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HO 45/10192/358070 

358070

 

March 1918

Baroness de Rutzen

 

Baron de Rutzen. Royal Licence to bear and use title.

 

Petition to the King praying on behalf of her son for the sanction of above within His Majesty’s Dominions.

 

Minutes

 

? To Garter for obsvons.

JAJ 15.3.18

AJE 15.3.18

Garter forwards observations.

 

The rule with regard to the recognition of foreign titles (established by Queen Victoria and confirmed by H.M. in 1911) is to refuse all such applications except in very exceptional circumstances, and in considering such circumstances the reason for which the title was originally given must have weight. (see memo. in 184,624/5). [=HO 45/10591/184624)

 

A list of all cases between 1837 and 1899 in which a Royal licence was granted will be found in B.32,587 [=HO 45/19622]; and I attach a further list giving brief particulars of all grants from 1900 to date.

 

The present applicant, a boy of 9, is the grandson of the late Sir A. de Rutzen, Chief Magistrate for many years and his father was recently killed in action.  The title was granted by the King of Poland in 1657.  In view of the antiquity of the title and the services of the late Sir A. de Rutzen it would seem to be a suitable ease for the grant of a Royal Licence, if His Majesty approves.

 

AJE 24.4.18

 

It seems a good case.

MD 24/4

I agree

AJ 24.4.18


S of S

GC 24.4.18

 

(Note: the Royal licence would apply to the present applicant and the heirs male of his body as when they succeed to the title.)

 

The king approves but limited to the male heirs of his body.

S.

26.4.18

Wrote Garter for draft

30 April

 

Garter submits the draft of a Warrant for carrying HM Pleasure into effect with reference to the Prayer of the Petition of Eleanor Etna Audley Baroness de Rutzen

 

The draft is in order.

To Garter for signature

Wrote Garter 13.5.18

 


 

March 8th

 

1, The Boltons,

South Kensington, S.W.10

 

Dear Sir George

I had the pleasure of sitting beside you at luncheon last summer at the Ratan Tatas, and a very pleasant lunch it was in consequence!   I am hoping that if you remember me, you will allow me to come and see you for a few minutes on Monday or Tuesday at any time most convenient to yourself.  I am most anxious to explain one or two points about the petition to His Majesty respecting the old de Rutzen title, which my father, the late Sir Albert de Rutzen, was so keen about, and which his grandson now holds.  I have first heard from the “:Richmond Herald”, Mr. Athill, that he has forwarded the Petition to you, but it needs a few words of  explanation.  I would only keep you for a few minutes. With kind regards and many apologies for troubling you

Sincerely Yrs,

 

    Lena Newnes

 


 

Mr Eagleston

 

Lady Newnes spoke to Sir George Cave about the barony de Rutzen and he would like to see the papers in due course.

SWH 23/2

 



Please let this come to me in due course.


The claimant is the grandson of Sir Albert de Rutzen, late Chief Magte.


The father volunteered for active service on the first  day of the war and was killed in Egypt.


AJ 9.3.18

 


College of Arms, E.C.4

 

17 April 1918

 

Memorandum

 

I find the allegations of the Petitioner, Baroness de Rutzen, to be correct and am of the opinion that the application is one for favourable consideration.

 

    A.S. Scott-Gatty

    Garter


 

27th April, 1918.

 

I am glad to be able to inform you that on consideration of the circumstances I felt able to recommend to the King the petition of Baroness de Rutzen and I have just heard that His Majesty is pleased to approve.  The formal steps will now be taken.

 


 

Lady Newnes


 

30th April, 1918.

 

358070

 

I am directed by the Secretary of State to inform you that The King has been graciously pleased to approve of the issue of a Royal Licence carrying into effect the petition of Eleanor, Baroness de Rutzen, that her son, John Frederick Foley de Rutzen, baron de Rutzen, a minor, and the heirs male of his body as and when they shall succeed to the title of Baron de Rutzen may bear and use the said title within His Majesty's Dominions), and that a communication to this effect has been addressed to Garter King of Arms with a view to the preparation of the Warrant carrying His Majesty's Pleasure into effect.

 

I am, Sir,

Your obedient Servant,




Charles H. Athill, Esq., K.V.O.
College of Arms.
Queen Victoria Street

E.C.4.


April 29th

 

Dear Sir George,

This most welcome letter arrived this evening containing the gratifying news that the Petition had received his Majesty’s gracious approval.

My Mother and I are deeply grateful to you for all the trouble you have taken in the matter, and for your very kind interest.  I only wish my dear father and brother could have lived to enjoy the great honour bestowed upon our family by our gracious king.

I feel sure that my sister-in-law, Baroness de Rutzen, will share our gratitude and join in our thanks when she hears that her Petition has been granted.

Yours very sincerely,

 

    Lena Newnes


 

30th April, 1918.

 

358070.

 

With reference to your letter of the 17th instant, I am directed by the Secretary of State to inform you that The King has been graciously pleased to carrying into effect the prayer of the Petition or Eleanor, Baroness do Rutzen. that her son, John Frederick Foley de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen, a minor, and the heirs male of his body as and when they shall succeed to the title of Baron de Rutzen may bear and use the said title within His Majesty's Dominions, and I am to request that you will he so good as to submit the draft of a Warrant for carrying His Majesty's Pleasure into effect.

 

I am,

Sir,

Your obedient Servant,

 

 

 

Sir Alfred Scott-Gatty, K.C.V.O.,

Garter King of Arms,

College of Arms,

Queen Victoria Street. E.C. 4

 



To the King’s Most Excellent Majesty

 

The humble Petition of Eleanor Etna Audley, Baroness de Rutzen, widow of Alan Freerick James de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen, of Slebech Park in the County of  Pembroke, Lieutenant Pembroke Yeomanry, for and on behalf of her son John Frederick Foley de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen, an infant of the age of nine years and upwards.

 

Sheweth

 

That Augustus, Baron von Rutzen, Hereditary Lord of the estates of Polasche in the Circle of Tetshe in the Principality of Samogicia, a part of the Government of Kovno in the Russian Empire, Colonel of the Army of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, received from Wladislaus IV, King of Poland (as set forth 26 December 1657 in the manifesto of the Land Tribunal of the Principality of Samogicia) an acknowledgement of all rights pertaining to the nobility of Poland, and was succeeded in the said rights and dignity at his death in 1677 by his son Michael Frederick, Baron von Rutzen, who was succeeded, at his death in 1738, by his son John Frederick, Baron von Rutzen, who was succeeded, at his death 2 January 132, by his eldest son Charles Frederick de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen, of Slebech Hall in the county of Pembroke, who became domiciled in England in 1822, and dying 15 August 1874 was succeeded by his eldest son and heir Frederick Leopoled Sapieha Manteuffel de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen, a natural born subject of Her late Majesty Queen Victoria, who died unmarried 20 May 1890, and was succeeded by his brother Rudolph William Henry Erhard de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen, a natural born subject of Her said late Majesty, who died unmarried 18 April 1915 and was succeeded by his nephew Alan Frederick James de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen, of Slebech Park aforesaid (only son of Sir Albert Richard Francis Maximilian de Rutzen, Knight, sometime Chief Metropolitan Police Magistrate, who died 22 September 1913, next brother of the said Rudolph William Henry Erhard de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen) who was killed in action in Your Majesty’s Service 7 August 1916, and was succeeded by his only child John Frederick Foley de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen, aforesaid.

 

That Your Petitioner is desirous, for and on behalf of her son the said John  Frederick Foley de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen, of obtaining Your Majesty’s most gracious sanction and authority that he may bear and use the said title of Baron de Rutzen within your Majesty’s Realms.

 

Your Petitioner therefore most humbly prays your Majesty’s Royal Licence and Authority that the said John Frederick Foley de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen, and the heirs male of his body as and when they shall succeed to the said title of Baron de Rutzen, may bear and use the same within Your Majesty’s Dominions.

 

And Your Majesty’s Petitioner will ever pray &c.

 

    Eleanor E. A. de Rutzen

 


Memorandum of cases  in which a Royal Licence for the use of a Foreign title has been granted.

 

1900        Baron Boxall  (B.32,587 [=HO 45/19622])

 

A Barony of the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha granted in 1900. Limitation - to the grantee and the heirs male of his body upon whom the title should descend.      this privilege was granted by Queen Victoria to Baron Boxall direct,  and Home office knew nothing of it until the formal notification of Her Majesty's pleasure was received from the Prime Minister, no reasons being stated for the grant.

 

1900      Baron de Forest     (B.32,440/4 [=HO 144/969/B32440]).

 

A Barony of the Austrian Empire granted in 1899. Limitation - to  the grantee personally.

permission given,  on the occasion of Baron de Forest's naturalisation,  by direct command of Queen Victoria.    No reasons stated for the grant.

 

1905.     Baron de Teissier   (B.23,599/2 [=HO 45/10159/B23599])

 

A Barony of the Kingdom of France granted in 1819.     It was alleged but not proved that the title was originally granted with the permission of the prince Regent.

Limitation - to  the heirs male of the body of the applicant to whom the title should descend. Submitted by the  H.O. without recommendation.       King Edward decided that as the title was granted as long ago as 1819 permission to use it might be given.

 

1905.  Count Riccardi - Cubitt   (123,421 [=HO 45/10311/123421])

 

Petitioner's wife was the heiress of the ancient and famous Florentine family of Riccardi and in 1902 the title was specially granted by the King of Italy to petitioner. Limitation - to petitioner and his wife only. Submitted by H.O.  without recommendation.   

 

1908.  Baron Nugent   (164,826 [=HO 45/10553/164826])

 

A Barony of the Austrian Empire granted in 1859 for distinguished military services rendered by the  family of Nugent.

Limitation - to  applicant and male heirs of his body in succession upon whom the title  should descend.

Garter recommended the case for favourable consideration,  and H.O. submitted it with the suggestion that H.M. might wish to sanction it

 

1908. Marquis of Sarzano   (160,011 [HO 45/10546/160011])

 

Applicant belonged to a very ancient Italian family;   the marquisate was conferred by the Duke of Modena in 1682,  and was formally recognised by the Italian Government.

Applicant had served for many years in the  8th Hussars and 5th Lancers and retired with the rank of Major.

Limitation - to heirs male of applicant's body, upon whom the title should descend.

Submitted by H.O. with a favourable recommendation in view of the antiquity of the title.

 

1910. Count de Bury  (197,270 [=HO 45/10622/197270])

 

An Austrian title granted by Maria Theresa in 1763.    Applicant was a Captain in the R.A.  employed in the Royal Military College of Canada.

Limitation - to heirs male  of applicant's body in succession upon whom the title should descend.

Submitted by H.O. with a favourable recommendation in view of the antiquity of the title.

 

1911.  Baron Bentinck   (208,659 [=HO 45/12224])

 

A Barony of the  Netherlands granted in 1819   (but described as a confirmation of on old title).    Applicant was a Major in the Rifle Brigade, D.S.O., and Assistant Secretary to  the High Commissioner for South Africa.

Limitation - to heirs male of applicant's body in succession in order of primogeniture upon whom the  title should descend. Submitted by H.O. with a favourable recommendation in view of the services of applicant and his family.

 

1911 Count von Gurowski (211,885 [=HO 45/12943])

 

A title conferred by the King of Prussia in 1787 upon an ancestor who had held a Governorship in Poland.

limitation - to heirs male of the applicants body in succession upon whom the title may descend.

Submitted by H.O. with a favourable recommendation in view of the antiquity of the title.

 

1912.     Baron William von Schroder   (B6.824 [=HO 45/10437/B6824]).

 

A barony of Prussia granted by the King of Prussia in 1868 to applicant's grandfather.  Applicant's father, being a younger son,  had been granted in 1890 a Royal Licence to bear the title -  Baron before his Christian name.  Applicant on his father's death, being the  eldest son and heir, asked for the same privilege as his father.

Limitation - to the grantee personally.

Submitted by Home Office without recommendation.

 


College of Arms

 

8 May 1918.

 

Sir,

I beg to acknowledge your letter of the 30th ultimo (number 358070 ) informing me that The King has been graciously pleased to approve of the issue of a Royal licence carrying into effect the Prayer of the Petition of Eleanor Etna Audley, Baroness de Rutzen, that her son John Frederick Foley de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen, an infant, and the heirs male of his body, as and when they shall succeed to the title of Baron de Rutzen, may bear and use the same within His Majesty's Dominions, and in compliance with the re guest of the Secretary of State I have the honour to submit the draft of a Warrant for carrying His Majesty's Pleasure into effect.

 

I am.

Sir,

Your obedient Servant

 

        A.S. Scott-Gatty

        Garter

 

The Under Secretary of State

Home Office



Draft

 

George the Fifth by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and lreland, and of the British Dominions beyond. the Seas King. Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India. To Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved Counsellor Edmund Bernard Talbot (commonly called Lord Edmund Bernard Talbot) , Member of Our loyal Victorian Order, Companion of the Distinguished Service Order, and Deputy to Our Right Trusty and Right Entirely Beloved Cousin Bernard Marmaduke, Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal and Our Hereditary Marshal of England Greeting.

 

Whereas Eleanor Etna Audley, Baroness de Rutzen, widow of Alan Frederick James de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen of Slebech Park in Our County of Pembroke, Lieutenant, Pembroke Yeomanry, for and on behalf of her son John Frederick Foley de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen, an infant of the age of nine years and upwards hath by her Petition humbly represented unto Us: That Augustus, Baron Von Rutzen, Hereditary Lord of the estates of Polasche in the Circle of Telshe in the Principality of Samogicia, a part of the Government of Kovno in the Russian Empire, Colonel of the Army of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, received from Wladislaus IV, King of Poland (as set forth 26 December 1657 in the manifesto of the Land Tribunal of the Principality of Samogicia), an acknowledgement of all rights pertaining to the Nobility of Poland, and was succeeded in the said rights and dignity, at his death in 1677, by his son Michael Frederick Baron Von  Rutzen, who was succeeded, at his death in 1738, by his son John Frederick, Baron Von Rutzen, who was succeeded, at his death 2 January 1832, by his eldest son Charles Frederick de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen, of Slebech Hall in the County of Pembroke aforesaid, who became domiciled in England in 1822, and dying 15 August 1874, was succeeded by his eldest son and heir Frederick Leopold Sapieta Manteuffel de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen, a natural born subject of Her late Majesty Queen Victoria, who died unmarried 20 May 1890, and was succeeded by his brother Rudolph William Henry Erhard de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen, a natural born subject of Her said late Majesty who died unmarried 18 April 1915, and was succeeded by his nephew Alan Frederick James de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen, of Slebech Park aforesaid (only son of Sir Albert Richard Francis Maximilian de Rutzen, Knight, sometime Chief Metropolitan Police Magistrate, who died 22 September 1913, next brother of the said Rudolph William Henry Erhard de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen), who was killled in action in Our Service on the 7th day of August 1916, and was succeeded by his only child John Frederick Foley de Rutzen Baron de Rutzen aforesaid.

 

That the Petitioner is desirous, for and on behalf of her son the said John Frederick Foley de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen, of obtaining Our most gracious sanction and authority that he may hear and use the said title of Baron de Rutzen within Our Realms.

 

The Petitioner therefore most humbly prays Our Royal Licence and Authority that the said John Frederick Foley de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen, and the heirs male of his body, as and when they shall succeed to the said title of Baron de Rutzen, may bear and use the same within Our Dominions.

 

Know ye that We of Our Princely Grace and Special Favour have given and granted and do by these Presents give and grant Our Royal Licence and Authority that the said John Frederick Foley de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen, and the heirs male of his body, as and when they shall succeed to the said title of Baron de Rutzen, may bear and use the same within Our Dominions.

 

Our Will and Pleasure therefore is that you Edmund Bernard Talbot (commonly called  Lord Edmund Bernard Talbot), Deputy to Our Earl Marshal, to whom the cognizance

of matter of this nature doth properly belong, do require and command that this Our Concession and Declaration be recorded in Our College of Arms, to the end that Our Officers of Arms and all others upon occasion may take full notice and have knowledge thereof.


And for so doing this shall be vour Warrant. 


Given at our Court at Saint James's the      day of       1918, in the Ninth year of Our Reign.

 

By His Majesty's Command



13th May, 1918.

 

358070.

 

With reference to your letter of the 8th instant,  I am directed by the Secretary of State to request that you will be so good as to cause a Warrant to be engrossed for His Majesty's signature in the terms of the draft which you submitted carrying into effect the prayer of the Petition of Eleanor, Baroness de Rutzen,  that her son, John Frederick Foley de Rutzen, Baron de Rutzen, a minor, and the heirs male of his body as and when they shall succeed to the title of Baron de Rutzen may bear and use the said title within His Majesty's Dominions.

 

I am, Sir,

Your obedient Servant,

 

 


 

Sir Alfred Scott-Gatty, K.C.V.O.,

Garter King of Arms,

College of Arms,

Queen Victoria Street. E.C.4


 

358,070/2

 

Date: 21/5/18

Garter King of Arms

John Frederick Foley Baron de Rutzen, an infant

 

Forwards warrant engrossed for His Majesty’s signature together with draft, carrying into effect the Prayer of the Petition of the Mother of above.

 

Minutes

 

The US agrees with the draft.

US to HM 23 May

US dated 23 May

Wt to agents 5.VI.18

wrote to Athill for fees and St. duty L10.12.16  27 May

L10.12.6 rec.d and ackd. 31/5/18

 


358,070/3

 

Date: 10-6-18


Richmond Herald

 

John Frederick Foley, Baron de Rutzen

 

Asks whether S of S has any objection to Gazetting of Royal Warrant in connection with above title.

 

Minutes

 

On receipt of this note I reminded Mr. Athill of the rule and asked if he wished to press for permission. See his. reply: from which it appears that Baroness de Rutzen is anxious to have the Warrant gazetted.

 

The established rule is that Royal Warrants giving permission to use foreign titles should not be gazetted, as other warrants of a similar nature are.  see A18.584/6 [=HO 144/100/A18584, Craignish], B20,857/5 [=HO 144/391/B20857, Bush], 123,421/6 [=HO 45/10311/123421, Riccardi-Cubitt].  A special exception was made in the case of Baron de Reuter (B11,?54/8); and it appears from Richmond's note that several recent cases have been gazetted by the College of Arms  (illegitimately).    Of the instances quoted by Richmond the gazetting of Gurowski and Nugent never seems to have come to the knowledge of H.O.; in the case of de Bury (197270/3) the minutes on the paper direct that the attention of the College of Arms should be called to the breach of rule, but no letter appears to have been written - officially at any rate. I can see no reason why these warrants should not gazetted like any other; and this has always been the view of H.O.      The rule against gazetting appears to have been introduced at the instance of F.O. who thought that gazetting would lead to numerous applications (A.18,584/6). It is not easy to follow the reasoning; applications can always he discouraged by refusals, but where it is thought proper to grant them, as an exceptional favour, it is presumably equally proper to announce the grant.

 

But as long as the rule exists the College of Arms must be made to observe it.  Possibly however the F.O. no longer feel the same objection, in which case H.O. would not desire to maintain the veto on gazetting.

 

?Shall F.O. be asked semi-officially as to this.

 

AJE

17.6.18


Yes.

MD 19/6

 

I have seen Mr Stewart of the Treaty Dept.  He has looked up the F.O. records and can find no official papers on the subject.  He agrees that there is no object in treating these differently from other Royal Warratns, and says that F.O. no longer offers any objection to their being gazetted.

 

? Tell Richmond (note) that H.O. will not object to his gazetting this warrant.

AJE

2.7.18

MD

3/7

Wrote 4/vii/18

 

Mr 

 

(1) What is the rule about  gazetting licences for changes of name, warrants for supporters, and similar things?  Are they gazetted and, if so, by us or by the College of Arms?

(2) Are the Coll of Arms authorized to insert and gazette notices at all in the official part of the Gazette?

 

MD

19/6

 

(1)   Changes of Name (73957 [=HO 45/9461/73957]), Precedence and supporters are Gazetted by the College. The notices are headed "Whitehall". Long-standing practice.

 

(2)   I have ascertained from the Superintendent of the London Gazette that ordinarily the College of Arms would be treated as private individuals whose announcements are limited to the advertisement columns but  the notices referred to in 1 as issuing from the  college are inserted in the Official portion of the Gazette as they relate to Royal  Warrants. The Gazetting of these Warrants is a curious mixture of the "official" and

"advertisement" procedure, for I am informed that they are paid for at the line rate, each notice costing about £l.

 


 

 


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