Wake baronets

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The Wake Baronetcy, of Clevedon in the County of Somerset, is a title in the Baronetage of England. It was created on 5 December 1621 for Baldwin Wake. The sixth Baronet assumed the additional surname of Jones but died childless. The eighth Baronet sat as Member of Parliament for Bedford. The twelfth Baronet was High Sheriff of Northamptonshire in 1879. The thirteenth Baronet was a Major-General in the British Army. Another member of the family to gain distinction was Charles Wake, second son of the tenth Baronet; he was an Admiral in the Royal Navy.[1]

Joan Wake (1884–1974), the noted Northamptonshire historian, was a daughter of the 12th Baronet.

Popular belief has linked this family to Hereward the Wake through the Norman landowners who occupied the lands of Hereward in Lincolnshire after his death (c. 1072). The Wake family of Lincolnshire claimed descent from Hereward's daughter by his second wife, Alftruda.[2] Since the accession of the twelfth Baronet in 1865, each holder of the title has borne the personal name of Hereward.

The family seat is Courteenhall, Northamptonshire.

Wake baronets (1621)[edit]

  • Sir Baldwin Wake, 1st Baronet (1574–1627)
  • Sir John Wake, 2nd Baronet (1602–1658)
  • Sir William Wake, 3rd Baronet (1632–1698)
  • Sir John Wake, 4th Baronet (1661–1714) who was succeeded by his brother:
  • Sir Baldwin Wake, 5th Baronet (1696–1747) who was succeeded by his grandson:
  • Sir Charles Wake-Jones, 6th Baronet (1725–1755) who was succeeded by the third son of his great-uncle (Rev. Robert Wake, 1666–1725):
  • Sir William Wake, 7th Baronet (1715–1765)
  • Sir William Wake, 8th Baronet (1742–1785)
  • Sir William Wake, 9th Baronet (1768–1846)
  • Sir Charles Wake, 10th Baronet (1791–1864)
  • Sir William Wake, 11th Baronet (1823–1865)
  • Sir Hereward Wake, 12th Baronet (1852–1916)
  • Sir Hereward Wake, 13th Baronet (1876–1963), an officer on the staff of the British Expeditionary Force in 1914 with the rank of major, later rising to the rank of major general[3]
  • Sir Hereward Wake, 14th Baronet (born 1916)

The heir apparent to the baronetcy is Hereward Charles Wake (born 1952), only son of the 14th baronet. His heir apparent is his eldest son, John Hereward Wake (born 1978).


  1. ^ George Edward Cokayne Complete Baronetage, Volume 1 1900
  2. ^ See E. King, "The Origins of the Wake Family: the early history of the barony of Bourne in Lincolnshire." Northamptonshire Past and Present; 5 (1973–1977), pp. 166–176
  3. ^ Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August, p. 223. New York: Random House, 1962


  • Kidd, Charles & Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
  • Gordon, Peter. The Wakes of Northamptonshire - A Family History. Northamptonshire Library & Information Service, May 1992. (ISBN 978-0905391151)

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