Molyneux baronets

There have been three baronetcies created for descendants of the ancient Norman family of Molyneux who were granted extensive estates in Lancashire after the Norman Conquest.

The baronetcy of Molyneux of Sefton was created in the Baronetage of England on 22 May 1611 for Richard Molyneux, Member of Parliament for Lancashire on three occasions 1584 to 1611. Successors were raised to the peerage as Viscount Molyneux and Earl of Sefton.[1]

The baronetcy of Molyneux of Teversall was created in the baronetage of England on 29 June 1611 for John Molyneux, of a junior branch of the family. Their seat at Teversal, near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire came into the family via the 16th century marriage of Francis Molyneux to the Teversall heiress, Elizabeth Greenhalgh,[2] and later the Wellow estate, also in Nottinghamshire, devolved upon Sir William Molyneux, 6th Baronet, through his marriage to Anne Challand.[3] This baronetcy became extinct on his only son's death in 1812, the unmarried 7th Baronet, when these Molyneux estates passed to his sister and heir Juliana Molyneux (1749–1808) who married Henry Howard, of Glossop (1713–1787),[4] a descendant of the 22nd Earl of Arundel: their eldest son succeeded as 12th Duke of Norfolk and their second son, Lord Henry Thomas Howard-Molyneux-Howard (1766–1824), had a daughter, Henrietta Anna, who married Henry John George Herbert, 3rd Earl of Carnarvon, whose eldest son, the 4th Earl, was Henry Howard Molyneux Herbert starting a tradition for the Herberts to pass on Molyneux as a middle name.

A third baronetcy namely Molyneux of Castle Dillon, County Armagh was created in the Baronetage of Ireland 4 July 1730 for Thomas Molyneux, a distinguished doctor. His family, who are first recorded in Calais around 1530, settled in Ireland about 1576.

Molyneux of Sefton, Lancashire (1611)

Extinct on the death of the 7th and last Earl of Sefton

Molyneux of Teversall, Nottinghamshire (1611)

The line became extinct on the death of the 8th baronet.

Molyneux of Castle Dillon, County Armagh (1730)

  • Sir Thomas Molyneux, 1st Baronet (1661–1733)
  • Sir Daniel Molyneux, 2nd Baronet
  • Sir Capel Molyneux, 3rd Baronet, PC (1717–1797)
  • Sir Capel Molyneux, 4th Baronet
  • Sir Thomas Molyneux, 5th Baronet
  • Sir George King Adlercron Molyneux, 6th Baronet
  • Sir Capel Molyneux, 7th Baronet
  • Sir John William Henry Molyneux, 8th Baronet
  • Sir John Charles Molyneux, 9th Baronet
  • Sir Ernest Molyneux, 10th Baronet (died 1940)
Extinct on the 10th baronet's death

See also



Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Bacon baronets

Molyneux baronets
of Sefton

22 May 1611
Succeeded by
Mansel baronets
Preceded by
Cholmondeley baronets

Molyneux baronets
of Teversall

29 June 1611
Succeeded by
Wortley baronets
Baronetage of Ireland
Preceded by
Dixon-Hamon baronets

Molyneux baronets
of Castle Dillon

4 July 1730
Succeeded by
Bayly baronets
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