Gerald Spring Rice, 6th Baron Monteagle of Brandon

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The Lord Monteagle of Brandon
Born 5 July 1926
Foynes, County Limerick
Died 17 November 2013
Amesbury, Wiltshire
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Captain
Unit Irish Guards
Relations Charles Spring Rice, 5th Baron Monteagle of Brandon (father)

Gerald Spring Rice, 6th Baron Monteagle of Brandon (5 July 1926 – 17 November 2013)[1] was an Anglo-Irish British Army officer, banker and Conservative peer.

Early life[edit]

Spring Rice was the son of Charles Spring Rice, 5th Baron Monteagle of Brandon and an American, Emilie de Kosenko. Born at the family seat of Mount Trenchard House, he was brought up in the family's house, Glanleam, on Valentia Island, County Kerry.[2] He was educated at Harrow School and, during the height of the U-Boat threat in 1940, at St Columba's College, Dublin.[2]

Career[edit]

Spring Rice received his call-up papers to join the British Army in August 1944, commissioning into the Irish Guards.[2] He experienced medical problems and was hospitalised for six months, missing the deployment of his battalion to the front. He attended the Mons Officer Cadet School and was later deployed to Northern Ireland, Hamburg and Palestine. Spring Rice's father died in 1946 and he inherited the title Baron Monteagle of Brandon, returning to Ireland for a year to manage the family estate.[2]

Spring Rice retired from the army with the rank of captain in July 1955 and worked for Panmure Gordon & Co.. He subsequently worked at the London Stock Exchange between 1958 and 1976 and at Lloyds TSB from 1978 to 1998.[3] He was part of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, the Queen's bodyguard, between 1978 and 1996.[4]

Spring Rice assumed his seat in the House of Lords on 25 April 1989, taking his place on the Conservative benches. He made his maiden speech in 1991 and was an occasional contributor to debates in the chamber.[2] Spring Rice was one of the hereditary peers who lost his right to sit in the Lords as a result of the House of Lords Act 1999.[5]

Family and personal life[edit]

He married Anne Brownlow, the only daughter of Colonel Guy Brownlow, in 1949, with whom he had four children:[6]

  • Hon. Elinor Spring Rice (born 1950), married Myles Clare Elliott on 1 June 1974.
  • Hon. Angela Spring Rice (1950–2015), married, firstly, Christopher Richard Seton Sheppard on 20 October 1973 (divorced 1982) and secondly Peter Alan Kirby Ottewill in 1991.
  • Charles Spring Rice, 7th Baron Monteagle of Brandon (born 1953), married Mary Teresa Glover in 1987.
  • Hon. Fiona Spring Rice (born 1957), married Andrew Louis Garber on 26 March 1982.

He sold the family's last remaining house in Ireland, in County Waterford, in 2011.[7] Lord Monteagle moved to Amesbury, Wiltshire, where he died and is buried.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MONTEAGLE, Gerald : Death notice
  2. ^ a b c d e The Guards Magazine, 'Captain The Lord Monteagle of Brandon' http://guardsmagazine.com/obits_lordmonteagle.html
  3. ^ Parsons, Michael (25 June 2009). "Baron's head rules heart in decision to sell". The Irish Times. Dublin. 
  4. ^ Person Page
  5. ^ Mr Gerald Spring Rice (Hansard)
  6. ^ Who's Who 2006, 158th annual edition
  7. ^ Parsons, Michael (20 January 2011). "Village house down by a third". The Irish Times. Dublin. 
  8. ^ Parsons, Michael (21 November 2013). "Gerald Spring Rice Obituary". The Times. London. 
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Spring Rice
Baron Monteagle of Brandon
1946 to 2013
Succeeded by
Charles Spring Rice