Constantine Phipps, 5th Marquess of Normanby

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Constantine Phipps
Alma mater Worcester College, Oxford
City University London
Occupation Landowner, novelist, poet
Spouse(s) Sophie McCormick
Nicola Shulman
Children 4
Parent(s) Oswald Phipps
Grania Guinness

Constantine Edmund Walter Phipps, 5th Marquess of Normanby (born 24 February 1954) is a British aristocrat, novelist, poet, and entrepreneur.

Early life[edit]

Phipps is the son of Oswald Phipps, 4th Marquess of Normanby and the Hon. Grania Guinness, daughter of 1st Baron Moyne.

He was educated at Worcester College, Oxford and City University.


He is the author of three novels under the name Constantine Phipps: Careful with the Sharks (1985), Among the Thin Ghosts (1989), and What You Want (2014).

Business Interests[edit]

He is the owner of the Mulgrave Estate and Mulgrave Castle, near Whitby, in North Yorkshire. He is the founder of Mulgrave Properties LLP, a residential developer in Yorkshire. His indirect wealth includes a sizeable interest in property in West Vancouver, Canada, via British Pacific Properties Ltd of which he is a director. In 1998 he sold the 10,600-acre (43 km2) Warter Priory estate, near Pocklington, East Riding of Yorkshire, to businessman Malcolm Healey.


Phipps is chairman of the Normanby Charitable Trust which has a North Yorkshire focus. The trust has also supported Trinity College Dublin and Oxford University.

Personal life[edit]

With Sophie McCormick he has a daughter, the actor Pandora McCormick (b. 12 December 1984).

In 1990, he married the journalist and author Nicola Shulman (daughter of theatre critic Milton Shulman and sister of British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman) and had three children:[1]

  • Lady Sibylla Victoria Evelyn Phipps (b. 6 August 1991)
  • John Samuel Constantine Phipps, Earl of Mulgrave (b. 26 November 1994)
  • Lord Thomas Henry Winston Phipps (b. 3 June 1997)

He succeeded his father in the Marquessate in 1994 and entered the House of Lords as a crossbencher. He lost his seat under the House of Lords Act 1999.[2]

Lord Normanby lives in London and at Mulgrave Castle.



  1. ^ "World of Nicola Shulman, writer". The Daily Telegraph. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "House of Lords". Retrieved 29 July 2012. 

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Oswald Phipps
Marquess of Normanby
Succeeded by
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Most Hon. The Marquess of Ailsa
Gentlemen Succeeded by
The Most Hon. The Marquess of Abergavenny