State for Air 1919; Chairman, National Savings Committee 1926


Henry John Alexander [Seely], 2nd Baron Mottistone, OBE DL


1 May 1899


18 Jan 1963

suc. by



well known architect; OBE 1961


Arthur Patrick William [Seely], 3rd Baron Mottistone


18 Aug 1905


2 Sep 1939 (div. 1949) Wilhelmina Josephine Philippa van Haeften, dau. of Jonkheer Frans Izaak van Haeften, of The Hague, Netherlands, by his wife Mabel Annie Brocklehurst, only dau. of Sir Philip Lancaster Brocklehurst, 1st Bt., of Swythamley Park, Macclesfield, co. Cheshire


s.p. 4 Dec 1966

suc. by



David Peter [Seely], 4th Baron Mottistone, CBE


16 Dec 1920


1. Hon Peter John Philip Seely, later 5th Baron Mottistone

2. Hon Patrick Michael Seely, of Dunsbury Farm, Brook, Isle of Wight (b. 12 Oct 1960), mar. 1984 Susannah Shelley Johnson, dau. of Cdr J C Q Johnson RN, of Brook, Isle of Wight, and has issue

1. Penelope Caroline Seely (b. 20 Jun 1947; dvp. 30 Nov 1955)

2. Hon Diana Mary Seely (b. 30 Jul 1954), mar. 19 Nov 1977 Edward Anthony Spours Nicholson, of Staple Ash House, Froxfield Green, co. Hampshire, only son of Anthony John Nicholson, of Bickerton, co. Chester, and has issue

3. Hon Victoria Ann Seely (b. 23 Dec 1957), mar. 1984 Christopher Russell, of Ningwood Manor, Ningwood, Isle of Wight, son of John Russell, and has issue


24 Nov 2011

suc. by



Capt RN; commanded HMS Cossack Far East Fleet 1958-59; Deputy Director, Signal Division 1961-63; commanded 24 Escort Squadron and HMS Ajax Far East Fleet 1964-65; Royal Navy Liaison Officer, Ottowa 1965; CBE 1984; Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight 1985-95; KStJ 1989; Governor of the Isle of Wight 1992-95


Peter John Philip [Seely], 5th Baron Mottistone


29 Oct 1949

mar. (1)

26 May 1972 (div. 1975) Joyce Cairns, dau. of Robert Cairns, of Stirling

only child by first wife

1. Hon Christopher David Peter Seely, later 6th Baron Mottistone

mar. (2)

1982 (div. 2001) Linda Swain, dau. of W A Swain, of Judds House, Bulphan Fen, Upminster, co. Essex

children by second wife

2. Hon Richard William Anthony Seely, heir presumptive to the Barony of Mottistone (b. 1988)

1. Hon Penelope Jane Seely (b. 1984)

2. Hon Jennifer Elizabeth Seely (b. 1986)

3. Hon Caroline Mary Seely (b. 1990)


23 Jan 2013

suc. by

son by first wife


Christopher David Philip [Seely], 6th Baron Mottistone


1 Oct 1974


The heir presumptive to the Barony of Mottistone is Hon Richard William Anthony Seely, younger son of the 5th Baron Mottistone and half-brother of the present Baron.


Last updated 22 May 2013




6th Baron Mottistone, of Mottistone in the County of Southampton

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 21 Jun 1933)



The Old Parsonage, Mottistone, Isle of Wight PO30 4EE



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