David Fane, 15th Earl of Westmorland

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David Anthony Thomas Fane, 15th Earl of Westmorland, GCVO, DL (31 March 1924 – 8 September 1993), styled Lord Burghersh until 1948, was a British courtier, landowner and member of the House of Lords.

Early life and military service[edit]

The elder son of Vere Fane, 14th Earl of Westmorland, by The Hon. Diana, daughter of Thomas Lister, 4th Baron Ribblesdale, he was accorded the courtesy title of Lord Burghersh from birth; his younger brother was the author The Hon. Julian Fane, FRSL (1927-2009).[1]

Educated at Eton, he served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Horse Guards during the Second World War when he was wounded (MiD).[2]

Later career and family[edit]

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In 1948 he succeeded in his father's earldom on the death of his father, becoming a Lord-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth II between 1955 and 1978 and again between 1990 and 1993; he then served as Master of the Horse from 1978 to 1991. He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in 1970 and promoted Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) in 1991. The latter year he was also appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.[2] Lord Westmorland was also a Commander of the Order of St John (CStJ).

He married Jane Barbara Findlay, daughter of Sir Roland Findlay Bt, on 20 June 1950; they had three children:

Lord Westmorland died on 8 September 1993, aged 69, being succeeded in the earldom by his elder son, Anthony (previously Lord Burghersh).[3]

He was a godfather[4] to Lady Sarah Chatto, daughter of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ www.burkespeerage.com
  2. ^ a b c www.thepeerage.com : David Fane, 15th Earl of Westmorland, GCVO
  3. ^ www.parliament.uk
  4. ^ Michaels, Ashley. Sobrinos Reales. ASIN B077H1HWCB.CS1 maint: location (link)

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Court offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Beaufort
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Master of the Horse

Succeeded by
The Lord Somerleyton
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Vere Fane
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Earl of Westmorland

Succeeded by
Anthony Fane