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John Norton, 5th Baron Grantley

John Richard Brinsley Norton, 5th Baron Grantley, FSA, FRNS (1 October 1855 – 5 August 1943) was a British peer and numismatist.

Norton was born in Florence, Italy, the son of Thomas Norton, 4th Baron Grantley and his wife, Maria, née Federigo, and a grandson of Caroline Norton, the writer, and was educated at Harrow School and the University of Dresden. He inherited his father's title in 1877 and was sometime a captain in the Middlesex Yeomanry.

Grantley was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Royal Numismatic Society and the British Numismatic Society. He assembled a large collection of coins and also grew orchids. His country seats were Weeke Manor in Winchester and Markenfield Hall in Ripon. He also owned Elton Manor in Nottinghamshire for a time, but seems hardly to have lived there.[1] He purchased the Red Rice estate in 1913.

In 1879, Grantley married Katharine Buckner Norton, née McVickar (died 1897), the ex-wife of his cousin, Charles Grantley Campbell Norton. He married secondly, in 1899, Alice Jones (died 1942), the illegitimate daughter of Thomas Heron Jones, 7th Viscount Ranelagh. On his death in a London nursing home in 1943, his titles passed to his eldest son by his first marriage, The Hon. Richard Henry Brinsley Norton.


Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Marquess of Ailsa
Father of the House of Lords
Succeeded by
The Lord Romilly
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Norton
Baron Grantley
Succeeded by
Richard Norton

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