Bertram Bowyer, 2nd Baron Denham

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The Lord Denham

Father of the House of Lords
Assumed office
9 July 2018
Preceded byThe Lord Carrington
Government Chief Whip in the House of Lords
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms
In office
4 May 1979 – 22 May 1991
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
John Major
Preceded byThe Baroness Llewelyn-Davies of Hastoe
Succeeded byThe Lord Hesketh
Government Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Lords
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
In office
20 November 1971 – 11 March 1974
Prime MinisterEdward Heath
Preceded byThe Viscount Goschen
Succeeded byThe Lord Strabolgi
Lord-in-waiting
Government Whip
In office
24 June 1970 – 20 November 1971
Prime MinisterEdward Heath
Preceded byLord Hilton of Upton
Succeeded byThe Lord Bethell
In office
27 June 1961 – 16 October 1964
Prime MinisterHarold Macmillan
Sir Alec Douglas-Home
Preceded byThe Earl Jellicoe
Succeeded byBaron Hobson of Brent
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
9 December 1949
Hereditary peerage
Preceded byThe 1st Baron Denham
Personal details
Born
Bertram Stanley Mitford Bowyer

(1927-10-03) 3 October 1927 (age 91)
Political partyConservative
Alma materKing's College, Cambridge

Bertram Stanley Mitford Bowyer, 2nd Baron Denham, KBE, PC (born 3 October 1927), is a British Conservative politician and member of the House of Lords as one of the remaining hereditary peers. He is one of the few people to serve in the governments of five different Prime Ministers.

Biography[edit]

Denham was educated at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge. He was the youngest child and second son of George Bowyer, 1st Baron Denham, and succeeded to become 2nd Baron Denham upon the death of his father in 1948, his elder brother having died in World War II. He also succeeded his kinsman Sir George Bowyer, Bt., as 10th Baronet (of Denham Court) in 1950.

Denham served as a House of Lords whip from 1961 until 1964 under both Harold Macmillan and Alec Douglas-Home. Upon the Conservatives return to power at the 1970 general election, he was once again made a whip under Edward Heath. In 1972, he was promoted to become Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard, the post associated with being the Government Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Lords. He served in this post until the Conservatives left power in 1974.

Upon the victory of Margaret Thatcher in the 1979 general election, Denham was made Captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms, the post associated with being Government Chief Whip in the House of Lords. He held the post for the entirety of the Thatcher years, leaving office six months into the John Major government in 1991.

With the passage of the House of Lords Act 1999, Denham along with almost all other hereditary peers lost his automatic right to sit in the House of Lords. He was however elected as one of the 92 elected hereditary peers to remain in the House of Lords pending completion of House of Lords reform. He was made a Privy Counsellor in the 1981 New Year Honours.[1] In the 1991 New Year Honours he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) for his political service.[2]

Following the death of Lord Carrington in July 2018, Denham has been the longest-serving current member of the House of Lords.[3]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • Bertram Bowyer (1927–1937)
  • The Hon. Bertram Bowyer (1937–1948)
  • The Lord Denham (1948–1981)
  • The Lord Denham, PC (1981–1990)
  • The Lord Denham, KBE, PC (1991–present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 48467". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1980. p. 1.
  2. ^ "No. 52382". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 December 1990. p. 7.
  3. ^ Brown, Thomas (6 February 2017). "House of Lords: Statistical Profile of Membership" (PDF). House of Lords. Retrieved 15 July 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
The Viscount Goschen
Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Lords
1971–1974
Succeeded by
The Lord Strabolgi
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
1971–1974
Preceded by
The Baroness Llewelyn-Davies of Hastoe
Chief Whip in the House of Lords
1979–1991
Succeeded by
The Lord Hesketh
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms
1979–1991
Party political offices
Preceded by
The Earl St Aldwyn
Conservative Chief Whip in the House of Lords
1978–1991
Succeeded by
The Lord Hesketh
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Carrington
Father of the House of Lords
2018–present
Incumbent
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Bowyer
Baron Denham
1948–present
Member of the House of Lords
(1949–present)
Incumbent
Heir apparent:
Hon. Richard Bowyer
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Bowyer
Baronet
(of Weston Underwood)
1948–present
Incumbent
Heir apparent:
Hon. Richard Bowyer
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Sir George Bowyer
Baronet
(of Denham Court)
1950–present
Incumbent
Heir apparent:
Hon. Richard Bowyer