George Brudenell-Bruce, 6th Marquess of Ailesbury

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The Marquess of Ailesbury
Born (1873-05-21)21 May 1873
Died 4 August 1961(1961-08-04) (aged 88)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Battles/wars Second Boer War
First World War
Awards Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Territorial Decoration
Knight of Grace of the Order of St John

George William James Chandos Brudenell-Bruce, 6th Marquess of Ailesbury, DSO, TD, KStJ, DL, JP (21 May 1873 – 4 August 1961), styled Earl of Cardigan between 1894 and 1911, was a British soldier. According to his hand-written memoirs, available at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre (, he went by the name Chandos.

Background and education[edit]

Brudenell-Bruce was the son of Henry Brudenell-Bruce, 5th Marquess of Ailesbury and Georgiana Sophia Maria Pinckney. He was educated at Westminster School. He succeeded his father in the marquessate on the latter's death on 10 March 1911.


Lord Ailesbury served in the 3rd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders; the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry; the Middlesex Yeomanry; and the Wiltshire Regiment.

Lord Cardigan was promoted to the rank of captain on 3 September 1898, supernumerary to the establishment. He fought with the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry in the Second Boer War, for which he was mentioned in Dispatches, and was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order in November 1900.[1] He was conformed as a captain on the establishment in May 1902.[2] From he 1914 fought in the Great War, during which he was again mentioned in despatches and decorated with the Territorial Decoration.

He was invested as a Knight of Grace of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire, and was a Justice of the Peace.

He was involved in conservative and right-wing politics and during the 1920s was a member of the reactionary British Fascists.[3]


Married three times, Lord Ailesbury married his first wife, Caroline Sydney Anne Madden, daughter of John Madden and Caroline Clements, on 21 March 1903. They had three children, Cedric Brudenell-Bruce, 7th Marquess of Ailesbury (1904–1974); Lady Ursula Daphne Brudenell-Bruce (1905–1991), who married Alfred Thomas Taylor in 1944; and Lady Rosemary Enid Brudenell-Bruce (1907–1985). Caroline died on 5 May 1941.

Lord Ailesbury then married Mabel Irene Lindsay, daughter of John Samuel Lindsay, on 21 February 1945. She died on 26 June 1954. Finally, he married as his third wife Alice Maude Emily Pinhey, daughter of Captain John Forbes Pinhey, on 9 July 1955. She died on 9 February 1960.


  1. ^ "No. 27359". The London Gazette. 27 September 1901. p. 6303. 
  2. ^ "No. 27441". The London Gazette. 10 June 1902. p. 3756. 
  3. ^ Richard Griffiths, Fellow Travellers of the Right: British Enthusiasts for Nazi Germany, 1933–39, Oxford University Press, 1983, p. 87
  • ‘AILESBURY’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2007; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Brudenell-Bruce
Marquess of Ailesbury
Succeeded by
Chandos Sydney Cedric Brudenell-Bruce