Baron Sudeley is a title that has been created thrice in British history, twice in the Peerage of England and once in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The first creation came in the Peerage of England in 1299 when John de Sudeley was summoned to Parliament as Lord Sudeley. On the death of the third Baron in 1367 the title fell into abeyance. The abeyance was terminated in 1380 when Thomas Boteler, the fourth Baron, became sole heir. The sixth Baron was created Baron Sudeley by letters patent in 1441. He served as Lord High Treasurer from 1444 to 1447. On his death in 1473 the 1441 creation became extinct while the 1299 creation once again fell into abeyance.
The third creation came in the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 1838 when Charles Hanbury-Tracy was created Baron Sudeley, of Toddington in the County of Gloucester. He had previously represented Tewkesbury in the House of Commons as a Whig and served as Lord Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire. He was also as Chairman of the Royal Commission appointed to judge designs for the new Houses of Parliament. He married his cousin Hon. Henrietta Susanna, daughter and heiress of Henry Leigh Tracy, 8th and last Viscount Tracy, through which marriage the estate of Toddington Manor in Gloucestershire came into the Hanbury family. Five days before the marriage Charles Hanbury assumed the additional surname of Tracy.
He was succeeded by his son, the second Baron. He sat as a Member of Parliament for Wallingford and served as Lord Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire. In 1806 Lord Sudeley assumed by Royal licence the surname of Leigh in lieu of his patronymic. However, in 1839 he discontinued the use of this surname and resumed by Royal licence his original surname of Hanbury-Tracy. On his death the title passed to his son, the third Baron. He was also Lord Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire. He was succeeded by his younger brother, the fourth Baron. He was a Liberal Member of Parliament for Montgomery from 1863 to 1877 and served under William Ewart Gladstone as Captain of the Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms in 1886. However, he later came into financial difficulties which caused the sale of the family seat of Toddington Manor. As of 2010[update] the title is held by his great-grandson, the seventh Baron, who succeeded his first cousin once removed, the sixth Baron, in 1941.
The Hon. Frederick Hanbury-Tracy, younger son of the second Baron, was Member of Parliament for Montgomery.
Barons Sudeley; First and Second creation (1299 and 1441)
- John de Sudeley, 1st Baron Sudeley (c. 1257–1336)
- John de Sudeley, 2nd Baron Sudeley (d. 1340)
- John de Sudeley, 3rd Baron Sudeley (c. 1337–1367) (abeyant)
- Thomas Boteler, 4th Baron Sudeley (1355–1398) (abeyance terminated 1380)
- John Boteler, 5th Baron Sudeley (d. 1417)
- Ralph Boteler, 6th Baron Sudeley (d. 1473) (created Baron Sudeley in 1441; in 1473, first creation abeyant, second extinct)
Barons Sudeley; Third creation, 1838
- Charles Hanbury-Tracy, 1st Baron Sudeley (1778–1858)
- Thomas Charles Hanbury-Tracy, 2nd Baron Sudeley (1801–1863)
- Sudeley Charles George Hanbury-Tracy, 3rd Baron Sudeley (1837–1877)
- Charles Douglas Richard Hanbury-Tracy, 4th Baron Sudeley (1840–1922)
- William Charles Frederick Hanbury-Tracy, 5th Baron Sudeley (1870–1932)
- Richard Algernon Frederick Hanbury-Tracy, 6th Baron Sudeley (1911–1941)
- Merlin Charles Sainthill Hanbury-Tracy, 7th Baron Sudeley (b. 1939)
The heir presumptive is the present holder's second cousin twice removed Nicholas Edward John Hanbury-Tracy (b. 1959). He is the great-great-grandson of Hon. Frederick Stephen Archibald Hanbury-Tracy, fifth son of the second Baron.
The next in line is the heir presumptive's half-brother Timothy Christopher Claud Hanbury-Tracy (b. 1968). His heir is his son Max Hanbury-Tracy (born 2004).
- Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage New York: St Martin's Press, 1990
- Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 107th edition, 3/3 volumes (London 2003)
- Charles Kidd and David Williamson, Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, (London 2000)
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