Anthony Vivian, 5th Baron Vivian

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Anthony Crespigny Claude Vivian, 5th Baron Vivian (4 March 1906 — 1991) was a British impresario-restaurateur[1] from the Vivian family who became a celebrity in 1954 when he was shot in the abdomen by Mavis Wheeler, the former wife of Sir Mortimer Wheeler, and a former mistress of Augustus John.[2]


Anthony Crespigny Claude Vivian, 5th Baron Vivian was born on 4 March 1906. He was the son of George Crespigny Brabazon Vivian, 4th Baron Vivian and Barbara Fanning.[3]

Public life[edit]

In 1952, he was the producer with John Clements of The Happy Marriage at the Duke of York's Theatre, London.[4]

He was a member of the House of Lords from 28 December 1940 until his death on 24 June 1991. His first recorded speech was on 13 March 1967 and his last on 4 April 1984. He made 90 speeches, according to Hansard.

Mavis Wheeler[edit]

Vivian commanded tabloid headlines in 1954, when his lover, Mavis Wheeler, the former wife of both Sir Mortimer Wheeler and Horace de Vere Cole, and the mistress of Augustus John, was jailed for six months for shooting him in the abdomen.[1]

At Wheeler's trial, the prosecuting counsel said that her love for Lord Vivian was overpowering and that she was jealous of any attention he showed to other women. This love, the prosecution claimed, had led her to shoot him, on 30 July 1954, at a range of three inches, with intent to murder him at her country cottage at Potterne, Wiltshire.[5]


He married Victoria Ruth Mary Rosamund Oliphant (died 1985), daughter of Captain Henry Gerard Laurence Oliphant and Ruth Barry, on 8 March 1930.[3]

They had three children:

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1906–1940: The Hon. Anthony Vivian
  • 1940–1991: The Rt Hon. The Lord Vivian[a]
  1. ^ Although The Lord Vivian was a baronet, by custom the post-nominal of "Bt" is omitted, as Peers of the Realm do not list subsidiary hereditary titles.


  1. ^ a b "Obituary: Brigadier Lord Vivian". The Guardian. 24 March 2004. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Obituary: Brigadier Lord Vivian". The Daily Telegraph. 12 March 2004. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Anthony Crespigny Claude Vivian, 5th Baron Vivian". The Peerage. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "John Clements Biography (1910-1988)". Film Reference. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Pillars of the Establishment". Marquess of Bath. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Vivian
Baron Vivian
Succeeded by
Nicholas Vivian