Jenico Preston, 17th Viscount Gormanston

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Jenico Nicholas Dudley Preston, 17th Viscount Gormanston, 4th Baron Gormanston (born 19 November 1939), is an Anglo-Irish peer.

Gormanston is the only son of Jenico William Preston, 16th Viscount Gormanston (1914–1940) and Pamela Hanly, daughter of Captain Edward Hanly and Lady Marjorie Feilding. A Roman Catholic Anglo-Irish aristocrat, he is the Premier Viscount of Ireland. Like his forebears, Lord Gormanston attended the Benedictine academy of Downside School. His great-grandfather was Sir William Francis Butler of Bansha Castle, County Tipperary, and his great-grandmother was the celebrated Victorian artist Elizabeth Thompson, aka Lady Elizabeth Butler.

He succeeded to the title before his first birthday, when his father died in action at Dunkirk during the Battle of France, 1940. He is a connoisseur of art and lives in Kensington, London. His ancestral seat is Gormanston Castle in County Meath, Ireland, though it is no longer in the family's possession. The castle is fully maintained by the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor (OFM), who bought it circa 1950. Shortly after its purchase, the order opened a boarding school for boys, and more recently a co-educational day school, Gormanston College, was established in the adjacent grounds.

Personal life[edit]

Lord Gormanston has been married twice. He married firstly Eva Antonie Landzianowska (1974–1984). They had two sons:

  • Hon. Jenico Francis Tara Preston (born 1974).
  • Hon. William Luke Preston (born 1976).

After his first wife's death he married secondly Lucy Arabella Fox, daughter of the actor Edward Fox and his first wife, actress Tracy Reed.



External links[edit]

Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Jenico William Richard Preston
Viscount Gormanston