Cameron Cobbold, 1st Baron Cobbold

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The Lord Cobbold

The Lord Cobbold in 1970.jpg
Governor of the Bank of England
In office
1 March 1949 – 30 June 1961
Preceded byThe Lord Catto
Succeeded byThe Earl of Cromer
Personal details
Cameron Fromanteel Cobbold

(1904-09-14)14 September 1904
London, England
Died1 November 1987(1987-11-01) (aged 83)
Knebworth, Hertfordshire, England
Alma materKing's College, Cambridge
Garter-encircled arms of Cameron Cobbold, 1st Baron Cobbold, KG, as displayed on his Order of the Garter stall plate in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle - viz. Sable a chevron or between two bezants in chief and a lion passant in base of the last, on a chief dancetty of the last two ducal coronets azure.

Cameron Fromanteel "Kim" Cobbold, 1st Baron Cobbold KG GCVO PC DL (14 September 1904 – 1 November 1987) was a British banker. He served as Governor of the Bank of England from 1949 to 1961 and as Lord Chamberlain from 1963 to 1971.

Early life[edit]

Born in London in 1904 to Clement John Fromanteel Cobbold and his wife Stella Willoughby Savile Cameron, Cobbold was educated at Eton College. He also spent one year at King's College, Cambridge.


Bank of England[edit]

Cobbold joined the Bank of England at the invitation of bank Governor Montagu Norman in 1933. He was appointed Deputy Governor in 1945 and became governor in 1949. During his tenure he was sworn of the Privy Council (1959)[1] and was created Baron Cobbold, of Knebworth in the County of Hertford (1960).[2] He retired as governor in 1961.

Cobbold Commission[edit]

He subsequently led the Cobbold Commission in 1962 which studied the question of North Borneo and Sarawak's entry to formed Malaysia. In 1963, he was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order and Lord Chamberlain to Queen Elizabeth II.[3] He served until 1971, and during his tenure the Lord Chamberlain's theatrical censorship role was abolished (1968) and he was appointed to the Order of the Garter (1970).[4] Cobbold was appointed to be a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Hertford (1972).[5]

In 1966, he received the Grand Decoration in Gold with Sash for Services to the Republic of Austria.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In April 1930, Cobbold married Hermione Millicent Bulwer-Lytton, daughter and heir to Victor Bulwer-Lytton, 2nd Earl of Lytton. Their seat was at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire. They had two daughters and two sons.

He died in 1987 at Knebworth. His eldest son, David, succeeded to his barony.


  1. ^ "No. 41589". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1958. p. 1.
  2. ^ "No. 42202". The London Gazette. 25 November 1960. p. 8045.
  3. ^ "No. 42909". The London Gazette. 1 February 1963. p. 979.
  4. ^ "No. 45087". The London Gazette. 24 April 1970. p. 4655.
  5. ^ "No. 45716". The London Gazette. 30 June 1972. p. 7869.
  6. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 214. Retrieved 18 October 2012.

Further reading[edit]

Clive Hodges: Cobbold & Kin: Life Stories from an East Anglian Family (Woodbridge, Boydell Press, 2014) ISBN 9781843839545


Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Otto Niemeyer
High Sheriff of the County of London
Succeeded by
Laurence Cadbury
Government offices
Preceded by
The Lord Catto
Governor of the Bank of England
Succeeded by
The Earl of Cromer
Court offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Scarbrough
Lord Chamberlain
Succeeded by
The Lord Maclean
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Cobbold
Succeeded by
David Lytton-Cobbold