Beckett family, baronets and Barons Grimthorpe
(2.1) Elizabeth Beckett (1741-42), baptised at Barnsley, 4 December 1741; died in infancy and was buried at Barnsley, 20 March 1741/2;
(2.2) Sir John Beckett (1743-1826), 1st bt. (q.v.);(2.3) Gervase Beckett (b. & d. c.1744), born about 1744; died in infancy;(2.3) Mary Beckett (b. 1745), baptised at Barnsley, 3 April 1745; living in 1773 but death not traced;(2.4) William Beckett (1748-51), born 29 January 1748/9; died young and was buried at Barnsley, 15 February 1750/1;(2.6) Joseph Beckett (1751-1840), of Barnsley, born 31 August and baptised at Barnsley, 5 October 1751; succeeded to his father's grocery business at Barnsley and expanded into linen manufacture and bleaching, and then into banking; JP and DL for West Riding of Yorkshire; married, 23 June 1785 at Holy Trinity. Hull (Yorks ER), Mary (d. 1840), daughter of John Staniforth of Hull, and had issue one son and five daughters; died 11 February and was buried with his wife (who died just two days later), 22 February 1840 at Barnsley;(2.7) Helen (alias Ellen or Eleanor) Beckett (1755-73), baptised at Barnsley, 19 March 1755; died unmarried and was buried at Barnsley, 18 July 1773.
(1) twin, Rt. Hon. Sir John Beckett (1775-1847), 2nd bt. (q.v.);(2) twin, Mary Beckett (1775-1858), born 17 May and baptised at St Peter, Leeds, 12 June 1775; lived at Meanwood Park and with her younger sister, Elizabeth, built and endowed Meanwood church; died unmarried and was buried at Meanwood, 14 May 1858;(3) Christopher Beckett (1777-1847), baptised at St Peter, Leeds, 26 January 1777; senior partner in Beckett & Co. of Leeds, bankers from 1826; proprietor of the Leeds Intelligencer; JP and DL for West Riding of Yorkshire and JP for Leeds (until 1832); Mayor of Leeds, 1819-20, 1829-30; an enthusiastic churchman, who played a large part in the founding of the Diocesan Church Building Society and the Diocesan Education Board; he also contributed to many other public philanthropic causes and was known for acts of private charity; purchased Meanwood Park, Leeds in about 1824; died at Torquay (Devon), 15 March, and was buried at Leeds, 22 March 1847; died intestate and administration of his goods was granted 1847 (estate under £180,000);(4) Sir Thomas Beckett (1779-1872), 3rd bt. (q.v.);(5) Elizabeth Beckett (1781-1864), born 19 January and baptised at St Peter, Leeds, 23 February 1781; lived at Meanwood Park and with her elder sister, Mary, built and endowed Meanwood church; died unmarried 26 March, and was buried at Leeds, 1 April 1864;(6) Capt. Richard Beckett (1782-1809), born 18 June 1782; educated at Eton (admitted 1796); an officer in the Coldstream Guards (Ensign, 1800; Lt. & Capt., 1801), who served in the Napoleonic Wars in Egypt, Germany, Denmark and Spain; he made nine appearances in first class cricket, 1804-07, including five for the MCC; killed in action at the Battle of Talavera (Spain), 28 July 1809, and is commemorated, with his brother officer Capt. Samuel Walker*, by a fine monument designed by John Flaxman and erected by public subscription in St Peter, Leeds;(7) William Beckett (1784-1863), born 3 March 1784; partner in Beckett & Co. of Leeds, bankers; an officer in the Yorkshire Hussars (Capt., 1817; Maj., 1837; Lt-Col, 1839; commanding officer, 1841-43; retired 1859); Conservative MP for Leeds, 1841-52, and Ripon, 1852-57; inherited Kirkstall Grange from his elder brother Sir John Beckett in 1847 and is said to have remodelled it; married, 20 November 1841, Frances Adeline (1797-1871), daughter of Hugo Meynell and sister of Hugh Meynell-Ingram of Temple Newsam House, Leeds, but had no issue; died 26 January 1863; will proved 2 March 1863 (effects under £700,000);(8) Sir Edmund Beckett (1787-1874), 4th bt. (q.v.);(9) Anne Beckett (1788-1867), born 3 September and baptised at St Peter, Leeds, 14 November 1788; married, 7 January 1811 at St Peter, Leeds, Gen. Thomas Marriott (1773-1847), of Pershore (Worcs) and had issue four sons and three daughters; died 20 October 1867; will proved 16 January 1868 (effects under £35,000) and a further grant of administration made 9 February 1900 (estate £44,788);(10) Henry Beckett (1791-1871), born 11 April 1791; merchant and British consul at Philadelphia (USA); bought Point Breeze at Bordentown (New Jersey), built for Joseph-Napoléon Bonaparte (1768-1844), formerly King of Spain and regarded as one of the finest houses in the USA, but as a fervent Francophobe he demolished it and replaced it in 1850 by a smaller and inferior house, which he called Hammond House; married, 12 November 1818, Mary (1796-1829), daughter of James Lyle of Philadelphia (USA), merchant, and had issue two sons and two daughters; died 11 September and was buried at Bordentown, New Jersey (USA), 15 September 1871; will proved 4 December 1872 (effects in England under £10,000);(11) Rev. George Beckett (1793-1843), born 10 February 1793; educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (matriculated 1811; BA 1815; MA 1819); vicar of Gainsborough (Lincs) and prebendary of Lincoln, 1822-43; rector of Epworth, 1823-43; died unmarried at his 'small bachelor residence' in London, 13 April 1843 and was buried at Fulham (Middx), where he is commemorated with his eldest brother on a monument.
(1) Mary Beckett (1827-1915), born 6 April and baptised at St Peter, Leeds (Yorks WR), 11 October 1827; inherited the Somerby Park and Meanwood Park, Leeds estates from her father in 1872; known for her generous philanthropic work, including the restoration of Corringham church; died unmarried, 21 February 1915; will proved 25 August 1915 (estate £291,489);
(2) Elizabeth Beckett (1829-85), born 9 September and baptised at St Peter, Leeds, 31 October 1829; married, 17 March 1853 at Corringham (Lincs), Sir Henry Hickman Bacon (1820-72), 10th/11th bt., and had issue five sons and three daughters, to the eldest of whom the Somerby estate passed after 1915; died 29 November and was buried at Raveningham (Norfk), 3 December 1885; her will was proved 16 February 1886 (effects £246,597).
|Sir Edmund Beckett-Denison, 4th bt. |
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(1) Sir Edmund Beckett Denison (later Beckett) (1816-1905), 5th bt. and 1st Baron Grimthorpe (q.v.);
(2) Maria Beckett Denison (1817-18), baptised at Norwell & Carlton-on-Trent (Notts), 30 October 1817; died in infancy, 6 April 1818;(3) Mary Beckett Denison (1818-1902), baptised at St George, Doncaster (Yorks WR), 31 December 1818; married, 21 June 1837 at St George, Doncaster, Charles Wilson Faber (1813-78) of Northaw (Herts), barrister-at-law and director of Great Northern Railway, and had issue three sons and four daughters; died 30 May and was buried at Brompton Cemetery, 3 June 1902; will proved 14 August 1902 (estate £56,903);(4) Elizabeth Beckett Denison (1820-70), born 25 December 1870 and baptised at St George, Doncaster, 4 June 1822; married, 25 March 1841 at St George, Doncaster, William Frogatt Bethell (1809-79) of Rise Hall (Yorks ER), and had issue two sons and four daughters; died 26 July 1870;(5) Sophia Beckett Denison (1822-1906), born 23 March and baptised at St George, Doncaster, 4 June 1822; married, 19 August 1847 at St George, Doncaster, Rev. Thomas Bradley Paget (1812-93), vicar of Welton and canon of York Minster, and had issue four daughters; died 23 September 1906; will proved 30 October 1906 (estate £34,354);(6) Augusta Beckett Denison (1823-1916), born 24 August 1823 and baptised at Doncaster, 22 March 1825; lived at The Hall, Doncaster; noted for her charitable work, which included managing and supporting the Doncaster Girls' Home and School of Industry, 1862-1901 and running a soup kitchen for the poor each winter; died unmarried, aged 92, on 24 May 1916 and was buried at Christ Church, Doncaster; will proved 3 August 1916 (estate £134,953);(7) Christopher Beckett Denison (1825-84), born 9 May 1825 and baptised at Doncaster, 20 June 1827; educated at Uppingham and Haileybury College; an officer in the Bengal Civil Service, 1845-65, who was thanked by Parliament for assistance rendered to the military forces during the Indian Mutiny; a partner in Beckett & Co. of Leeds, bankers, and a director of the Great Northern Railway; Conservative MP for West Riding of Yorkshire East, 1868-80; JP and DL for Yorkshire (WR); died unmarried and without issue in Ireland, 30 October, and was buried at Christ Church, Doncaster, 5 November 1884;(8) William Beckett Denison (later Beckett) (1826-90) (q.v.).
|1st Baron Grimthorpe|
(1) Ernest William Denison (later Beckett) (1856-1917), 2nd Baron Grimthorpe (q.v.);
(2) Helen Louise Denison (later Beckett) (1858-1935), born 25 February and baptised at Roundhay (Yorks WR), 18 April 1858; took the name Beckett in lieu of Denison in 1886; lived latterly at Pinehurst, Eridge (Sussex); died unmarried, 26 April 1935; administration of her goods granted 7 June 1935 (estate 13,193);(3) Adeline Gertrude Denison (1859-1902), born 14 May and baptised at Helmsley (Yorks WR), 14 August 1859; married, 19 October 1880 at Bolton Percy (Yorks WR), Rt. Hon. Sir Frederick George Milner (1849-1931), 7th bt., MP for York, 1883-85 and for Bassetlaw, 1890-1906, and had issue one son and two daughters; died 7 July 1902; will proved 21 November 1902 (estate £5,687);(4) Violet Katherine Denison (1860-83), born 25 July and baptised at Kirkstall (Yorks WR), 30 September 1860; married, 7 March 1882 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster (Middx), Col. Reginald Walkelyne Chandos-Pole (1853-1930) of Radbourne Hall (Derbys) (who m2, 26 October 1898 at Geneva (Switzerland), Inez Blanche Marie Eva Clothilde (1881?-1941), daughter of Col. Gustav Freidrich Alfred Arent, a German officer, and had further issue one son and one daughter), son of Edward Sacheverell Chandos-Pole, and had issue one daughter; died 18 March and was buried at Radbourne, 23 March 1883;(5) Maud Augusta Denison (later Beckett) (1864-1927), born 12 June and baptised at Meanwood, 31 July 1864; took the name Beckett in lieu of Denison in 1886; a Lady of Grace of the Order of St John of Jerusalem; married, 20 October 1886 at St Paul, Wilton Place, Westminster (Middx), as his second wife, Lord Henry Gilbert Ralph Nevill (1854-1938), later 3rd Marquess of Abergavenny, and had issue one daughter; died 15 July 1927; will proved 10 September 1927 (estate £14,578);(6) Sir William Gervase Beckett (1866-1937), 1st bt. [see below, Beckett of Kirkdale, baronets](7) Rupert Evelyn Beckett (1870-1955), of Stone House, Moor Allerton (Yorks WR) and The Camp, Windlesham (Surrey), born 2 November 1870; educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge (matriculated 1888); an officer in the Yorkshire Hussars (2nd Lt., 1892; Maj.); a partner in Beckett & Co. of Leeds, bankers, from 1891 (senior partner, 1920), he oversaw the merger of the bank with the Westminster Bank in 1921, becoming a director of the merged company (Vice-Chairman, 1927-30; Chairman, 1931-50) and Vice-President of the Institute of Bankers, 1931-50; Chairman of the Yorkshire Post newspaper, 1920-50; a director of the London & North-Eastern Railway and the Yorkshire Penny Bank; he was a JP and DL for West Riding of Yorkshire and Hon. Treasurer of Leeds University, which awarded him an honorary degree (LLD, 1938); he became a freeman of the City of Leeds, 1930; married, 21 December 1896 at St Paul, Knightsbridge (Middx), Muriel Helen Florence CBE (1878-1941), daughter of Lord Berkeley Charles Sidney Paget (1844-1913), and had issue four daughters; died 25 April 1955 and was cremated; will proved 10 May 1955 (estate £1,202,344).
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(1) Hon. Lucy (k/a Lucile) Katherine Beckett (1884-1979), born 10 July 1884; married 1st, 27 July 1903 at the Brompton Oratory, London (sep. 1914 and div. 1920), Count Otto Rudolf Theodor Ottakar Maria Graf Czernin von und zu Chudenitz (1875-1962) (who m2, 15 February 1939 at Bratislava (Slovakia), Maria Lisa Pfeiffer (1899-1983)) of Dimokur (Austria), an Austro-Hungarian diplomat, and had issue four sons; married 2nd, 29 June 1926 at St Ethelburga, Bishopsgate, London (div. 1941), Capt. Oliver Harry Frost MBE MC (1893-1977), linen merchant, son of Robert Frost of Battersea (Surrey), baker and confectioner; lived latterly at Cascais (Portugal) and died 24 March 1979; will proved 15 August 1979 (estate in England, £57,560);(2) Hon. Helen Muriel Beckett (1886-1916), born 23 August 1886; died unmarried after a long illness, at Byfleet (Surrey), 16 June 1916;(3) Ralph William Ernest Beckett (1891-1963), 3rd Baron Grimthorpe (q.v.).
(X1.1) Violet Keppel (1894-1972), born 6 June 1894; writer and novelist (in English and French); known for her lengthy love affairs with Vita Sackville-West, which lasted from their schooldays until 1921, and with Winaretta Singer (1865-1943), wife of Prince Edmond de Polignac, from 1923-33; married, 16 June 1919 (sep. by 1924), Denys Robert Trefusis (1890–1929), son of Colonel Hon. John Schomberg Trefusis, but had no issue; lived from 1924 at Villa L'Ombrellino, near Florence (Italy), where she died 29 February 1972.
(X2.1) Lancelot Edward Cecil Dale Lace (1895-1942) of Hereford (Herefs), born 25 February 1895; educated at Eton; an officer in the Royal Regiment of Artillery (2nd Lt., 1914; Lt., 1917 retired 1921) and later in the Territorial Army (Capt., 1927; Maj., 1937; Lt-Col.), awarded MC, 1917; landlord of the Swan Hotel, Southampton; married, 1 June 1919 (div. after 1930) in South Africa, Claudine de Villiers Cloete (c.1898-1976) and had issue two sons; said to have had three other known relationships, with Sybil Penelope Wilson (b. 1905), actress, Georgina Nolan (1913-33), and Eveleen McElroy (c.1899-1996), and to have had further issue one daughter; killed in action at sea, 29 October 1942; will proved 26 April 1952 (estate £926).
|3rd Baron Grimthorpe|
(1.1) Brig. Christopher John Beckett (1915-2003), 4th Baron Grimthorpe (q.v.);
(1.2) Hon. Oliver Ralph Beckett (1918-99), born 21 August and baptised at St John, Paddington (Middx), 13 September 1918; educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge; writer and composer of dance music; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; was a conscientious objector in Second World War and was excused military service; lived at Oxhey Hall (Herts) and later at Goffs Oak (Herts); married, 6 April 1944 at Caxton Hall Registry Office, Westminster (Middx), Hélène Agnes (1915-99), daughter of Constantine Fessas and formerly wife of Richard Tasker-Evans (1919-92), and had issue two daughters; died 22 May 1999;(1.3) Hon. Bryan Rupert Beckett (1922-43), born 24 July 1922; educated at Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (Cadet, 1941); died unmarried when an armoured scout car mounted a bank and overturned, 11 March 1943; buried at Amotherby (Yorks NR);(1.4) Hon. Lucy Clare Beckett (1926-99), born 5 September 1926; married, 12 July 1957, Wilson Peregrine Nicholas Crewdson (1926-2014) of Oak House, Otley (Suffk), eldest son of Brig. Wilson Theodore Oliver Crewdson CBE (1887-1961), and had issue one son and three daughters; died 13 May 1999; will proved 17 January 2000;(2.1) Hon. William Ernest Beckett (b. 1945), born 30 June 1945; educated at Eton; an officer in the army (Lt., 1967; retired 1972); married, 15 June 1968, Virginia Helen Clark (b. c.1947), only daughter of Alan Michael Clark Hutchinson MP (1914-93), and had issue one son and one daughter.
(X1) Catherine Auriol Lycett Green (1935-2021), born 23 April 1935; married 1st, 22 April 1967 (div. 1980), Raja Ranbir Singh (1919-96), son of Raja Sir Maharaj Singh, and had issue three daughters; married 2nd, 1981 (div.), Patrick Field Till (1937-2017) of York, solicitor; died 29 March 2021.
|4th Baron Grimthorpe|
(1) Sir Edward John Beckett (b. 1954), 5th Baron Grimthorpe (q.v.);
(2) Hon. Ralph Daniel Beckett (b. 1957), born 11 April 1957; educated at Harrow and Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst; an officer in the army (2nd Lt., 1977; retired 1981) and later a stockbroker; head of trading with Odey Asset Management, 2000-18; a director of Beverley Races and of Kirkham & Firby Estates Ltd.; married, January 1987, Susanna W. (b. 1960), elder daughter of Colin Townsend-Rose (1928-2006), and had issue two sons and one daughter;(3) Hon. Harriet Lucy Beckett (b. 1961), born 18 February 1961; married, 7 December 1985, Capt. Richard Mark Smyly (b. 1943) of Sparsholt and later Kingston Lisle (Berks), and had issue two sons.
|5th Baron Grimthorpe|
(1.1) Hon. Harry Maximilian Beckett (b. 1993), born 28 April 1993; educated at Newcastle University (matriculated 2012; BA 2016); works in financial services sector.
Beckett of Kirkdale, baronets
(1.1) Marion Frances Theresa Beckett (1896-1972), born 8 November 1896; married, 16 October 1919 at the Church of the Annunciation, St. Marylebone (Middx), Vice-Adm. Henry Jack Egerton CB (1892-1972) of Coxwold (Yorks NR), third son of Charles Augustus Egerton of Mountfield Court (Sussex), and had issue two sons; died 2 February 1972; will proved 24 July 1972 (estate £7,298);
(1.2) Cynthia Maud Beckett (1900-69), born 15 December 1900*; educated at Bedford College, London (admitted 1916); married 1st, 19 November 1919 at St Mark, North Audley St., Westminster (Middx) (div. 1928), Capt. John Arthur Davison MC (1897-1942), only son of Maj. Arthur Pearse Davison (1866-1955) of Carlton (Co. Durham) and had issue three daughters; married 2nd, 10 July 1929 (div. 1952), Baron Kurt Hermann Paul Otto Valerio von Stutterheim (1888-1978), author and journalist, only son of Baron Richard Karl Ludwig von Stutterheim of Coburg; lived latterly at East Sheen, London SW14; died 25 December 1969; administration of goods granted 9 February 1970 (estate £743)(1.3) Beatrice Helen Beckett (1905-57), born 26 July 1905; married, 5 November 1923 at St. Margaret, Westminster (Middx) (sep. 1945 and div. 1950), (Robert) Anthony Eden KG (1897-1977), later 1st Earl of Avon, MP for Warwick and Leamington, 1923-57, Foreign Secretary, 1935-38, and Prime Minister, 1955-57 (who m2, 14 August 1952, (Anne) Clarissa (1920-2021), daughter of Maj. John Strange Spencer-Churchill) and had issue three sons (one of whom died soon after birth); although the marriage did not formally end until 1950, both parties conducted affairs from the 1930s and she lived latterly in New York (USA); died 29 June 1957; will proved 8 October 1957 (estate in England, £8,970);(1.4) Ann Prunella Beckett (1907-2001), born 16 September 1907; married, 15 April 1936, Lt-Col. Harry Rumbold Bathurst Norman GM MD MRCP (1901-66), son of Rev. Harry Bathurst Norman, and had issue one son and two daughters; died aged 93 on 17 March 2001 and was buried at Kirkdale; will proved 29 June 2001;(2.1) Sir Martyn Gervase Beckett (1918-2001), 2nd bt. (q.v.).
(X1) Sir Rupert Charles Hart-Davis (1907-99), born 28 August 1907; educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford; biographer, editor and publisher; served in Second World War with the Coldstream Guards, but saw no active service; founded Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd., publishers, 1946, and ran this until it was absorbed into the Heinemann group in 1956; Chairman of the London Library, 1957-69; secretary of the Literary Society; knighted 1967; author of a critically acclaimed biography of Hugh Walpole (1952); his long correspondence with his former schoolmaster, George Lyttelton, was published as The Lyttelton-Hart-Davis letters (1978-84) in six volumes, and he also wrote three volumes of autobiography; married 1st, 1929 (div. 1933), Dame Peggy Ashcroft (1907-91), actress; 2nd, November 1933 (div.), Catherine Comfort Borden-Turner (1910-70), and had issue two sons and one daughter; 3rd, 1964, Ruth (d. 1967), daughter of [forename unknown] Ware and formerly wife of [forename unknown] Simon; and 4th, 1968, June Williams (d. 2017); died 8 December 1999.
(1) Lucy Caroline Beckett (b. 1942), born 10 August 1942; schoolteacher at Ampleforth College (head of English), author and poet; married 1st, 28 June 1962 (div. 1969), Adrian Whitfield QC (b. 1937) of Holtby (Yorks), barrister-at-law and a Recorder of the Crown Court, (who m2, 1971, Niamh O'Kelly, and had further issue one son and one daughter), and had issue two daughters; married 2nd, 1970, Dr. John Hamilton Warrack (b. 1928) of Beck House, Rievaulx (Yorks NR), music critic, author, academic, and editor of Oxford Dictionary of Opera, and had further issue two sons;(2) Sir Richard Gervase Beckett (b. 1944), 3rd bt. (q.v.);(3) Jeremy Rupert Beckett (b. 1952), born 5 July 1952; educated at Eton; inherited Kirkdale Manor Farm from his father; married 1st, 29 July 1978 (div.), Perdita Rosemary (b. 1955), youngest daughter of Capt. Hugo Francis Guy Charteris MC (1922-70), and had issue three sons and one daughter; married 2nd, 2008, Anna Maria Palmboon of Holland.
(1) Willa Marjorie Beckett (b. 1977), born 27 August 1977; director of development and communications, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, since 2017;(2) Molly Rachel Beckett (b. 1979), born 17 April 1979; married, 2005, Ludovic David Stirling (b. 1967) of Ochtertyre (Stirling), younger son of Archibald Hugh Stirling (b. 1941) of Keir (Stirling), and had issue one son;(3) Catherine Rose Beckett (b. 1983), born 3 May 1983;(4) Walter Gervase Beckett (b. 1987), born 16 January 1987; Page of Honour to HM The Queen, 1998-2001; employed in financial services industry.
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