John Pratt, 4th Marquess Camden

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The Marquess Camden

John Charles Pratt, 4th Marquess Camden.jpg
Lord-Lieutenant of Kent
In office
5 June 1905 – 15 December 1943
MonarchEdward VII
George V
Edward VIII
George VI
Preceded byThe Earl Stanhope
Succeeded byThe Lord Cornwallis
Personal details
Born(1872-02-09)9 February 1872
Eaton Square, London, England
Died15 December 1943(1943-12-15) (aged 71)
Lady Joan Neville
(m. 1877; his death 1943)
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge

John Charles Pratt, 4th Marquess Camden GCVO TD DL JP (9 February 1872 – 15 December 1943), briefly styled Earl of Brecknock in 1872, was a British peer.

Background and education[edit]

Camden was born at Eaton Square, London, the third but only surviving son of John Pratt, 3rd Marquess Camden, by Lady Clementina Augusta, daughter of George Spencer-Churchill, 6th Duke of Marlborough. He was a first cousin of Lord Randolph Churchill on his mother's side. He succeeded to the marquessate at the age of two months on the early death of his father, and was subsequently educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1]


In 1905 Camden was appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Kent,[2] a position he held until his death.[3] He fought in the First World War as a Major in the West Kent Yeomanry Cavalry, where he was awarded the Territorial Decoration.[1] He was also a Deputy Lieutenant of Sussex between 1894[4] and 1922[5] as well as a Justice of the Peace for the county. He was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in 1933. From 1942 to 1943 he was Commodore of the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron.[1]


Countess of Brecknock, ca 1929

Lord Camden married Lady Joan Marion, daughter of Henry Nevill, 3rd Marquess of Abergavenny, in 1898. They had two sons and two daughters. He died in December 1943, aged 71, and was succeeded in the marquessate by his eldest son, John. The Marchioness Camden died in July 1952, aged 74.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Sir John Charles Pratt, 4th Marquess Camden
  2. ^ "No. 27801". The London Gazette. 6 June 1905. p. 4030.
  3. ^ "No. 36688". The London Gazette. 5 September 1944. p. 4129.
  4. ^ "No. 26570". The London Gazette. 13 November 1894. p. 6359.
  5. ^ "No. 32684". The London Gazette. 28 April 1922. p. 3342.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl Stanhope
Lord-Lieutenant of Kent
Succeeded by
The Lord Cornwallis
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Charles Pratt
Marquess Camden
Succeeded by
John Charles Henry Pratt