Hugh Cholmondeley, 6th Marquess of Cholmondeley

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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/; 1919 – 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.

Cholmondeley succeeded to his father's land, estates and title in 1968. He died at Cholmondeley Castle in 1990.[1]


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

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

Lavinia, the Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley, aged 92, lives in Cholmondeley Castle.[2]

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.[3]

Position at court[edit]

One moiety part of the ancient office of Lord Great Chamberlain is a Cholmondeley inheritance.[4] 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.[5] 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. ^ Midgley, Carol. "The Cholmondeley people," The Times (UK). July 5, 2003.
  2. ^ 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 ...."
  3. ^ Caroline, Donald. "The new garden at Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn, Norfolk," The Times (UK). May 11, 2008.
  4. ^ Notes and Queries (1883 Jan-Jun), p. 42.
  5. ^ 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