David Hennessy, 3rd Baron Windlesham
The Lord Windlesham
|Leader of the House of Lords|
Lord Privy Seal
23 May 1973 – 4 March 1974
|Prime Minister||Edward Heath|
|Preceded by||The Earl Jellicoe|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Shepherd|
|Member of the House of Lords|
17 November 1999 – 21 December 2010
20 February 1963 – 11 November 1999
|Preceded by||The 3rd Baron Windlesham|
|Succeeded by||Seat abolished|
(House of Lords Act 1999)
|Born||23 January 1932|
|Died||21 December 2010 |
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Oxford|
David James George Hennessy, 3rd Baron Windlesham and Baron Hennessy, CVO, PC, FBA (28 January 1932 – 21 December 2010) was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom who held visiting professorships at various universities.
Hennessy, an Anglo-Irish peer, was educated at Ampleforth College and Trinity College, Oxford, earning a Master of Arts in Jurisprudence in 1957. He did his National Service with the Grenadier Guards in Tripoli. His father James Hennessy, baron Windlesham was a Lieutenant General in the Grenadier Guards. They are closely related to the Franco-Irish Cognac Hennessy family.
He was elected to Westminster City Council in 1958 to 1962, unsuccessfully contested Tottenham in 1959, and entered the House of Lords as the 3rd Baron Windlesham upon his father James' death in 1962, who had been a brigadier in the Grenadier Guards and died in a helicopter accident at sea. He joined the Government as Minister of State in the Home Office in 1970 to 1972; and from 1972 to 1973, in the Northern Ireland Office, after which he became Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords in June 1973 until October 1974. He was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 1981 New Year's Honours. On 16 November 1999, he was created Baron Hennessy, of Windlesham in the County of Surrey after the House of Lords Act 1999, so that he could continue sitting in the Lords.
He worked for Associated-Rediffusion and was involved in This Week. He later joined the board of Rediffusion as Chief Programme Executive. His TV career continued as Managing Director of Grampian (1967–70) and Managing Director of the ATV network (1974-1981). He was a director of The Observer from 1981 to 1989.
He returned to Oxford where he earned a DLitt and was principal of Brasenose College from 1989 to 2002. He had also been a visiting professor at Princeton University in 1997 and 2002 to 2003.
- "Politics obituaries: Lord Windlesham". The Daily Telegraph. London. 23 December 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
- The Ampleforth Journal. 115: 88–89. Missing or empty
- "No. 48467". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1980. p. 4.
- "No. 55672". The London Gazette. 19 November 1999. p. 12349.
- Announcement of his taking the oath under his new title at the House of Lords House of Lords minutes of proceedings, 22 November 1999
- David James George Hennessy, 3rd Baron Windlesham, National Portrait Gallery
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
| Baron Windlesham
The Earl Jellicoe
| Lord Privy Seal
The Lord Shepherd
| Leader of the House of Lords|
|Party political offices|
The Earl Jellicoe
| Leader of the Conservative Party in the House of Lords
The Lord Carrington
John Keiran Barry Moylan Nicholas
| Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford