_.The 7th Baron Brownlow, who died 15 May, 2021, aged 85, was a godson of the Duke of Windsor, and born in the duke's brief reign.
Edward John Peregrine Cust was born 25 March, 1936, son of the 6th Baron Brownlow [1899-1978], of Belton House, and his first wife the former Katherine Harriet Kinloch [died 1952]. The 6th Baron was a great friend of the future King Edward VIII, and was a central figure in the events leading to the abdication crisis, 1936.
Edward Cust, the 7th Baron, married 31 December, 1964, Shirlie Edith Yeaomans, daughter of John Paske Yeomans, of Manor Fram, Hill Croome, Upton-on-Severn, Worcestershire, by whom he had a son, the Hon Peregrine Edward Quintin Cust.
He succeeded to the peerage, and the family seat at Belton House, on his father's death, 28 July, 1978.
Belton House is a Grade I listed country house in the parish of Belton near Grantham in Lincolnshire, built between 1685 and 1688 by Sir John Brownlow, 3rd Baronet. It is surrounded by formal gardens and a series of avenues leading to follies within a larger wooded park. Belton has been described as a compilation of all that is finest of Carolean architecture, the only truly vernacular style of architecture that England had produced since the Tudor period. It is considered to be a complete example of a typical English country house.For about three centuries until 1984, Belton House was the seat successively of the Brownlow family, which had first acquired land in the area in the late 16th century, and of its heirs the Cust family (in 1815 created Earl Brownlow). Despite his great wealth Sir John Brownlow, 3rd Baronet, chose to build a comparatively modest house rather than one of the grand Baroque palaces being built by others at the time. The contemporary, if provincial, Carolean style was the selected choice of design. The new house was fitted with the latest innovations such as sash windows for the principal rooms, and more significantly, with completely separate areas for the staff. Successive generations made changes to the interior of the house which reflected their changing social position and tastes, yet the fabric and design of the house changed little. Following World War I the Custs, like many wealthy English families, were faced with mounting financial problems and finally in 1984 they donated the house, with most of its contents, to the National Trust, which now opens Belton to the public. It is in a good state of repair and is visited by many thousands of tourists each year.
The peerage now passes to his only son, the Hon Peregrine Cust [born 9 July, 1974].
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