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Baronet’s Badge Baron Boston of Irby 1704

Baronet’s Badge, in fitted case, silver gilt, engraved “Irby of Boston 1704”, hallmarked London 1930. Attributed to George Irby, 6th Baron Boston, British Scientist and Conservative Policitian.

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Origin: United Kingdom
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Baronet’s Badge, of excellent quality manufacture made during 1930 in London by Robert William Jay, bearing his makers mark “R.J”, engraved on the reverse “Irby of Boston 1706”, in a fitted leather case of issue. On full silk neck ribbon with sewn on clips for wear.


As it was made during 1930, at the time the current Baron was George Florance Irby, 6th Baron Boston who lived 6th September 1860 until 16th September 1941.


He was born on 6th September 1860, the eldest son of Florance George Henry Irby, 5th Baron Boston and his wife Hon. August Caroline (nee Saumarez) (daughter of Colonel John St Vincent Saumarez, 3rd Baron de Saumarez).


He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated with 2nd Class honours in Modern History during 1882.
Only 16 years old when he succeeded his father in the Barony during 1877. Later taking his seat on the Conservative benches in the House of Lords.
From 1885 to 1886 he was Lord in Waiting to Queen Victoria (Government Whip in the House of Lords) during the short lived Tory administartion of Lord Salisbury. He also had estates in Lincolnshire, Buckinghamshire and a seat at Lligwy, Anglesey.


Politics did not however appear to be his main interest, he spent all of his leisure time studying various branches of Natural Science, being deeply interested in Astronomy, Botany, Entomology and Archaeology, being a Fellow of both the Society of Antiquaries and the Geological Society of London. He was President of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club from its formation in 1912 to within a short time of his death.
In 1936 he was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law (LL.D.) by the University of Wales, Bangor for his services to culture. Also served as a Deputy Lieutenant in Anglesey.


Lord Boston married his first cousin once removed Cecilia Constance, Daughter of the Hon. Augustus Anthony Frederick Irby, in 1890. The marriage was childless. She died in January 1938, aged 67. Lord Boston survived her by three years and died during September 1941, aged 81. He was then succeeded in the Barony by his nephew Greville Irby.