Charles Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March and Kinrara
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|Earl of March and Kinrara|
Janet Gordon-Lennox, Countess of March and Kinrara
|Father||Charles Gordon-Lennox, 10th Duke of Richmond|
|Born||8 January 1955|
He took over the management of the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex from his father in 1994, after a career as a photographer in London. Having had a passion for film and photography since the age of 10, he left school at the first possible opportunity and at 17 worked for the film director Stanley Kubrick on the film Barry Lyndon. He went on to forge a world-wide reputation as a still-life photographer, producing campaigns for some of the world’s most famous brands.
Motor sport at Goodwood was started by his grandfather, Freddie Richmond, who opened the Goodwood Motor Circuit in 1948. Having established the Festival of Speed at Goodwood House in 1993, Charles March brought motor racing back to the circuit, which had closed in 1966, with the creation of the Goodwood Revival in 1998. They have since become recognised[according to whom?] as some of the most unusual, exciting and creative events in the world.
The Goodwood Estate Company is one of a diverse portfolio of businesses which includes Goodwood Racecourse; a 4,000 acre organic farm; two eighteen hole golf courses; Goodwood Aerodrome and Flying School and a 91 bedroom hotel. The Group employs over 550 people and attracts 800,000 visitors to the Estate each year. The headquarters of Rolls Royce Motor Cars is also on the Estate which covers 12,000 acres to the north of Chichester.
In 2012, a major exhibition of Charles March’s recent photographic work, ‘Nature Translated’, was staged at the Bermondsey Project Space in London. The exhibition was shown at the Marble Palace, part of the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg, in January 2014 and in Moscow as part of the Moscow Photography Biennale in April 2014.
He is President of the British Automobile Racing Club, Patron of the TT Riders Association and an honorary member of the British Racing Drivers Club, the Guild of Motoring Writers and the 500 Owners Club.
Charles March lives in Goodwood House with his wife, Janet (née Astor), and their four children.
March has been married twice, and has three sons and two daughters:
- 1) Sally Clayton (1976 to 1989); one daughter
- I) Lady Alexandra Gordon-Lennox (born 1985)
- 2) The Honourable Janet Elizabeth Astor (1991 to date); one daughter and three sons
- II) Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, Lord Settrington (born 20 December 1994) is the Earl's heir apparent
- III) Hon. William Rupert Gordon-Lennox (born 29 November 1996)
- IV) Lady Eloise Cordelia Gordon-Lennox (born 10 March 2000)
- V) Hon. Frederick Lysander Gordon-Lennox (born 10 March 2000)
- Lord Settrington (1955–1989)
- Earl of March and Kinrara (1989–present)
|Ancestors of Charles Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March and Kinrara|
- Information about his association with Goodwood
- "Typical biker: Earl of March". The Daily Telegraph. 2000-09-19.
- 2012 Goodwood Revival Picture Gallery