Alfred Allen Booth

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Sir Alfred Booth
Born(1872-09-17)17 September 1872
Died(1948-03-13)13 March 1948
Alma materKing's College, Cambridge
Spouse(s)1 Mary Blake Dwight
(2) Margaret Lucy Brightwen
Parent(s)Alfred Booth
Lydia Allen Butler
Booth arms
Insignia of a UK baronet

Sir Alfred Allen Booth, 1st Baronet (1872–1948) was a British businessman and shipowner. A scion of the Booths of Dunham Massey, Cheshire, his great-grandfather moved to Liverpool in the mid-18th century.

Booth was created a baronet in 1916 by H. H. Asquith for supporting Britain's war effort and services to industry.


Early life[edit]

He was born on 17 September 1872,[1] the son of Alfred Booth and Lydia Allen Butler.[1] His maternal grandfather was Benjamin Franklin Butler (1795 – 8 November 1858), who served as the 12th Attorney General of the United States from 1833 to 1838.[1]

Booth was educated at Harrow School, before going up to King's College Cambridge, where he graduated with the degree of Masters of Arts.[1]


Booth served on the board of directors of the Cunard Steamship Company (now a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & plc) and the Alfred Booth and Company.[1] On 24 January 1916 he was granted a baronetcy, with the territorial designation of Allerton Beeches, City of Liverpool.[2][1][3]

Sir Alfred received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) from Liverpool University.[1]

Personal life[edit]

On 15 December 1903 Booth married Mary Blake Dwight.[1] On 9 November 1925 he married secondly, to Margaret Lucy Brightwen.[1] They had two sons, Sir Philip Booth, 2nd Baronet (1907–1960) and Edmund Booth (born 1908) and one daughter, Sylvia Emily Booth (1905–1968).[1] Sir Alfred died on 13 March 1948.[1]

He was a cousin of fellow shipping manager Paul Crompton, who, along with his wife and children, died in the sinking of the RMS Lusitania in 1915.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k The Peerage
  2. ^ "No. 29483". The London Gazette. 22 February 1916. p. 1946.
  3. ^ Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage: With Her Majesty's Royal Warrant Holders, Debrett's, 1990, p. 103 [1]

External links[edit]

Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Allerton Beeches)
Succeeded by
Philip Booth