Heather Brigstocke, Baroness Brigstocke

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The Baroness Brigstocke
Born (1929-09-02)2 September 1929
Died 30 April 2004(2004-04-30) (aged 74)
Occupation Schoolteacher, Life Peer (Conservative)
Spouse(s) Geoffrey Brigstocke (died 1974)
Hugh Griffiths, Baron Griffiths
Children 4 (by first marriage)

Heather Brigstocke, Baroness Brigstocke CBE (2 September 1929 – 30 April 2004) was a British schoolteacher, academic and Conservative Life Peer.

Born as Heather Renwick Brown in Reading, Berkshire, the daughter of Squadron Leader John Renwick Brown, DFC, RAF, the future Lady Brigstocke was educated at The Abbey School, Reading and Girton College, Cambridge. In 1952 she married Geoffrey Brigstocke, a diplomat. They had four children, three sons and one daughter (David, Julian, Thomas and Persephone). Her surname was legally changed to Brigstocke in 1952.

From 1951 to 1953, she was taught classics at Francis Holland School. In 1962 she travelled with her husband to his post in Washington D.C., where she taught Latin at the National Cathedral School. In 1963, they returned to London and Heather became the headmistress of Francis Holland School from 1965 to 1974 and High Mistress of St Paul's Girls' School from 1974 to 1989.

On 21 May 1990, she was created a life peer as Baroness Brigstocke, of Kensington in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and sat as a Conservative.

She was part of many educational societies during the 1990s and was the founding Chairman of Home-Start International.[citation needed]

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On 22 January 2000, Lady Brigstocke, widowed since her husband died in 1974 on Turkish Airlines Flight 981, married fellow peer, Hugh Griffiths, Baron Griffiths. They were one of the few couples who both held titles in their own right. She had three sons and a daughter.


Baroness Brigstocke died in 2004, aged 74 in Athens, in a road traffic accident.


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