George Bingham, 8th Earl of Lucan

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Lucan
Bingham arms.svg
Arms of Bingham: Azure, a bend plain cottised between six crosses patée or[1]
BornGeorge Charles Bingham
(1967-09-21) 21 September 1967 (age 51)
London, England
Title8th Earl of Lucan
Other titles4th Baron Bingham (UK)
8th Baron Lucan (IRE)
14th Baronet of Castlebar (NS)
ResidenceBelgravia, London
PredecessorJohn Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan
Spouse(s)
Anne-Sofie Foghsgaard (m. 2016)
ParentsJohn Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan
Veronica Mary Duncan
OccupationBanker

George Charles Bingham, 8th Earl of Lucan (born 21 September 1967), styled Lord Bingham until 2016, is a British hereditary peer.

Background and early life[edit]

Lucan is the only son of Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan, and Veronica Mary Duncan.

He is a descendant of George Bingham, 3rd Earl of Lucan, remembered for his role in the Crimean War, leading the Cavalry Division which included the Heavy Brigade and the Light Brigade, the latter of which was involved in the Charge of the Light Brigade. The Binghams are an Anglo-Irish aristocratic family.

Lucan was educated at Eton College and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He married Anne-Sofie Foghsgaard (known as "Fie"; b. 1977) at St George's, Hanover Square, London, on 14 January 2016. She is the daughter of Danish industrialist Lars Foghsgaard, the former owner of the Spott Estate in East Lothian, Scotland.[citation needed] They have one child, a daughter, Lady Daphne, born in 2017.[2]

Lord Lucan has two sisters: Lady Frances Bingham (born 1964), and Lady Camilla Bloch QC (born 1970), who married Michael Bloch QC in 1998.[citation needed]

Lucan's father, the 7th Earl, disappeared in November 1974 after the murder of the family nanny Sandra Rivett. The 8th Earl and his sister Lady Camilla are not convinced that their father was responsible for Sandra Rivett's death.[3][4]

Succession[edit]

In the 1990s the Probate Registry (a division of the High Court of Justice) gave leave for the 7th Earl to be sworn dead by his trustees and the family was granted probate over his estate in 1999, but no death certificate was issued.[5] In 1998, Bingham, supported by sworn statements from his entire living family excluding his mother, and by the Metropolitan Police, applied for his father to be declared dead for House of Lords purposes. The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg decided he was unable to issue Bingham his writ of summons to the Lords without a death certificate for his father.[6] In October 2015, twelve months after the Presumption of Death Act came into effect,[7] Bingham sought his father to be declared dead at the General Register Office who issue death certificates which required in this case a High Court application.[8] On 3 February 2016, a judge declared the GRO could issue the certificate, allowing Bingham to inherit the titles.[9]

On 23 May 2016, Lucan formally petitioned the House of Lords to have his succession recognised.[10] On 7 June, the House declared that he had established his claims to the titles and he was directed to be entered on the register of hereditary peers maintained in connection with the House of Lords Act 1999 by virtue of his subsidiary title Baron Bingham in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.[11] As at March 2018, he has not stood in the internal Lords by-elections for replacing of the 92 electable hereditary representative peers (upon their retirements or deaths).[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Montague-Smith, P.W. (ed.), Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage, Kelly's Directories Ltd, Kingston-upon-Thames, 1968, p.715
  2. ^ Country clothing range opens a new chapter in the Lucan dynasty history, Daily Express, 20 February 2018[1]
  3. ^ "Murdered nanny's son claims Lord Lucan was alive in 2002". The Independent. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  4. ^ Dominic Gover, "Lord Lucan TV Drama Condemned by Aristocrat's Daughter" dated November 4, 2013, at ibtimes.co.uk
  5. ^ Family close a chapter in Lord Lucan saga, The Birmingham Post, 28 October 1999, retrieved 14 June 2012, (Subscription required (help))
  6. ^ Dodd, Vikram (31 July 1999). "Ruling on Lucan means son cannot take Lords seat". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 27 October 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Passing of the Presumption of Death Act". Missing People. Retrieved 2015-10-16. The Bill was given Government support, and moved through each of its Parliamentary stages to become the Presumption of Death Act 2013 in March 2013. The new Act came fully into force on 1 October 2014.
  8. ^ Johnson, Andrew (16 October 2015). "After 40 years, Lord Lucan may finally be declared dead". The Independent. Archived from the original on 16 October 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  9. ^ Lucan death certificate granted, bbc.co.uk, 3 February 2016, retrieved 3 February 2016
  10. ^ "Minutes of Proceedings of Monday 23 May 2016" (PDF). House of Lords. 24 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Minutes of Proceedings of Tuesday 7 June 2016". House of Lords.
  12. ^ By-elections to the House of Lords
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
John Bingham
Earl of Lucan
2016–present
Incumbent