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Monday, June 26, 2006

2nd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, CB, OBE, MC (1915-2006)

Major-General the 2nd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, CB, OBE, MC, died at his home, 22 June, 2006. He was 90. Gilbert Walter Riversdale Monckton was b. 3 Nov, 1915, son of the 1st Viscount (aka Sir Walter Monckton, GCVO, KCMG, MC, PC, QC) sometime Attorney-General to the Duchy of Cornwall, a great friend and adviser to Edward VIII (afterwards Duke of Windsor), Tory MP, and Minister of Defence and Paymaster General in the 1950s; by his 1st wife Mary Adelaide Somes Colyer-Ferguson, of the Colyer-Ferguson Baronets. He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge; Career:- Major-Gen (retired), late the 12th Royal Lancers, formerly 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards; Colonel 9/12th Royal Lancers 1967-73; Hon Colonel, Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry 1974-79; Deputy Chairman, Gulf Gaurantee Bank; Director of Public Relations, War Office, 1960-65, and Chief of Staff, HQ BAOR, 1965-67; President, Kent Association of Boys' Clubs, 1965-78; President, Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies since 1965; Deputy Lieutenant for Kent; Bailiff Grand Cross of Obedience Sovereign Military Order of Malta and KStJ (Chairman of the Council of the Order of St John for Kent 1969-75); Grand Officer of the Order of Leopold II; Cdr Order of the Crown of Belgium; Bailiff Grand Cross of Justice Constantinian Order of St George; OBE (Mil) 1956; CB (Mil) 1966; succeeded to the viscountcy (created in 1957) on the demise of his father, 1965; married 1950, Marianna Laetitia, daughter of Cdr Robert Tatton Bower, RN, descended from the Baron Strickland (ext.)., by whom he had issue, sons, Christopher, Timothy, Jonathan and Anthony, and daughter Rosamond, wife of the Hon Dominic Lawson (son of the life peer Baron Lawson of Blaby). Rosamond Monckton was a great friend of Diana, Princess of Wales. The peerage now devolves upon his eldest son, the Hon Christopher Walter Monckton, b. 14 Feb, 1952. The funeral is at All Saints Church, Brenchley, 30 June, 2006.

Source: Daily Telegraph 26 June 2006

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