John Fremantle, 4th Baron Cottesloe

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Cottesloe
Born 2 March 1900
Died 1994
Nationality British
Education Eton College
Trinity College, Cambridge
Occupation Public official
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Harris
Gloria Jean Irene Dunn
Children John Fremantle, 5th Baron Cottesloe
Parent(s) Thomas Fremantle, 3rd Baron Cottesloe
Frances Tapling

John Walgrave Halford Fremantle, 4th Baron Cottesloe, 5th Baron Fremantle, GBE, TD (2 March 1900 – 1994) was a British aristocrat and public official. He served as the Chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain and the South Bank Theatre Board.


Early life[edit]

John Fremantle was born on 2 March 1900. He was the son of Colonel Thomas Fremantle, 3rd Baron Cottesloe and his wife Frances Tapling. Frances Tapling was the daughter of industrialist Thomas Tapling Senior and sister of MP Thomas Keay Tapling Jr. He was educated at Eton, and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] At Cambridge, he was a member of the University Pitt Club.[2] He rowed for the Cambridge University Boat Club in both the Boat Race of 1921 and the Boat Race of 1922, winning both times, and graduated from Cambridge in 1925 with a Master of Arts (M.A.).


He served as Lieutenant-Colonel of the 21st LAA Regiment, Royal Artillery from 1939 to 1965 and served in World War II, being awarded the Territorial Decoration.

He was a Conservative Party member of the London County Council representing Hampstead from 1945-55.[3]

He succeeded to the title Baron Fremantle and Baron Cottesloe on the death of his father on 19 July 1956. He was a Deputy Lieutenant of London from 1951 to 1976 and was invested as a Knight Grand Cross, Order of the British Empire (G.B.E.) in 1960. He was Chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1960 to 1965.

The Cottesloe, one of the three theatres at the National Theatre complex in London, was named in his honour.

Personal life and death[edit]

He married, firstly, Lady Elizabeth Harris, daughter of James Edward Harris, 5th Earl of Malmesbury and Dorothy Gough-Calthorpe, on 16 February 1926. They were divorced in 1944, and he married, secondly, Gloria Jean Irene Dunn, daughter of W. E. Hill, on 26 March 1959.

He died in 1994.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ the
  2. ^ Fletcher, Walter Morley (2011) [1935]. The University Pitt Club: 1835-1935 (First Paperback ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 99. ISBN 978-1-107-60006-5. 
  3. ^ W Eric Jackson (1965). Achievement. A Short History of the London County Council. Longmans. p. 259. 

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