Baron Brabourne

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Baron Brabourne, of Brabourne in the County of Kent, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1880 for the Liberal politician Edward Knatchbull-Hugessen, the second son of Sir Edward Knatchbull, 9th Baronet, of Mersham Hatch. He had previously represented Sandwich in the House of Commons and served as Under-Secretary of State for Home Affairs and Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies. Lord Brabourne had assumed by Royal licence the additional surname of Hugessen (which was that of his maternal grandmother) in 1849. His son, the second Baron, represented Rochester in Parliament as a Liberal.

In 1917 his younger brother, the fourth Baron, who had succeeded his nephew the third Baron in 1915, inherited the Baronetcy of Mersham Hatch. Since then the titles have remained merged. The fourth Baron was succeeded by his son, the fifth Baron. He was Conservative Member of Parliament for Ashford, Governor of Bombay and Governor of Bengal. In 1919 Lord Brabourne assumed by deed poll the surname of Knatchbull only.

His eldest son, the sixth Baron, was killed in the Second World War, when the title passed to the latter's younger brother, the seventh Baron. He was a film and television producer. In 1946 he married The Honourable Patricia Mountbatten, daughter of the naval commander Viscount Mountbatten (later the 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma). Their son, the eighth baron, who succeeded in 2005, is also heir apparent to the earldom of Mountbatten of Burma held by his mother. This means that the barony of Brabourne will eventually be held jointly by future Earls Mountbatten of Burma descended only from male lines of the 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma and her husband, the 7th Baron Brabourne. Should that male line become extinct, the titles will then separate or become extinct dependent on collateral male lines existing from previous holders of the titles.

The Baronetcy, of Mersham Hatch in the County of Kent, was created in the Baronetage of England in 1641 for Norton Knatchbull, who represented Kent and New Romney in the House of Commons. His son, the second Baronet, also represented these constituencies in Parliament. His nephew, the fourth Baronet (who had succeeded his father, a younger brother of the second Baronet), sat as Member of Parliament for Rochester, Kent and Lostwithiel. He was succeeded by his son, the fifth Baronet who served as High Sheriff of Kent in 1733.. In 1746 he assumed by Act of Parliament the additional surname of Wyndham, which was that of his maternal grandfather. His son, the sixth Baronet, represented Kent in Parliament. On his death the title passed to his uncle, the seventh Baronet. He sat in the Irish House of Commons as representative for Armagh. His son, the eighth Baronet, was High Sheriff of Kent in 1785 and later represented Kent in the House of Commons.

He was succeeded by his son, the ninth Baronet. He represented both Kent and East Kent in Parliament and notably served as Paymaster-General in the Tory administrations of Sir Robert Peel. His grandson, the twelfth Baronet, briefly represented East Kent in the House of Commons. On his death in 1917 he was succeeded by his first cousin the fourth Baron Brabourne, who became the thirteenth Baronet of Mersham Hatch as well.

The title of the barony is pronounced "Bray-burn".

Knatchbull Baronets, of Mersham Hatch (1641)[edit]

for further succession see below

Barons Brabourne (1880)[edit]

The heir apparent is the present holder's only son the Honourable Nicholas Knatchbull (b. 1981)

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Arms 1st – 7th Baron Brabourne

Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th, Argent, on a Mount Vert, two Boar’s erect respectant Sable, their forelegs resting against an Oak Tree proper (Hugessen); 2nd & 3rd, Azure, in bend three Crosses-Crosslet fitchée between two Bendlets Or (Knatchbull): Crests: 1st, An Oak Tree proper, between two Wings elevated, pinions Azure, feathered Or (Hugessen); 2nd: On a Chapeau Gules, turned up Ermine, an Ounce statant Ermine, spotted Sable (Knatchbull): Supporters: On either side a Leopard Argent, pelletée, gorged with a Wreath of Oak Vert, fructed Gold, holding in the mouth a Cross-Crosslet fitchée Or: Motto: IN CRUCIFIXA GLORIA MEA (My Glory is in the Cross).

Arms 8th Baron Brabourne

Granted by Royal Licence in 1966 to the heirs of the then Hon. Patricia, Lady Brabourne, eldest daughter and heiress presumptive of Louis, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, and her husband John Ulick, 7th Baron Brabourne.[1]

Arms: Quarterly 1st, Azure, in bend three Crosses-Crosslet fitchée between two Bendlets Or (Knatchbull); 2nd, Argent, two Pellets Sable (Mountbatten); 3rd, Azure, a Lion rampant double queued barry of ten Argent and Gules, crowned Or, within a Bordure compony Gules and Argent (Hesse); 4th, The Royal Arms differenced by a Label of three-points Argent, the centre point charged with a Rose Gules, and the outer points with an Ermine Spot Sable (Princess Alice): Crests: 1st, On a Chapeau Gules, turned up Ermine, an Ounce statant Ermine, spotted Sable (Knatchbull); 2nd, Out of a Ducal Coronet Or, a Plume of Ostrich Feathers alternately Argent and Sable (Mountbatten); 3rd, Out of a Ducal Coronet Or, two Horns barry of ten Argent and Gules, issuing from each three Linden Leaves Vert, and fron the outer side of each horn four Branches barwise having three like Leaves pendent thereform Vert (Hesse): Supporters: On either side a Lion double queued and crowned all Or: Mottoes: 1st, IN CRUCIFIXA GLORIA MEA (My Glory is in the Cross)(Knatchbull); 2nd, IN HONOUR BOUND (Mountbatten). Presumably, as heir to the Earldom of Mountbatten of Burma, the 2nd quarter is differenced by a Label of three-points .

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