Baron Delamere

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Vale Royal Great House, the former seat of the Barons Delamere.

Baron Delamere, of Vale Royal in the County of Chester, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1821 for Thomas Cholmondeley, a former Member of Parliament for Cheshire. This Vale Royal branch of the Cholmondeley family descends from Thomas Cholmondeley (died 1653), younger brother of Robert Cholmondeley, 1st Earl of Leinster and Hugh Cholmondeley (1591–1665), ancestor of the Marquesses of Cholmondeley. The first Baron was succeeded by his son. Before acceding to the title in 1855, the second Baron represented Denbighshire and Montgomery in the House of Commons as a Tory. His eldest son, also named Hugh, acceded to the title in 1887 and in the same year, he emigrated to Kenya, where he acquired a major estate. The third Baron's eldest son inherited his father's title in 1931. In 1934, he attempted to re-establish his family at Vale Royal, the family's country home and baronial seat from the 17th century; however, the great house was requisitioned as a sanatorium during the war years.[1] When it was sold in 1947, the fourth Baron returned to Kenya. As of 2016 the title is held by the fifth Baron, who succeeded his father in 1979. He also lives in Kenya.

The family surname is pronounced /ˈʌmli/ CHUM-lee.

Barons Delamere (1821)[edit]

The heir apparent is the present holder's grandson, Hugh Cholmondeley (born 1998)

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  1. ^ Holland, G.D et al. (1977). Vale Royal Abbey and House, p. 32; Westair-Reproductions: Cheshire, Museum finder