Henry Boyd-Carpenter

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Sir Marsom Henry Boyd-Carpenter KCVO (born 11 October 1939) is a son of Francis Henry Boyd-Carpenter by his wife Nina (née Townshend).

He was educated at Charterhouse and Balliol College, Oxford (BA 1962; MA 1967) before being admitted a solicitor in 1966.[1]

In 1971 he married Lesley Ann Davies; they have a son, William, and a daughter, Alexandra Boyd-Carpenter. Sir Henry and Lady Boyd-Carpenter now live near Monmouth.

Boyd-Carpenter was Solicitor to the Duchy of Cornwall from 1974–94 and a Partner (later Managing Partner) of Farrer & Co,[2] Solicitors from 1968. He served as Private Solicitor to HM The Queen from 1995 until 2002.[3]

He was appointed CVO in 1994 before being knighted in 2004, as too was his great grandfather Rev. then later Bishop William Boyd-Carpenter (KCVO).[4]

Boyd-Carpenter's other memberships include: Law Society of England and Wales (1966); Council of The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture (1995); Board of the British Library (1999); Honorary Steward Westminster Abbey (1980); Hon. Legal Advisor to the Canterbury Cathedral Trust Fund (1994); Member of the Governing Body Charterhouse (1981); Governor Sutton’s Hospital in Charterhouse (1994); St. Mary’s School, Gerrards Cross (1967–1970); Council of Chelsea Physic Garden (1983); Trustee National Gardens Scheme (1998); and, Merlin Trust[5] (1998).


  1. ^ "Sir Henry Boyd-Carpenter, KCVO Authorised Biography". Debrett’s People of Today. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  2. ^ www.farrer.co.uk
  3. ^ "Moving On". The Law Gazette. 15 March 2002. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  4. ^ www.thePeerage.com
  5. ^ www.merlin-trust.org.uk

Further reading[edit]

  • Debretts People of Today [1]
  • 10 Downing Street Website [2]
  • The Law Society Gazette [3]
  • Burke's Peerage [4]