Baron Aberdare

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Barony of Aberdare
Baron Aberdare
Creation date 23 August 1873
Monarch Queen Victoria
Peerage Peerage of the United Kingdom
First holder Henry Bruce, 1st Baron Aberdare
Present holder Alastair Bruce, 5th Baron Aberdare
Heir apparent Hector Morys Napier Bruce
Remainder to the 1st Baron's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten.

Baron Aberdare, of Duffryn in the County of Glamorgan, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 23 August 1873 for the Liberal politician Henry Bruce. He served as Home Secretary from 1868 to 1873. His grandson, the third Baron, was a soldier, cricketer and tennis player and a member of the International Olympic Committee. His son, the fourth Baron, held office in the Conservative administration of Edward Heath and was later a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords. Lord Aberdare was one of the ninety-two elected hereditary peers that were allowed to remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999. As of 2010 the title is held by his son, the fifth Baron, who succeeded in 2005 and was elected to the House of Lords in 2009.

Coat of arms[edit]

The heraldic blazon for the coat of arms of the barony is: Or, a saltire gules, on a chief of the last a martlet of the field.

Barons Aberdare (1873)[edit]

The heir apparent is the present holder's son the Hon Hector Morys Napier Bruce (b. 1974)


  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
  • Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages