Baron Armstrong

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William Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong.

Baron Armstrong is a title that has been created twice in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The first creation came on 6 July 1887 when the industrialist Sir William Armstrong was made Baron Armstrong, of Cragside in the County of Northumberland. The title became extinct on his death in 1900. However, the title was revived three years later, on 4 August 1903, for his great-nephew William Watson-Armstrong, who was created Baron Armstrong, of Bamburgh and of Cragside in the County of Northumberland. Born William Watson, he had assumed the additional surname of Armstrong by Royal licence in 1889.

Lord Armstrong was the grandson of Sir William Henry Watson, Baron of the Exchequer, by his wife Anne, sister of the first Baron of the first creation. He was succeeded by his son, the second Baron. He unsuccessfully contested Berwick-on-Tweed as an independent candidate in the 1918 general election. The title became extinct from the male line in 1987 on the death of his son, the third Baron.

Barons Armstrong; First creation (1887)[edit]

Barons Armstrong; Second Creation (1903)[edit]

  • William Henry Armstrong Fitzpatrick Watson-Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong (1863–1941)
  • William John Montagu Watson-Armstrong, 2nd Baron Armstrong (1892–1972)
  • William Henry Cecil John Robin Watson-Armstrong, 3rd Baron Armstrong (1919–1987). He married Baroness Maria-Teresa Chiodelli-Manzoni and adopted two children, a son, Francis, and a daughter, Isabella. Francis Watson-Armstrong has three children and owns the Bamburgh Castle estate.