Barry Maxwell, 12th Baron Farnham

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The Rt. Hon. Barry Owen Somerset Maxwell, 12th Baron Farnham (7 July 1931 - 22 March 2001), was an Irish peer and a Nova Scotia baronet.

The 12th Lord Farnham was the son of Somerset Arthur Maxwell, and grandson of Arthur Maxwell, 11th Baron Farnham. He was educated at Eton and Harvard Business School. On his grandfather's death, he succeeded as 12th Baron Farnham and 15th Baronet of Calderwood. He held office in the United Grand Lodge of England as Senior Grand Warden 1977-78, Assistant Grand Master 1982-89, Deputy Grand Master 1989-91, and Pro Grand Master 1991-2001.

He was due to retire on or about his 70th birthday, but before his retirement he died on the 22 March 2001 and was succeeded in the barony by his brother, Simon Kenlis Maxwell, who lived in England.

His wife, Diana, Baroness Farnham, is a current Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II.[1] Lady Farnham rode alongside the Queen on the way to the Diamond Jubilee service on 5 June 2012 in the absence (through illness) of the Duke of Edinburgh.[2]

The current Farnham House, built around 1780 by Barry Maxwell, 1st Earl of Farnham and designed by James Wyatt was sold by Lady Farnham to a local entrepreneur.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ladies in Waiting and Equerries". Official website of the Royal Family. 
  2. ^ www.gettyimages.co.uk
  3. ^ "National Library of Ireland - Collection List No. 95 - FARNHAM PAPERS" (PDF). National Library of Ireland. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 

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Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Arthur Kenlis Maxwell
Baron Farnham
1957–2001
Succeeded by
Simon Kenlis Maxwell
Baronetage of Nova Scotia
Preceded by
Arthur Kenlis Maxwell
Baronet
(of Calderwood)
1957–2001
Succeeded by
Simon Kenlis Maxwell