Mark Shand

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Mark Shand
Born Mark Roland Shand
(1951-06-28)28 June 1951
London, England, UK
Died 23 April 2014(2014-04-23) (aged 62)
New York City, USA
Education St Ronan's School, Kent and Milton Abbey School, Dorset
Occupation Travel writer, conservationist
Spouse(s) Clio Goldsmith (1990–2009)
Children Ayesha Shand
Parents Major Bruce Shand
The Hon. Rosalind Maud Cubitt
Relatives Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (sister)
Annabel Elliot (sister)
Sonia Rosemary Keppel (maternal grandmother)
Roland Cubitt, 3rd Baron Ashcombe (maternal grandfather)
Edward Goldsmith (father-in-law)
Edith Marguerite Harrington (paternal grandmother)
Philip Morton Shand (paternal grandfather)

Mark Roland Shand (28 June 1951 – 23 April 2014) was a British travel writer and conservationist, and the brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.[1][2][3] He was chairman of Elephant Family, a wildlife foundation.[4]

Family, education and marriage[edit]

Shand was born on 28 June 1951, and was the son of Major Bruce Shand and his wife the Hon. Rosalind Maud Cubitt, daughter of the 3rd Baron Ashcombe and the former Sonia Rosemary Keppel. He was the brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Annabel Elliot.[3]

Shand was educated first at St Ronan's School[5] and then Milton Abbey School, from which he was expelled for allegedly smoking cannabis.[6]

In 1990, Shand married Clio Goldsmith, a French former actress, daughter of Edward Goldsmith and niece of Sir James Goldsmith;[7] they had a daughter, Ayesha.[8] Shand confirmed in 2010 that the couple were divorced.[9]


Shand published his first travel book Skulduggery in 1987, based on an expedition to Irian Jaya in Indonesia.[10] He later became the author of Travels on My Elephant,[11] River Dog[12] and other books.[13] His book Travels on My Elephant won the Travel Writer of the Year Award in 1992.[14] He was also featured in many documentaries, some related to his writings. Elephants were featured in many of his writings and other pursuits. An unabashed Indophile, the majority of his writings and TV features were Indo-Nostalgic. He also had a deep interest in Hinduism and Indian culture.[3]

As a BBC conservationist and travel writer, he authored a book and the corresponding BBC documentary, Queen of the Elephants, based on the life of the first female mahout in recent times — Parbati Barua of Kaziranga. The book went on to win the Prix Litteraire d'Amis, providing publicity simultaneously to the profession of mahouts, and to Kaziranga.[15]

Shand was actively involved in the conservation of the Asian elephant and co-founded a charity called Elephant Family in 2002.[16] He also wrote a book about his adventure with "Tara" (his elephant) in India.[3] He was also patron of Anti-Slavery International.[17]


On 23 April 2014, it was reported that Shand had been taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, New York after sustaining a serious head injury caused by a fall outside the Rose Bar, of the Gramercy Park Hotel, after lighting a cigarette. Earlier in the evening he had attended a fund-raising auction in aid of the Elephant Family at Sotheby's.[18] Later that same day, it was reported that Shand had died.[18] A private funeral service was held for Shand at the Holy Trinity Church in Stourpaine, Dorset on 1 May 2014.[19]

The Mark Shand Memorial Fund[edit]

After his death, The Elephant Family launched The Mark Shand Memorial Fund, which will raise funds to save the Asian elephant.[20][21]



  1. ^ "The Elephant Man". wmagazine. March 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Duchess of Cornwall Background". Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Mark Shand is the Elephant man,; accessed 23 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Elephant Family". Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Duchess of Cornwall visits brother Mark Shand's old school". BBC News. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Duchess of Cornwall 'utterly devastated' by death of brother Mark Shand". Daily Telegraph. 
  7. ^ "Mark Shand: The fascinating life of the dashing crusader". Hello magazine. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Camilla's brother in love split?". The Daily Mail. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Roberts, Alison (15 April 2010). "Mark Shand is the Elephant man". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Nicky Haslam (July 2011). "Vanity Fair Nominates Mark Shand". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Shand, Mark. "Travels on my Elephant". Amazon. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  12. ^ Shand, Mark. "River Dog: A Journey Down the Brahmaputra". Amazon. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Down the Brahmaputra". The Hindu. 14 April 2002. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "Mark Shand - obituary". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  15. ^ Bordoloi, Anupam (2005-03-15). "Wild at heart". The Telegraph. Retrieved 26 February 2007. 
  16. ^ Reuters. "Brother-in-law of Britain's Prince Charles dies in New York". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Anti-Slavery International Patrons". Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "Duchess of Cornwall's brother Mark Shand dies in fall". BBC Online. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Duchess of Cornwall leads mourners at brother Mark Shand's funeral a week after he died in fall". The Mirror. 1 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "The Mark Shand Memorial Fund". Elephant Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "Mark Shand funeral to take place". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 

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