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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

6th Baron Feversham (1945-2009)

The 6th Baron Feversham, of Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, died at the Castle Hill Hospital, Hull, 29 March, 2009. He was aged 64.

Charles Antony Peter Duncombe was born 3 Jan 1945, son of Colonel Antony John Duncombe-Anderson (1907-49), by his wife the former Gioranna Georgina Valerie McNalty (who on behalf of herself and her children abandoned by deed poll the surname of Duncombe-Anderson & assumed the surname of Duncombe only, 12 Mar 1954).

He succeeded to the barony (cr 1826) on the demise of his kinsman, the 3rd (and last) Earl of Feversham in 1963. He also inherited the Duncombe Park estate, and its 13,000 acres.
Educated at Eton he became a journalist and author and took a keen interest in the arts which resulted in him being appointed to several key positions, including President of the Yorkshire Arts Association from 1987 to 1991, chairman of the trustees of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and also of the Standing Conference of Regional Arts Associations.

He was also a member of various committees of the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1969- 1980, the Arts and Education Committee of the Calouste Gulbenkian UK and Commonwealth branch. Lord Feversham was also an honorary fellow of Bretton Hall College, West Yorks.
For some 36 years he was a member of Helmsley Town Council and was three times its chairman. He also became President of the National Local Councils Association (NALC) and president of the Yorkshire and Cleveland LCA, and was also president of the Society of Yorkshiremen in London.

His many other public office appointments included being a governor of Leeds Polytechnic and the York Theatre Royal. For 30 years he sat as a crossbencher in the House of Lords.
His ancestor, the wealthy goldsmith Sir Charles Duncombe who became Lord Mayor of London, after a brief sojurn in the Tower on a charge – later dropped – of falsifying Exchequer bills, then bought the Helmsley estate in 1695.

Lord Feversham was twice wed - firstly, in 1966 to Shannon Foy (died 1976), dau of Sir Thomas Arthur Wyness Foy, CSI; secondly in 1979, to Pauline M. Aldridge, dau of John Aldridge, of Newark, Notts. He leaves issue, two sons and a daughter from the first marriage, viz: the Hon Jasper Orlando Slingsby Duncombe born 14 March 1968, and the Hon Jake Barnaby born in 1972, and the Hon Melissa Rose born in 1973; and one son from the second union, the Hon Patrick Charles Kildare Duncombe, born in 1981. The eldest son, Jasper, inherits the title.
The funeral is to be held in private at the chapel at Duncombe Park. A memorial service is to be later, but the date and place have yet to be arranged.
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