Samuel Vestey, 3rd Baron Vestey

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Lord Vestey, as Master of the Horse, riding to the Queen's Birthday Parade, 2009

Samuel George Armstrong Vestey, 3rd Baron Vestey, BtKCVOGCStJDL (b. 19 March 1941) is a British businessman who has been Chairman of the Vestey Group Ltd. since 1995. He was Chairman of the Meat Training Council from 1991 to 1995.

Vestey succeeded to the peerage in 1954. He was educated at Eton College, and served as a Lieutenant in the Scots Guards.

He was Chancellor (1988–1991) and Lord Prior (1991–2002) of the Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem and was made Bailiff Grand Cross of this order (GCStJ) in 1987.[1] He became a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire in 1982.

He has been Master of the Horse, of the Royal Household, of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom since 1999. His family seat is Stowell Park Estate in Gloucestershire, which was purchased in 1954 by the third generation Ronald Vestey and his brother Mark.[2]

Vestey was appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in the 2009 Birthday Honours.[3] He is a great-grandson of the famous opera singer Dame Nellie Melba.

His grandson, the Hon. William Guy Vestey, served as a Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II from 1995 to 1998. [4]

Lord Vestey, along with his brother Edmund Vestey, are worth £1.2 billion according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2013.[5]

In popular culture[edit]

Vestey's battle with the native Australian Gurindji people over working conditions and native land claims was chronicled in Paul Kelly's song, "From Little Things Big Things Grow" originally released on the 1991 Paul Kelly & The Messengers' album Comedy. Lord Vestey also features in Ted Egan's song Gurindji Blues, which is about the land rights and working conditions of Australian aboriginal people at Wave Hill Cattle Station in the Northern territory.


Arms of Samuel Vestey, 3rd Baron Vestey
A Coronet of a Baron
In front of a Springbok's Head couped at the neck proper three Mullets fesswise Azure
Azure in base barry wavy of four Argent and of the first an Iceberg issuant proper on a Chief of the second three Eggs also proper
Dexter: a Sheep proper; Sinister: a Bull Argent
E Labore Stabilitas (From labour stability)


Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Somerleyton
Master of the Horse
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Samuel Vestey
Baron Vestey
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Rt Hon The Earl Peel
(The Lord Chamberlain of the Household)
The Master of the Horse
Succeeded by
The Earl of Shrewsbury
Other offices
Preceded by
Lord Prior of the Venerable Order of Saint John
2008 to 2014
Succeeded by
Eric Barry