Maxwell Aitken, 3rd Baron Beaverbrook

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Maxwell William Humphrey Aitken, 3rd Baron Beaverbrook, (born 29 December 1951) is a British peer, baronet and politician.


Aitken is the grandson of the 1st Baron Beaverbrook and the only son of Sir Max Aitken, by his third marriage to Violet de Trafford. He was educated at Charterhouse and Pembroke College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Defence Studies.

    • 1) The Honourable Maxwell Francis Aitken (born 1977),[1] who is the heir apparent. He married Inés Nieto Gómez-Valencia, daughter of Don José Ventura Nieto Valencia, on 9 November 2007 in Spain. They have a daughter and a son.
    • 2) The Honourable Alexander Rory Aitken (born 1978), married Alexandra Meredyth Anne Proby (b. 1980, eldest daughter of Sir William Henry Proby, 3rd Bt. and his wife, Meredyth Anne (née Brentnall), on 10 February 2007. They have two daughters.
    • 3) The Honourable Charlotte Susanna Aitken (born 1982), married the Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford, eldest son and heir of the Duke of Roxburghe on 22 July 2011.[2] However, the couple separated in summer 2012, and have since divorced.[3]
    • 4) The Honourable Sophia Violet Angela Aitken (born 1983), unmarried.


Lord Beaverbrook was a Lord in Waiting (1986–1988) and the Treasurer of the Conservative Party and the European Democrat Union (1990–1992). He was Chairman of VenTech Healthcare Corporation (1986) and (1988–1992). From 2000 to 2007 he was Chairman of Net Integration Technologies Inc of Toronto, now part of IBM. He is Chairman of Cherif Investment Properties Limited and a Director of Ansgate Barnes Holdco Limited, a property development company, and Director of Linea Coche SRL.

In 2004 Lord Beaverbrook was appointed Honorary Air Commodore of 4624 Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force. In 2009 he was promoted to be Honorary Inspector General, RAuxAF, in the rank of Air Vice-Marshal. He was a director of the British Racing Drivers Club from 2006 to 2008 and is currently a Vice President of the British Powerboat Racing Club. He is Chairman of the Beaverbrook Foundation and has been a trustee since 1974.[citation needed]

In 2003 The Beaverbrook Foundation claimed that 133 valuable paintings in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery given to the gallery by the first Lord Beaverbrook were not donated, but were instead on long term loan from the Beaverbrook Foundation. The paintings were estimated to be worth approximately C$100 million. On 26 March 2007, the arbiter in the case, retired Supreme Court Justice Peter Cory, ruled that 85 paintings donated to the gallery before opening in the 1950s belong to the gallery, but that 48 paintings transferred after the opening belong to the Beaverbrook Foundation.[4] The arbitration ruling was appealed and a settlement was reached in 2010. Another case between the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation, chaired by Lord Beaverbrook's son, Max, and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery has also been settled.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "Maxwell Francis Aitken". The Peerage. Retrieved 26 August 2012. [unreliable source?]
  2. ^ "The Marquis of Bowmont and Cessford and the Hon Charlotte Aitken to marry". 25 July 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Her professional site shows her by her maiden name, and the ducal website does not include her in family photos, nor on the family tree.
  4. ^ Rejected Beaverbrook art deal split 78 paintings, CBC News; accessed 14 May 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Brabazon of Tara
Succeeded by
The Lord Strathclyde
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Max Aitken
Baron Beaverbrook
Succeeded by
Current Incumbent