John Eccles, 2nd Viscount Eccles

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The Viscount Eccles

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Personal details
Born (1931-04-20) 20 April 1931 (age 90)
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Diana 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 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]

Family[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 titles in their own right.

Arms[edit]

Coat of arms of John Eccles, 2nd Viscount Eccles
Crest
A three-masted Ship sails furled pennons and flags flying Or between two Wings addorsed Sable
Escutcheon
Chevronny Argent and Sable per pale counterchanged two Torches erect Or enflamed proper
Supporters
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
Motto
Truth and Beauty[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Descendants of Walter Kep", The Descendants of Walter Kep, Australia (2007), viewed 8 May 2008.
  2. ^ http://www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk/online/content/eccles1964.htm[bare URL]

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.
  • http://www.thepeerage.com/p8063.htm
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Eccles
Viscount Eccles
1999–present
Member of the House of Lords
(1999, 2005–present)
Incumbent
Heir apparent:
Hon. William Eccles
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Lord Aberdare
Elected hereditary peer to the House of Lords
under of the House of Lords Act 1999
2005–present
Incumbent