David Montgomery, 2nd Viscount Montgomery of Alamein

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David Bernard Montgomery, 2nd Viscount Montgomery of Alamein CMG, CBE (born 18 August 1928) is a British politician, and businessman.

Early life and education[edit]

Montgomery is the son of the World War II field marshal, Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein.[1] He was educated at Winchester College and gained an engineering degree at Trinity College, Cambridge.[1]


Montgomery (right) receiving the Canning Medal from William Hague in 2013

Montgomery entered business, working for Yardley and several other companies, building close links with Latin America. He has served as a patron and chairman of various Anglo-Latin American organisations, including the Anglo-Argentine Society, Canning House and the Hispanic and Luso Brazilian Council. He succeeded in the viscountcy following his father's death in 1976[1] and originally sat as a Conservative in the House of Lords until 1999, when he and most other hereditary peers were removed from the House under the House of Lords Act 1999. He was returned to the Lords as a crossbencher in an election of hereditary cross-bench peers in 2005, following the death of Baroness Strange.

He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1975 and a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 2000. He has also received decorations from Germany, Belgium, Spain, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia. He co-wrote The Lonely Leader: Monty 1944-45 with Alistair Horne about his father in 1994 which documented his own early life as well as his father's.

Personal life[edit]

In 1953, Montgomery married Mary Connell, divorcing in 1967 after having a son and a daughter:[2]

  • The Hon. Henry David Montgomery (born 2 April 1954), heir apparent to the viscountcy
  • The Hon. Arabella Clare Montgomery (born 21 November 1956)

He then married Tessa Browning, daughter of Daphne du Maurier and Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick Browning, a close colleague of his father.[1]


Arms of David Montgomery, 2nd Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
A Coronet of a Viscount
Issuant from a Crescent Argent an Arm embowed in Armour the hand grasping a broken Tilting Spear in bend sinister the Head pendent proper
Azure two Lions passant guardant between three Fleurs-de-lis two in chief and one in base and two Trefoils in fess all Or
Dexter: a Knight in Chain Armour and Surcoat resting his exterior hand on his sword; Sinister: a Soldier in Battle Dress all proper
Gardez Bien (Guard well)



  1. ^ a b c d Peter W. Hammond, ed. (1998). The Complete Peerage or a History of the House of Lords and All its Members From the Earliest Times, Volume XIV: Addenda & Corrigenda. Stroud, Gloucestershire, U.K.: Sutton Publishing. p. 775. 
  2. ^ Montgomery of Alamein, Viscount (UK, 1946) - website Cracroft's Peerage
  3. ^ Montgomery of Alamein, Viscount (UK, 1946) - website Cracroft's Peerage

External links[edit]

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Bernard Law Montgomery
Viscount Montgomery of Alamein