John Eccles, 2nd Viscount Eccles

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The Right Honourable
The Viscount Eccles
Personal details
Born (1931-04-20) 20 April 1931 (age 86)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Diana Eccles, Viscountess Eccles
Children The Hon. Alice Eccles
The Hon. William Eccles
The Hon. Catherine Eccles
The Hon. Emily Eccles
Alma mater Magdalen College, Oxford
Occupation Peer and Businessman

John Dawson Eccles, 2nd Viscount Eccles, CBE (born 20 April 1931) is a British Conservative peer and businessman. He is one of the ninety hereditary peers elected to remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999.

Background and education[edit]

The son of the 1st Viscount Eccles and Sybil Dawson, he was educated at Winchester College and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, politics and economics in 1954. He served in the 1st Battalion (60th Rifles), King's Royal Rifle Corps, reaching the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

Political career[edit]

In 1985, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE); and since 1989 a DSc (Silsoe). On 24 February 1999, he entered his inheritance. Lord Eccles entered the House of Lords upon its reform; however, due to the House of Lords Act, he was soon obliged to vacate his position the House. He was later invited to election as one of the 92 remaining hereditary peers in a by-election forced by the death of the 4th Baron Aberdare, and returned to the House in 2005.

Directorships and similar[edit]


Lord Eccles married Diana Catherine Sturge 29 January 1955, in Bletchingley, Surrey. They have four children:

  • Hon. Alice Belinda Eccles b. 15 Jan 1958
  • Hon. William David Eccles b. 9 Jun 1960
  • Hon. Catherine Sara Eccles b. 3 Mar 1963
  • Hon. Emily Frances Eccles b. 1970[1]

Viscountess Eccles was created a life peer in her own right in 1990 as Baroness Eccles of Moulton, and so also sits in the House of Lords. They are one of the few couples who both hold titles in their own right.

Styles & Honours[edit]

  • Mr John Eccles (1931–1962)
  • The Hon. John Eccles (1962–1985)
  • The Hon. John Eccles CBE (1985–1999)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Viscount Eccles CBE (1999-)


  1. ^ The Descendants of Walter Kep (2007), The Descendants of Walter Kep, Australia, viewed 8 May 2008,

External links[edit]

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David McAdam Eccles
Viscount Eccles