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Normanton, Earl of (I, 1806)


Creation: let. pat. 4 Feb 1806


Family name: Agar




Azure a Lion rampant Or a Mullet for difference


A Demi Lion rampant Or


On either side a Lion, the dexter per bend and the sinister per bend sinister Or and Azure, each collared and chained Gules and charged on the shoulder with a Crescent


Via Trita, Via Tuta (The beaten path is the safe path)



Most Rev Charles [Agar], 1st Baron Somerton later 1st Viscount Somerton later 1st Earl of Normanton, PC

yr. brother of John [Agar], 1st Viscount Clifden, and 3rd son of Henry Agar MP, of Gowran Castle, co. Kilkenny, by his wife Anne Ellis, sister of Welbore [Ellis], 1st Baron Mendip, and only dau. of Rt Rev Welbore Ellis, Bishop of Meath


22 Dec 1736


22 Nov 1776 Jane Benson (d. 25 Oct 1826; bur. in Westminster Abbey), 1st dau. of William Benson, of Downpatrick, co. Down, by his wife Frances Macartney-Porteous, dau. of George Macartney-Porteous, of Belfast, co. Down


1. Hon Welbore Ellis Agar, later 2nd Earl of Normanton

2. Hon George Charles Agar FRS (b. 1 Aug 1780; d. 24 Jan 1856)

3. Ven Hon James Agar, Rector of Carrigallen and Archdeacon of Kilmore (b. 10 Jul 1781; dsp. 6 Sep 1866), mar. 7 Jul 1829 Louisa Thompson (d. 15 Mar 1885), yst. dau. of Samuel Thompson, of Greenmount, co. Antrim

1. Lady Frances Anne Agar (dsp. 23 May 1839), mar. 14 Dec 1798 Thomas Ralph [Maude], 2nd Viscount Hawarden


14 Jul 1809 (bur. in Westminster Abbey)


12 Jun 1795 Baron Somerton, of Somerton in the County of Kildare

29 Dec 1800 Viscount Somerton

4 Feb 1806 Earl of Normanton

suc. by



Chaplain to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland 1763; Dean of Kilmore 1765; Bishop of Cloyne 1768-79; Privy Councillor [I] 1779; Archbishop of Cashel 1779-1801; a Representative Peer for Ireland 1800-1809; Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland 1801-09


Welbore Ellis [Agar], 2nd Earl of Normanton


12 Nov 1778


17 May 1816 Lady Diana Herbert (b. 5 Feb 1790; d. 2 Dec 1841; bur. at Somerley, co. Hampshire), 1st dau. of George Augustus [Herbert], 11th Earl of Pembroke, by his cousin and first wife Elizabeth Beauclerk, 2nd dau. of Topham Beauclerk (by his wife Lady Diana Spencer, 1st dau. of Charles [Spencer], 3rd Duke of Marlborough), 1st son of Lord Sidney Beauclerk (by his wife Mary Norris, dau. of Thomas Norris, of Speke, co. Lancaster), 5th son of Charles [Beauclerk], 1st Duke of St Albans


1. Hon James Charles Herbert Welbore Ellis Agar, later 3rd Earl of Normanton

2. Hon Herbert Welbore Ellis Agar (b. 19 Sep 1823; d. 9 Aug 1901), mar. 10 Aug 1871 Helen Millicent Gibson (d. 8 Apr 1932), 1st surv. dau. of James A Gibson, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Tasmania, and had issue

3 Capt Hon Charles Welbore Herbert Agar (b. 12 Nov 1824; d. in action at Sebastopol 18 Jun 1855)

1. Lady Mary Jane Diana Agar (b. 26 May 1822; d. 8 May 1904), mar. 28 Jul 1845 Horatio [Bolton later Nelson], 3rd Earl Nelson, and had issue


26 Aug 1868 (bur. at Somerley, co. Hampshire)

suc. by



James Charles Herbert Welbore Ellis [Agar], 3rd Earl of Normanton


17 Sep 1818


9 Apr 1856 Hon Caroline Susan Augusta Barrington (b. 21 Oct 1834; d. 13 Jan 1915; bur. at Ellingham, co. Hampshire), 4th dau. of William Keppel [Barrington], 6th Viscount Barrington, by his wife Hon Jane Elizabeth Liddell, 4th dau. of Thomas Henry [Liddell], 1st Baron Ravensworth


1. Lieut Hon Charles George Welbore Ellis Agar, styled Viscount Somerton (b. 27 Apr 1858; dvp. 17 Jan 1894)

2. Hon Sidney James Agar, later 4th Earl of Normanton

3. Hon Henry Augustus Bernard Agar (b. 21 Nov 1870; dvp. 25 Apr 1885)

4. Hon Francis William Arthur Agar (b. 19 Oct 1873; d. 18 Aug 1936), mar. 26 Oct 1897 Laura Astley Kennard (d. 8 May 1960), 2nd dau. of Henry Steinmetz Kennard, of Shopwyke House, Oving, Chichester, co. Hampshire, by his wife Frances Charlotte Celestine Sperling, yst. dau. of Charles Robert Sperling, of Hargrave, co. Essex, and had issue

1. Lady Caroline Elizabeth Agar (b. 21 Mar 1857; d. 9 May 1894), mar. 6 Sep 1876 as his first wife Edward Hyde [Villiers], 5th Earl of Clarendon, and had issue

2. Lady Mary Beatrice Agar (b. 10 Aug 1859; d. 20 Dec 1943)

3. Lady Margaret Elizabeth Diana Agar (b. 10 Dec 1863; d. 29 Mar 1941), mar. 23 Jul 1884 Capt Hon Ivan Campbell DL, a member of H M Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (b. 17 Nov 1859; d. 16 Mar 1917), 2nd son of John Alexander Gavin [Campbell], 6th Earl of Breadalbane and Holland, by his wife Mary Theresa Edwards, only dau. of John F Edwards, of Dublin, and had issue

4. Lady Mary Adelaide Agar (b. 18 Aug 1869; d. 7 Jun 1921), mar. 14 Jul 1894 Henry St George Foley (b. 3 Jun 1866; d. 13 Apr 1903), 1st son and heir of Gen Hon Sir St George Gerald Foley KCB, Governor of Guernsey (by his wife Augusta Selina Sturt, sister of Henry Gerard [Sturt], 1st Baron Alington, and dau. of Henry Charles Sturt, of Crichel House, co. Dorset), 3rd son of Thomas [Foley], 3rd Baron Foley, and had issue


19 Dec 1896 (bur. at Ellingham, co. Hampshire)


9 Apr 1873 Baron Somerton, of Somerley in the County of Hampshire (Peerage of the United Kingdom)

suc. by



Member of Parliament for Wilton 1841-52


Sidney James [Agar], 4th Earl of Normanton


9 Apr 1865


3 Nov 1894 Lady Amy Frederica Alice Byng (b. 6 Dec 1865; d. 29 Mar 1961), 2nd dau. of Henry William John [Byng], 4th Earl of Strafford, by his wife Countess Henrietta Danneskiold-Samsoe, 1st dau. of Count Christian Danneskiold-Samsoe, of Denmark


1. Hon Edward John Sidney Christian Welbore Ellis Agar, later 5th Earl of Normanton

1. Lady Georgina Mary Elizabeth Agar (b. 1 May 1896; d. 27 Jan 1967)

2. Lady Alexandra Henrietta Alice Agar (b. 23 Apr 1897; d. 5 Jan 1975), mar. 12 Apr 1917 (div. 1951) Peter Haig Thomas, son of John Howard Thomas, of Yscyborwen, co. Glamorgan, and had issue

3. Lady Caroline Amy Cora Agar (b. 11 Jul 1899)

4. Lady (Mary) Karen Agar (b. 14 Nov 1901; d. 28 Oct 1975), mar. 9 Dec 1925 (div. 1945) Lt Cdr Herbert Ernest Pretyman RN, 2nd son of Rt Hon Ernest George Pretyman DL, and had issue

5. Lady Diana Julia Agar (b. 13 Jun 1904; dvp. 18 Mar 1929)

6. Lady Amy Louise Agar (b. 4 Oct 1905; d. 1983), mar. 21 Oct 1925 Michael William John [Biddulph], 3rd Baron Biddulph, and had issue

7. Lady Rosemary Beatrice Agar (b. 3 Jun 1908; d. 1984), mar. 23 Apr 1931 Capt Christopher John Darell Jeffreys MVO, only son of George Darell [Jeffreys], 1st Baron Jeffreys, by his wife Dorothy Sackville, widow of Hon Lionel Charles Cranfield Sackville, styled Viscount Cantelupe, 1st son and heir ap. of Reginald Windsor [Sackville], 7th Earl De La Warr, and 1st dau. of John Postle Heseltine, of Walhampton, Lymington, co. Hampshire, and had issue


25 Nov 1933 (bur. at Ellingham, co. Hampshire)

suc. by



Edward John Sidney Christian Welbore Ellis [Agar], 5th Earl of Normanton


29 Mar 1910

mar. (1)

5 Jul 1937 (div. 1943) Hon Barbara Mary Prior-Palmer (former wife of Brig Otho Leslie Prior-Palmer, DSO MP;  mar. (3) Peter Lucas), only dau. of Sir Frederick William Francis George Frankland, 10th Bt., by his second wife Mary Cecil Curzon, suo jure Baroness Zouche of Haryngworth, only child by his second wife of Col George Augustus Curzon

mar. (2)

30 Oct 1944 Lady Fiona Fuller (former wife of Maj Sir (John) Gerard Henry Fleetwood Fuller, 2nd Bt.;  d. 1985), 2nd dau. of John Charles [Pratt], 4th Marquess Camden, by his wife Lady Joan Marion Nevill, only dau. of Henry [Nevill], 3rd Marquess of Abergavenny

children by second wife

1. Hon Shaun James Christian Welbore Ellis Agar, later 6th Earl of Normanton

2. Hon Mark Sidney Andrew Agar, of Bathealton Court, Taunton, co. Somerset (b. 2 Sep 1948), mar. (1) 1973 (div. 1979) Rosemary Marnham, dau. of Maj Philip Marnham, and (2) 8 Feb 1985 Arabella Clare Blackwell (b. 14 Jul 1953; former wife of Thomas Charles Blackwell), only dau. of John Gilbert Gilbey, of Newbies, Banghurst, co. Hampshire, by his wife and first cousin Angela Ruth Barwick, 1st dau. of George Short Barwick (by his wife Marianne Marshall, dau. of William Marshall), 2nd son of Sir John Storey Barwick, 1st Bt., of Ashbrooke Grange, co. Sunderland, and has issue by his second wife


28 Jan 1967

suc. by

son by second wife


Shaun James Christian Welbore Ellis [Agar], 6th Earl of Normanton


21 Aug 1945

mar. (1)

29 Apr 1970 (div. 2000) Victoria Susan Beard, only dau. of John H C Beard, of Turmer House, Somerly, Ringwood, co. Hampshire

children by first wife

1. Hon James Shaun Christian Welbore Ellis Agar, styled Viscount Somerton (b. 7 Sep 1982), mar. Jun 2012 Lady Lucy Caroline Alexander (b. 1984), 2nd dau. of Shane William Desmond [Alexander], 2nd Earl Alexander of Tunis, by his second wife Hon Davina Mary Woodhouse, 3rd dau. of James Allen David [Woodhouse], 4th Baron Terrington, and has issue:

1a. Hon Arthur Alexander Christian Welbore Agar (b. 2016)

2a. Hon Frederick Charles Edward Agar (b. 26 Feb 2018)

1a. Hon Georgina Rose Agar (b. 8 May 2014)

1. Lady Portia Caroline Agar (b. 26 Dec 1976), mar. May 2004 ..... Baker

2. Lady Marisa Charlotte Agar (b. 1979)

mar. (2)

Rosalind Bernice Nott (b. c. 1955; d. Jun 2011)


he suc. his kinsman Arthur Victor [Agar-Robartes], 8th Viscount Clifden, as 9th Baron Mendip 22 Dec 1974


 Last updated 11 Jun 2018




6th Earl of Normanton

(Ireland, let. pat. 4 Feb 1806)

6th Viscount Somerton, of Somerton in the County of Kildare

(Ireland, let. pat. 29 Dec 1800)

9th Baron Mendip, of Mendip in the County of Somerset

(Great Britain, let. pat. 13 Aug 1794)

6th Baron Somerton, of Somerton in the County of Kildare

(Ireland, let. pat. 12 Jun 1795)

4th Baron Somerton, of Somerley in the County of Hampshire

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 9 Apr 1873)



Somerley, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 3PL

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