Michael Knatchbull, 5th Baron Brabourne

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Brabourne
GCIE GCSI MC
1929 Michael Knatchbull.jpg
Michael Knatchbull in 1929
Member of Parliament for Ashford
In office
27 October 1931 – 17 March 1933
Preceded by Roderick Kedward
Succeeded by Sir Patrick Spens
Governor of Bombay
In office
1933–1937
Preceded by Sir Frederick Sykes
Succeeded by Sir Lawrence Lumley
Governor of Bengal
In office
1937–1939
Preceded by Sir John Anderson
Succeeded by John Arthur Herbert
Personal details
Spouse(s) Lady Doreen Browne

Michael Herbert Rudolf Knatchbull, 5th Baron Brabourne, GCSI, GCIE, MC (8 May 1895 – 23 February 1939) was a British peer and soldier, the son of the 4th Baron Brabourne.

Baptised Michael Herbert Rudolf Knatchbull-Hugessen, he dropped the Hugessen part of his surname by deed poll in 1919. Knatchbull was educated at Wellington College and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He served in the Royal Artillery, rising to the rank of Lieutenant and in the RAF, rising to Captain. He fought in the First World War (where he was mentioned in dispatches three times) and was awarded the Military Cross. On 22 January 1919, he married Lady Doreen Browne, daughter of the 6th Marquess of Sligo and they had two children:

The grave of Michael Knatchbull at St. John's Churchyard, Kolkata, India.

Knatchbull was elected Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Ashford in 1931 and served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Samuel Hoare, Secretary of State for India, from 1932 to 1933. In 1933, upon his father's death, he succeeded as Baron Brabourne following which he was made Governor of Bombay and was invested as a Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire. While Governor of Bombay he laid the foundation stone at the historic Brabourne Stadium cricket ground in 1936 after conducting negotiations for the land with Anthony de Mello of the Cricket Club of India (CCI). In 1937 he also became a Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India and served as Governor of Bengal until 1939, the year he died.

His widow, The Dowager Lady Brabourne, was murdered in the 1979 bombing by the Provisional Irish Republican Army bombing of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma's boat. One of their grandsons also died in the bombing.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Roderick Kedward
Member of Parliament for Ashford
19311933
Succeeded by
Sir Patrick Spens
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Frederick Sykes
Governor of Bombay
1933–1937
Succeeded by
Sir Lawrence Lumley
Preceded by
Sir John Anderson
Governor of Bengal
1937–1939
Succeeded by
John Arthur Herbert
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Cecil Knatchbull-Hugessen
Baron Brabourne
1933–1939
Succeeded by
Norton Knatchbull