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Baron Foley

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Arms of the Barons Foley

Baron Foley is a title that has been created twice in the Peerage of Great Britain, both times for members of the same family.

The first creation came in 1712 in favour of Thomas Foley, who had earlier represented Stafford in the House of Commons. He was the grandson of the prominent ironmaster Thomas Foley and the nephew of Paul Foley, Speaker of the House of Commons, and Philip Foley. However, this creation became extinct in 1766 on the death of his son, the second Baron.

The second creation came in 1776 when the barony was revived for Thomas Foley, the cousin, heir and namesake of the last holder of the 1712 creation, who was created Baron Foley, of Kidderminster in Worcestershire. He was a former Member of Parliament for Droitwich and Herefordshire. He was succeeded by his son, the second Baron. He also represented Droitwich and Herefordshire in Parliament and served as Postmaster General. On his death the title passed to his son, the third Baron. He notably held office as Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (Government Chief Whip in the House of Lords) in the Whig administration of Lord Grey.

He was succeeded by his son, the fourth Baron. He was also a Whig politician and succeeded his father as Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms in 1833, a post he held until 1834, and again from 1835 to 1841, from 1846 to 1852, from 1852 to 1858, from 1859 to 1866 and from 1868 to 1869. On the death of his second son, the sixth Baron, in 1918, this line of the family failed. The late Baron was succeeded by his first cousin once removed, the seventh Baron. He was the grandson of General the Hon. Sir St George Gerald Foley, third son of the third Baron. As of 2012 the title is held by the seventh Baron's grandson, the ninth Baron. He succeeded his father, a composer and pianist who held the title for 83 years, in 2012.

The family seat was Witley Court until this was sold to trustees for William, Lord Ward (later the 1st Earl of Dudley), in 1837.

Barons Foley; First creation (1712)[edit]

Barons Foley; Second creation (1776)[edit]

The heir presumptive is the present holder's sixth cousin, Rupert Thomas Foley (b. 1970), great-great-great-great-grandson of Hon. Edward Foley, second son of the 1st Baron (see succession chart below).[1][2]

The heir presumptive's heir is his son by his marriage to Rachel Staines (married 2013)[1]

Line of succession


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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Morris, Susan; Bosberry-Scott, Wendy; Belfield, Gervase, eds. (2019). "Foley, Baron". Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage. Vol. 1 (150th ed.). London: Debrett's Ltd. pp. 1450–1451. ISBN 978-1-999767-0-5-1.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Mosley, Charles, ed. (1999). "Foley". Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage. Vol. 1 (106th ed.). Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd. pp. 1074–1075. ISBN 2-940085-02-1.