Gordon Palmer

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Colonel Sir Gordon William Nottage Palmer KCVO OBE TD (18 July 1918–3 July 1989) was Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire from 1978, High Sheriff of Berkshire, 1965, and Chairman of Huntley and Palmer Foods, Reading, Berkshire.

He was the younger son of Ernest Palmer, 2nd Baron Palmer by his American wife Marguerite McKinley, daughter of William McKinley Osborne, United States Army General. He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford.[1]

Military service[edit]

He was commissioned into the Royal Artillery and by the end of the Second World War he was a Lieutenant-Colonel. After the war he served in the Territorial Army and was promoted to Colonel in 1956.


Colonel Palmer married, May 6, 1950, in Duns, Lorna Eveline Hope, daughter of Charles William Hugh Bailie, of Manderston, Berwickshire, by which marriage the Palmer family came into possession of Manderston. At the time of his marriage he was resident at 'Fernhurst', Pinkneys Green, Maidenhead, Berkshire.

They had two sons:


  1. ^ ‘PALMER, Col Hon. Sir Gordon William Nottage’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016

Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir John Smith
Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire
Succeeded by
John Ronald Henderson