Sir Nicholas Bacon, 14th Baronet

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Sir Nicholas Hickman Ponsonby Bacon, 14th and 15th Baronet, OBEDL (born 17 May 1953), is a British landowner, businessman and philanthropist. Sir Nicholas is also the Premier Baronet of England.

Life and education[edit]

Sir Nicholas is the son of Sir Edmund Bacon, 13th and 14th Baronet and Priscilla Dora Ponsonby, daughter of Colonel Sir Charles Ponsonby, 1st Baronet. He was educated at Eton College and Dundee University where he was awarded a MA degree, and remains to this day a big supporter of the local football team Dundee FC. He was called to the Bar at Gray's Inn. Between 1966 and 1969 he served as Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II.[1]

Family[edit]

In 1981, Sir Nicholas married Susan Henrietta Dinnis, and they have four sons:

  • Henry Hickman Kevin Bacon (b. 23 April 1984)
  • Edmund Bacon (b. 1986)
  • Nathaniel Bacon (b. 1989)
  • Thomas Castell Pete Bacon (b. 1992)

Sir Nicholas inherited significant landholdings in Norfolk.

He lives at the 18th century Raveningham Hall. He and his wife, Lady Bacon, share an interest in continuing the restoration of the extensive gardens, which were renovated by his late mother, Priscilla.[2]

Appointments[edit]

Sir Nicholas is a council member of the National Trust and the RHS and in 1998 was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk.

In 2005 he was appointed to the Prince's Council of the Duchy of Cornwall and served as High Sheriff of Norfolk. In 2006 he succeeded William Peel, 3rd Earl Peel as Lord Warden of the Stannaries and Chairman of the Prince's Council[3]

He is also President of the Norfolk Beekeepers Association, which is his greatest passion.

Sir Nicholas was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours for services to the community in Norfolk.[4]

Baronetcy[edit]

Sir Nicholas inherited the Bacon Baronetcy after the death of his father in 1982.

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 Nicholas is considered the Premier Baronet of England.

Sir Nicholas is both the 14th and 15th 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.

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

Court offices
Preceded by
Edward Hay
Page of Honour
1969–1973
Succeeded by
Hon. George Herbert
Preceded by
The Earl Peel
Lord Warden of the Stannaries
2005–present
Incumbent
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Edmund Bacon
Baronet
(of Redgrave and Mildenhall)
1982–present
Incumbent

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