Boothby Baronets

Boothby Baronets

There have been two Baronetcies created for persons with the surname Boothby, both in the Baronetage of England. One creation is extant as of 2008.

The Boothby Baronetcy, of Broadlaw Ash in the County of Derby, was created in the Baronetage of England on 13 July 1660 for William Boothby, subsequently High Sheriff of Derbyshire from 1661 to 1662. Charles I had intended to create Boothby's father, Henry Boothby (1594-1648), a Royalist, in 1644 (with the territorial designation "of Clate Clote in the County of Oxford"). The letters patent received the sign-manual of the King but in the confusion of the Civil War, it did not pass the Great Seal. His son, William, petitioned for a new creation in 1660 which was granted (due to this the Baronets are sometime numbered differently, the first Baronet of the 1660 creation is sometimes referred to as the second Baronet, and so on). Sir William married as his second wife Hill, daughter of Sir William Brooke, hence the common family first name of Brooke. Sir William Brooke was heir to the barony of Cobham through his mother, but was not allowed to succeed as the peerages were under attainder. On his death the peerage fell into abeyance among his four daughters. Boothby was succeeded by his grandson (from his first marriage to Frances Milward), Henry, the second Baronet. He died unmarried at an early age and was succeeded by his half-uncle, William, the third Baronet. He was the son of the first Baronet by his second marriage to the aforementioned Mary Hill. On his death the title passed to his grandson, William, the fourth Baronet. He was a Major-General in the British Army. He would have succeeded to the barony of Cobham but for the attainder.

Boothby died unmarried in 1787 and was succeeded by his first cousin once removed, Brooke, the fifth Baronet. He was the eldest son of Brooke Boothby, third son of the second marriage of the first Baronet. His elder son, Brooke, the sixth Baronet, was a poet and friend of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He was famously painted in a Romantic pose by Joseph Wright in 1781 (see external links below). He died without male issue in 1824 and was succeeded by his younger brother, William, the seventh Baronet. On his death the title passed to his eldest son, William, the eighth Baronet. He was Receiver-General of Customs at the Port of London. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Brooke, the ninth Baronet. He was Rector of Elmley, Worcestershire, and of Welwyn, Hertfordshire. Ashbourne Hall, Derbyshire, the family seat for 200 years, was sold according to his will. His eldest son, Brooke, the tenth Baronet, was a diplomat and served as Envoy Extraordinaire and Minister Plenipotentiary to Chile from 1907 to 1913. He died unmarried in 1913 and was succeeded by his younger brother, Charles, the eleventh Baronet. He died unmarried in 1926 and was succeeded by his younger brother, Herbert, the twelfth Baronet. He died unmarried in 1935 and was succeeded by his younger brother, Seymour, the thirteenth Baronet. His son, Hugo, the fourteenth Baronet, served as Lord-Lieutenant of South Glamorgan from 1974 to 1986. As of 2008 the title is held by his only son, Brooke, the fifteenth Baronet, who succeeded in 1986.

Several other members of the family may also be mentioned. William Osbert Boothby (1866-1913), son of Reverend Evelyn Boothby, second son of Reverend Charles Boothby, third son of the seventh Baronet, was a Captain in the Royal Navy. Basil Boothby, son of Basil Tanfield Beridge Boothby, youngest son of the aforementioned Reverend Evelyn Boothby, was a diplomat and served as Ambassador to Iceland from 1962 to 1965. Evelyn Leonard Beridge Boothby (1876-1937), son of Colonel Basil Charles Boothby (who was seriously wounded at the Battle of Alma during the Crimean War and had to have his leg amputated), fourth son of Reverend Charles Boothby (who at a young age fought in the Battle of Talavera where he lost a leg and was taken prisoner by the French), third son of the seventh Baronet, was also a Captain in the Royal Navy. John George Boothby (1824-1876), third son of Reverend Brooke Boothby, second son of the seventh Baronet, was a Major-General in the Royal Artillery.

The Boothby Baronetcy, of Friday Hill in the parish of Chingford in the County of Essex, was created in the Baronetage of England on 9 November 1660 for Thomas Boothby. The title became extinct on the early death of his son, Thomas, the second Baronet, in 1669.

"Boothby Baronets, of Clater Cote (1644)"

*"Sir Henry Boothby, 1st Baronet" (1594-1648)

Boothby Baronets, of Broadlow Ash (1660)

*Sir William Boothby, 1st Baronet (c. 1638-1707)
*Sir Henry Boothby, 2nd Baronet (1682-1710)
*Sir William Boothby, 3rd Baronet (1664-1731)
*Sir William Boothby, 4th Baronet (1721-1787)
*Sir Brooke Boothby, 5th Baronet (1710-1789)
*Sir Brooke Boothby, 6th Baronet (1744-1824)
*Sir William Boothby, 7th Baronet (1746-1824)
*Sir William Boothby, 8th Baronet (1782-1846)
*Sir Brooke William Robert Boothby, 9th Baronet (1809-1865)
*Sir Brooke Boothby, 10th Baronet (1856-1913)
*Sir Charles Francis Boothby, 11th Baronet (1858-1926)
*Sir Herbert Cecil Boothby, 12th Baronet (1863-1935)
*Sir Seymour William Brooke Boothby, 13th Baronet (1866-1951)
*Sir Hugo Robert Brooke Boothby, 14th Baronet (1907-1986)
*Sir Brooke Charles Boothby, 15th Baronet (b. 1949)

The Heir Presumptive is the present holder's kinsman: George William Boothby (b. 1948). He is descended from Reverend Brooke Boothby, second son of the eighth Baronet. He is married with three daughters.

The Heir Presumptive's Heir Presumptive is his younger brother Richard Charles Brooke Boothby (b. 1955)

The Heir Presumptive's Heir Presumptive's Heir Apparent is his son Maximillian Brooke Boothby (b. 1995)

Boothby Baronets, of Friday Hill (1660)

* Sir Thomas Boothby, 1st Baronet (c. 1622- 1661)
* Sir Thomas Boothby, 2nd Baronet (c. 1645- 1669)

External links

* [ Painting of Sir Brooke Boothby, 6th Baronet]
* [ Boothby genealogy] Stirnet database, no date. Retrieved 14 January 2008.
* [ Portraits of Sir Brooke Boothby, 7th Bt. (or 6th Bt.)] in the National Portrait Gallery


*"Sir Brooke Boothby: Rousseau's Roving Baronet Friend" "Aston English Historical Review" .2006; CXXI: 1543-1544.
*Leigh Rayment. [ Boothby baronets] . Retrieved 14 January 2008.
*Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). "Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage" (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
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Further reading

* Jacques Zonneveld. Sir Brooke Boothby: Rousseau's Roving Baronet Friend. De Nieuwe Haagsche: Uitgeverij, 2003. Pp. 542. $105. Review by JoLynn Edwards [ available online] .

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