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Oxford and Asquith, Earl of (UK, 1925)


Creation: let. pat. 9 Feb 1925


Family name: Asquith




Sable on a Fess between three Cross Crosslets Argent a Portcullis of the field


Issuant out of Clouds proper a Mascle Gules


On either side a Lion Purpure, charged on the shoulder with an Open Book Argent edged Or


Sine Macula Macla (Spotless)



Herbert Henry [Asquith], 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith, KG PC

2nd son of Joseph Dixon Asquith, of Croft House, Morley, co. York, by his wife Emily Willans, dau. of William Willans, of Huddersfield, co. York


12 Sep 1852

mar. (1)

23 Aug 1877 Helen Kelsall Melland (d. 11 Sep 1891), 1st dau. of Dr Frederick Melland, of Rusholme,  Manchester

children by first wife

1. Lieut Raymond Asquith, killed in action on the Somme (b. 6 Nov 1878; dvp. 15 Sep 1916), mar. 25 Jul 1907 Katherine Frances Horner (d. 9 Jul 1976), 2nd dau. of Sir John Horner KCVO, of Mells, co. Somerset, by his wife Frances Jane Graham, 4th dau. of William Graham MP, and had issue:

1a. Julian Edward George Asquith, later 2nd Earl of Oxford and Asquith

1a. Lady Helen Frances Asquith OBE, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1928 (b. 1908; d. 25 May 2000)

2a. Lady Perdita Rose Mary Asquith, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1928 (b. 1910; d. 17 May 1996), mar. 14 Jan 1931 William George Harvey [Jolliffe], 4th Baron Hylton, and had issue

2. Capt Hon Herbert Asquith, barrister (b. 11 Mar 1881; d. 5 Aug 1947), mar. 28 Jul 1910 Lady Cynthia Mary Evelyn Charteris (b. 27 Sep 1887; d. 31 Mar 1960), 1st dau. of Hugo Richard [Charteris], 9th Earl of Wemyss, by his wife Mary Constance Wyndham, 1st dau. of Capt Hon Percy Scawen Wyndham MP, of Clouds, co. Wiltshire (by his wife Frances Eden Campbell, 6th dau. of Maj Gen Sir Guy Campbell, 1st Bt.), 2nd son of George [Wyndham], 1st Baron Leconfield, and had issue

3. Brig General Hon Arthur Melland Asquith DSO, of Clovelly Court, co. Devon (b. 24 Apr 1883 ; d. 25 Aug 1939), mar. 30 Apr 1918 Hon Betty Constance Manners (b. 15 Jun 1889; d. 12 Sep 1962), 2nd dau. of John Thomas [Manners-Sutton], 3rd Baron Manners, by his first wife Constance Edwina Adelaide Hamlyn-Fane (d. 4 Mar 1920), 4th dau. of Lt Col Henry Edward Fane later Hamlyn-Fane MP, of Clovelly Court, co. Devon, and Avon Tyrrell, co Hampshire, and had issue

4. Hon Cyril Asquith, later Baron Asquith of Bishopstone (Life Peer)

1. Lady (Helen) Violet Asquith, later Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury (Life Peeress)

mar. (2)

10 May 1894 (Emma Alice) Margaret Tennant (d. 28 Jul 1945), 6th dau. of Sir Charles Tennant, 1st Bt., of The Glen, co. Peebles, by his first wife Emma Winsloe, dau. of Richard Winsloe, of Mount Nebo, Taunton, co. Somerset

children by second wife

5. Hon Anthony Asquith, film director (b. 9 Nov 1902; d. 21 Feb 1968)

2. Lady Elizabeth Charlotte Lucy Asquith (d. 7 Apr 1945), mar. 30 Apr 1919 Prince Antoine Bibesco, Romanian Minister to Madrid (d. 2 Sep 1951), son of Prince Alexandre Bibesco, and had issue


15 Feb 1928


9 Feb 1925 Viscount Asquith, of Morley in the County of York, and Earl of Oxford and Asquith

suc. by



barrister, Lincoln's Inn 1876; Member of Parliament (Liberal) for East Fife 1886-1918 and for Paisley 1920-24; QC 1890; Home Secretary 1892-95; Privy Councillor 1892; an Ecclesiastical Commissioner 1892-95; Bencher, Lincoln's Inn 1894; Chancellor of the Exchequer 1905-08;  Rector of Glasgow University 1905 and of Aberdeen University 1908; Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury 1908-16; an Elder Brother of the Trinity House 1909-28; Secretary of State for War and President of the Army Council 1914 and 1916; Chairman of the War Cabinet 1915; Privy Councillor [I] 1916; Leader of the Opposition 1920-22; Treasurer, Lincoln's Inn 1920; Knight of the Garter 1925; Member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council 1925; Freeman of the Cities of London, Leeds and Huddersfield 1925 and of York 1927; High Steward of the City of Oxford 1927-28; Leader of the Liberal Party in the House of Lords 1927-28


Julian Edward George [Asquith], 2nd Earl of Oxford and Asquith, KCMG


22 Apr 1916


28 Aug 1947 Anne Mary Celestine Palairet, only dau. of Sir Michael Palairet KCMG, of Lynch Mead, Allerford, co. Somerset, by his wife Mary de Vere Studd, dau. by his first wife of Brig Gen Herbert William Studd CB CMG DSO


1. Hon Raymond Benedict Bartholomew Michael Asquith OBE, styled Viscount Asquith (b. 24 Aug 1952), mar. 2 Aug 1978 Clare Pollen, 1st dau. of Francis Anthony Baring Pollen by his wife Marie-Thérèse Sheridan, 2nd dau. of Hon Sir Joseph Alfred Sheridan, of Nyeri, Kenya, and has issue:

1a. Hon Mark Julian Asquith (b. 13 May 1979)

1a. Hon Magdalen Katharine Asquith (b. 30 Dec 1981)

2a. Hon Frances Sophia Asquith (b. 1984)

3a. Hon Celia Rose Asquith (b. 1989)

4a. Hon Isabel Anne Asquith (b. 1991)

2. Hon Sir Dominic Antony Gerard Asquith KCMG, Ambassador to Egypt (b. 7 Feb 1957), mar. 1988 Louise E Cotton, only dau. of John E Cotton, of Wollaton, co. Nottingham, and has issue

1. Lady (Mary) Annunziata Asquith (b. 28 Jul 1948)

2. Lady Katharine Rose Celestine Asquith (b. 16 Oct 1949), mar. (1) 18 Jul 1970 (div. 1976) her second cousin Sir Adam Nicolas Ridley (b. 14 May 1942), only son of Jasper Alexander Maurice Ridley (by his wife Hon Helen Laura Cressida Bonham Carter, 1st dau. of Sir Maurice Bonham Carter KCB KCVO by his wife (Helen) Violet [Asquith], Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury (Life Peeress)), 1st son and heir of Hon Sir Jasper Nicholas Ridley KCVO OBE (by his wife Countess Nathalie Benckendorff, dau. of Count Benckendorff, Russian Ambassador to London), 2nd son of Matthew White [Ridley], 1st Viscount Ridley, and (2) 16 Feb 1985 (John) Nathaniel Micklem Page, of Upper Leigh Farm, East Knoyle, co. Wiltshire (b. 16 Dec 1953), 2nd son of Sir (Arthur) John Page MP, of Hitcham Lodge, Taplow, co. Berkshire, by his wife Anne Gertrude Micklem, 3rd dau. of Maj Charles Micklem DSO DL, of Long Cross House, Chertsey, co. Surrey

3. Lady Clare Perpetua Frances Asquith (b. 28 Mar 1955)


Assistant District Commissioner, Palestine 1942-48; Deputy Sector Chairman, British Administration of Tripolitania 1949-50; Director of the Interior, Tripolitania 1951; Adviser to the Prime Minister of Libya 1952; Administrative Secretary, Zanzibar 1955; Administrator, St Lucia 1958-62; CMG 1961; Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Seychelles 1962-67; KCMG 1964; Commissioner, British Indian Ocean Territory 1965-67; KSTJ 1962; Constitutional Commissioner, Cayman Islands 1971 and Turks and Caicos Islands 1976-74


 Last updated 13 Jan 2012




2nd Earl of Oxford and Asquith

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 9 Feb 1925)

2nd Viscount Asquith, of Morley in the County of York

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 9 Feb 1925)



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