John Barnard Bush

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John Bush
Born 1937 (age 79–80)
Marlborough, Wiltshire

John Barnard Bush CVO OBE CStJ JP (born 1937) is an English farmer, landowner and Justice of the Peace. He was Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire from 2004 to 2012, having previously served as the county's High Sheriff.

Early life[edit]

The son of Barnard Robert Swanton Bush, of Norton St Philip, Somerset, and of Elizabeth Bush (née Weeks), Bush was educated at Monkton Combe School and Balliol College, Oxford, graduating BA and MA.[1]


Bush is a career farmer, owning a mixed farm at Heywood in western Wiltshire.

He served from 1995 to 1999 as non-executive chairman of West Midland Farmers Association Ltd, a regional agricultural co-operative previously based in Melksham, Wiltshire.[2] He oversaw its demutualisation in 1999 to become Countrywide Farmers plc, a farming, equestrian and rural supplies firm, continuing as chairman until 2004. When he retired from the post, Countrywide Farmers had 11,000 farmer shareholders and an annual turnover of £150 million.[1][3]

He was appointed a Justice of the Peace for Wiltshire in 1980, as High Sheriff of Wiltshire for 1997–1998, and as a Deputy Lieutenant of the county in 1998. He served as Chairman of the Bristol Avon Flood Defences Committee from 1981 to 2000, and of the Wiltshire Magistrates' Courts Committee from 2001 to 2005, and was a Governor of Lackham College between 1986 and 1998.[1]

From 2004 to 2012 he was Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, retiring at the age of seventy-five, to be succeeded by Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton, a cousin of H. M. the Queen. As Lord Lieutenant he was also custos rotulorum, and his public duties included overseeing arrangements for visits to Wiltshire by members of the Royal Family and escorting them; representing H. M. the Queen at events, and presenting awards and medals on her behalf; liaising with the Wiltshire units of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force; leading the local magistracy as Chairman of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace; and advising on nominations for national honours.

Bush is currently chairman of the Wiltshire Historic Buildings Trust, Patron of the Community Foundation for Wiltshire, and Swindon and Chairman of Fredericks Wiltshire. His other interests in Wiltshire have included chairing the Bobby Van Trust.



On 30 December 1961, Bush married Pamela Eve Irene Bagwell, the daughter of Lieutenant-Commander William Bagwell RN of Clonmel, County Tipperary and of Evelyn Irene Hamilton Wills, the only child of Sir Frederick Wills, 1st Baronet. They have two children, Alexander Hugh Barnard Bush (called Alice born 4 October 1964) and Carolyn Louise Bush (called Carly, and born 18 July 1967).[10][11][12] They also have four grandchildren, Jasmine, Scarlett, Thomas and Lucy, and Jasmine has a son, Freddie.

Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Maurice Johnston
Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire
Succeeded by
Sarah Rose Troughton

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c BUSH, John Barnard, in Who's Who 2009, A & C Black, 2008
  2. ^ Previously Melksham, by 2005 in Upton on Severn.
  3. ^ "2005 Annual Report and Accounts" (pdf). Countrywide Farmers. Retrieved 6 October 2008.  Pages 2, 9.
  4. ^ London Gazette, 25 March 1997, pages 3621–2
  5. ^ London Gazette, 10 July 1998, page 7540
  6. ^ The Daily Telegraph, Queen's Birthday Honours List, 16 June 2004
  7. ^ London Gazette, Notice: 1001 (Issue: 57490), 9 December 2004: "The QUEEN has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 10 November 2004 to appoint John Barnard Bush, Esquire, OBE, to be Lord-Lieutenant of and in the County of Wiltshire."
  8. ^ London Gazette, Notice: 1002 (Issue: 57714), 27 July 2005
  9. ^ "No. 60009". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2011. p. 3. 
  10. ^ The Times, 1 January 1962; pg. 12; col B
  11. ^ John Barnard Bush
  12. ^ Montgomery-Massingberd, H., ed., Burke's Irish Family Records (London: Burke's Peerage Ltd, 1976), p. 50