Charles Edward Stourton was born 11 March, 1923, the son of William Marmaduke Stourton, 25th Lord Mowbray, 26th Lord Segrave, and 22nd Lord Stourton, MC, by his wife, Sheila (d. 1975), daughter of the Hon. Edward Gully, CB, and was educated at Ampleforth and Christ Church, Oxford.
In 1912 the then Lord Mowbray, Segraev & Stourton made an unsuccessful cvlaim to the Earldom of Norfolk, which had originally been bestowed on the Bigod family. Roger Bigod had surrendered the earldom to the King in 1302 and 10 years later it had been regranted to Thomas of Brotherton, and the success of this claim depended on the validity of the surrender, as it was the regranted peerage which was under claim. He failed in his case, as it was held (in 1906) that the surrender of 1302 was invalid, and, as "The Complete Peerage" states: "the decision in the case involved a denial of the existence of the earldom in Thomas of Brotherton and his issue."The barony of Stourton which was created by patent in 1448, has existed continuously in the male line since that date. The baronies of Mowbray and Segrave were a different case. The first Lord Mowbray received a writ of summons tyo Shrewsbury in 1283 and other later summonses to undoubted Parliaments. The first Lord Segrave was also at Shrewsbury, but was also summoned to Parliament in 1295. The daughter of the 4th Lord Segrave married the fourth Lord Mowbray, and the titles since then have been held together. The baronies came through the Mowbrays, Dukes of Norfolk, to the Howards, Dukes of Norfolk, and so to 1777, when they fell into abeyance between the two daughters of Philip Howard, brother of the 9th Duke of Norfolk. One married the 16th Lord Stourton and the other the 9th Lord Petre. In 1877 the 20th Lord Stourton applied for the termination of the abeyance, and the case was decided in his favour.
Career:--->>Joined the Army in 1942, commissioned into the Grenadier Guards 1943; served with the 2nd Armoured Battalion, Grenadier Guards, as Lieutenant, 1943-44 (was wounded in France in 1944; lost an eye and invalided 1945); Member of Lloyd's, 1952; Chairman, Ghadeco (UK) Ltd, from 1986; Chairman, Thames Estuary Airport Co., from 1993; Director, Securicor (Scotland) Ltd, 1964-70; Director, General Development Co., Ltd (Ghana) from 1980; EIRC (Ghana) Ltd, from 1982; Director, EIRC Holdings Ltd (Jersey) from 1986; Member, Nidderdale Rural District council, 1954-58; succeeded to the baronies on the demise of his father, 1965; a Conservative Whip in the House of Lords, 1967-70, and 1974-78; a Lord in Waiting (Government Whip) and a Spokesman for the Department of the Environment, 1970-74; Deputy Chief Opposition Whip in the House of Lords, 1978-79, a Lord in Waiting (Government Whip) and spokesman for the arts, environment and transport 1979-80; elected a member of the House of Lords, 1999; Chairman, Government Picture Buying Committee, 1972-74; a Member of the British Parliamentary Delegation to the Bicentennial Celebrations in Washington, 1976; a Trustee, College of Arms Trust from 1975; Chancellor, Primrose League, , 1974-80, 1981-83; Life Governor, Cancer Research UK (formerly ICRF) from 1983; Patron, Tayside and Means Normandy Veterans Association, from 1992; Patron, Bicentennial Year Award of Baronial Order of Magna Charta, USA 1976; Knight of Honour & Devotion, Sovereign Military Order of Malta 1947 ( Vice-Pres, British Assoc from 2001); Bailiff Grand Cross and Senator, Constantinian Order of St George (Parma), 2001; &c.
He was appointed CBE in 1982.Lord Mowbray, Segrave & Stourton was twice married; firstly, in 1952, to the Hon Jane de Yarburgh Bateson, daughter of the 5th Lord Deramore. She died 2 April, 1998.He married 2ndly, in February, 1999, Joan, Lady Holland, widow of Sir Guy Holland, 3rd Baronet. He is survived by his 2nd spouse and by two sons from the first marriage, Edward and James.
The peerages now devolve upon his elder son, the Hon Edward William Stephen Stourton, born 17 Apr, 1953, who is married with one son, and four daughters.