Miles Watson, 2nd Baron Manton

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Miles Watson, 2nd Baron Manton (right) with brother R F Watson, Directors of Newmarket Bloodstock Ltd. Company Christmas card portrait circa 1960
Arms of Watson, Baron Manton: Argent, on a chevron azure between four martlets three in-chief and one in-base sable a crescent between two roses of the field

Miles Watson, 2nd Baron Manton (1899–1968), (born George Miles Watson), of Compton Verney, Warwickshire and Plumpton Place, East Sussex, was an English peer and racehorse breeder.


George Miles Watson was born on 21 June 1899.[1][2] He was the eldest son of Joseph Watson, 1st Baron Manton (1873–1922), the Leeds soap magnate, by his wife (Frances) Claire Nickols, daughter of Harold Nickols of Sandford House, Kirkstall, Leeds.[3][4] Watson had three younger brothers, Robert Fraser, Alastair Joseph, and Richard Mark Watson, all born by 1906.[3] He was educated at Harrow.[1][2]

Succeeds father[edit]

He succeeded as 2nd Baron Manton on the death of his father in 1922.[1] He sold the Compton Verney estate to Samuel Lamb.[5] In 1927, he sold the Manton racehorse training establishment near Marlborough, Wiltshire, which had been purchased by his father.[6]


In the 1920s Manton had been a jockey under National Hunt Rules. having sold his father's briefly-owned seat of Compton Verney, in 1938 he purchased Plumpton Place near Lewes in Sussex, where he established a racehorse stud. Hard Sauce, produced there, sired the winner of the 1958 Derby, Hard Ridden.[7] For the British Bloodstock Agency, he travelled to India and South America.[7] With his brother Robert he was a director of Newmarket Bloodstock Ltd.[2][7]

Marriage and progeny[edit]

He married twice:

  • Firstly on 18 April 1923, to Alathea Alys Mary Pauline Langdale,[1][7][8][9] 2nd daughter and co-heiress of Colonel Philip Joseph Langdale, OBE, JP, DL, of Houghton Hall, Sancton, Yorkshire.[8] Alathea filed for divorce in 1934, which was granted in 1936.[2][9][10]
  • Secondly on 1 June 1938, he married Leila Joan Reynolds daughter of Major Philip Guy Reynolds, DSO and formerly the wife of John Dane Player (1864-1950),[4] a director of John Player & Sons tobacco manufacturers founded by his father and of Imperial Tobacco,[11] who had cited Manton in his own divorce proceedings, starting 1937.[12] She became after Manton's death Lady Brownlow, having married, as his 3rd wife, Peregrine Cust, 6th Baron Brownlow of Belton House, Grantham, Lincolnshire.[4]


Manton died in June 1968 at his home Plumpton Place.[13] On his death, the title passed to his son by his first wife Alethea Langdale, Rupert Watson, 3rd Baron Manton.[7][14]


  1. ^ a b c d Charles Roger Dod; Robert Phipps Dod (1960). "Manton, 2nd Baron (George Miles Watson)". Dod's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland, Including All the Titled Classes. p. 159. 
  2. ^ a b c d Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage, and Companionage. Kelly's Directories. 1963. p. 801. 
  3. ^ a b "Joseph Watson". Grace's Guide - British Industrial History. Retrieved July 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ a b c Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage. Kelly's Directories. 2000. p. 1097. ISBN 978-0-333-54577-5. 
  5. ^ "A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 5: Kington hundred". 1949. pp. 58–60. Retrieved 16 July 2013.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  6. ^ "History of Manton". Brian Meehan. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Obituary - Lord Manton". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. 14 August 2003. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Administrative history - Langdale family of Holme, Yorkshire - Hull History Centre (Hull University Archives)". The National Archives. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Divorce Court File: J 77/3359 2564. Appellant: Alathea Alys Mary Pauline Watson, Baroness Manton. Respondent: George Miles Watson, Baron Manton.". National Archive (Held by The National Archives, Kew). Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Divorce Court File: J 77/3359. Divorce and matrimonial cause files, described at item level". National Archive (Held by The National Archives, Kew). Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Nottinghamshire Archives, John Player & Sons Limited, Reference:DD/PL PL [1]
  12. ^ "Divorce Court File: 4248. Appellant: John Dane Player. Respondent: Leila Joan Player. Co-respondent: George Miles Watson (Baron Manton). Type: Husband's petition for divorce [hd].". National Archive (Held by The National Archives, Kew). Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "2nd Baron Manton". The Bloodstock Breeders' Annual Review, Volume 57. British Bloodstock Agency. 1968. p. 57. 
  14. ^ "The Peerage - Barons". Whitaker's Almanack. J. Whitaker & Sons. 1968. p. 241. 

External links[edit]

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Joseph Watson
Baron Manton
Succeeded by
Joseph Rupert Eric Robert Watson