Bertram Bowyer, 2nd Baron Denham

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Denham
KBE PC
Chief Whip in the House of Lords
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms
In office
4 May 1979 – 22 May 1991
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
John Major
Preceded by The Baroness Llewelyn-Davies of Hastoe
Succeeded by The Lord Hesketh
Personal details
Born Bertram Stanley Mitford Bowyer
(1927-10-03) 3 October 1927 (age 87)
Political party Conservative
Alma mater King's College, Cambridge

Bertram Stanley Mitford Bowyer, 2nd Baron Denham, KBE, PC (born 3 October 1927) is a British Conservative politician and member of the House of Lords as one of the remaining hereditary peers. He is one of the few people to serve in the governments of five different Prime Ministers.

Eton College

He was educated at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge.

Lord Denham was the youngest child and second son of George Bowyer, 1st Baron Denham and succeeded to become 2nd Baron Denham upon the death of his father in 1948, his elder brother having died in World War II. He served as a House of Lords whip from 1961 until 1964 under both Harold Macmillan and Alec Douglas-Home. Upon the Conservatives return to power at the 1970 general election, he was once again made a whip under Edward Heath. In 1972, he was promoted to become Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard, the post associated with being the Government Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Lords. He served in this post until the Conservatives left power in 1974.

Upon the victory of Margaret Thatcher in the 1979 general election, Lord Denham was made Captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms, the post associated with being Government Chief Whip in the House of Lords. He held the post for the entirety of the Thatcher years, leaving office six months into the John Major government in 1991.

With the passage of the House of Lords Act 1999, Lord Denham along with almost all other hereditary peers lost his automatic right to sit in the House of Lords. He was however elected as one of the 92 elected hereditary peers to remain in the House of Lords pending completion of House of Lords reform.

He was made a Privy Counsellor in the 1981 New Year Honours.[1] In the 1991 New Year Honours he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) for his political service.[2]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • Bertram Bowyer (1927–1937)
  • The Hon. Bertram Bowyer (1937–1948)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Denham (1948–1980)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Denham PC (1981–1990)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Denham KBE PC (1991–)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 48467. p. 1. 30 December 1980. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52382. p. 7. 28 December 1990. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by
The Viscount Goschen
Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Lords
1971–1974
Succeeded by
The Lord Strabolgi
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
1971–1974
Preceded by
The Baroness Llewelyn-Davies of Hastoe
Chief Whip in the House of Lords
1979–1991
Succeeded by
The Lord Hesketh
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms
1979–1991
Party political offices
Preceded by
The Earl St Aldwyn
Conservative Chief Whip in the House of Lords
1978–1991
Succeeded by
The Lord Hesketh
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Edward Wentworth Bowyer
Baron Denham
1948–present
Incumbent
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
George Henry Bowyer
Baronet
(of Denham Court)
1950–present
Incumbent