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Cherry Drummond, 16th Baroness Strange

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The Baroness Strange
Member of the House of Lords
as a hereditary peer
10 December 1986 – 11 November 1999
Preceded byThe 15th Baron Strange
Succeeded bySeat abolished
as an elected hereditary peer
11 November 1999 – 11 March 2005
Preceded bySeat established
Succeeded byThe 2nd Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
Baroness Strange
In office
1986 – 11 March 2005
Preceded byJohn Drummond
Succeeded byAdam Drummond
Personal details
Jean Cherry Drummond

17 December 1928
London, England
Died11 March 2005(2005-03-11) (aged 76)
Megginch Castle, Perthshire, Scotland
Political partyCross bench
Humphrey Evans
(m. 1952)
Children6, including Adam Drummond, 17th Baron Strange
Alma mater
OccupationPeer, writer

Jean Cherry Drummond of Megginch, 16th Baroness Strange (London, 17 December 1928 – Megginch Castle, 11 March 2005) was a cross bench hereditary peer in the House of Lords. She also wrote romantic novels and historical works.

Personal life[edit]

Strange was educated at Oxenfoord Castle boarding school near Edinburgh, at St Andrews University (where she read English and history) and at Cambridge University.[1][2][3] She married Humphrey Evans, MC, a captain in the Mountain Artillery, in 1952. They both assumed the surname Drummond of Megginch when they moved to Megginch Castle. The couple had three sons and three daughters:

In April 2006 it emerged that Lady Strange had changed her will on her deathbed, leaving her entire estate to her youngest daughter, Catherine, cutting out her other five children.[4]

The actress Geraldine Somerville is her niece.


Although the family home is the 17th century Megginch Castle in Perthshire, Scotland, the family title, Baron Strange, is in the English peerage. Her father, John Drummond, 15th Baron Strange, had spent many years attempting to terminate an abeyance that arose on the death of the Duke of Atholl in 1957; he was confirmed in the title in 1965. The title went into abeyance once again on his death in 1982, but it was terminated in Cherry's favour in 1986, and she made her maiden speech on 4 March 1987. Upon the Baroness's death the title was inherited by her eldest son, Adam.

Politics and public life[edit]

She held traditional conservative views, but resigned the Conservative Party whip in December 1998 when William Hague dismissed Lord Cranborne for negotiating with Tony Blair on reform of the House of Lords. Following reforms which reduced the number of hereditary peers who were entitled to sit in the House of Lords, her 1999 manifesto to be elected to occupy one of the remaining seats (limited to 75 words) was "I bring flowers every week to this House from my castle in Perthshire." She was elected to fill a cross bench seat.

She was President of the War Widows Association of Great Britain from 1990.[1]


Strange wrote several romantic novels under the pen name "Cherry Evans", including Love From Belinda (1960), Lalage in Love (1962), Creatures Great and Small (1968) and Love Is For Ever (1988). As Cherry Drummond, she wrote The Remarkable Life of Victoria Drummond - Marine Engineer,[1] a biography of her aunt, Victoria Drummond, the first woman marine engineer in the UK, sailed as an engineer for 40 years and received awards for bravery under enemy fire during World War II as an engineering officer in the British Merchant Navy.


  1. ^ a b c Steeman, Elizabeth (Editor) (15 October 2001) The International Who's Who of Women, Routlidge, Page 550, ISBN 978-0792372516,
  2. ^ Langdon, Julia (1 April 2005) Obituary Baroness Strange The Guardian, Retrieved 25 January 2015
  3. ^ Lundy, Darryl (17 January 2015) Jean Cherry Drummond of Megginch, Baroness Strange The Peerage, Retrieved 25 January 2015
  4. ^ Hamilton, Alan; English, Shirley (20 April 2006). "Strange case of the baroness who rewrote £3m will on her deathbed". The Times. London. Retrieved 5 September 2008.
Peerage of England
Preceded by Baroness Strange
Member of the House of Lords
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New office
Elected hereditary peer to the House of Lords
under the House of Lords Act 1999
Succeeded by