Jane Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, 28th Baroness Willoughby de Eresby

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The Baroness Willoughby de Eresby
Born (1934-12-01) 1 December 1934 (age 85)
Term29 March 1983 – present
RelativesGilbert Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (grandfather)
Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor (grandfather)
Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor (grandmother)
Robert Gould Shaw III (half-uncle)
William Astor, 3rd Viscount Astor (uncle)
Francis David Langhorne Astor (uncle)
Michael Langhorne Astor (uncle)
Jakie Astor (uncle)
William Astor, 4th Viscount Astor (cousin)

Nancy Jane Marie Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, 28th Baroness Willoughby de Eresby (/ˈwɪləbi ˈdɪərzbi/; born 1 December 1934) is an English peer. She is a ​14 holder of the office of Lord Great Chamberlain, which is currently exercised by the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley.


She is the daughter of James Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, 3rd Earl of Ancaster, and the Hon. Nancy Phyllis Louise Astor (daughter of Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor). Her brother Timothy Gilbert (born 19 March 1936), heir apparent of the Earldom of Ancaster, was lost at sea in 1963.

Adult life[edit]

Lady Jane was one of the six Maids of Honour at the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. [1]

She succeeded according to the modern doctrine as 28th Baroness Willoughby de Eresby and as the sixth female holder of the barony (which is distinguished by its suffix from Baron Willoughby de Broke) on her father's death in 1983 (the third and last Earl of Ancaster). She inherited 75,000 acres (300 km2) divided between Lincolnshire and Perthshire and was ranked 1572nd in a list of richest people in 2008 forming the annual report of the Sunday Times, citing her wealth as £48,000,000. The report includes domiciled and non-domiciled visitors believed to be in the UK at the start of each year. Her father left net assets subjected to tax to his heirs on his death attested as £1,486,694 (equivalent to £5,000,000 in 2019).[2]

In 1987, she became a patron of King Edward VI School in Spilsby (now King Edward VI Academy).[3] She served as Deputy Lieutenant of Lincolnshire.

She is a joint hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain and may sit in one in four reigns in the House of Lords as a crossbencher; her relevant noble family tree back to 1789 features in that article as the office was split by decision of the House of Lords between General Peregrine Bertie, 3rd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven (who was also Lord Willoughby de Eresby and Marquess of Lindsey). She has not been elected as one of the 90 hereditary peers to occupy a lifetime seat.[4]

Baroness Willoughby de Eresby is unmarried and without issue. This leaves co-heirs presumptive of the peerage Sebastian St Maur Miller (b. 1965), her older aunt's grandson, and Sir John Aird, 4th Baronet (b. 1940), her younger aunt's son. They will share in the Lord Great Chamberlain's quarter-interest, leaving them one eighth of the role each, ranking them second behind the Marquess of Cholmondeley, who takes the role in every alternate reign.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sampson, Annabel. "The day of the Queen's Coronation as remembered by five of her six blue-blooded Maids of Honour". Tatler.
  2. ^ Calendar of Probates - net estates subjected to tax HM Government. Accessed 2017-09-02
  3. ^ "Appointments", The Times (2 February 1987), 18.
  4. ^ David Boothroyd. "House of Lords Act: Hereditary Peers Elections". United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  5. ^ Kidd, Charles, Debrett's peerage & Baronetage 2015 Edition, London, 2015, p.P751


  • Charles Mosley, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage. III (107th ed.). Wilmington, Delaware. p. 4196. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.

Peerage of England
Preceded by
Gilbert James Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby
Baroness Willoughby de Eresby
Succeeded by
Current incumbent