Henry Keswick (businessman)

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Sir Henry Keswick
Born Henry Neville Lindley Keswick
(1938-09-29) 29 September 1938 (age 79)
Shanghai, China
Residence Oare House, Oare, Wiltshire, England
Nationality British
Education Eton College
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Occupation Chairman of Jardine Matheson Holdings
Spouse(s) Tessa, Lady Reay
Relatives Simon Keswick (brother)
Sir John Chippendale Keswick (brother)

Sir Henry Neville Lindley Keswick (born 29 September 1938) is a British businessman.

Early life[edit]

Sir Henry Neville Lindley Keswick was born in 1938 in Shanghai, China.[1] He is part of the Keswick family and the older brother of Simon Keswick and Sir John C.L. "Chips" Keswick. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge. His father is the late Tony Keswick.

During the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, Keswick was a page to Field Marshal Alan Brooke, and took part in the ceremony in Westminster Abbey. During his period of national service from 1956-58, he was commissioned into the Scots Guards.[1]


He owned The Spectator, a British conservative magazine from 1975 to 1980.[1] He serves as Chairman of Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd, which he joined in 1961. He has been a Director since 1967 and became Managing Director in 1970, followed by Chairman in 1972.[1] He is Director of a number of Group companies.

Keswick and his wife donated £100,000 to the Conservative Party in the 2017 General Election.[2][3]


Henry Keswick was knighted in the 2009 Birthday Honours.[1][4]

Keswick is Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Association and a member of the Council of the National Trust.[1] He was previously the Chairman of the National Portrait Gallery.[1] He is a practising Roman Catholic and is a member of The Tablet.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Oare House, 2010

Henry married Tessa, Lady Reay, younger daughter of Simon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat, in 1985.[citation needed] She was formerly married to Hugh Mackay, 14th Lord Reay and still uses the title.[citation needed] He lives at Oare House, a large country estate in Oare, Wiltshire.[6][7] He also owns an 18,000 acre shooting estate, Hunthill Estate, in the Angus Glens area of East Scotland; the shooting is mainly grouse.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Profile, Debretts.com; accessed 1 April 2016.
  2. ^ https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/227227/2017-UKPGE-Pre-poll-donations-and-loans-summary-document-Week-1.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.cityam.com/264987/party-donors-biggest-names-bank-rolling-conservative
  4. ^ "No. 59090". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 2009. p. 1. 
  5. ^ The Tablet website, thetablet.co.uk; accessed 1 April 2016.
  6. ^ "marlborough.news - Open Garden: Oare House". www.marlboroughnewsonline.co.uk. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "Pavilion at Oare wins award". This Is Wiltshire. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
Business positions
Preceded by
Sir John Keswick
Chairman of the Jardine, Matheson & Co.
Succeeded by
D. K. Newbigging