This page gives the family line of the Aylmer barony and the two Aylmer Baronetcies. For more information, go to the Aylmers of Ireland page.
Barons of Balrath
1st Lord Aylmer 1718-20: Admiral Matthew Aylmer, 1670-1720.
The title was conferred by King George I. Matthew, the second son of the first baronet (see below), married Sarah Ellis and the title passed to their first son and second child. For more information on Matthew see his page.
2nd Lord Aylmer 1720-54: Henry Aylmer, 1701-1754.
Henry was equerry to King George I, Whig MP for Rye 1722-27, and comptroller of the Mint 1727-54. Henry married Elizabeth Priestman and the title passed to their second son, also Henry.
3rd Lord Aylmer 1754-66: Captain Henry Aylmer, 1718-66.
Henry was a captain in the service of the Royal Navy. He married Anne Pierce and the title passed to their second son and third child, also Henry.
4th Lord Aylmer 1766-85: Sir Henry Aylmer, c1750-85.
Barons 1 and 2 were significant figures of their time, and 3 at least competent. Number 4 however was officially declared “totally unable to support the dignity of the Peerage”. He does however have a central place in the bloodline, for here the baronage and baronetage of Balrath coincided on his accession to the baronetage in 1776. He married Catharine Whitworth and the title passed to their first son and second child Matthew. Their daughter Rose (1779-1800) is commemorated in Landor’s poem Rose Aylmer.
5th Lord Aylmer 1785-1850: General Sir Matthew Whitworth-Aylmer, 1775-1850.
Matthew also served as Governor-General of Canada, and several places in north America bear his name. He married Louisa Anne Call; they had no children, and the title passed to the third son and fourth child of Baron 4. For more information on him see the Fighting Aylmers page; the places are listed on the Aylmer places page.
6th Lord Aylmer 1850-58: Admiral Sir Frederick Whitworth William Aylmer, 1777-1858.
Frederick never married and the title passed to a great great grandson of Baron 2, after checking of lineage.
7th Lord Aylmer 1860-1901: Sir Udolphus Aylmer, 1814-1901.
Udolphus was a colonel in the service of the Canadian militia, founder of the 54th Richmond Battalion of Infantry in 1866 and its Commanding Officer until his retirement in 1894. He married Mary Eliza Journeaux and the title passed to their first son and third child.
8th Lord Aylmer 1901-23: Major-General Sir Matthew Aylmer, 1842-1923.
He attained his highest rank in the Canadian army; he married Amy Gertrude Young and the title passed to their first son and second child.
9th Lord Aylmer 1923-70: Sir John Frederick Whitworth Aylmer, 1880-1970.
He married Emma Gertrude Black; they had no children, and the title passed to the second son and third child of Baron 8.
10th Lord Aylmer 1970-74: Sir Kenneth Athalmar Aylmer, 1883-1974.
He married Eleanor Katherine Rogers; they had no children (one begins to wonder about Aylmer fecundity), and the title passed to the third son and fourth child of Baron 8.
11th Lord Aylmer 1974-77: Sir Basil Udolphus Aylmer, 1886-1977.
He married first Bessie Irving Watson, their one son predeceased him, and second Helen Cooper Hogg, with whom he had no children, and the title passed to a great great great grandson of Baron 2.
12th Lord Aylmer 1977-82: Sir Hugh Yates Aylmer, 1907-1982.
Sir Hugh was educated in Minneapolis. He married Althea Talbot, with whom he had a daughter Ann. Male succession dictates that the title passed not to her but another great great great grandson of Baron 2.
13th Lord Aylmer 1982-2006: Sir Michael Anthony Aylmer, 1923-2006.
Sir Michael, a solicitor, was married to Maddalena SMGCSF Contessa Attems di Santa Croce (lots of names omitted!). They had two children, Anthony Julian and Gioia Francesca
14th Lord Aylmer: Sir (Anthony) Julian Aylmer, 1951-.
Like his father, Julian is a solicitor. He is married to Belinda Rosemary Parker and their son Michael Henry Aylmer was born in 1991, so there is some scope for the title to continue awhile yet. Michael also has a younger sister, Rosemary Sofia, b. 1993.
Baronets of Balrath
Slightly more ancient, and consanguine with, the Barons; the two lines eventually met once more, and the titles are now united.
1st Baronet 1662-71: Sir Christopher Aylmer, d1671.
He married Margaret Plunkett and the title passed to their first son and second child. Their eldest and very distinguished son, Matthew, was to be conferred the more senior title of Baron of Balrath (see above). Their great-granddaughter, by their daughter Catherine, was Nathaniel Warren, Lord Mayor of Dublin 1782-83. The Warrens were, I am told, direct descendants of the Magna Carta Barons. Nathaniel’s daughter Eleanor Crean emigrated to New York City in 1838, the first link of which I am aware to the United States.
2nd Baronet 1671-1702: Sir Gerald Aylmer, c1640-1702.
He married Mary Bellew and the title passed to their first son.
3rd Baronet 1702-14: Sir John Aylmer, d1714.
He married Alice Browne; they had no children and the title passed to the second son of Baronet 2.
4th Baronet 1714-40: Sir Andrew Aylmer, d1740.
He married Catherine Hussey and the title passed to their son.
5th Baronet 1740-45: Sir Gerald Aylmer, d1745.
He died unmarried and the title passed to a grandson of Baronet 2.
6th Baronet 1745-76: Sir Matthew Aylmer, 1724-1776.
He married Dorothea Lord; they had no children, and the title passed to a great-grandson of Baronet 1, Henry, the 4th Lord Aylmer. Here, the baronetage and baronage coincide, and hence the present and 16th baronet is also the 13th Lord Aylmer.
Baronets of Donadea
The original noble house, now in its 16th generation.
1st Baronet 1621-34: Sir Gerald Aylmer, d1634.
A lawyer. He married Mary Travers and the title passed to their first son and second child.
2nd Baronet 1634-1671/81: Sir Andrew Aylmer, 1610/7-1671/81.
Note the uncertainty over his dates, which means we cannot be certain when the third Baronet inherited. Andrew married Ellen Butler, with whom he had one son, Garrett, who predeceased him. The title therefore passed to Garrett’s first child Fitzgerald.
3rd Baronet 1671/81-85: Sir Fitzgerald Aylmer, 1663-85.
He married Lady Helen Plunkett; he died of smallpox; the title passed to his only child.
4th Baronet 1685-1711: Sir Justin Aylmer, 1681-1711.
He married Ellice, daughter of the second baronet of Balrath. He was for a short period declared outlaw by King James II, the last pro-Catholic King of England. The title passed to his first son.
5th Baronet 1711-36: Sir Gerald Aylmer, d1745.
He married Lucy Norris and the title passed to his third child and first son.
6th Baronet 1736-94: Sir Fitzgerald Aylmer, 1736-1794.
A busy baronet, finding the time to represent four different Irish constituencies at Westminster (not all at the same time). He acceded to the title while an infant. He married Elizabeth Cole, and the title passed to his first child.
7th Baronet 1794-1816: Sir Fenton Aylmer, 1770-1816.
The first appearance of the Fenton forename in the Aylmer line; it was the forename of his maternal grandfather. He becomes a central figure in the line. He married Jane Grace Evans-Freke, and the title passed to his first child. His third son became Rev William Aylmer, featured on the Aylmers at prayer page.
8th Baronet 1816-78: Sir Gerald George Aylmer, 1798-1878.
George caused the tower on the Hill of Allen known as ‘Aylmer’s Folly’ to be built, in 1860 (see The Aylmers of Ireland). He married Maria Hodgson, and the title passed to his first child.
9th Baronet 1878-83: Sir Gerald George Aylmer, 1830-83.
He married Alice Dobbs, and the title passed to his third child.
10th Baronet 1883-85: Sir Justin Gerald Aylmer, 1863-1885.
He died young, and unmarried, falling from his bike whilst a student at Cambridge University. The title passed to the second child of the seventh baronet.
11th Baronet 1885: Sir Arthur Percy Aylmer, 1801-1885.
The records are a mite confusing here. Sir Arthur died on 7 May, eight days before Sir Justin, but Justin had succeeded to the baronetcy on 15 March. Sir Arthur married Martha Reynell. The title passed to the third child of his eighth child (but only second son), Captain Fenton, who died following illness on active service in the Crimean War.
12th Baronet 1885-1928: Sir Arthur Percy Aylmer, 1858-1928.
He married twice, to Annie Sanger and Anne Reid, but had children with neither. The title passed to the younger brother of the 11th baronet.
13th Baronet 1928-35: Lt-Gen Sir Fenton John Aylmer, 1862-1935.
Victoria Cross holder, and the subject of his own page. He married Elsie Julie Oppermann (the daughter of a German, in 1913!) but they had no children. It was her second marriage. For succession, we go back to the 11th baronet’s ninth child and third son, John Evans Freke Aylmer, who died in 1907. He married Frances Margarita Thomson, and after five daughters they produced a son to inherit.
14th Baronet 1935-39: Sir Gerald AEF Aylmer, 1869-1939.
He married Mabel Ward, and the title passed to his second child.
15th Baronet 1816-78: Sir Fenton Gerald Aylmer, 1901-87.
He married Rosalind Bell, and the title passed to his first child.
16th Baronet 1987-date: Sir Richard John Aylmer, b1937.
He married Lise Demers. The heir apparent is his younger child, Fenton Paul Aylmer, b 1965.
Information on the baronage and baronetages compiled through www.thePeerage.com