Nicholas Mosley

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Sir Nicholas Mosley, 3rd Baron Ravensdale, 7th Baronet, MC FRSL (born 25 June 1923) is an English novelist. He is the eldest son of Sir Oswald Mosley, 6th Baronet, an English politician, known principally as the founder of the British Union of Fascists, and his first wife Lady Cynthia Mosley, a daughter of Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, Viceroy of India and Foreign Secretary.

Life[edit]

Mosley was born in London in 1923. In 1932 his father, Sir Oswald Mosley, founded the British Union of Fascists and became openly a supporter of Benito Mussolini. In 1933, when he was only ten, Nicholas Mosley lost his mother, Lady Cynthia, and Diana Mitford, one of the famous Mitford sisters, who was already his father's mistress, became his stepmother in 1936.

As a young boy Mosley began to stammer and attended weekly sessions with the speech therapist Lionel Logue, to help him to overcome this disorder.[1] He later said that said his father claimed never really to have noticed this stammer, but despite this may as a result of it have been less aggressive when speaking to him than he was towards other people.[2]

Mosley was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford. In 1940, during the Second World War, his father was interned because of his campaigning against war with Germany. Despite this the younger Mosley was soon commissioned into the Rifle Brigade and saw active service in Italy, winning the Military Cross in 1945.[3]

In 1966 Mosley succeeded his aunt Irene Curzon, 2nd Baroness Ravensdale, his mother's elder sister, as Baron Ravensdale, thus gaining a seat in the House of Lords. On the death of his father on 3 December 1980, he also succeeded to his father's baronetcy. In 1999 he lost his seat in parliament as a result of House of Lords reform.

In 1983, after his father's death, Nicholas Mosley published Beyond the Pale: Sir Oswald Mosley and Family 1933–1980[4] in which he proved to be a harsh critic of his father, calling into question his motives and even his understanding of politics. This book contributed to the Channel 4 television programme Mosley (1988), based on Sir Oswald Mosley's life. At the end of this serial, Mosley is portrayed meeting his father in prison to ask him about his national allegiance.

Nicholas Mosley lives in London. He is a half-brother of Max Mosley, former President of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), a non-profit association that represents the interests of motoring organisations and drivers worldwide and is the governing body for Formula One and other international motorsports.

Marriages and children[edit]

Mosley has been married twice and is the father of five children.

On 14 November 1947 Mosley married firstly Rosemary Laura Salmond (divorced 1974, died 1991), daughter of Sir John Maitland Salmond and the Hon. Monica Margaret Grenfell, and they had four children:

  • Hon. Shaun Nicholas Mosley (born 5 August 1949, died 10 December 2009), married 1978 Theresa Clifford, and had six children:
    • Daniel Nicholas Mosley (born 10 October 1982)
    • Matthew Mosley (born 6 March 1985)
    • Francis Mosley (born 5 July 1988)
    • Aidan Clifford Mosley (born 1991)
    • Thomas Mosley (born 23 December 1993)
    • Monica Mosley (born 5 June 1996)
  • Hon. Ivo Adam Rex Mosley (born 14 April 1951), married 10 September 1977 Xanthe Jennifer Grenville Oppenheimer, daughter of Sir Michael Bernard Grenville Oppenheimer, 3rd Baronet, by his marriage on 12 July 1947 to Laetitia Helen Lucas-Tooth, daughter of Sir Hugh Vere Huntly Duff Munro-Lucas-Tooth, 1st Baronet, and Laetitia Florence Findlay, and they had four children:
    • Nathaniel Inigo Mosley (born 15 June 1982)
    • Felix Harry Mosley (born 16 November 1985). On 28 September 2013 he married at Islington Holly Miranda Harris, elder daughter of Roger and Lesley Harris of Loughton, and has issue.
    • Scipio Louis Mosley (born 7 June 1988)
    • Noah Billy Mosley (born 10 October 1990)
  • Hon. Robert Mosley (born 24 December 1955), married 1980 Victoria McBain, and they had three children:
    • Gregory Mosley (born 9 May 1981)
    • Vija Mosley (born 19 July 1985)
    • Orson Mosley (born 6 June 1994)
  • Hon. Clare Mosley (born 11 November 1959), unmarried, has a natural daughter named Rosie Mosley (born 29 February 1992)

In 1974, after a divorce, Mosley married secondly Verity Elizabeth Raymond, daughter of John Raymond, and they have one son:

  • Hon. Marius Mosley (born 28 May 1976), unmarried and without issue

Novels[edit]

Non-fiction[edit]

Autobiography[edit]

Criticism[edit]

  • Shiva Rahbaran, Nicholas Mosley's Life and Art: A Biography in Six Interviews (London: Dalkey Archive Press, 2010)
  • Shiva Rahbaran, Paradox of Freedom: a study of Nicholas Mosley's intellectual development in his novels and other writings (London: Dalkey Archive Press, 2007)
  • John O'Brien, "It's like a story. Nicholas Mosley's impossible object" in Review of Contemporary Fiction (1982), 142–148
  • John Banks, "Slight-of-Language" in Review of Contemporary Fiction (1982), 118–123

Arms[edit]

Arms of Nicholas Mosley
Coronet
The Coronet of a Baron
Crest
An eagle displayed ermine
Escutcheon
Quarterly 1st and 4th, sable a chevron between three Pickaxes argent (Mosley); 2nd and 3rd, argent on a bend sable three Popinjays or collared gules (Curzon)
Supporters
Dexter: a Raven proper; Sinister: a Popinjay proper collared gules
Motto
Mos legem regit ("Custom rules the law")

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Broadcasting with the King's Microphone". BBC News. 27 February 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Mosley, Nicholas (27 February 2011). Interview with Paddy O'Connell. Broadcasting House. BBC. London.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ London Gazette Issue 37027 published on the 10 April 1945. Page 7 of 10
  4. ^ Memoirs
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Mary Irene Curzon
Baron Ravensdale
1966–present
Incumbent
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Oswald Mosley
Baronet
(of Ancoats)
1980–present
Incumbent