Edward Curzon, 6th Earl Howe

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The Royal Navy during the Second World War A11744.jpg
Lieutenant Viscount Curzon (left) with his father Commodore Earl Howe, on board HMS Howe.
Born Edward Richard Assheton Penn Curzon
(1908-08-07)7 August 1908
St George Hanover Square, County of London, England, United Kingdom
Died 29 May 1984(1984-05-29) (aged 75)
Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Residence Penn House, Amersham
Education Eton College
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Spouse(s) Priscilla Weigall (m. 1935; div. 1943)
Grace Wakeling (m. 1946)
Children 4
Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Commander of the Order of St John
Military career
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Years of service 1928–1946
Rank Lieutenant Commander
Unit HMS Cairo
HMS Howe
Battles/wars World War II

Edward Richard Assheton Penn Curzon, 6th Earl Howe CBE, DL, JP (7 August 1908 – 29 May 1984), styled Viscount Curzon from 1929 to 1964, was a British peer.[1]

Early life and background[edit]

Curzon was born in St George Hanover Square, London,[2] the eldest son of Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe and his wife, Mary Curzon, Lady Howe.[1] He was educated at Eton College, and graduated from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.[2]

Naval career[edit]

Curzon joined the London Division of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as a probationary midshipman on 18 September 1928, and was appointed an acting sub-lieutenant on 21 July 1931,[2] receiving promotion to sub-lieutenant on 7 November 1932, with seniority from 21 July 1932.[3] He left the RNVR in 1936 or 1937, but returned to RNVR service after the outbreak on the Second World War, being appointed a probationary temporary sub-lieutenant on 23 February 1940.[2] He was promoted to lieutenant on 20 May 1940,[4] and served aboard the cruiser HMS Cairo from June 1940 to December 1941, then the battleship HMS Howe (named after his illustrious ancestor the first Earl Howe) from May 1942 to July 1945, serving in the rank of acting temporary lieutenant commander from December 1943 until April 1944. He left the navy in April 1946.[2]

Political career[edit]

Curzon had an active career in public service. He was first elected Member of the London County Council for South Battersea in 1937, serving until 1946.[2] In November 1940 he was appointed a Sheriff for Buckinghamshire in the King's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice.[5]

His career continued post-war. Curzon was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1946, and was elected as an alderman of Buckinghamshire in 1958, and was a county councillor from 1973, serving as Vice Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council from 1976.[2] He was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Buckinghamshire on 1 February 1960,[6] and was again appointed a Sheriff for Buckinghamshire in November 1963.[7]

Curzon succeeded to the title of Earl Howe on 1 September 1964,[1] taking his seat in the House of Lords, and making his maiden speech on 13 December 1965, during a debate on transport issues in Greater London.[8] He was a campaigner for road safety — which did not prevent him from suggesting that the speed limit on motorways should be raised from 70 to 100 mph.[9]

He also served as the President of the South Buckinghamshire Conservative and Unionist Association from 1965 to 1972, then President of the Chesham and Amersham Conservative Association. In addition he served as Commissioner for the St John Ambulance Brigade for Buckinghamshire, 1953–1955, was a Trustee of the King William IV Naval Asylum in Penge. He also served as President of the British Automobile Racing Club, the Institute of Road Safety Officers, and the Fiat Motor Club (Great Britain). He was a Steward and Vice-Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, a director of Automobile Proprietary Ltd. and Motoring Services Ltd., and a member of the RAC Public Policy Committee, the British Motor Sports Council, and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution Committee of Management. He was an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers.[2]

In 1973 Curzon and his wife Grace appeared in Nick Broomfield's short film Proud to Be British.[10]


On 26 June 1953 Curzon was made an Officer of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem,[11] and was promoted to Commander of the Order on 20 June 1956.[12] He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1961 Birthday Honours for "political and public services in Buckinghamshire."[13]


Lord Howe married Priscilla Weigall, only daughter of Sir Archibald Weigall, on 23 July 1935 and they were divorced in 1943. They have two daughters, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren:

  • Lady Priscilla Mary Rose Curzon (12 February 1940) she married Charles Keen on 21 July 1962. They have four children and two grandchildren:
  • Lady Jennifer Jane Curzon (12 May 1941) she married Alan Joseph Ponté, son of Captain Leo Ponté, on 6 September 1962. They have five children:
    • David Joseph Marcus Blundell Ponté (30 March 1964)
    • Gideon Léo FitzRoy Ponté (11 May 1965)
    • Rebecca Kate Priscilla Clara Ponté (23 April 1967) she married David H. Kirton on 1 May 1995
    • Joshua Albert Coriat Ponté (21 August 1970)
    • Luke Antony Archibald Ponté (4 September 1974)

He married Grace Lilian Barker Wakeling, daughter of Stephan Frederick Wakeling, on 30 April 1946. They have two daughters, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren:

  • Lady Mary-Gaye Georgiana Lorna Curzon (21 February 1947) she married Kevin Esmond Peter Cooper-Key on 18 December 1971 and they were divorced in 1976. They have one daughter and two grandchildren. She remarried John Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe on 27 May 1977 and they were divorced in 1986. They have three children and three grandchildren. She remarried, again, Jeffrey Bonas in 1988 and they were divorced in 1994. They have one daughter. She married lastly was Christopher Shaw on 17 December 1996 and they were divorced.
    • Pandora Lorna Mary Cooper-Key (16 March 1973) she married Matthew Mervyn-Jones in 2006. They have two children.
    • Georgiana Moireach Gay Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe (14 October 1978) she married Robert Butler. They have a daughter who was born in 2007.
    • Isabella Calthorpe (3 March 1980) she married Sam Branson on 6 March 2013. They have two children.
    • Jacobi Richard Penn Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe (10 May 1983)
    • Cressida Bonas (18 February 1989)
  • Lady Charlotte Elizabeth Anne Curzon (5 July 1948) she married Captain John Barry Dinan in 1988. They have one son:
    • Richard Assheton Dermot Dinan (1986)

He was succeeded in the earldom by his second cousin, Frederick Curzon, 7th Earl Howe.


  1. ^ a b c Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage. 2 (107th ed.). Wilmington, Delaware: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd. p. 1987. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "Royal Navy Officers 1939–1945 (Crabb to Cutteridge)". WWII Unit Histories & Officers. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "No. 33882". The London Gazette. 11 November 1932. p. 7177. 
  4. ^ "No. 34859". The London Gazette. 28 May 1940. p. 3188. 
  5. ^ "No. 34998". The London Gazette. 22 November 1940. pp. 6688–6689. 
  6. ^ "No. 41947". The London Gazette. 5 February 1960. p. 908. 
  7. ^ "No. 43158". The London Gazette. 15 November 1963. p. 9319. 
  8. ^ "Greater London Transport". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Lords. 13 December 1965. col. 525–526. 
  9. ^ "Obituary: Earl Howe, CBE". Motor Sports: 22. July 1984. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Proud to Be British: Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  11. ^ "No. 39898". The London Gazette. 26 June 1953. pp. 3540–3541. 
  12. ^ "No. 40818". The London Gazette. 29 June 1956. p. 3804. 
  13. ^ "No. 42370". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 June 1961. p. 4153. 

External links[edit]

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Francis Curzon
Earl Howe
2nd creation
Succeeded by
Frederick Curzon