Clement-Jones family v2/21 - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family v2/21 - Person Sheet
NameSir Gerrard NOEL EDWARDES Bt, 4957
MotherLady Jane NOEL , 4960
MotherMargaret GAMBIER , 4963
ChildrenAugusta-Julia , 4956 (1796-1833)
 Charles , 4961 (1781-1866)
 Juliana Hicks , 10715 (1801-1855)
 William Middleton , 10717 (1789-1859)
 Baptist Wriothesley , 10725 (1799-1873)
Notes for Sir Gerrard NOEL EDWARDES Bt
2nd Bart. Took the name and arms of Noel in lieu of those of Edwardes by Royal License 1798 on inheriting the estates of his maternal uncle Henry Noel Earl of Gainsborough.

From Wikipedia

Sir Gerard Noel Noel, 2nd Baronet (17 July 1759-25 February 1838), of Welham Grove in Leicestershire and Exton Park in Rutland, known as Gerard Edwardes until 1798, was an English Member of Parliament. Inherited baronetcy from his father in law.


Born Gerard Edwardes, the son of Gerard Edwardes of Welham Grove and Lady Jane Noel, daughter of Baptist Noel, 4th Earl of Gainsborough. His father was the illegitimate son of Lord Anne Hamilton, younger son of James Hamilton, 4th Duke of Hamilton. He was educated at Eton and St John's College, Cambridge.

After finishing his education, Noel became partner in a Westminster banking house. He entered Parliament in 1784 as member for Maidstone. However, on the death of his cousin, Thomas Noel, MP for Rutland, he resigned so as to be elected for that county (where the Noels had regularly held one of the seats for centuries). He represented Rutland (in two spells) for well over forty years. Initially a supporter of Pitt the Younger, he was one of a group of MPs who in 1788 tried to form a third party independent of both Pitt and Charles James Fox; in later years, however, he was a consistent Tory.

In 1798 he inherited the estates of his uncle, Henry Noel, 6th Earl of Gainsborough (though not the peerage, which could not pass through the female line), and changed his surname to Noel.


Noel married three times. His first marriage, in 1780, was to Diana Middleton (d. 1823), daughter of Captain Charles Middleton, the Comptroller of the Navy. The following year Middleton was created a baronet, with a special remainder to his new son-in-law should he have no sons of his own. Middleton later became First Lord of the Admiralty and was raised to a peerage as Lord Barham; he died on 17 June 1813 without male issue, and Noel consequently inherited his baronetcy, while Noel's wife inherited the peerage. They had at least fifteen children.
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