Conroy Ryder, 8th Earl of Harrowby

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Dudley Adrian Conroy Ryder, 8th Earl of Harrowby (known as Conroy[1][2] born 18 March 1951) is a British peer. He was known by the courtesy title of Viscount Sandon from 1987 until 2007.

Early life[edit]

Dudley Ryder was born on 18 March 1951. He is the only son of Dudley Ryder, 7th Earl of Harrowby, by his marriage to Jeanette Rosalthe Johnston-Saint. His sister is Lady Rosalthé Frances Rundall.[3]

He was educated at Eton, the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and Magdalene College, Cambridge.


He became a director of Compton Street Securities in 1988.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to interior designer and author Caroline, Countess of Harrowby. He succeeded to the earldom on the death of his father on 9 October 2007. The family seat is Sandon Hall in Staffordshire, England. The family also resides at Burnt Norton House, made famous by T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets.


  1. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "p. 8048 § 80477 entry". The Peerage. [unreliable source?]
  2. ^ Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 2, page 1805
  3. ^ a b Burke’s Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, edited by Charles Mosley, Burke’s Peerage, Crans, Switzerland, 1999, ISBN 2-940085-02-1, p. 1326.


Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Dudley Ryder
Earl of Harrowby