Raymond Asquith, 3rd Earl of Oxford and Asquith

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Oxford and Asquith
Born Raymond Benedict Bartholomew Michael Asquith
(1952-08-24) 24 August 1952 (age 62)
Nationality British
Education Ampleforth College, Balliol College
Title 3rd Earl of Oxford and Asquith
Predecessor 2nd Earl of Oxford and Asquith
Spouse(s) Clare Asquith
Children 5

Raymond Benedict Bartholomew Michael Asquith, 3rd Earl of Oxford and Asquith, OBE (born 24 August 1952) is British hereditary peer and a former diplomat. He was styled Viscount Asquith until he succeeded his father on 16 January 2011. The Earldom of Oxford and Asquith was created for his paternal great-grandfather, H.H. Asquith, a former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Early life[edit]

Lord Oxford, who was named after his paternal grandfather Raymond Asquith (killed in the First World War) is the elder son of 2nd Earl of Oxford and Asquith. He was educated at Farleigh School, Ampleforth College and at Balliol College Oxford.


He joined Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service in 1980 and remained a serving diplomat until 1997. As well as postings in London at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Cabinet Office, he served as First Secretary at the embassy in Moscow from 1983-5, and Counsellor at the embassy in Kiev from 1992-7. According to the Daily Telegraph, he was MI6 station commander in Moscow, and was personally responsible for exfiltrating the KGB officer and British agent Oleg Gordievsky concealed in his car.[1] He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1992. Other members of his family to have served as British diplomats include his father, his brother Dominic Asquith (formerly British Ambassador to Iraq and Egypt), and his maternal grandfather Sir Michael Palairet.

He is now a company director of the Ukrainian corporation owned by Dmytro Firtash, and is also active in various organizations that work or promote charitable activities in the Ukraine.

Personal life[edit]

He has been married since 1978 to author and independent scholar Clare Asquith (the former Mary Clare Pollen b. 2 June 1951),[2] eldest daughter of Francis Anthony Baring Pollen (1926–1987), by his wife Marie Therese Sheridan (later Viscountess Sidmouth, wife of the 7th Viscount). Lord and Lady Asquith have four daughters and a son.[3][4] The son, Mark Julian Asquith, Viscount Asquith (born 13 May 1979), is the heir apparent.

The senior branch of the Asquith family has been Roman Catholic since Katherine Asquith (mother of the 2nd Earl) converted after the death of her husband. Oxford's mother was a Roman Catholic, as is his wife.


  1. ^ Obituary: Sir Christopher Curwen Daily Telegraph, 24 December 2013
  2. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "Biography Clare Asquith". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
  3. ^ [1] Article on Shakespeare's Catholic Code, by Clare Asquith
  4. ^ [2]. An interview with Clare Asquith (Viscountess Asquith)
  • Burke's Peerage and Baronetage
  • Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage
  • Who's Who, 2007 edition. "Asquith, Viscount", page 71, col. 2.
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Julian Asquith
Earl of Oxford and Asquith
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Earl of Balfour
Gentlemen Succeeded by
The Earl Jellicoe

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