John Eccles, 2nd Viscount Eccles

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The Viscount Eccles
Member of the House of Lords
as a hereditary peer
24 February 1999 – 11 November 1999
Preceded byThe 1st Viscount Eccles
Succeeded bySeat abolished
as an elected hereditary peer
24 March 2005
By-election24 March 2005
Preceded byThe 4th Baron Aberdare
Personal details
Born (1931-04-20) 20 April 1931 (age 93)
Political partyConservative
SpouseDiana Eccles, Viscountess Eccles
ChildrenThe Hon. Alice Eccles
The Hon. William Eccles
The Hon. Catherine Eccles
The Hon. Emily Eccles
Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford
OccupationPeer 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-two 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 in 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 (born 1958)
  • Hon. William David Eccles (born 1960)
  • Hon. Catherine Sara Eccles (born 1963)
  • Hon. Emily Frances Eccles (born 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 peerages in their own right.


Coat of arms of John Eccles, 2nd Viscount Eccles
A three-masted Ship sails furled pennons and flags flying Or between two Wings addorsed Sable
Chevronny Argent and Sable per pale counterchanged two Torches erect Or enflamed proper
On either side a Wolf Sable armed and langued Gules gorged with a Plain Collar attached thereto a Chain reflexed over the back and resting the interior hind paw on a Portcullis chained Or
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  1. ^ "The Descendants of Walter Kep", The Descendants of Walter Kep, Australia (2007), viewed 8 May 2008.

External links[edit]

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Viscount Eccles
  • "DodOnline". Archived from the original on 8 February 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2007.
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Viscount Eccles
Member of the House of Lords
Heir apparent:
Hon. William Eccles
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Elected hereditary peer to the House of Lords
under the House of Lords Act 1999