Anthony Brand, 6th Viscount Hampden
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Brand was the son of the cricketer and financier David Brand, 5th Viscount Hampden (1902–1975) and his wife Imogen Alice Rhys, daughter of the Walter Rice, 7th Baron Dynevor. He had two younger sisters. He succeeded his father as Viscount Hampden in 1975. Educated at Eton and a member of White's, he worked in the banking and finance industry. He was at Lazard Brothers, merchant bankers, from 1956 to 1969, and Hoare Govett, stockbrokers, from 1970 to 1982. His uncle the 4th Viscount (1900–1965) had been managing director of Lazards from 1931 to 1965. His father had been chairman of the English, Scottish and Australian Bank from 1948 to c.1972.
Subsequently he was estate manager of his own 6,000 acres (24 km2), Glynde Estates, 1984–2002. Much of these and the flint-faced Elizabethan (1569) mansion house Glynde Place he had inherited from a second cousin (twice removed), Humphrey Brand (1895–1953), and his widow in c1953 and 1978. (Humphrey Brand had married Aimée, aka Poss, on 24 January 1940. The younger daughter of Sir Rupert Clarke, she by her first husband is grandmother of the present Baron Gerard, et al.) Humphrey Brand was the son of Admiral the Hon. Thomas Seymour Brand (1847-1916), who was second son of the 1st Viscount, Mr. Speaker Brand. (There had been an 1851 provision that the holder of the Barony of Dacre should always relinquish the Glynde estate in favour of the junior line; however, with the separation of the Dacre barony and the Hampden viscountcy in 1965 this arrangement would have lapsed, if it had not already.)
Glynde is a few miles north-east of Lewes, between Glyndebourne and Firle. Another part of the estate is at Mayfield, within Rother and the Weald; where the author Pamela Travers, creator of Mary Poppins, was once a tenant.
Glynde Place, which the Welsh Trevor family inherited in 1679, owes much of its present condition to an ancestral uncle, Richard Trevor (1701–1771), Prince Bishop of Durham from 1752 to 1771, who wintered there after 1744. Bishop Trevor is otherwise remembered today for having endowed in 1756 the Bishop's Palace, Auckland Castle, which he had had re-modeled from 1760, with the series of 12 (of the 13) portraits of Jacob and his sons which Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664) had painted in 1640. Glynde is home not only a fine portrait of the Prince-Bishop by Thomas Hudson but to the Apotheosis of King James I (1629–1630), a 37.5 x 25 inches oil-on-wood sketch Rubens (1577-1640) made as preparation for his Banqueting House (Whitehall, Westminster) ceiling scheme. With some associated sketches it has been on loan (number L79) to the National Gallery since 1981. That picture had been acquired by Bishop Trevor's elder brother, Robert (1706–83), or by one of his nephews, the 2nd and 3rd (and last) viscounts Hampden (first creation). [thought somewhere to be the 2nd].
In December 2008 auctioneers Christie's sold, from their King Street, London rooms, two Canalettos from the Glynde collection (from the estate of the late Viscount), and another, also acquired by Thomas Brand (c1717-1770).
Lord Hampden was Chairman of the Sussex Branch Country Landowners Association, 1985-87 (President, 2003–?); and of South East Region, Historic Houses Association (HHA), 2001–05. He became a Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex in 1986. Hampden was on the Governing Body of Battersea's Emanuel School, 1985–2004, and was a Governor from 1965–2005. The school has a strong family connection, having been co-founded by an ancestral aunt, Anne (d. 1595), daughter of Sir Richard Sackville, the wife of the 10th Baron Dacre. (Hampden's uncle, the 4th Lord Hampden, was the 26th Baron Dacre (created by writ 1321). On the uncle's death in 1965 that barony fell into temporary abeyance (til 1970) between sisters, while Anthony Hampden's father inherited the viscountcy).
He produced two books: Henry and Eliza, 1980; and A Glimpse of Glynde, 1997. Henry and Eliza is a collection of letters between Speaker Brand, the 1st Viscount Hampden (second creation) (and the 23rd Lord Dacre for about two years), and his wife, Eliza (1818–99), who was the daughter of general Robert Ellice by his wife Eliza Courtney (1792–1859); who in turn was Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire's love-child by Charles, 2nd Earl Grey. A younger son of a younger son Henry Bouverie Brand, Speaker Brand, had inherited Glynde from his uncle Thomas, 20th Lord Dacre (1774–1851) in 1851.
He is by blood related to the noble Spencer family as he's a descendant of Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, daughter of John Spencer, 1st Earl Spencer, (via Georgiana's illegitimate daughter Eliza Courtney). This makes him a distant cousin of Diana, Princess of Wales and her sons Prince William, and Prince Harry, as well as to Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer.
Lord Hampden married Caroline Fiona Proby in 1969 and divorced in 1988. The couple had three children:
- Francis Anthony Brand, 7th Viscount Hampden of Glynde (b. 1970); married with issue, including the heir apparent
- Hon. Saracha Mary Brand (b. 1973); married
- Hon. Jonathan Claud David Humphrey Brand (b. 1975)
- Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage: 107th Edition. Burke's Peerage. 2003. p. 1755.
- The Times, 12 February 1953, a correspondent writes an obituary of:-Mr. Humphrey Brand, (page 10, column E).
- Anthony Hampden, Henry and Eliza, printed privately in Haywards Heath, 1980 (197 pages, paperback).
- Anthony Hampden, A Glimpse of Glynde, The History of England Through the Eyes of a Sussex Village, ISBN 1-85776-188-X, Hardback, Book Guild Ltd, 1997.
- Who's Who, 2008.
- a2a.org.uk (access to archives); sub Brand of the Hoo, Kimpton, and Glynde.
- An obituary in The Daily Telegraph, 14 February 2008.
- An obituary in Historic Houses Association Magazine, Summer 2008, by Andrew Wells, page 22.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Viscount Hampden
- Glynde Estates website
- Glynde's Apotheosis of James I
- St. Mary's church at Glynde
- Some Brand/Dacre and associated genealogy from 1715.
- Hampden's last House of Lords speech, 21 May 1999.
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