Thursday, May 13, 2021

The 10th Baron Walpole 1938-2021

 _. Lord Walpole, the 10th Baron, died 8 May, 2021, aged 82. His home was Mannington Hall, Norwich.

Robert Horatio Walpole was born 8 December, 1938, son of the 9th Baron Walpole [1913-89], and his wife the former Nancy Louise Jones [died 2002], daughter of Frank Harding Jones, of Kensington.

He succeeded his father in 1989 as the 8th Baron Walpole of Wolterton [created in 1756], and the 10th Baron Walpole [created in 1723]. He was descended from Horatio Walpole [1678-1757], the 1st Baron, who was a brother of Robert Walpole [1676-1745], the first Prime Minister of Great Britain.

He married firstly, 30 June, 1962 [div 1979] Sybil Judith Schofield [later Judith Chaplin, OBE, MP, Conservative MP for Newbury, who died in 1993]; married secondly, 1980, Laurel Celia Ball, daughter of Sidney Ball, of Swindon.

Educated at Eton and King's College, Cambridge. Member of Norfolk County Council 1970-81 [chairman of various committees]; elected a member of the House of Lords in 1999; Chairman: Area Museums Service for South East England 1976-79; Norwich School of Arts 1977-87; Textile Conservation Centre 1981-88 [President 1988]; East Anglian Tourtist Board; JP, Norfolk, 1972.

In Who's Who under the section for membership of any clubs, His Lordship entered 'none on principle'.

Lord Walpole had two sons and two daughters from his first marriage, and two sons and one daughter from his second marriage.

He is succeeded as 11th Baron by his eldest son, the Hon Jonathan Robert Hugh Walpole, who was born 16 Nov, 1967.


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