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Baron Sherborne

Arms of the Barons Sherborne
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Sherborne House

Lord Sherborne, Baron of Sherborne, in the County of Gloucester, was a title in the Peerage of Great Britain.[1] It was created in 1784 for James Dutton, who had earlier represented Gloucestershire in Parliament. He was the son of James Dutton (originally James Naper) by Anne Dutton, daughter of Sir Ralph Dutton, 1st Baronet (see Dutton baronets). His father had assumed the surname of Dutton in lieu of his patronymic on succeeding to the Dutton estates in 1743. The title became extinct upon the death of the eighth Baron in 1985.

The Honourable Ralph Dutton, youngest son of the second Baron, was Member of Parliament for Hampshire South and Cirencester.


  • History of Sherborne 1
  • Barons Sherborne (1784) 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

History of Sherborne

The ancestral seat of the Dutton family was Sherborne, Gloucestershire. In 1883 the Dutton estate consisted of: 3rd Baron Sherborne, 15773 acres in Gloucestershire (including the townships of Bibury, Windrush, Standish and Sherborne) and 150 acres in Hampshire; the Hon. John Thomas Dutton of Hinton Ampner (brother), 5124 acres in Hampshire; the Hon. Ralph Heneage Dutton of Tisbury Manor (brother), 3470 acres in Hampshire and 1280 acres in Somerset [the Wootton Courtenay estate].[2] The remaining estate of more than 4,000 acres (16 km2) passed to the National Trust after the 7th Baron's death. In particular, Ralph Stawell Dutton, the 8th Baron, created the gardens at Hinton Ampner in Hampshire.

Thomas Dutton, acquired the manor of Sherborne in 1551 from Sir Christopher Alleyn. In 1574 and again in 1592 Thomas Dutton entertained Queen Elizabeth I at Sherborne, each time for six days. In 1657, at the death of John Dutton of Sherborne he was pronounced "...a learned and prudent man; and as one of the richest so one of the meekest men in England."[3] In 1743 Sir John Dutton, (2nd) Baronet of Sherborne, the last in the Dutton male line at Sherborne, died. The Sherborne estate devolved to his sister Anne's son, James Lenox Naper (1712-1776) who changed his surname to Dutton in order to inherit.[4] Thus, the Barons Sherborne are members of Clan Napier through their notable patrilineal ancestor, Sir Robert Napier, an eminent lawyer and Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer in Ireland.[5]

Sherborne's contribution to the world of thoroughbred horse racing was also important due to the close horse-breeding ties between Sir John Dutton and the George IV) who won every race he entered in 1791.

Barons Sherborne (1784)

See also


  • Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages
  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 12541. p. 1. 8 May 1784.
  2. ^ Gloucestershire Archives
  3. ^ A genealogical and heraldic history of the extinct and dormant baronetcies ... By John Burke, 1841 page 178
  4. ^ Sir John Dutton, was childless, and the choice of an heir lay between Sir John's two nephews, the sons of his two sisters, who were respectively Mrs. Naper, of Loughcrew, in Ireland, and Lady Reade, of Shipton Court. Young Naper and young Reade were constantly with their uncle, and the old man was still undecided to which of them to bequeath his property, when one day he called them to his bedside, and asked them to tell him what books they were then studying at school. The Naper boy at once answered that he was studying the Latin Grammar, but the Reade boy casually replied that he “didn’t know, except that it was a Blue Book” – blue being the Tory colour and his uncle a rabid Whig. From that date Sir John announced that he intended to leave his property to the boy who knew what he was studying, and this he accordingly did. Anna Maria Wilhelmina Stirling and Anna Maria Diana Wilhelmina Pickering, "Coke of Norfolk and His Friends" 1908
  5. ^ E.K. Vyhmeister, "Lord Sherborne" 2011
  6. ^
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