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Strathcona and Mount Royal, Baron (UK, 1900)


Creation:let. pat. 26 Jun 1900


Family name:Smith later Howard




Quarterly:  1st and 4th, Argent on a Bend indented between four Cross Crosslets Gules three Maple Leaves Or;  2nd and 3rd, Gules on a Fess Argent between a Demi-Lion rampant Or in chief and a Canoe of the last with four Men rowing proper in the stern a Flag of the second flowing towards the dexter inscribed with the letters NW Sable in base a Hammer surmounted of a Nail in saltire of the last


On a Mount Vert a Beaver eating into a Maple Tree proper


Dexter:  a Trooper of the Regiment of Strathcona's Horse proper;  Sinister:  a Navvy standing on a Railway Sleeper chaired and railed all proper


Above the Crest: Perseverance;  Below the Shield:  Agmina Ducens



Donald Alexander [Smith], 1st Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal, GCMG GCVO PC (Can)

2nd son of Alexander Smith, of Archieston, co. Moray, by his wife Barbara Stuart, dau. of Donald Stuart, of Leanchoil, co. Inverness, by his wife Janet Grant, dau. of Robert Grant, of Cromdale, co. Inverness


6 Aug 1818


9 Mar 1853 Isabella Sophia Hardisty (b. 1824; d. 12 Nov 1913), dau. of Richard Hardisty, Chief Trader of the Hudson's Bay Company

only child

1. Hon Margaret Charlotte Smith later suo jure Baroness Strathcona and Mount Royal


s.p.m. 21 Jan 1914


23 Aug 1897 Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal, of Glencoe in the County of Argyll and of Mount Royal in the City of Quebec, Canada

26 Jun 1900 Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal, of Mount Royal in the City of Quebec, Canada, and of Glencoe in the County of Argyll, with special remainder in default of male issue to his only daughter Margaret Charlotte and the heirs male of her body

suc. by



Chief Factor, Hudson's Bay Company 1862; Chief Commissioner of Fur Trade 1870-74; Member of the Canadian Parliament for Selkirk 1871-79 and for Montreal West 1887-96; Land Commissioner, 1874-79; Deputy Governor, Hudson's Bay Company 1888-96; GCMG 1896; Privy Councillor (Canada) 1896; Governor, Hudson's Bay Company, 1896-1914; raised to the Peerage in 1897 in recognition of his raising and fitting out Strathcona's Horse for service in the Boer War; Rector, Aberdeen University 1899-1902 and Chancellor 1903-14; GCVO 1908; promoted the construction of the Canadian-Pacific Railway; on his death the 1897 Barony of Strathcona and Mount Royal became extinct


Hon Margaret Charlotte Smith later Howard, suo jure Baroness Strathcona and Mount Royal, LGStJ


17 Jan 1854


8 Mar 1888 Dr Robert Jared Bliss Howard OBE MD FRCS (d. 9 Jan 1921), son of Dr Robert Palmer Howard MD LLD, of Montreal, Canada


1. Hon Donald Stirling Palmer Howard, later 3rd Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal

2. 2nd Lieut Hon Robert Henry Palmer Howard (1893; killed in action v.m. 8 May 1915)

3. Capt Hon Sir Arthur Jared Palmer Howard KBE CVO JP DL, served in World War I 1914-18 as Capt Scots Guards, Mayor of Westminster 1936-37, Principal Air Raid Warden London Civil Defence during World War II 1939-42, Member of Parliament (Labour) for St George's Westminster 1945-50 (b. 30 May 1896; d. 26 Apr 1971), mar. 20 Jun 1922 Lady Leonora Stanley Baldwin (b. 10 Jul 1896; d. 1989), 2nd dau. of Stanley [Baldwin], 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, by his wife Lucy Ridsdale GBE DGStJ, 1st dau. of Edward Lucas J Ridsdale, of The Dene, Rottingdean, co. Sussex, and had issue

1. Hon Frances Margaret Palmer Howard (b. 13 Feb 1889; d. 5 Oct 1958), mar. 24 May 1913 Capt James Buller Kitson DSO RN, son of Rev John Buller Kitson, Rector of Lanreath, co. Cornwall, and had issue

2. Hon Edith Mary Palmer Howard MBE (b. 4 Apr 1895), mar. (1) 6 Apr 1918 John Brooke Molesworth [Parnell], 6th Baron Congleton, and (2) 5 Jul 1946 F/Lt Alfred Eric Rowland Aldridge RAF (d. 11 Jun 1950), son of Alfred Frank Aldridge, of Caterham, co. Surrey, and had issue by her first husband


18 Aug 1926

suc. by



Donald Stirling Palmer [Howard], 3rd Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal


14 Jun 1891


25 Oct 1922 Hon Diana Evelyn Loder (d. 1985), 3rd dau. of Gerald Walter Erskine [Loder], 1st Baron Wakehurst, by his wife Lady Louise de Vere Beauclerk, 1st dau. by his first wife of William Amelius Aubrey de Vere [Beauclerk], 10th Duke of St Albans


1. Hon (Donald) Euan Palmer Howard, later 4th Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal

2. Hon Barnaby John Howard, of 1224 River Road, Orange Park, Florida, USA, and St Anne's Bay, Baddeck, Nova Scotia, Canada, served in World War II as Sub-Lt (A) RNVR, Commissioner of Southern Rhodeia Forestry Commission (b. 23 Nov 1925), mar. (1) 19 Jan 1952 (div. 1967) Elizabeth Mayfield, 2nd dau. of Frank McConnell Mayfield, of St Louis, Missouri, USA, (2) 4 Oct 1970 Mrs Mary-Jane Bishop (d. 1994), dau. of Ambrose Chambers, and (3) 1996 his cousin Linda Frances Kitson, and has issue by his first wife

3. Hon Jonthan Alan Howard (b. 15 Nov 1933), mar. (1) 16 Aug 1956 (div. 1969) Hon Brigid Mary Westenra (b. 23 Sep 1928), only dau. of William [Westenra], 6th & 5th Baron Rossmore, by his wife Dolores Cecil Lee, former wife of Maj Maurice George Lee and dau. of Lt Col James Alban Wilson DSO, of West Barton, co. York, and (2) 1970 (div. 1981) Cecilia Philipson, and has issue by both wives

1. Hon ..... Howard (b. 31 Oct 1927; dvp. 3 Nov 1927)

2. Hon Diana Catriona Howard (b. 13 Mar 1935), mar. 7 Jun 1956 Prof Michael Leslie Ogilvie Faber, of Rodmell, Mill Lane, Lewes, co. Sussex, 1st son of George Valdemar Faber, of West Kensington, Lobndon, and has issue


22 Feb 1959

suc. by



served in World War I as Capt, 3rd Hussars; Member of Parliament (Conservative) for North Cumberland 1922-26; Parliamentary Private Secretary to 1st Lord of the Admiralty 1924-27; Captain, Yeomen of the Guard 1931-34; Parliamentary Under-Secretary for War and Vice-President of the Army Council 1934-39


(Donald) Euan Palmer [Howard], 4th Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal, DL


26 Nov 1923

mar. (1)

20 Feb 1954 (div. 1977) Lady Jane Mary Waldegrave (b. 25 Jan 1934; mar. (2) 22 Sep 1977 (div. 1979) Duncan McIntosh OBE AFC, son of Duncan McIntosh, of Edinburgh; d. 6 May 2019), 2nd dau. of Geoffrey Noel [Waldegrave], 12th Earl Waldegrave, by his wife Mary Hermione Grenfell, 1st dau. by his second wife of Lt Col Arthur Morton Grenfell DSO

children by first wife

1. Hon (Donald) Alexander Smith Howard, later 5th Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal

2. Hon Andrew Barnaby Howard (b. 17 Aug 1963), mar. 1994 Katherine E Oldfield, 1st dau. of C Oldfield, of Uplyme, co. Devon, and has issue

1. Hon Jane Elizabeth Sterling Howard (b. 23 Jan 1955), mar. 1987 Nigel Morris Jones later Morris-Jones, of Eardisley Park, Eardisley, co. Hereford, only son of M H Morris Jones, of Tarvin, co. Chester, and has issue

2. Hon Katharine Mary Howard (b. 11 Sep 1956), mar. (1) 16 Aug 1975 (div. 1982) Gavin Michael Jasper Strachan, 2nd son of M F Strachan, of Edinburgh, and (2) 30 Mar 1982 (William) Evelyn Hinton Joll, of 17 Durand Gardens, London, son of Evelyn Joll, of South Kensington, London, and has issue by her second husband

3. Hon Caroline Anne Howard (b. 30 Mar 1959)

4. Hon Emma Laura Louise Howard (b. 17 Aug 1963), mar. 18 May 1996 David Zwill, of 34 Merehaye, Wooloowin, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, son of William Zwill, of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, and has issue

mar. (2)

14 Feb 1978 Patricia Middleton (widow of John Middleton), dau. of Harvey Evelyn Thomas


16 Jun 2018

suc. by

son by first wife


served in World War II 1942-47 as Lieut RNVR; Government Whip 1973-74; Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence 1974;  Joint Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords 1976-79; Minister of State, Ministry of Defence 1979-81; Prime Warden of the Fishmongers' Company 1994-95


(Donald) Alexander Smith [Howard], 5th Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal


24 Jun 1961


1992 Jane Maree Gibb, dau. of R Shaun Gibb, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


1. Hon (Donald) Angus Ruaridh Howard (b. 28 Sep 1994)

1. Hon Amelia Alexandra Howard (b. 4 May 1966)


Last updated 10 Jul 2019




5th Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal, of Mount Royal in the City of Quebec, Canada, and of Glencoe in the County of Argyll

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 26 Jun 1900)



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