John Eden, Baron Eden of Winton

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John Benedict Eden, Baron Eden of Winton, Bt, PC (born 15 September 1925) is a British Conservative politician.[1][2]


Eton College

Eden was educated at Eton College and St Paul's School, United States. He served as a Lieutenant with the Rifle Brigade, 2nd Gurkha Rifles and the Gilgit Scouts during the Second World War. He is a nephew of Sir Anthony Eden (1897–1977), who served as prime minister from 1955 to 1957, and he succeeded his father Sir Timothy Calvert Eden to his baronetcies in 1963. He is the 9th Baronet of West Auckland and the 7th Baronet of Maryland.


After an unsuccessful attempt to contest the 1953 Paddington North by-election, he was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Bournemouth West from 1954 until 1983. When first elected, he was the youngest member of the House of Commons. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 1972 and was awarded a life peerage as Baron Eden of Winton, of Rushyford in the County of Durham,[3] following his retirement from the House of Commons in 1983.


  • Member of the House of Commons Estimates committee (1960–1964)
  • Delegate to Council of Europe and West European Union (1960–1962)
  • Delegate to NATO Technology (June–October 1970)
  • Minister of State for Industry (1970–1972)
  • Minister of State for Posts and Telecommunications (1972–1974)
  • Member of the House of Commons Expenditure committee (1974–1976)
  • Chairman of the Select Committee on EEC Legislation (1976–1979)
  • Chairman of the Select Committee on Home Affairs (1980–1983)
  • Chairman of the British Lebanese Association (1990–1998)
  • Chairman of the Royal Armouries Association (1986–1994)
  • Member of Timken Company International Advisory Board
  • Chairman of Lady Eden's Schools Ltd

Family life[edit]

He was has been twice married:

Titles and styles[edit]

  • John Eden (1925–1954)
  • John Eden MP (1954–1963)
  • Sir John Eden Bt MP (1963–1972)
  • The Rt. Hon. Sir John Eden Bt MP (1972–1983)
  • The Rt. Hon. Sir John Eden Bt (1983)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Eden of Winton Bt PC (1983–)


Arms of John Eden, Baron Eden of Winton
A Coronet of a Baron
A dexter Arms embowed in Armour couped at the shoulder proper and grasping a Garb fesswise as in the Arms banded Vert
Gules on a Chevron Argent between three Garbs Or banded Vert as many Escallops Sable
On either side a Lion rampant guardant Gules about the mane of each a Chain pendant therefrom a Portcullis Or that on the dexter side holding by the interior paw a Cross Patonce also Or and that on the sinister side holding by the interior paw a Rose Branch proper having three Double Roses Argent and Gules barbed and seeded proper, the Compartment comprising a Mount rising in the centre and growing therefrom Fir Trees and Beech Trees in the foreground a Bay with Cliffs proper and a Rivulet wavy Azure running across a Sandy Beach also proper into the Sea barry wavy of four Azure and Argent
Si Sit Prudentia


  1. ^ "John Benedict Eden". the peerage. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sir John Benedict EDEN (Baron Eden of Winton)". Council of Europe. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  3. ^ London Gazette no. 49500 p. 13057
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Viscount Cranborne
Member of Parliament for Bournemouth West
Succeeded by
John Butterfill
Preceded by
Tony Benn
Baby of the House
Succeeded by
John Woollam