Ingrid Roscoe

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Dame Ingrid Roscoe
Dr Ingrid Roscoe Halifax, West Yorkshire (RLH).JPG
Ingrid Roscoe, Inspecting the 3rd Battalion (Duke of Wellington's) of the Yorkshire Regiment (31 March 2007) in Halifax
Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire
Assumed office
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byJohn Lyles
Succeeded byEdmund Anderson
Personal details
Ingrid Allen

(1944-05-27)27 May 1944
Died28 June 2020(2020-06-28) (aged 76)

Dame Ingrid Mary Roscoe, DCVO CStJ FSA (27 May 1944 – 28 June 2020)[1] was a writer on English art and Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire from 2004 to 2018.[2]


Ingrid Roscoe was born at Rugby School, Warwickshire in 1944 to Arthur Allen and Else, who had married after only meeting three times. Her father died during Ingrid's childhood. Her mother subsequently married Brigadier Kenneth Hargreaves who would become the last Lord Lieutenant of the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1970 and then the first Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire from 1974 to 1978.[3] She had eight grandchildren and was the patron of numerous groups.

Academic career[edit]

Roscoe abandoned an English degree at the University of Nottingham to marry Marshall Roscoe at the age of 19 and had three children. She subsequently studied at the University of Leeds, completing a BA in Fine Art and Cultural Studies in 1985 and a PhD in 1990. Her doctoral thesis on Peter Scheemakers was published by the Walpole Society.[4]

Roscoe remained at Leeds University in the 1990s as a Lecturer in British Sculpture in the Department of Fine Art. On 15 July 2010 she was given the honorary degree of LLD by the university.[1][5]


Roscoe was editor-in-chief and co-author of A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain, 1660–1851, published in November 2009.[6] The book is an update of Rupert Gunnis's Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660–1851 (originally published 1953).[7][8]


Roscoe was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) of West Yorkshire in 1994 and was the north of England's first female Lord Lieutenant when she became Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire in 2004. She retired in 2018.[2][9]

Roscoe was appointed Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (DCVO) in the 2017 Birthday Honours.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Roscoe, Dame Ingrid (Mary)". Who's Who. Vol. 1920–2019 (2020 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 29 June 2020. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ a b Pantry, Lindsey (29 June 2020). "Tributes to long-serving former Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dame Ingrid Roscoe". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  3. ^ Witherow, John, ed. (15 August 2020). "Swedish art expert and a first female lord-lieutenant". The Times. No. 73, 239. p. 77. ISSN 0140-0460.
  4. ^ University of Leeds - Ingrid Mary Roscoe - Para three Archived 23 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ The University of Leeds, obituary, published 30 June 2020
  6. ^ A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain, 1660–1851, ISBN 978-0-300-14965-4
  7. ^ Laing, Alastair (2017). "19: A Plurality of Pluras". In Bianchi, Paola; Wolfe, Karin (eds.). Turin and the British in the age of the Grand Tour. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 347. ISBN 978-1-107-14770-6.
  8. ^ Bilby, Diane (2002). British sculpture 1470 to 2000: a concise catalogue of the collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. V&A. pp. xv.
  9. ^ The University of Leeds, obituary, published 30 June 2020
  10. ^ "No. 61962". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2017. p. B4.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire
Succeeded by
Edmund Anderson