John Eccles, 2nd Viscount Eccles

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The Right Honourable
The Viscount Eccles
CBE
Personal details
Born (1931-04-20) 20 April 1931 (age 83)
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
Religion Church of England

John Dawson Eccles, 2nd Viscount Eccles, CBE (born 20 April 1931) is a British 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 made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and in 1999, he succeeded to his father's titles. Lord Eccles entered the House of Lords upon his succession in 1999; however, due to the House of Lords Act that came in the same year, he was soon forced to leave the House. He was later elected 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 (b. 1958)
  • Hon. William David Eccles (b. 1960)
  • Hon. Catherine Sara Eccles (b. 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-)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Descendants of Walter Kep (2007), The Descendants of Walter Kep, Australia, viewed 8 May 2008, http://airgale.com.au/keep/d23.htm

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Lord Aberdare
Elected hereditary peer
Since 2005
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David McAdam Eccles
Viscount Eccles
1999–present
Incumbent