Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes baronets

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Baronetcy of
Arms of Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes baronets.svg
Quarterly, 1st & 4th: Azure three lions rampant or (for Fiennes); 2nd & 3rd: Argent, a chevron between three moles sable (for Twisleton) overall a canton of a baronet
Creation date 30 June 1916[1]
Monarch George V
Baronetage Baronetage of the United Kingdom
First holder Eustace Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes
Present holder Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 3rd Baronet
Remainder to 1st baronet's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten[2]
Status Extant
Armorial motto Fortem posce animum (Look for a brave spirit)

The Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes Baronetcy, of Banbury in the County of Oxford, is a title in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom. It was created in the 1916 Birthday Honours for the Liberal politician and decorated military officer, the Hon. Eustace Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes.[3]

Sir Eustace was the second son of John Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 11th/17th Baron Saye and Sele. He had a long military career and represented Banbury in Parliament (1906–10, 1910–18). At the time of the creation, he was a major in the Oxfordshire Yeomanry serving in the First World War. He was later a leutenant-colonel and colonial administrator.[2][1]

Sir Eustace's eldest son and heir, Capt. John Eustace Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, died 18 June 1917 of wounds suffered in the Battle of Arras, where he was serving with the Gordon Highlanders. After Sir Eustace's death in February 1943, the title was inherited by his second son, Lt.-Col. Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, who had been wounded shortly before while serving Royal Scots Greys.[4]

The second baronet married Audrey Joan Wilson, daughter of Sir Percy Newson, in 1931. They had three daughters before he succumbed to his wounds on 24 November 1943.[5] The third baronet, Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, was born posthumously in March 1944. He is a well-known adventurer and producer. He is a third cousin of actors Ralph Fiennes and Joseph Fiennes, and as a descendant of the 11th Baron Saye and Sele, he is also in remainder to this title.[1][6] He married fellow adventurer Virginia Pepper in 1970. She died of cancer in 2004. There are no heirs to the title.[1][7]

Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes baronets (1916)[edit]

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  1. ^ a b c d Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. pp. 3996–3997. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1. 
  2. ^ a b "No. 29883". The London Gazette. 29 December 1916. p. 12655. 
  3. ^ "The Birthday Honours: Five New Peers, Long List of Soldier Decorations". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 3 June 1916. p. 9. 
  4. ^ "Obituary: Sir Eustace Fiennes – Late Governor of the Leeward Islands". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 10 February 1943. p. 7. 
  5. ^ "Obituary: Fallen Officers". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 8 December 1943. p. 7. 
  6. ^ Burke 2003, p. 3535
  7. ^ Jardine, Cassandra (28 February 2004). "Sir Ranulph begins the loneliest journey - life without his Ginny". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 November 2017.