Brian Lewis, 2nd Baron Essendon

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Brian Edmund Lewis, 2nd Baron Essendon (7 December 1903 – 18 July 1978), also known as Bug, was a British motor-racing driver, company director, baronet, and peer.

Born in Edmonton, Middlesex, he was the only son of first Lord Essendon, the shipping magnate, by his wife Eleanor (d.1967), daughter of R. H. Harrison of West Hartlepool. In 1938, he married Mary Duffil, widow of Albert Duffil, daughter of G. W. Booker of Los Angeles.

Educated at Malvern,[1] and Pembroke College, Cambridge, he was a Director of Furness Withy[2] (the family shipping firm), Barry Aikman Travel Ltd and Godfrey Davis & Co Ltd.

He raced Frazer Nashes in England in the 1920s and entered a private Maserati 8CM at the Swiss Grand Prix 1935. As The Times put it in 1978:

'Along with a distinguished band that included Lord Howe, Sir Henry Birkin, and the Earl of March, later the Duke of Richmond, he was one of a bunch of titled and talented amateurs who did much for the image of British motor racing in the 1920s and 1930s, albeit mainly at the wheel of foreign cars.'

In the late 1930s, he was a motoring correspondent of the News Chronicle and a President of the Guild of Motoring Writers.

Lord Essendon succeeded his father in the peerage and barony in 1944.

His main recreation was golf. He was a member of the Bath Club in London.

He lived in London and at Avenue Eglantine 5, Lausanne, Switzerland. He died in Lausanne, Switzerland.



  • The Times, 19 July 1978. Obituary, page 19.
  1. ^ Cricket Archive profile of Brian Lewis. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  2. ^ VIP Voyagers II (9 March 2009). R. M. S. Queen Mary: Vintage news about the stateliest ship afloat.

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