Antony Moynihan, 3rd Baron Moynihan

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The Lord Moynihan
BornAntony Patrick Andrew Cairne Berkeley Moynihan
(1936-02-02)2 February 1936
Died24 November 1991(1991-11-24) (aged 55)
Manila, Philippines
Cause of deathHeart attack
TitleBaron Moynihan
Other titlesBaronet of Carr Manor
PredecessorPatrick Moynihan
SuccessorColin Moynihan
  • Ann Herbert
    (m. 1955; div. 1958)
  • Shirin Berry
    (m. 1958; div. 1967)
  • Luthgarda Fernandez
    (m. 1968; div. 1979)
  • Editha Eduarda Ruben (m. 1981)
  • Jinna Sabiaga
    (m. 1990–1991; void)
ParentsPatrick Moynihan
Irene Helen Candy
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
30 April 1965 – 24 November 1991
Hereditary Peerage
Preceded byPatrick Moynihan
Succeeded byColin Moynihan (1997)

Antony Patrick Andrew Cairne Berkeley Moynihan, 3rd Baron Moynihan, 3rd Baronet of Carr Manor (2 February 1936 – 24 November 1991) was a British hereditary peer.[1]


Moynihan was born on the 2nd of February 1936 to Patrick Moynihan and his wife Ierne Helen Candy. Patrick Moynihan later that year became the 2nd Baron Moynihan. Patrick's father Berkeley Moynihan had been made a peer for his services to medicine in 1929. His mother was the daughter of Cairnes Candy, an Englishman who had immigrated to Western Australia.[2][3] After attending Stowe School, Moynihan served in the Coldstream Guards.[3]

In 1955 Moynihan married Ann Herbert, an actress and model.[4] After a domestic dispute and an affair on Moynihan's part, he left for Australia where he intended working on his uncle's sheep farm. In Sydney he met Shirin Berry, a Malaysian who danced under the name Princess Amina. Returning to England in 1957[5] he reconciled with Ann, however this was short-lived. He married Shirin in 1958 after converting to Islam.[6] He was soon on the move again, leaving for Ibiza with his wife. After the collapse of his nightclub business he returned to England.

In Tokyo in 1960 he challenged Al Ricketts, an American journalist, to a duel after he criticised Shirin's dancing. Moynihan defeated Rickets in the unusual duel that involved the two combatants attacking each other with their buttocks.[7][8] In 1961 he and his wife converted to the Bahá'í Faith.[3] At this time, Moynihan worked as a driver for Peter Rachman.[3] After the death of his father in 1965 he became the 3rd Baron Moynihan, taking a seat in the House of Lords. In the Lords he took the Liberal Whip.[3]

In 1970 after facing a series of fraud charges he left England for Spain, later moving to the Philippines.[9] In the Philippines he operated a brothel and was linked to the drug trade. In 1980 he was named by the Woodward Royal Commission in Australia as an associate of a prominent Australian drug trafficking group operating between Manila and Sydney.[3][10]

During the late 1980s Moynihan worked as an informant for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, for which he was given immunity from prosecution. His testimony led to the conviction of Howard Marks, a Welsh drug smuggler.[11][12] "He's a first-class bastard", Marks said.[3]

Marriages and children[edit]

Moynihan was married four times (his putative fifth marriage was bigamous and thus void ab initio) and had five children.[13]

Firstly, Moynihan married Ann Herbert on 25 May 1955. They were divorced in 1958 and had no children.

Secondly, he married Shirin Roshan Berry Quereshi in 1958. They were divorced in 1967, having had one daughter:

  • Hon Miranda Dorne Ierne Moynihan (born 25 February 1959)

Thirdly, he married Luthgarda Maria Beltran del Rosa Fernandez in May 1968. They were divorced in 1980, having had three daughters:

Fourthly, he married Editha Eduarda in February 1981. In 1990, they went through a divorce declared invalid by the British Courts 31 July 1996.[15] They had no children, although Andrew Antony Joseph Patrick Berkeley Moynihan (born 6 March 1989) was believed to be Moynihan's son until DNA testing proved he was not following a dispute about who would inherit the barony.

Finally, he bigamously married Jinna Sabiaga on 2 December 1990. They had one son:

  • Daniel Moynihan (born January 1991). He was held by the House of Lords not to be an heir to the barony because of his illegitimacy, due to his parents' bigamous marriage.[16]

In September, 2016, his daughter Aurora was killed in the Philippines.[17] At the time of her death the Philippines was undergoing an intensive and controversial crackdown on drug dealers.

Death and legacy[edit]

On the death of the 3rd Baron in 1991 the Barony was declared dormant. In 1997 the House of Lords declared that the 3rd Baron's half-brother Colin was the rightful heir to the barony and baronetcy, finding against two other claimants.[9][18][19][20]



  1. ^ The Daily Telegraph, Obituary, published 26 November 1991
  2. ^ "Moynihan, Baron (UK, 1929)". Cracroft's Peerage. Heraldic Media Limited. Archived from the original on 25 May 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Obituaries - Lord Moynihan". The Daily Telegraph. London. 26 November 1991. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  4. ^ "'Rock 'n' Roll' Tony Plans To End Marriage". The Bulletin. 4 October 1956. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Damp Homecoming For A Madcap". LIFE. 28 October 1957. pp. 61–63. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  6. ^ Davis, Charles; Bellenger, Maria Jesus (July 1966). "Belly-Dancer Who Became A Lady". Ebony. Johnson Publishing Company. 21 (9): 79–84. ISSN 0012-9011. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Bumpsy duel saves honor". The Calgary Herald. 14 December 1960. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  8. ^ Roderick, John (14 December 1960). "Lord Tony Gives OUR Scribe Some Lumps in Duel a-la-bumps". Stars and Stripes. p. 8.
  9. ^ a b "Queen's Proctor v Moynihan sons; Fugitive baron's dissolute lifestyle to be kept secret". The Independent. 16 July 1996. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  10. ^ "Peer drug link". The Age. Melbourne. 14 August 1980. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  11. ^ "British baron testifies". The Gainesville Sun. Gainesville, Florida. 3 May 1989. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  12. ^ Written and Directed by Christopher Olgiati (23 October 1990). "The Hunt for Howard Marks". Frontline. Boston. Public Broadcasting Service. WGBH-TV. Transcript. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  13. ^ The Peerage, entry for 3rd Lord Mornihan
  14. ^ Terrazola, Vanne Elaine (11 September 2016). "Police probes killing of actress' sibling". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  15. ^ The Peerage, entry for Editha Ruben
  16. ^ Hansard
  17. ^ "British baron's daughter dies in Philippine drug war". Associated Press. AFP. September 19, 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  18. ^ "The Lord That Roared". Newsweek. 26 January 1992. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  19. ^ "Lords Hansard text for 20 Mar 1997". Lords Hansard. United Kingdom Parliament. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  20. ^ Moyes, Jojo (27 February 1997). "Moynihan beats off the young pretender after tales of bigamy and sperm". The Independent. Retrieved 23 February 2011.

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