Baron Furnivall

Baron Furnivall is an ancient title in the Peerage of England. It was originally created (by writ) when Thomas de Furnivall was summoned to the Model Parliament on 24 June 1295 as Lord Furnivall. The barony eventually passed to Thomas Nevill, who had married the first baron's descendant Joan de Furnivall, and he was summoned to parliament in her right. Their daughter, Maud de Neville, married John Talbot, who was also summoned to parliament in her right. He was later created Earl of Shrewsbury. On the death of the seventh earl in 1616, the barony fell into abeyance. The abeyance was terminated naturally in favour of the earl's daughter Alethea Howard in 1651 and passed through her to the Dukes of Norfolk. On the death of the ninth Duke in 1777, the barony again fell into abeyance. In 1913 the abeyance was terminated again in favour of Mary Frances Katherine Petre, daughter of Bernard Petre, 14th Baron Petre.[1] Through her father she was a great-great-great-granddaughter of the ninth Baron Petre and his first wife Anne Howard, niece of the ninth Duke of Norfolk (and 18th Baron Furnivall), who became co-heir to the Barony on her uncle's death in 1777. On Lady Furnivall's death in 1968 the barony fell into abeyance for the third time.

Barons Furnivall (1295; 1318)

1777 Charles Philip Stourton, 17th Baron Stourton Anne Howard, Baroness Petre
1787 Robert Petre, 10th Baron Petre
1809 William Petre, 11th Baron Petre
1816 William Stourton, 18th Baron Stourton
1846 Charles Stourton, 19th Baron Stourton
1850 William Petre, 12th Baron Petre
1872 Alfred Stourton, 23rd Baron Mowbray, 20th Baron Stourton
1884 William Petre, 13th Baron Petre
1893 Charles Stourton, 24th Baron Mowbray, 21st Baron Stourton Bernard Petre, 14th Baron Petre
1908 the Hon. Mary Petre

The co-heiresses since the 19th Baroness's death have been her daughters the Hon. Rosamond Mary Dent and the Hon. Mrs. Patricia Mary Bence. As Rosamond is a nun (Sister Ancilla Dent, OSB), and therefore without issue, the barony will upon her death come out of abeyance either to the Hon. Mrs. Bence or, if she predeceases her sister, to Francis Hornsby (b. 21 April 1958), Mrs. Bence's son.

See also


  1. "No. 28720". The London Gazette. 20 May 1913. p. 3590.
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