Thursday, August 24, 2006

6th Baron Deramore

The 6th (and last) Baron Deramore, architect & writer of erotic fiction, died 20 August, 2006, at the age of 95. Richard Arthur de Yarburgh-Bateson was born 9 April, 1911, the younger son of the 4th Baron Deramore, by his wife nee Duncombe, scion of the Barons Feversham. The barony was created in 1885 for Sir Thomas Bateson, 2nd Bt, who had been MP for Londonderry, then Devizes, and had served for a few years as a junior minister in the Treasury. His childhood home was Heslington Hall, North Yorkshire (a builfing now part of York Univ), and he was educated at Harrow and St John's College, Cambridge. Graduating during the Depression, he went on to study for a diploma at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, then went into private practice as a chartered architect in London and Buckinghamshire and later Yorkshire. During the war he served as a pilot in the RAFVR, flying in a bomber squadron carrying out low-level reconnaissance missions over the Mediterranean.He returned to his architectural practice after WW2, working in London, Bucks and Yorks.He succeeded to the Deramore titles on the death of his elder brother, the 5th Baron Deramore, in 1964. He designed and built himself a house, a comfortable rather than stately pile, at Aislaby, near Pickering. He lost his seat in the H of L in Blair's so-called reform of the upper chamber in 1999. He married, in 1948, Janet Ware, who survives him with their daughter. The peerage becomes extinct.

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