Frederick Smith, 3rd Earl of Birkenhead

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Frederick William Robin Smith, 3rd Earl of Birkenhead (17 April 1936 – 16 February 1985) was British writer, historian and hereditary peer. Smith, the grandson of a British Lord Chancellor, succeeded to the Earldom upon his father's death in 1975.


Writing under his pen name of Robin Furneaux (Viscount Furneaux was his courtesy title prior to his father's death), Lord Birkenhead won the Heinemann Award in 1975 for William Wilberforce (ISBN 9781573833431), his biography of the antislavery campaigner. He also was known for his 1970 book The Amazon: The Story of a Great River, based on an expedition he made along the Amazon River in 1968.


He died of a heart attack whilst playing real tennis at the Leamington Spa Tennis and Squash Club.

The title became extinct upon his death.

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Frederick Winston Furneaux Smith
Earl of Birkenhead

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