Davina Ingrams, 18th Baroness Darcy de Knayth

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Davina Marcia Herbert Ingrams, 18th Baroness Darcy de Knayth DBE (10 July 1938 – 24 February 2008) was a crossbench member of the House of Lords, continuing to sit after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999 as an elected peer.


Medal record
Representing  Great Britain
Paralympic Games
Women's swimming
Gold medal – first place 1968 Tel Aviv 25 m backstroke class 1 incomplete
Table tennis
Bronze medal – third place 1972 Heidelberg Teams 2

Ingrams was the daughter of Mervyn Herbert, 17th Baron Darcy de Knayth (also known as Viscount Clive, his courtesy title as son of the Earl of Powis); and his wife Vida, née Cuthbert. The barony had been created in 1332 for John Darcy, and revived twice after falling into abeyance. Through her grandfather, George Herbert, 4th Earl of Powis, she was descended from Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive. She inherited the barony in 1943, when her father was killed in action during the Second World War, flying a Mosquito as a squadron leader in the RAF.[citation needed]

In 1946, the widowed Lady Clive remarried, to Brigadier Derek Schreiber, Chief of Staff to the Governor General of Australia: Lady Darcy de Knayth acted as flower girl.[1]

Lady Darcy de Knayth was educated at St Mary's School, Wantage, and later in Florence and the Sorbonne. She married publisher Rupert Ingrams (brother of the Private Eye editor Richard Ingrams) in 1960. They had three children.[2]

She and her husband were involved in a serious accident in 1964, returning from a dance, when their car hit a tree. Her husband was killed outright, and she was paralysed from the neck down. She was treated at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, and later recovered some movement in her upper body. She became a wheelchair user, and took up table tennis and archery. She won a gold medal in swimming at the 1968 Summer Paralympics in Israel, and a bronze for table tennis at the 1972 Games in West Germany.

She was one of the first 16 hereditary peeresses admitted to the House of Lords in 1963, and spoke frequently on disability matters after taking up her seat in 1969. She was made a Dame (DBE) for her services to disabled people in 1996.

After the House of Lords Act 1999 removed most of the hereditary peers from the House of Lords, she was selected as one of the select representative peers, coming top of the ballot of top of crossbench peers.[3]


She died on 24 February 2008, aged 69, of undisclosed causes. She was survived by her son and two daughters. Her son, Caspar, succeeded as the 19th Baron Darcy de Knayth. The day after Lady Darcy's death, the House of Lords paid her warm tribute when it passed the third reading of the Disabled Persons (Independent Living) Bill.[4]


  1. ^ "Royalty Attend Wedding - Canberra 1946". British Pathe. 
  2. ^ Results for Ingrams from the International Paralympic Committee
  3. ^ Obituary, telegraph.co.uk, 16 March 2008.
  4. ^ Obituary, timesonline.co.uk; 3 March 2008; accessed 31 December 2014.

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Peerage of England
Preceded by
Mervyn Herbert
Baroness Darcy de Knayth
Succeeded by
Caspar Ingrams