Harry Llewellyn

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Olympic medal record
Equestrian
Competitor for  United Kingdom
Gold 1952 Helsinki Team jumping
Bronze 1948 London Team jumping

Sir Harry Morton Llewellyn, 3rd Baronet, CBE (18 July 1911 – 15 November 1999) was a British equestrian champion. He was born in Aberdare, South Wales, the son of a colliery owner, Sir David Llewellyn, 1st Baronet.

Background[edit]

A younger son, he only inherited the baronetcy on the death of his older brother, Sir Rhys Llewellyn, 2nd Baronet in 1978. His younger brother Sir David Llewellyn was a Conservative politician.

Cambridge University and the army[edit]

Llewellyn was educated at Oundle School and at Trinity College, Cambridge, before going into the army.

Early career[edit]

He achieved some success as a show-jumping champion during the 1930s, and competed in the Grand National steeplechase, coming second in 1936.

World War II[edit]

During World War II he saw action in Italy and after D Day in Normandy and served as a liaison officer to Field Marshal Montgomery, eventually rising to the rank of Colonel in the British Army.

Olympic Gold Medal[edit]

Foxhunter's grave marker around which Llewellyn's ashes were scattered

After the war he concentrated on show jumping, buying Foxhunter in 1947 after a long search. The duo were part of the British team that won a bronze medal in the team event at the 1948 Summer Olympics, winning the bronze medal. They captured the public imagination for their role in winning Great Britain's only gold medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics, in the team jumping equestrian event.[1]

Foxhunter and Llewellyn won 78 international competitions during their joint career. Llewellyn later served widely in the administration of British show jumping, and was knighted in 1977 before inheriting the Llewellyn Baronetcy upon the death of his brother.[1] His business activities, following the nationalisation of the coal industry in 1947, included interests in brewing and television. Following the 1952 Olympic win he set up a chain of cafes called Foxhunter.[2]

After Sir Harry's death, his ashes were scattered near Foxhunter's grave and memorial on the Blorenge mountain above Abergavenny.[2]

Family and personal life[edit]

Sir Harry Llewellyn lived near Abergavenny in Monmouthshire. In 1990 he was inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame.

He was married to Christine Saumarez, a daughter of the 5th Baron de Saumarez.

Their sons, Dai and Roddy, became well-known media personalities from the 1960s onwards, the former because of highly publicized relationships with Tessa Dahl and Orson Welles's daughter Beatrice, and the latter because of an eight-year affair with Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.

Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Rhys Llewellyn
Baronet
(of Bwllfa)
1978–1999
Succeeded by
David St Vincent Llewellyn

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Murphy, Genevieve (November 17, 1999). "Sir Harry Llewellyn Bt" (obituary). The Independent. 
  2. ^ a b Butler, Eddie (May 25, 2012). "Olympic torch route, day 7: Abergavenny's hero, a horse called Foxhunter". The Guardian. 

References[edit]

  • databaseOlympics.com
  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]

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