_. The Lord De Clifford, 27th Baron, possessor of one of the oldest peerages of England, died 2 November, 2018. He was 90.
He was born John Edward Southwell Russell, 8 June, 1928, the elder son of the 26th Baron De Clifford, OBE (1907-82), by his first wife the former Dorothy Evelyn Meyrick (who died in 1987).
His father, the 26th holder of the peerage, was the last member of the House of Lords to be tried by his peers for felony (a manslaughter case), and was acquitted. He had married Dorothy Meyrick, a daughter of the notorious Irish-born nightclub owner, Mrs Kate Meyrick (1875-1933). Mrs Meyrick married three of her daughters into the nobility. One became Countess of Kinnoull, another became Countess of Craven, and the third, Dorothy, became Lady De Clifford.
John Russell succeeded his father as 27th Baron, 3 January, 1982. The peerage was created by Writ in 1299, and is one of the oldest peerages on the Roll.
Lord De Clifford married 27 June, 1959, Bridget Jennifer Robertson. No issue of the marriage.
The peerage now passes to Lord de Clifford’s nephew, Miles Edward Southwell Russell, who was born 7 August, 1966.
A Service of Thanksgiving for Lord De Clifford’s life takes place at the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Poughill, on 21 November, 2018.