Sir James Heath later portrait

The Heaths of Biddulph Grange part two.

Robert William HEATH Esq.

Robert William HEATH Esq. M.A J.P M.P 1851-1932 = Laura FIELDER
Of Greenway Bank Hall, Norton in the Moors
1895: Left Rugby School for Trinity Hall, Cambridge
1911: Census - Coal & Iron Trader with family at Greenway Bank Hall, with x8 serv's
1954: Probate in London; London; to Phyllis Heath, widow. Effects £75679 16s. 2d.

Member of the Trentham Golf Club:
"Judging from press reports, and the earliest Subscription Books to survive from 1899, numerous prominent industrial families had membership at Trentham before 1904 F H Wedgwood was the only subscriber from his family, but H G Kirkham, and his brother William who had a Stoke pottery firm noted for specialist hospital ware, F S Heath of Biddulph Grange and R W Heath of Greenway Bank who came from the family of iron masters.

Harold Twyford and his social reforming sister Dora who lived at Whitmore Hall and were of the family of sanitary ware manufacturers in Shelton, and F J and W B Moore who were partners operating the Cauldon Pottery Works, also in Shelton, were all listed as members. Landed gentlemen who subscribed, as well as the Duke of Sutherland included Basil Fitzherbert of Swynnerton and Ralph Sneyd of Keele Hall, at which place another of Trentham's early members, His Imperial Highness Grand Duke Michael of Russia, was to reside.

Sir James HEATH Col.

Sir James HEATH Col. Bt. M.P J.P 1852-1942 = x4 wives...
1 Euphemia Celina VAN-de-BYL (d.1921, x2 children - a son & a daughter)
2 Ivy Amelia (Joy) HOUSELL (Div. in 1927, no issue)
3 Sophia Catherine Theresa Mary PEIRCE-EVANS (Div. in 1930, no issue)
4 Dorothy Mary HODGSON (47 yrs younger than him, no issue)

1892-1906: Conservative M.P for N.W Staffordshire
1895: at Clayton Hall, Staffs
1898-1905: Staffordshire Yeomanry for 29 years and was Commander from 1898 to 1905.
1904: Created 1st Baronet HEATH of Ashorne Hill, Warks
Property: Great Oxendon Hall, Market Harborough
Property: Built a Miner's convalescence home at Llanfairchan in North Wales with his brothers

Businessman and Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.
James Heath was second son of Robert Heath (died 1893), a colliery and ironworks owner, of Biddulph Grange, Staffordshire. He was educated at Clifton College.
Heath was an ironmaster and colliery proprietor, who began as a partner in his father's company in 1873, for whom he travelled round the world twice on business.

Following his father's death in 1893, he and his brother Arthur founded a limited company named Robert Heath & Sons to run the concerns, which they sold to the Low Moor Iron Company in 1910. The brothers also founded the Birchenwood Colliery Company at Newchapel near Kidsgrove in 1893, and developed an associated coking and coal by-products business.

He was Member of Parliament for North West Staffordshire from 1892 to the 1906 General Election when he lost in the Liberal landslide to Sir Alfred Billson. Billson died suddenly in July 1907, but Heath declined to contest the seat.

His father Robert Heath and brother Arthur Heath were also Members of Parliament.
He was also a J.P. for Staffordshire.
He served in the Staffordshire Yeomanry, being promoted Captain in 1876, and honorary Major in 1890. He was Lieutenant-Colonel commanding from 1898 to 1902.

Heath was married four times. He married firstly, on 12 July 1881, Euphemia Celina, second daughter of Pieter Van-der-Byl, of Cape Town, South Africa, and of Elsenwood, Surrey, England. They had one daughter who survived her parents and one son, Percy Voltelin Heath, who died unmarried from wounds received in the First World War in France in September 1914. Lady Heath (as she became known following the creation of her husband's baronetcy) died on 21 August 1921.

He married secondly, on 6 February 1924, Mrs Joy Nitch Smith, eldest daughter of John Hounsell, of Stillman Valley, Ogle County, Illinois, U.S.A. There were no children of this marriage, which was annulled at his petition in 1927.

His third wife was Sophie Catherine Theresa Mary, previously Mrs Elliott Lynn, daughter of James Peirce-Evans, and better known during their marriage as Mary, Lady Heath (1896-1939), the Irish aviatrix. They married on 11 October 1927, but this marriage produced no children. In January 1930 she filed for a divorce from Heath, on the grounds of alleged cruelty, in Reno, Nevada, United States and was awarded a decree nisi in May of the same year. In the UK; "divorce petition from Sir James Heath, who humiliated her by going public about how he was refusing to pay dressmakers bills she had run up".

He married fourthly, on 6 February 1935, Dorothy Mary (born 1898/9), elder daughter of Christopher Mortimer Hodgson, of Beech, near Alton, Hampshire, England. She was 47 years his junior, but there were no children of this marriage. She survived him.

In 1904 he was made a Baronet, of Ashorne Hill in the county of Warwickshire. Because his only son had died unmarried in World War I in 1914, the title became extinct on his death, aged ninety, on 24 December (Christmas Eve), 1942. From Wikipedia

His heir, Percy Voltelin HEATH 1889-1914 continued in part three.