Diana Neave, Baroness Airey of Abingdon

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Diana Josceline Barbara Neave, Baroness Airey of Abingdon (7 July 1919 – 27 November 1992), born Diana Josceline Barbara Giffard,[1] was a Conservative member of the House of Lords after receiving a life peerage in August 1979.[2]

Diana Giffard was daughter of Thomas Arthur Walter Giffard,[3] MBE, DL for Staffordshire, of Chillington Hall, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire and his wife Angela Erskine Trollope, elder daughter and co-heiress of Sir William Henry Trollope, 10th Bt. She married Airey Neave (23 January 1916 – 30 March 1979), elder son and first child of Sheffield Airey Neave, himself a grandson of Sir Thomas Neave, 2nd Baronet,[4] of the Neave baronets, and his first wife Dorothy Middleton, on 29 December 1942. They had three children:

  1. Hon. Marigold Elizabeth Cassandra Neave, now Hon. Mrs William Webb (born 5 May 1944); married 8 June 1968 William Richard Broughton Webb, son of Lt.-Cdr. William Frank Broughton Webb, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
  2. Hon. Richard Patrick Sheffield Neave (born 12 Nov 1947); married 1980 Elizabeth Mary Catherine Riddell, daughter of Cuthbert Edward Alphonso Riddell, and had issue, three sons, whose common second last name is Airey.
  3. Hon. William Robert Sheffield Neave (born 13 Aug 1953); married 1986 Joanna Mary Stuart Paton, daughter of James Stuart Paton, and has issue, two sons, Richard Digby Stuart Neave (born 21 May 1987); Sebastian Airey Stuart Neave (born 11 May 1989).

Diana Neave was created Baroness Airey of Abingdon, of Abingdon in the County of Oxford on 6 August 1979,[5] a few months after her husband was killed, as she was the widow of Airey Neave, a British Conservative MP for Abingdon and a prominent politician.[1] He was killed when a mercury-tilt based car bomb exploded under his car as he drove out of the Palace of Westminster car park. The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) claimed responsibility for his murder.


Arms of Diana Neave, Baroness Airey of Abingdon
A Coronet of a Baroness
Quarterly: 1st and 4th, Argent on a Cross Sable five Fleurs-de-lys Or and on a Canton Azure a Lion rampant Or gorge with a Mural Crown Gules (Neave/Airey); 2nd and 3rd, Azure three Stirrups with Leathers two and one Or (Giffard)
On either side a Panther rampant and in trian aspect Or spotted of various colours and breathing Flames proper gorged with a Coronet of a Baroness proper and standing on a Grassy Mount growing therefrom a Branch of two Roses Gules barbed and seeded slipped and leaved and two Thistles all proper
Sola Proba Quae Honesta


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