Ian Bowater

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Lieutenant Colonel Sir Ian Frank Bowater GBE DSO TD (16 December 1904 – 1 October 1982) was Lord Mayor of London from 1969 to 1970, the youngest son of Sir Frank Bowater, 1st Baronet (Lord Mayor from 1938 to 1939), and Ethel Anita Fryar.


Bowater was educated at Eton, and at Magdalen College, Oxford.[1]

He held the office of Lord Lieutenant of the City of London in 1939 and fought in the Second World War, gaining the rank of lieutenant colonel in the service of the Royal Artillery (Territorial Army), for which he was decorated with the awards of Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in 1945 and the Territorial Decoration (TD).[1] He later became Sheriff of the City of London in 1965 and was invested as a Knight in 1967. He also held the office of Lord Mayor of London between 1969 and 1970 and was invested as an Officer of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem (OStJ) and as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in 1970. He was also the chairman of Bowater Hotels.[1]

In 1966, Bowater received the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria.[2]

Marriage and issue[edit]

On 10 December 1927 he married The Hon. Ursula Margaret Dawson (1907 - 16 November 1999), a daughter of the Doctor to the British Royal Family, Bertrand Dawson, 1st Viscount Dawson of Penn, and Minnie Ethel Yarrow, and they had four children; Julia (d. 1932), Susan (born 1929), Michael (born 1934) and Charlotte (born 1937), mother of Damian Lewis.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Peerage.com
  2. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 213. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 


  • Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 456.
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Trinder
Lord Mayor of London
Succeeded by
Peter Studd