Geoffrey Waldegrave, 12th Earl Waldegrave

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Geoffrey Noel Waldegrave, 12th Earl Waldegrave, KG, GCVO, TD (21 November 1905 – 23 May 1995), known as Viscount Chewton from 1933 to 1936, was a British peer and agriculturist.

Background and education[edit]

Waldegrave was the only son of the Rev. Henry Waldegrave, 11th Earl Waldegrave and was educated at Winchester and graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1928.

Political career[edit]

In 1936, he succeeded to his father's titles and became a member of Somerset County Council in 1937. During World War II, he served with the Royal Artillery (Territorial Army) and was afterwards awarded the Legion of Merit and the Territorial Decoration.

Lord Waldegrave's career thereafter was as: chairman of the Agricultural Executive Council 1948–51; a member of the Prince's Council of the Duchy of Cornwall 1951–58; and 1965–76; a Liaison Officer of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire 1952–57; a Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 1958–62; chairman of the Forestry Commission 1963–65; a member of the BBC General Advisory Council 1963–66; a director of Lloyds Bank 1964–76; Lord Warden of the Stannaries 1965–76; chairman of the Advisory Committee on Meat Research 1969–73 and President of Somerset Trust Nature Conservation 1964–80.

In 1976, he was made an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Bristol and was awarded the Garter and the GCVO in 1971 and 1976, respectively.


On 22 October 1930, he married Mary Hermione Grenfell (a great-niece of Francis Grenfell, 1st Baron Grenfell); the couple had seven children:

Lord Waldegrave died in 1995, aged 89 and was succeeded by his eldest son.

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Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl St Aldwyn
and Joseph Godber
Joint Parliamentary Secretary to MAFF
with Joseph Godber 1957–60,
William Fletcher-Vane 1960–62

Succeeded by
The Lord St Oswald
and James Scott-Hopkins
Court offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Radnor
Lord Warden of the Stannaries
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Lothian
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Henry Waldegrave
Earl Waldegrave
Succeeded by
James Waldegrave