Richard Gibbs, 2nd Baron Wraxall

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George Richard Lawley Gibbs, 2nd Baron Wraxall (16 May 1928 – 19 July 2001), who used the forename Richard, was a British peer.

Early life and background[edit]

Gibbs succeeded his father, George Gibbs, 1st Baron Wraxall, in the barony on 28 October 1931 at the age of three. His mother was the Honourable Ursula Mary Lawley, and his godmother was Queen Mary of Teck.[1]

Kidnapping[edit]

In 1988 Lord Wraxall was kidnapped at his home Tyntesfield and locked in the boot of his BMW for almost seven hours. Afterwards according to The Times, he said "Good grief, there's more room in the back than I ever thought"[citation needed]. The kidnappers had knocked him to the ground, one battering him on the head with a plank, and demanded the combination to his safe and his house keys, but the burglar alarm went off and, in a panic, the raiders bundled Lord Wraxall into the boot of his car and drove him to woods about two miles away, before making off with his wallet and credit cards.

Death[edit]

Lord Wraxall died unmarried in July 2001, aged 73, and was succeeded by his younger brother, Sir Eustace Gibbs.

Honours and styles[edit]

Honours[edit]

Wraxall was appointed to be a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Somerset by the Lord Lieutenant in 1996.[2]

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1928–1931: The Hon. Richard Gibbs
  • 1931–1996: The Rt Hon. The Lord Wraxall
  • 1996–2001: The Rt Hon. The Lord Wraxall DL

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fertile Fortune: The Story of Tyntesfield By James Miller. National Trust Books, 2006
  2. ^ "No. 54359". The London Gazette. 1 April 1996. p. 4741. 

External links[edit]

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Abraham Gibbs
Baron Wraxall
1931–2001
Succeeded by
Eustace Hubert Beilby Gibbs