Hugh Griffiths, Baron Griffiths

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The Lord Griffiths
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Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
23 May 1985 – 30 September 1993
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Unknown
Succeeded by The Lord Lloyd of Berwick
Personal details
Born William Hugh Griffiths
(1923-09-26) 26 September 1923 (age 91)
Spouse(s) Evelyn Krefting
m. 1949 (deceased 1998)
Heather Renwick Brigstocke
m. 2000 (deceased 2004)
Greta Fenston
m. 2009 - present
Relations 3 daughters, 1 son (by Evelyn Krefting)
Alma mater St John's College, Cambridge
Occupation Judge
Profession Law

William Hugh Griffiths, Baron Griffiths, known as Hugh Griffiths, PC, MC (born 26 September 1923) is a retired British judge and former barrister.

The son of Sir Hugh Griffiths was educated at Charterhouse School and St John's College, Cambridge. During the Second World War he served in the Welsh Guards, receiving a Military Cross in 1944. Griffiths was called to the Bar, Inner Temple in 1949, and became a Queen's Counsel in 1964. From 1962 to 1964, he was Recorder of Margate, and from 1964 to 1970 of Cambridge. In 1971, Griffiths was knighted and was made Judge of the High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division, a post he held until 1980.

Between 1980 and 1985, he was Lord Justice of Appeal, and between 1985 and 1993 Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, created additionally a life peer with the title Baron Griffiths, of Govilon, in the County of Gwent on his appointment.

Griffiths has married three times: first Evelyn Krefting in 1949; and after her death in 1998 he married Heather Renwick Brigstocke, the former High Mistress of St Paul's, on 22 January 2000. She was killed in a car accident in 2004. They were one of the few couples who both held titles in their own right. In July 2009, he married Greta Fenston, widow of Felix Fenston, the 1960s property developer and one of the richest women in the country. He has four children by his first wife: three daughters and one son.

He holds the rare distinction of having been both President of MCC and Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.[citation needed]

At Cambridge University, Hugh Griffiths won Blues for cricket in 1946, 1947, and 1948, recording career-best figures of 6 for 129 against Lancashire in 1946. He also made eight appearances in the County Championship for Glamorgan County Cricket Club, taking 4 for 61 against Surrey on his debut in 1946.[1]


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