The Farmer Family
Ancient Lineage
Variants :Fermor, Farmar
The original name of this family was Fermor
It later became Farmer and then Farmar.
But all name variants leads to the same lineage
The Earls of Pomfret and the Barons of Leominster.

The Countess Palatine of Burgundy was born to the name of FARMER

Her father being Alfred Keith Farmer

The 4th Earl

General Thomas William Fermor, 4th Earl of Pomfret FRS (12 October 1770 – 29 June 1833), styled The Honourable Thomas Fermor until 1830, was an officer in the British Army who fought against the French Revolutionaries in The French Revolution and in the Napoleonic Wars.Lord Pomfret married Amabel Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Sir Richard Borough, Baronet, on 13 January 1823. They had two sons and two daughters. Amabel married, secondly, in May 1834, William Thorpe, D.D., of Belgrave Chapel, Pimlico. He was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, George William Richard Fermor, 5th Earl of Pomfret, who died unmarried on 8 June 1867,when the earldom, barony, and baronetcy became extinct

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George Fermor, 3rd Earl of Pomfret

Sir William Fermor, 1st Baronet

Sir William Fermor, 1st Baronet (sometimes written as Farmer or Fermour) (1621 – 14 May 1661), was an officer in the Royalist army during the English Civil War. He stood for election as a Member of Parliament after the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, but died before a decision could be reached on whether he or another candidate had been elected.

William Fermor was the eldest son of Sir Hatton Fermor, of Easton Neston, Northamptonshire, by his second wife, Anna, daughter of Sir William Cockaynelord mayor of London. Sir Hatton Fermor, the great-grandson of Richard Fermor, was knighted by James I in 1603, and died in 1640, when Dame Anna applied for the wardship of her son, who was underage.William was born at Cokayne House, Old Broad Street, London, and was baptized on 7 November 1621 at St Peter le Poer. He matriculated from Exeter College, Oxford in 1636 but did not take a degree.

Fermor in 1646 or 1647 married Mary (d. 1670), daughter of Hugh Perry of London, and widow of Henry Noel, second son of Edward, 2nd Viscount Campden. They had five sons and two daughters. The eldest son, William, was raised to the peerage by the title of Lord Leominster or Lempster in 1692, while his son and successor, Thomas, became the first earl of Pomfret in 1721.

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The Earls of Pomfret
The seat of the Fermor family was Easton Neston in Northamptonshire.

The Fermor family descended from Richard Fermor (d. 1552) who acquired great wealth as a wool merchant and merchant. However, he fell out with Henry VIII after remaining an adherent of Catholicism and had his estates confiscated. Some of the estates, including Easton NestonSouth Northamptonshire were restored after the accession of Edward VI.

His grandson Sir George Fermor entertained James I at Easton Neston in 1603 and in 1615 was confirmed by the crown following his marriage as lord of the manor of WestoningBedfordshire.

Sir George's grandson William Fermor was created a Baronet, of Easton Neston in the County of Northampton, in the Baronetage of England in 1641, aged nineteen and succeeded by his son. He was raised to the Peerage of England as Baron Leominster, in the County of Hereford, in 1692. His eldest son was elevated to become Earl of Pomfret in 1721. The latter was succeeded by his son who became a Gentleman of the Bedchamber to George III and sold the manor of Westoning in 1767 to John Everitt.Two sons, the third and fourth Earls succeeded.The titles became extinct on the death of the fourth Earl's son in 1867 ( Wikipedia)

There have been 5 Earls of Pomfret

  • Thomas Fermor, 1st Earl of Pomfret (1698–1753)

  • George Fermor, 2nd Earl of Pomfret (1722-1785)

  • George Fermor, 3rd Earl of Pomfret (1768–1830)

  • Thomas William Fermor, 4th Earl of Pomfret (1770–1833)

  • George Richard William Fermor, 5th Earl of Pomfret (1824–1867)

Sir George Fermor( 1551-1612)
Sir George Fermor with his wife Mary Curzon
Agnes Fermor eldest daughter of Sir George Fermor.
Thomas Fermor, 1st Earl of Pomfret

William Fermor, 1st Baron Leominster

William Fermor, 1st Baron Leominster (alias Lempster) (3 August 1648 – 7 December 1711), styled Sir William Fermor, 2nd Baronet from 1661 to 1692, was an English politician and peer.

Fermor was the second but eldest surviving son of Sir William Fermor, 1st Baronet (1621-1661) (alias Farmer), of Easton Neston, Northamptonshire, by his wife Mary Perry, widow of Henry Noel, second son of Edward Noel, 2nd Viscount Campden and a daughter of Hugh Perry of the City of London.

Fermor was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford. He succeeded as second baronet in 1661, was elected a Member of Parliament for Northampton in 1671 and again in 1679.

He was elevated to the peerage on 12 April 1692, as Baron Leominster (alias Lempster) of Leominster, Herefordshire

Fermor married thrice:

Fermor died on 7 December 1711, and was succeeded by his only son, Thomas Fermor, who was created Earl of Pomfret (i.e. PontefractYorkshire) on 27 December 1721

William Fermor, 1st Baron Leominster
Drawings from 1715 Easton Neston

Easton Neston

Leominster re-built the mansion house at Easton Neston and planned the gardens and plantations, the wings being to the design of Sir Christopher Wren with the house completed 20 years later in 1702 to the design of Nicholas Hawksmoor. He adorned the whole with part of the Arundel marbles which he had purchased and which his son attempted to restore with the assistance of the Italian sculptor Giovanni Battista Guelfi, a scholar of Camillo Rusconi.The collection was afterwards greatly neglected. Horace Walpole wrote as follows to George Montagu on 20 May 1736: "Coming back, we saw Easton Neston, where in an old greenhouse is a wonderful fine statue of Tully haranguing a numerous assembly of decayed emperors, vestal virgins with new noses, Colossus's, Venus's, headless carcases, and carcaseless heads, pieces of tombs, and hieroglyphics." The marbles were presented in 1755 to the University of Oxford by Henrietta Louisa, Countess of Pomfret. A description of Easton Neston and its art treasures is included in the Catalogue of the Duke of Buckingham's Pictures. ( Wikipedia)

Easton Neston 1985

Easton Neston 2012

Now owned by a wealthy Russian

Leon Max

Leon Max's '' updating & redecorating'' of Eaton Neston
Dining room Easton Neston- 1940- The Fermor-Hesketh family
Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, conservative party MP.
Who's grandson sold off the estate to Leon Max
''In 2004 Alexander Fermor-Hesketh, 3rd Baron Hesketh, a descendant of the builder via a female line, put the house, and the surrounding estate including Towcester Racecourse, up for sale for an asking price of £50 million. He received no offers and consequently in 2005, he sold the estate piecemeal. A part of the estate, including the main house, some outlying buildings and 550 acres (2.2 km2) of land, were sold for about £15 million to Leon Max, a retail businessman and designer. Lord Hesketh subsequently sold off the farmland and the Gothic village of Hulcote, but retained ownership of Towcester Racecourse. Max plans to use the Wren-designed wing of the house as a headquarters for his European operations, and the Hawksmoor block as his personal residence.'' ( wikipedia)

''Alexander Hesketh, 53, the third Baron Hesketh, has appointed Knight Frank to sell the estate, which has been home to the Fermor Hesketh family for almost 470 years.

As the sale of a private residence, it will be one of the most expensive in British history.

Yesterday Lord Hesketh said he had reluctantly decided to sell rather than see his family's wealth eroded by the cost of looking after Easton Neston.

"It's the simple fact that if you look at a property like this, it's a bit like owning a very beautiful yacht. The costs of managing it are very significant," he said.''The Telegraph


''Lord Hesketh was know in his youth to spend up on fast cars, women & high living''

''Shame he did not think of the future as a representative of our Family Name, he was not very good caretaker of the Name,

in my opinion''.

L R Farmer, Countess Palatine of Burgundy

LEFT: Lord Alexander Hesketh


The Origins


The term denoted in the first instance a tax farmer, one who undertook the collection of taxes, revenues, and imposts, paying a fixed (Latin firmus) sum for the proceeds. The name was first recorded after the Norman conquest in 1066 and presumed to be of Norman origin from the word 'fermier'.

Amongst the earliest of all recordings is that of William Le Fermer, in the rolls known as the "Feet of Fines" for the county of Essex in the year 1238. This was not a hereditary surname and nor was that of William le Farmere of Cambridge in 1279. The first known recording of the hereditary surname may be that of Richard Fermor, in the Fees Rolls of the county of Devon, in 1293. This was during the reign King Edward 1st.


This English medieval job descriptive surname, recorded in the spellings of Farmer, Farmar, Fermer and Fermor, is of Olde French pre 10th century origins.

added name-why?
Sir Thomas George Fermor became the eighth Baronet of Rufford in 1924 and in 1935 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Hesketh, of Hesketh in the County Palatine of Lancaster.
Lord Hesketh married Florence Louise Breckinridge, of Kentucky, daughter of John Witherspoon Breckinridge, and granddaughter of General John C Breckinridge, Vice-President of the United States, in 1909. They had three sons and two daughters (Flora and Louise. Their eldest son Lieutenant the Hon. Thomas Sharon Fermor-Hesketh was killed in an aeroplane accident in France in 1937. Lord Hesketh died in July 1944, aged 62, and was succeeded in his titles by his second son Frederick. His third son John married Patricia Macaskie Cole in 1946.[His grandson Alexander Fermor-Hesketh, 3rd Baron Hesketh, was a former Conservative government minister. Florence, the Dowager Lady Hesketh died 1956.

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