Alastair Bruce, 5th Baron Aberdare

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The Lord Aberdare
Official portrait of Lord Aberdare.jpg
Member of the House of Lords
Assumed office
15 July 2009
Preceded byThe Viscount Bledisloe
Personal details
Born (1947-05-02) 2 May 1947 (age 71)
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Mary Cuthbert Foulkes
MotherMaud Helen Sarah Dashwood
FatherMorys, Lord Aberdare

Alastair John Lyndhurst Bruce, 5th Baron Aberdare (born 2 May 1947) is a British nobleman, and since 2009 a crossbench hereditary Lord Temporal.

Personal life and education[edit]

Lord Aberdare is the son of Morys, 4th Lord Aberdare, and Maud Helen Sarah Dashwood, only daughter of Sir John Dashwood, 10th Baronet. The 5th Lord succeeded his father upon the latter's death in 2005. Aberdare was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.

He married Elizabeth Mary Culbert Foulkes in 1971, and they have two children:

  • Hon. Hector Morys Napier Bruce (born 1974)
  • Hon. Sarah Katherine Mary Bruce (born 1976)

House of Lords[edit]

In July 2009 Bruce was elected to sit in the House of Lords, following the death of crossbench hereditary peer Christopher, Viscount Bledisloe in May 2009. A by-election took place under the terms of the House of Lords Act 1999, which provided for 92 hereditary peers to keep their seats in the reformed House, with vacancies in their number filled from amongst those hereditary peers deprived of their seats. The result was announced in the Chamber of the Lords on 15 July 2009, following the voting by 27 of the 29 Crossbench peers eligible to take part.[1] His maiden speech, made on 26 November 2009 during the debate on the Queen's Speech, focused on the transition from education to employment.[2]



Aberdare is president of the Cynon Valley History Society.



  1. ^ "Previous by-elections in the House of Lords". UK Parliament.
  2. ^ Joanna Davies; Louisa Bentley (20 August 2010). "Maiden Speeches" (PDF). House of Lords Library.
  • "Aberdare, Baron (Bruce) (Baron UK 1873)" Debrett's Peerage & Baronetage 1995 London: Debrett's Peerage Limited, 1995, p. 4
  • Who's Who 2008, A & C Black, 2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, December 2007

External links[edit]

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Morys Bruce
Baron Aberdare