Hugh Cholmondeley, 6th Marquess of Cholmondeley

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The Most Honourable
George Hugh, Marquess of Cholmondeley
Lord Great Chamberlain of England
In office
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by George Cholmondeley, 5th Marquess
Succeeded by David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess
Personal details
Born George Hugh Cholmondeley
(1919-04-24)24 April 1919
St George Hanover Square, London[1]
Died 13 March 1990(1990-03-13) (aged 70)[2]
Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire
Nationality England English
Spouse(s) Lavinia Margaret Leslie (1921-09-09) 9 September 1921 (age 93)
Children 4
Residence Houghton Hall
Cholmondeley Castle
Alma mater Cambridge University
Lord Cholmondeley's coat of arms
Houghton Hall, ancestral home of the Marquess of Cholmondeley since the establishment of the title in 1815, has now opened some of its rooms to the public.

George Hugh Cholmondeley, 6th Marquess of Cholmondeley, GCVO, MC (/ˈʌmli/; 24 April 1919 – 13 March 1990), styled Earl of Rocksavage from 1923 until 1968, was a British peer and Lord Great Chamberlain of England between 1968 and 1990.


Cholmondeley was born in 1919, a descendant of Sir Robert Walpole, the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. He was the son of George Cholmondeley, 5th Marquess of Cholmondeley and Sybil Sassoon, of the Sassoon and Rothschild family. Like his great-great-grandfather, his great-granduncle, his great-grandfather, his grandfather, his father and his son, Cholmondeley was educated at Eton. He studied at Magdalene College, Cambridge University.

Cholmondeley served in the British army, initially in the Grenadier Guards and later in the 1st Royal Dragoons. During the Second World War, he saw action in the Middle East, in Italy, in France and in Germany. In 1943, he was decorated with the Military Cross (MC). When Cholmondeley retired from the military in 1949, he had attained the rank of Major. He received the Royal Victorian Order as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Honours in 1953.[3]

Cholmondeley succeeded to his father's land, estates and title in 1968. He died at Cholmondeley Castle in 1990.[4]


Cholmondeley married Lavinia Margaret Leslie, daughter of Colonel John Leslie, on 14 June 1947. The children of that marriage were:

  • Lady Rose Aline (born 20 March 1948)
  • Lady Margot Lavinia (born 27 January 1950)
  • Lady Caroline Mary (born 10 April 1952)
  • David George Philip, Earl of Rocksavage (born 27 June 1960)

Lavinia, the Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley, aged 93, lives in Cholmondeley Castle.[5]

Lands and estates[edit]

The family seats are Houghton Hall, Norfolk, and Cholmondeley Castle, which is surrounded by a 7,500 acres (30 km2) estate near Malpas, Cheshire.[6]

Position at court[edit]

One moiety part of the ancient office of Lord Great Chamberlain is a Cholmondeley inheritance.[7] This hereditary honour came into the Cholmondeley family through the marriage of the first Marquess of Cholmondeley to Lady Georgiana Charlotte Bertie, daughter of Peregrine Bertie, 3rd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven.[8] The second, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh holders of the marquessate have all held this office.

Further reading[edit]

  • 1947 -- A day's march nearer home. Experiences with the Royals, 1939-1945. London : privately printed. OCLC 57035942


  1. ^ England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008
  2. ^ England and Wales, Death Registration Index 1837-2007
  3. ^ "Queen's Coronation Honours". The Times (The Times Digital Archive): 14. 1 June 1953. 
  4. ^ Midgley, Carol. "The Cholmondeley people," The Times (UK). July 5, 2003.
  5. ^ Lacy, Stephen. "Unforgettable fire," The Telegraph (UK). December 31, 2001; excerpt, "The dramatic gardens at Cholmondeley Castle have been her special project for half a century, but Lady Cholmondeley's passion for hands-on horticulture is showing no sign of waning;" Lagonda Club, 5–9 June 2011; excerpt, "An iInvitation from Lavinia, Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley to a private early afternoon tea ...."
  6. ^ Caroline, Donald. "The new garden at Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn, Norfolk," The Times (UK). May 11, 2008.
  7. ^ Notes and Queries (1883 Jan-Jun), p. 42.
  8. ^ Portcullis: Deed of Covenant and Agreement between Lord Willoughby de Eresby, The Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley and the Marquis of Cholmondeley re the exercise of the Office of Hereditary Great Chamberlain (16 May 1829).


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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Cholmondeley
Marquess of Cholmondeley
1968 – 1990
Succeeded by
David Cholmondeley