Aubrey Buxton, Baron Buxton of Alsa

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Major Aubrey Leland Oakes Buxton, Baron Buxton of Alsa KCVO MC DL (15 July 1918 – 1 September 2009) was a British soldier, politician, television executive, and writer.


Early life[edit]

He was born on 15 July 1918. His father was Leland William Wilberforce Buxton and his mother, Ada Mary Oakes. He was the great-great-grandson of the anti-slavery campaigner Sir Thomas Buxton.[1] He was educated at Ampleforth College in Yorkshire and graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge. He served in the Royal Artillery in the Second World War and was decorated with the Military Cross in 1943.


From 1958 to 1988, he was a Director of Anglia Television. He was best known for creating the nature documentary series Survival, which ran for four decades.[2]


In 1961 he was one of the co-founders of the World Wildlife Fund.[3] As well as the WWF, he was involved with the Natural History Museum, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and the London Zoological Society.[4] In 1976 he and Lady Buxton donated a 10 hectare estate near Elsenham to the Essex Wildlife Trust, and it is named the Aubrey Buxton Nature Reserve.[5]

In 1964, he was Extra Equerry to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and in 1972 High Sheriff of Essex. He became Deputy Lieutenant of Essex in 1975 and held this office until 1985.


On 11 May 1978, he was created a life peer as Baron Buxton of Alsa, of Stiffkey in the County of Norfolk.[6] In 1996, Buxton, was invested as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO).[7]

Personal life[edit]

He was married twice: firstly to Pamela Mary "Maria" Birkin, daughter of Sir Henry Birkin, 3rd Baronet, on 14 November 1946; and secondly (having been widowed in 1983) to Mrs. Kathleen Peterson, an American writer,[citation needed][3] on 16 July 1988. His first marriage produced six children, one of whom, Cindy Buxton, is a noted filmmaker.

He died on 1 September 2009, aged 91, from undisclosed causes.

Coat of arms of Aubrey Buxton, Baron Buxton of Alsa
Coronet of a British Baron.svg
Buxton of Alsa Escutcheon.png
Coronet of a baron
A Stag's Head couped Gules attired Or gorged with a Collar of the last pendent therefrom an Escutcheon Argent charged with a Negro's Head couped at the shoulders in profile proper
Argent a Lion rampant the tail elevated and turned over the head between two Mullets in fess Sable
Dexter: A Crowned Crane (balearica pavonina); Sinister: A Flamingo, both proper [8]
Do it with thy might

See also[edit]


  • The Birds of Arakan (1946)
  • The King in his Country (1955)
  • The London Scene (1961)


  1. ^ Charles E. G. Pease, "The Descendants of William Buxton", 19 Nov. 2015, pp. 6/19
  2. ^ The Times Online obituary
  3. ^ a b The Daily Telegraph | Obituary | Lord Buxton of Alsa.
  4. ^ Lasting Tribute website
  5. ^ "Aubrey Buxton Nature Reserve". Essex Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  6. ^ "No. 47535". The London Gazette. 16 May 1978. p. 5901.
  7. ^ "No. 54579". The London Gazette. 12 November 1996. p. 15005.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 August 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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Honorary titles
Preceded by High Sheriff of Essex
Succeeded by