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The Nightingale Baronetcy of Newport Pond
The Coat of Arms for the Nightingale Family.jpg
The Coat of Arms for the Nightingale Family: An ermine shield with a red rose that is counterchanged and insitu. The Family Crest: An Ibex proper that is armed and maned, signifying harmony, polity and peace.[1]
Creation date 1628 (first creation)
1645 (second creation)
1702 (third creation)
1715 (fourth creation)
1722 (fifth creation)
1723 (sixth creation)
1730 (seventh creation)
1750 (eighth creation)
1782 (ninth creation)
1797 (tenth creation)
1804 (eleventh creation)
1843 (twelfth creation)
1876 (thirteenth creation)
1911 (fourteenth creation)
1953 (fifteenth creation)
1972 (sixteenth creation)
1977 (seventeenth creation)
Monarch Charles I (first creation)
Charles I (second creation)
Anne (third creation)
George I (fourth creation)
George I (fifth creation)
George I (sixth creation)
George II (seventh creation)
George II (eighth creation)
George III (ninth creation)
George III (tenth creation)
George III (eleventh creation)
George III (twelfth creation)
Victoria (thirteenth creation)
George V (fifteenth creation)
Elizabeth II (sixteenth creation)
Elizabeth II (seventeenth creation)
Peerage Baronetage of England
First holder Sir Thomas Nightingale, High Sheriff of Essex, 1st Baronet of Newport Pond (first creation)
Present holder Sir Charles Manners Gamaliel Nightingale, 17th Baronet of Newport Pond (seventeenth creation)
Heir apparent Christopher George Manners Nightingale
Heir presumptive Edward George Manners Nightingale
Former seat(s) Kneesworth Hall, Kneesworth, Cambridgeshire
Armorial motto Pro Rege et Patria (For King and Country)

The Nightingale Baronetcy of Newport Pond is a title in the Baronetage of England, created by King Charles I of England on the 1st of September (1628), and is part of the Landed gentry. A member of the British aristocracy, it has had seventeen baronets since its inception, beginning with Sir Thomas Nightingale (d.1645) who was appointed the High Sheriff of Essex in 1627.

The fourth Baronet, Sir Robert Nightingale (d.1722), was a Director of the Honourable East India Company in London, England. After his death, the title should have passed to Edward Nightingale (b. 1659 d. 1723), son of Geoffrey Nightingale of Kneesworth (d.1681). However, the Nightingale estate passed to Robert Gascoigne, cousin to the fourth baronet for reasons unknown, who also adopted the name and coat of arms of Nightingale. On 2 November 1722 Robert (Gascoigne) Nightingale died, three months after contracting smallpox. The estate, worth close to £300,000 (or £25,000,000 in today's financial market), passed to his younger brother, Joseph. He later married Lady Elizabeth Shirley, eldest of the three daughters of Washington Shirley, 2nd Earl Ferrers, who died after giving birth to their fourth child. Shortly after, their first two sons also died. After ending his time as Member of Parliament for the county of Staffordshire, Joseph later moved to Mamhead house in Devon for respite and recovery. He died in 1752 at the age of 56. His surviving heir, Washington Gascoigne Nightingale, commissioned a tomb for both his parents in St Michael's Chapel of Westminster Abbey in London but never saw it as he died two years later, unmarried and with no heir apparent.

Monument commemorating Lady Elizabeth Nightingale and Joseph Nightingale in St Michael's Chapel, Westminster Abbey, London.

It was not until 1797 that a later descendent of the first baronet, Sir Edward Nightingale (d.1804), established his rightful succession to the Nightingale estate and the hereditary knighthood to become the tenth Baronet of Newport Pond.

Another notable figure is Sir Gamaliel Nightingale (b.1731 d.1791), the ninth baronet, who was also a Captain in the Honourable East India Company. In 1759, he commanded the HMS Vengeance (1758) during the Battle of Quiberon Bay. He is also widely known for exploring a small volcanic island in the South Atlantic Ocean, known today for its wildlife conservation and scientific value. It was named Nightingale Island in 1760, which is now part of the Tristan da Cunha Island Group, lying between the Cape of Good Horn and Good Hope, the remotest archipelago in the world.

The present and seventeenth holder of the Baronetcy is Sir Charles Manners Gamaliel Nightingale (b.1947), a retired civil servant from Harrogate, Yorkshire. The heir apparent, Christopher George Manners Nightingale (b.1949), is a graduate from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was a Major in the British Army, currently living in the Western Cape of South Africa. The heir presumptive, Edward George Manners Nightingale (b.1985), is a member of the Old Denstonians, a postgraduate from the University of Wales and a Financial Consultant, who previously resided in the old merchant quarter of Amsterdam. He is currently married to a physician and member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He is also Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Planning to Thrive, a wealth management firm in the United Kingdom.

The ancestral seat for the Nightingale family was held in Kneesworth Hall of Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth, Cambridgeshire.

Previous connections with other distinguished families include the Duke of Rutland, Capell, Throckmorton baronets, Slingsby baronets, Chester baronets and Earl Ferrers.

Past variations on the surname include Nightingall, Knightingale, Nightinggale, Nightingayle and Nightengale.

The Nightingale Baronets of Newport Pond (established in 1628)[edit]


  1. ^ Montague-Smith, P.W. (ed.), Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage, Kelly's Directories Ltd, Kingston-upon-Thames, 1968, p.430


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