Sir Edmund Bacon, 13th Baronet

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Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Edmund Castell Bacon, 13th and 14th Baronet KGKBE (18 March 1903 – 30 September 1982) was a British landowner and businessman. As the Bacon Baronetcy of Redgrave in the County of Suffolk is the oldest extant English baronetcy (created in the Baronetage of England on 22 May 1611), Sir Edmund was considered the Premier Baronet of England.

Sir Edmund was both the 13th and 14th Baronet of Bacon, since the 8th Bacon Baronet of Mildenhall in the County of Suffolk (created in the Baronetage of England on 29 July 1627), had been additionally appointed the 7th Bacon Baronet of Redgrave in 1755 when his third cousin, the 6th Bacon Baronet of Redgrave, died without heirs.

Bacon was born in 1903 at Raveningham Hall, the son of Sir Nicholas Bacon, 12th Baronet and was educated at Wixenford, Eton, and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] On 15 January 1936, he married Priscilla Dora Ponsonby (1913-2000), daughter of Sir Charles Ponsonby, 1st Baronet and they had five children. He commanded the 55th (Suffolk Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regiment of the Royal Artillery in the Second World War and was mentioned in despatches.

His daughter, Sarah, is married to Sir Paul Nicholson.

Further reading[edit]

  • Lindsay, Donald, Sir Edmund (Castell) Bacon: a Norfolk life, ISBN 0-947656-01-4, Maldon: Plume, 1988


  1. ^ Old Public School Boy's Who's Who (St James Press, 1933), p. 26
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Leicester
Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk
Succeeded by
Sir Timothy Colman
Academic offices
Preceded by
New post
Pro-Chancellor of the
University of East Anglia

Succeeded by
Sir Timothy Colman
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Nicholas Henry Bacon
(of Redgrave and Mildenhall)
Succeeded by
Nicholas Bacon