Piers Wedgwood, 4th Baron Wedgwood

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Piers Wedgwood, 4th Baron Wedgwood.

Piers Anthony Weymouth Wedgwood, 4th Baron Wedgwood (September 20, 1954 – January 29, 2014[1]) was the fourth Baron Wedgwood of the pottery dynasty. After initially following a military career, he later worked as an international ambassador for the Wedgwood company[2][3]

Biography[edit]

He was the son of Hugh Wedgwood, later 3rd Baron and his wife Jane Weymouth (née Poulton), daughter of W. J. Poulton, of Kenjockety, Molo, Kenya. He was the great-great-great-great-great-grandson of the potter Josiah Wedgwood. He was educated at Marlborough College. Upon the death of his father in 1970, Wedgwood succeeded to the title of Baron Wedgwood as the fourth Baron, aged only 15.

After military training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Scots in 1973 (service No. 496342),[4][5] was promoted to Lieutenant in 1975[6] and Captain in 1980,[7] resigning his commission shortly thereafter. He received the General Service Medal for Northern Ireland in 1976.

In 1985 he married Mary Regina Margaret Kavanagh Quinn, daughter of Judge Edward Thomas Quinn and of Helen Marie Buchanan Quinn of Philadelphia. They have one daughter, The Hon. Alexandra Mary Kavanagh Wedgwood, known as Sandra, (born 3 October 1987).

Wedgwood was an active member of the House of Lords, with special interest in defence and heritage. In 1999, the House of Lords Act 1999 removed the right of hereditary peers to sit in the House of Lords. Wedgwood spoke out against the act.[8] He was not one of the 92 hereditary peers subsequently elected to be excepted, and he left the House of Lords in 2001. Wedgwood became a Freeman of the City of London in 2006.

Wedgwood died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, West Philadelphia in 2014.

Until 2007 the heir presumptive to the Barony was Wedgwood's uncle John Wedgwood. After John Wedgwood's death the heir presumptive became John Wedgwood's son, the 4th Baron's cousin, Antony Wedgwood, who succeeded to the Barony as the 5th Baron.

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Preceded by
Hugh Everard Wedgwood
Baron Wedgwood
1970–2014
Succeeded by
Antony John Wedgwood