Baron Beaverbrook

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Barony of Beaverbrook
Coronet of a British Baron.svg
Arms of Aitken, Baron Beaverbrook.svg
Argent two barrulets wavy azure between in chief two maple leaves slipped and in base a thistle eradicated gules, a bordure sable charged with eight bezants[1]
Creation date2 January 1917[2]
MonarchGeorge V
PeeragePeerage of the United Kingdom
First holderSir Max Aitken, 1st Baronet
Present holderMaxwell Aitken, 3rd Baron Beaverbrook
Heir apparentThe Hon. Maxwell Francis Aitken
Remainder to1st Baron's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten
Seat(s)Denchworth Manor
Former seat(s)Cherkley Court
MottoRes mihi non me rebus ("Possessions for me, not me for possessions")[1]

Baron Beaverbrook, of Beaverbrook in the Province of New Brunswick in the Dominion of Canada and of Cherkley in the County of Surrey, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1917 for the prominent media owner and politician Sir Max Aitken, 1st Baronet. He had already been created a baronet, of Cherkley in the County of Surrey, on 3 July 1916. When Aitken died, his son disclaimed the title three days later, stating that "there shall only be one Lord Beaverbrook in my lifetime". Since 1985, the titles are held by the latter's son, the third Baron.

The first Baron Beaverbrook's daughter Hon. Janet Aitken was the mother of John Edward Aitken Kidd, who is the father of Jemma Wellesley, Marchioness of Douro, and Jodie Kidd. Another member of the Aitken family is the Conservative politician Jonathan Aitken. He is the great-nephew of the first Baron Beaverbrook.

The family seat is Denchworth Manor, near Wantage, Oxfordshire. Replicas of the Baron's two favourite cats can be viewed in the public research room of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick.

Barons Beaverbrook (1917)[edit]

The heir apparent is the present holder's son the Hon. Maxwell Francis Aitken (b. 1977). The heir apparent's heir apparent is his son Maxwell Alfonso Aitken (b. 2014).

Line of Succession[edit]

  • Coronet of a British Baron.svg William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook (1879 - 1964)[3]
    • Ulster.svg Sir John William Maxwell Aitken, 2nd Baronet (1910 - 1985) [Disclaimed Barony in 1964]
      • Coronet of a British Baron.svg Maxwell William Humphrey Aitken, 3rd Baron Beaverbrook (b. 1951)
        • (1) Hon. Maxwell Francis Aitken (b. 1977)
          • (2) Maxwell Alfonso Aitken (b. 2014)
        • (3) Hon. Alexander Rory Aitken (b. 1978)
    • Captain Hon. Peter Rudyard Aitken (1912 - 1947)
      • (4) Timothy Maxwell Aitken (b. 1944)
        • (5) Theodore Maxwell Aitken (b. 1976)
        • (6) Chalres Howard Filstead Aitken (b. 1979)
      • (7) Peter Michael Aitken (b. 1946)
        • (8) James Aitken
        • (9) Jason Aitken


  1. ^ a b Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 314. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  2. ^ "No. 13044". The London Gazette. 26 January 1917. p. 228.
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