Ivor Guest, 1st Baron Wimborne

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As depicted by Théobald Chartran in Vanity Fair, 23 September 1882

Ivor Bertie Guest, 1st Baron Wimborne (29 August 1835 – 22 February 1914) was a Welsh industrialist.


Sir Ivor Bertie Guest was born at Dowlais, near Merthyr Tydfil, the son of Lady Charlotte Guest, translator of the Mabinogion, and Sir John Josiah Guest, owner of the world's largest iron foundry, Dowlais Ironworks. His middle name (Bertie) was from his mother's family, the Earls of Abingdon, descended from a Tudor courtier who married the Dowager Duchess of Suffolk, and herself suo jure Baroness Willoughby de Eresby.

Educated at Harrow School in Middlesex, he went on to gain a Master of Arts degree from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1856.[1]

He held the office of High Sheriff of Glamorgan in 1862 and was the mayor of Poole from 1896-1897.[2] In 1879 he rebuilt the real tennis court at Canford.[3]

He was regarded as a snob and social climber so much so that he was lampooned in Vanity Fair as "the paying Guest".[4]

Guest succeeded his father to his baronetcy following his death in 1852. He was elevated to the peerage in 1880 as Baron Wimborne, of Canford Magna in the County of Dorset, on Disraeli's initiative.[5]

From 1874 on, he stood unsuccessfully for election to the House of Commons as a Conservative, contesting Glamorganshire at the 1874 general election,[6] Poole at a by-election May 1874,[7] and Bristol at a by-election in 1878 and at the 1880 general election.[8] However, following the tariff reform by Chamberlain he seceded from the Conservative party and sat in the House of Lords as a liberal.[9]

He was President of the Dean Close Memorial School from 1902.[10]


Cornelia Henrietta Maria Spencer-Churchill (Mabel Lee Hankey, 1905)

Guest married Lady Cornelia Henrietta Maria Spencer-Churchill (1847-1927), daughter of John Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough, on 25 May 1868 and was thus an uncle-by-marriage of Sir Winston Churchill.[2]

He died on 22 February 1914 at Canford Manor in Dorset[9] and was succeeded by his son, Ivor Churchill Guest, 2nd Baron Wimborne, 1st Baron Ashby St Ledgers, who was later created Viscount Wimborne. His will was probated in April 1914, provisionally at £250,000.


  1. ^ "Guest, Ivor Bertie (GST852IB)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ a b thePeerage.com
  3. ^ Canford Tennis Club
  4. ^ Blake, Robert; Louis, William Roger, eds. (2002). Churchill. Oxford University Press. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-19-820626-2. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 24838. p. 2725. 27 April 1880. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
  6. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 526. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  7. ^ Craig, page 245
  8. ^ Craig, page 68
  9. ^ a b 1911encyclopedia.org
  10. ^ "Ecclesiastical intelligence" The Times (London). Wednesday, 2 April 1902. (36731), p. 9.

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Wimborne
Succeeded by
Ivor Churchill Guest
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Josiah John Guest
(of Dowlais)
Succeeded by
Ivor Churchill Guest