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John Powys, 5th Baron Lilford

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The Lord Lilford
Born12 January 1863
Died17 December 1945 (1945-12-18) (aged 82)
Other namesJohn Powys, 5th Baron Lilford
Known for5th Baron Lilford

John Powys, 5th Baron Lilford (12 January 1863 – 17 December 1945), was a British peer and cricketer


Powys was born at Lilford Hall, Northamptonshire, the son of ornithologist Thomas Powys, 4th Baron Lilford, and his wife Emma Elizabeth Powys (née Brandling).

He inherited the title of Baron Lilford in 1896 upon the death of his father, along with the Lilford Hall, Bank Hall and Bewsey estates.

He was an officer in the 3rd (Militia) Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire Regiment) until he resigned with the honorary rank of Major on 4 June 1902.[1] On 29 July 1922, he was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Northamptonshire.[2]

Powys played cricket for Northamptonshire in 1911, making a single first-class appearance against the touring India national cricket team at the County Ground, Northampton.[3]


He married Milly Isabella Louisa Soltau-Symons, a daughter of George William Culme Soltau Symons of Chaddlewood on 9 August 1894 at Plympton St Mary, Devon. The Lilfords used the Bank Hall estate as a holiday home until 1898.[4] Lady Lilford died on 8 April 1940 at Oundle. He died in Kettering on 17 December 1945 and was buried on 21 December 1945 at St Peters Church, Lilford cum Wigsthorpe, Northamptonshire.[5] Their only child Thomas Atherton Powys (8 May 1896 – 3 August 1909) died aged 13 during an operation for adenoids.[6]

The estates and title of Lord Lilford passed to Stephen Powys, who was the godson of Thomas Powys, 4th Baron Lilford, and adoptive brother of John Powys, 5th Baron Lilford.[7]

Coat of arms of John Powys, 5th Baron Lilford
A lion's jamb couped and erect Gules, holding a staff headed with a fleur-de-lis also erect Or.
Or, a lion's jamb erased in bend dexter, between two cross crosslets fitchee in bend sinister Gules.
Dexter, a reaper habited in a loose shirt, leather breeches loose at the knees, white stockings, and black hat and shoes ; in his hat ears of corn, in his right band a reaping-hook, and at his feet a garb, all proper. Sinister, a man in the uniform of the' Northamptonshire yeomanry cavalry, riz. a green long coat, orna-mented on the cuffs and button-holes with gold lace, yellow waistcoat and breeches, and black top boots ; a black stock ; a round hat, adorned with a white feather in front and a green one behind, the sword-belt inscribed with the letters N.Y. and the exterior hand resting on his sword sheathed and point downwards.
Parta Tueri (To maintain acquired possessions).[8]
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Powys
Baron Lilford
Succeeded by
Stephen Powys


  1. ^ "No. 27439". The London Gazette. 3 June 1902. p. 3611.
  2. ^ "No. 32735". The London Gazette. 4 August 1922. p. 5782.
  3. ^ "First-Class Matches played by Lord Lilford". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  4. ^ J Howard (2012) "Bank Hall Timeline", "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Tim Powys-Lybbe (2011) "John Powys Lord Lilford",
  6. ^ Tim Powys-Lybbe (2011) "Thomas Atherton Powys",
  7. ^ Tim Powys-Lybbe (2011) "Thomas Littleton Powys Lord Lilford",
  8. ^ Debrett's Peerage. 1840.
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