Max Wyndham, 2nd Baron Egremont

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John Max Henry Scawen Wyndham, 7th Baron Leconfield, 2nd Baron Egremont FRSL, (born 21 April 1948)[1] generally known simply as Max Egremont, is a British biographer and novelist.

Egremont is the eldest son of John Edward Reginald Wyndham, 6th Baron Leconfield and 1st Baron Egremont, and Pamela Wyndham-Quin, and succeeded his father in 1972. He is a direct descendant of Sir John Wyndham. He married Caroline Nelson, the garden designer, in 1978 and they have four children, three daughters and a son. He lives at the family seat of Petworth House in Sussex, which his family gave to the National Trust in 1947.

Egremont was educated at Eton College and studied modern history at Christ Church, Oxford. He worked for the American publishing firm Crowell Collier Macmillan and on the staff of U.S. Senator Hugh Scott in Washington.

After his father's death in 1972, Egremont moved to Petworth and became 2nd Baron Egremont.

He has written books about George Wyndham, Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, Arthur Balfour and Sir Edward Spears, as well as four novels, The Ladies' Man (1983), Dear Shadows (1986), Painted Lives (1989) and Second Spring (1993). His book The Cousins won the Yorkshire Post Award for the Best First Book of 1977.[2]

He was appointed to be the official biographer of Siegfried Sassoon by Sassoon's son George. Egremont's Siegfried Sassoon came out in 2005 and was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. In 2011 he published Forgotten Land, Journeys Among the Ghosts of East Prussia. His most recent book, in 2014, is Some Desperate Glory, the First World War the Poets Knew.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2001.[3]


  1. ^ "OBITUARY: Lord Egremont". The Times (The Times Digital Archive). 7 June 1972. 
  2. ^ Rogers, Coleridge & White Literary Agents Profile
  3. ^ "Current RSL Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Edward Reginald Wyndham
Baron Egremont
Succeeded by
Current incumbent
Baron Leconfield