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Baron Aberdare

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Barony Aberdare
Creation date23 August 1873
Created byQueen Victoria
PeeragePeerage of the United Kingdom
First holderHenry Bruce, 1st Baron Aberdare
Present holderAlastair Bruce, 5th Baron Aberdare
Heir apparentHector Bruce
Remainder tothe 1st Baron's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten.

Baron Aberdare, of Duffryn in the County of Glamorgan, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 23 August 1873 for the Liberal politician Henry Bruce. He served as Home Secretary from 1868 to 1873.[1] His grandson, the third Baron, was a soldier, cricketer and tennis player and a member of the International Olympic Committee. His son, the fourth Baron, held office in the Conservative administration of Edward Heath and was later a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords.[2] Lord Aberdare was one of the ninety-two elected hereditary peers that were allowed to remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999. As of 2017 the title is held by his son, the fifth Baron, who succeeded in 2005 and was elected to the House of Lords in 2009.

Coat of arms[edit]

The heraldic blazon for the coat of arms of the family is: Or, a saltire gules, on a chief of the last a martlet of the field.

Baron Aberdare (1873)[edit]

The heir apparent is the present holder's son, the Hon. Hector Morys Napier Bruce (born 1974).

Title succession chart[edit]

Title succession chart, Barons Aberdare.
Henry Bruce
1st Baron Aberdare

Henry Bruce
2nd Baron Aberdare

Henry Bruce
Clarence Bruce
3rd Baron Aberdare

Morys Bruce
4th Baron Aberdare

Alastair Bruce
5th Baron Aberdare

born 1947
Hector Bruce
born 1974



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