Henry Conyngham, 8th Marquess Conyngham

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Henry Vivien Pierpont Conyngham, 8th Marquess Conyngham (born 25 May 1951),[1] is an Anglo-Irish nobleman who holds titles in the Peerages of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Biography[edit]

The eldest son of Frederick Conyngham, 7th Marquess Conyngham (1924-2009) by his wife, Eileen Wren Newsom. He attended Harrow School before studying at Harvard University.

Styled Viscount Slane until 1974 and Earl of Mount Charles from 1974 until 2009, he succeeded his father in the marquessate and other titles in 2009. However, in the Republic of Ireland frequently (and erroneously) he remains referred to as Lord Mountcharles, his former courtesy title. He also inherited the UK peerage title Baron Minster, of Minster Abbey in the County of Kent, created in 1821 for his ancestor, the 1st marquess thereby giving the Marquesses Conyngham the automatic right to sit in the British House of Lords (until 1999).

As Earl of Mount Charles, he unsuccessfully contested the Louth seat in 1992 for Fine Gael. In 1997 he stood for election to the Seanad Éireann for Trinity College Dublin, and ran again without success as a Fine Gael candidate for the European Parliament in 2004.

Lord and Lady Conyngham divide their time between Beauparc House and Slane Castle in County Meath; the latter was the family's principal ancestral seat until it was badly damaged by fire in 1992, but has now been restored.

The Marquess Conyngham enjoys a high profile in Ireland as the author of a weekly column in the Irish Daily Mirror. He has been dubbed the rock and roll aristocrat or the rock and roll peer owing to the very successful series of rock concerts he has hosted since 1981, held in the natural amphitheatre in the grounds of Slane Castle. These concerts have included performances by The Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy, Queen, U2, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Guns N' Roses, Oasis and Madonna. Lord Conyngham received the Industry Award at the 2010 Meteor Awards.[2] In his autobiography Public Space–Private Life: A Decade at Slane Castle, he described his business career and the challenges of being an Anglo-Irish peer in modern Ireland, and how being Anglo-Irish has gradually become more accepted there.

Marriages & Children[edit]

Conyngham married Juliet Ann Kitson in 1971. They had two children and were divorced in 1985:

Conyngham was married secondly in 1985 to Lady Iona Charlotte Grimston (born 1953), youngest daughter of John Grimston, 6th Earl of Verulam. They have a daughter:

  • Lady Tamara Jane Conyngham (born 1991)[7]

Ancestry[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Public Space-Private Life: A Decade at Slane Castle, September 1989, Faber & Faber

External Links[edit]


Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Frederick Conyngham
Coronet of a British Marquess.svg
Marquess Conyngham

2009–present
Incumbent