George Ormsby-Gore, 3rd Baron Harlech
Background and education
He served in the regular army as a lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards from 1875 to 1883. He later served in the Shropshire Yeomanry, becoming its commanding officer as lieutenant-colonel from 1902 to 1907, and was honorary colonel from 1908. He commanded the Welsh Guards at home during the First World War in 1915. He was chairman of the Salop Territorial Army Association.
Lord Harlech was a Justice of the Peace for both County Leitrim and Shropshire and High Sheriff of Leitrim for 1885. He was appointed to be a Deputy Lieutenant of Merionethshire in 1896 and of Shropshire in 1897.
Harlech also served as Lord Lieutenant of Leitrim from 1904 to 1922 and as Lord Lieutenant of Merionethshire from 1927 to 1938, as well as Constable of Harlech Castle from 1927 until his death. From 1926 to 1938 he served as Provincial Grand Master of Freemasonry in Shropshire and was a member of the Lodge of St. Oswald (No. 1124), which is now also known as the Harlech Lodge of Perfection.
Honours and arms
Harlech was a Knight of the Order of St John of Jerusalem and was awarded a Territorial Decoration on 2 September 1910. He was appointed to the Order of the Bath as a Companion (CB) in the 1923 Birthday Honours and was promoted to be a Knight Commander (KCB) in the 1936 New Year Honours.
Lord Harlech married Lady Margaret Ethel Gordon, daughter of Charles Gordon, 10th Marquess of Huntly, on 25 July 1881. They had one child:
- William George Arthur Ormsby-Gore, 4th Baron Harlech (born 11 April 1885, died 14 February 1964)
Harlech died in May 1938, aged 83, and was succeeded in the barony by his son. Lady Harlech died in 1950. The couple are buried in the parish churchyard of Selattyn near Oswestry. Their southern English home was Tetworth Hall at Ascot in Berkshire.
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