Baron Westbury

Barony of Westbury

Argent, on a chevron, engrailed azure, between three boars' heads couped sable, an estoile or, all within a bordure of the third
Creation date 26 June 1861[1]
Monarch Queen Victoria
Peerage Peerage of the United Kingdom
First holder Sir Richard Bethell
Present holder Richard Bethell, 6th Baron Westbury
Heir apparent Hon. Alexander Bethell
Remainder to Heirs male of the first baron's body lawfully begotten
Armorial motto Ap Ithel (Welsh: Bethell)[1]
Richard Bethell, 1st Baron Westbury

The Baron Westbury, of Westbury in the County of Wiltshire, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1861 for the lawyer and Liberal politician Sir Richard Bethell on his appointment as Lord Chancellor, a post he held until 1865.[2]

The title descended in the direct line until the death of his great-great-grandson, the fourth baron (who succeeded his grandfather), in 1961. The fourth baron was succeeded by his younger brother, the fifth baron. He was equerry to His Royal Highness Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester from 1947 to 1949 and also served as Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire in 1973. As of 2016 the title is held by his son, the sixth baron, who succeeded in 2001.

Barons Westbury (1861)

The heir apparent is the present holder's son Hon. Alexander Bethell (b. 1986).


  1. 1 2 Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1895). "Armorial Families: A Complete Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage, and a Directory of Some Gentlemen of Coat-armour, and Being the First Attempt to Show which Arms in Use at the Moment are Borne by Legal Authority". p. 1027. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 Cokayne, George Edward (1898). Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct, Or Dormant. pp. 104–105. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  3. "Suicide of Lord Westbury – Fall from Bedroom Window". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 22 February 1930. p. 17.
  4. "Obituary: Lord Westbury". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 22 February 1930. p. 4.
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