John Norton, 5th Baron Grantley

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Grantley
Born (1855-10-01)1 October 1855
Died 5 August 1943(1943-08-05) (aged 87)
Nationality British
Alma mater Highgate School
Harrow School
University of Dresden
Known for Father of the House of Lords
Spouse(s) (1) Katharine Buckner Norton, née McVickar
(2) Alice Jones

John Richard Brinsley Norton, 5th Baron Grantley, FSA, FRNS (1 October 1855 – 5 August 1943) was a British peer and numismatist.

Early life[edit]

Norton was born in Florence, Italy, the son of Thomas Norton, 4th Baron Grantley and his wife, Maria, née Federigo, and a grandson of Caroline Norton, the writer. He was educated at Highgate School from 1867 until 1869,[1] and then at Harrow School and the University of Dresden. He inherited his father's title in 1877 and was sometime a captain in the Middlesex Yeomanry.


Grantley was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Royal Numismatic Society and the British Numismatic Society.[2] He assembled a large collection of coins and also grew orchids. His country seats were Weeke Manor in Winchester and Markenfield Hall in Ripon. He also owned Elton Manor in Nottinghamshire for a time, but seems hardly to have lived there.[3] He purchased the Red Rice estate in 1913.


In 1879, Grantley married Katharine Buckner Norton, née McVickar (died 1897), the former wife of his cousin, Charles Grantley Campbell Norton. She was the daughter of Commodore William Henry McVickar, US Navy, of New York, USA. He married secondly, in 1899, Alice Jones (died 1942), the illegitimate daughter of Thomas Heron Jones, 7th Viscount Ranelagh. By his first wife, he had six children.

  • Hon [unnamed] Norton (born and died 25 January 1889)
  • Hon Richard Henry Brinsley Norton, later 6th Baron Grantley
  • Hon Joan Mary Conyers Norton (10 November 1879 – 22 July 1942), married 11 February 1903 Edmund Henry Bevan JP, of Hilston Park, Monmouthshire (died 3 November 1945), son of Thomas Bevan of Stone Park, Greenhithe, and had issue.
  • Hon Eleanour Trehane Norton (18 July 1881 – 16 March 1951)
  • Hon Winifred Chapple Norton (18 July 1881 – 11 July 1914), married 26 June 1907 William Galbraith Tennant, eldest son of John Tennant, of The Boltons, London, and had issue.
  • Hon Katharine Edith Carlotta Norton (18 December 1883 – 9 February 1961)

In 1930 he became Father of the House of Lords on the death of Viscount Hereford. On his death in a London nursing home in 1943, his titles passed to his only surviving son The Hon. Richard Henry Brinsley Norton.



  1. ^ Ed. Boreham, J.Y. Highgate School Register 1838-1938 (4th ed.). p. 56. 
  2. ^ "Lord Grantley - Obituary" (PDF). London: The British Numismatic Society. Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  3. ^ Lord Grantley: Silver Spoon: being extracts from the random reminiscences of Lord Grantley (London: Hutchinson, 1954), p. 17.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Marquess of Ailsa
Father of the House of Lords
Succeeded by
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Norton
Baron Grantley
Succeeded by
Richard Norton