Thursday, September 29, 2005

7th Baron Brabourne, CBE

The 7th Baron Brabourne, CBE, film and television producer., Director of Thames Television, 1975-93 (Chairman 1990-93), died at his home in Kent, 22 September, 2005. He was aged 80.
Lord Brabourne was a son-in-law of Earl Mountbatten of Burma, and a survivor of the IRA bomb which killed Mountbatten, and Brabourne's mother and son, and others, at Mullaghmore, Ireland, in August, 1979.
John Ulick Knatchbull was born 9 November, 1924, son of the 5th Baron Brabourne (1895-1939) by his wife Lady Doreen Geraldine Browne (Order of the Crown of India; DStJ), daughter of the 6th Marquess of Sligo, and was educated at Eton and Oxford.
He succeeded to the barony (UK 1880) and the Baronetcy (England 1641), on the demise of his elder brother, the 6th peer, 15 September, 1943. The elder brother, Norton, was shot by the Nazis after he had escaped from a prison train in Italy and was recaputred.
He married 26 Oct, 1946, Lady Patricia Edwina Victoria Mountbatten, elder daughter of Admiral of the Fleet the 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, KG, PC, OM, GCB, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO. His wife succeeded to her father's peerages under the terms of the special remainder, 27 Aug, 1979.
Films produced: Harry Blackl (1958); Sink the Bismarck! (1959); HMS Defiant (1961); Othello (1965); The Mikado (1966); Romeo and Juliet: Up the Junction (1967); Dance of DEath (1968); Tales of Beatrix Potter (1971); Murder on the Orient Express (1974); Death on the Nile (1978); Stories from the Flying Trunk (1979); The Mirror Crack'd (1979); Evil Under the Sun (1982); A Passage to India (1984); Little Dorrit (1987), &c.
Lord Brabourne is survived by his wife, Countess Mountbatten, and by four sons and two daughters. The fourth of his five sons, Nicholas, died in the IRA outrage, 1979.
He is succeeded in the peerage and baronetcy by his eldest son, Norton Louis Philip Knatchbull (a godson of the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Louise of Sweden), who has been styled Baron Romsey since 1979. He was b. 8 Oct, 1947.

Source: BBC News

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