John Vane, 11th Baron Barnard

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Barnard
Lord Lieutenant of Durham
In office
1 October 1970 – 21 April 1988
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Sir James Fitzjames Duff
Succeeded by David James Grant
Personal details
Born (1923-09-21)September 21, 1923
Raby Castle, County Durham
Died 3 April 2016(2016-04-03) (aged 92)
Raby Castle, County Durham
Military career
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force (1945-48)
British Army (1948-1966)
Years of service 1948–1966
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Unit Northumberland Hussars
Commands held Northumberland Hussars
Awards Efficiency Decoration

Henry John Neville Vane, 11th Baron Barnard, TD JP DL (21 September 1923 – 3 April 2016) was a British peer, the son of Christopher Vane, 10th Baron Barnard.


Born at Raby Castle in County Durham, Lord Barnard was educated at Eton College and the University of Durham, where he graduated with a Master of Science. He then joined the Royal Air Force (Volunteer Reserve) and became first a Flight Officer in 1945, then in 1948 a Lieutenant in the Northumberland Hussars. From 1952 to 1961, Lord Barnard was a county councillor for County Durham and also, from 1956 to 1970, Deputy Lieutenant of Durham.[1]

In 1960, Lord Barnard was awarded the Territorial Decoration, and then became a Justice of the Peace for County Durham in 1961. He was Lieutenant-Colonel of the Northumberland Hussars between 1964-66, Lord Lieutenant of Durham between 1970-88, and Honorary Colonel of the 7th (Durham) Battalion, Light Infantry between 1979-89.[1]


He married Lady Davina Mary Cecil, daughter of David Cecil, 6th Marquess of Exeter on 8 October 1952 at St Margaret's, Westminster. They were divorced in 1992.[1] Their five children, nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter:

  • The Honorable Caroline Mary Vane (5 May 1954); she has a daughter:
    • Nicola Lauren Vane (1988)
  • The Honorable Elizabeth Anne Vane (17 May 1956); she married Glyn M. Deacon in 1982. They have two daughters and one granddaughter:
    • Jessica Anne Deacon (1982)
    • Laura Sophie Deacon (1984); she married Justin Leigh Stephenson. They have one daughter:
      • Megan Louise Stephenson
  • Henry Francis Cecil Vane, 12th Baron Barnard (11 March 1959); he married Lydia Robson on 12 December 1998. They have three children:
    • Cicely Margaret Vane (20 June 2000)
    • Alice Isabella Vane (16 October 2001)
    • William Henry Cecil Vane (4 June 2005) (heir apparent)
  • The Honorable Sophia Rosalind Vane (24 January 1962); she married Simon B. Phillips in 1986. They have three children:
    • Oliver John Phillips (1989)
    • Emily Josephine Phillips (1992)
    • Benjamin James Phillips (1994)
  • The Honorable Louise Cicely Vane (30 May 1968)


  1. ^ a b c Lord Barnard dies, aged 92,; accessed 5 April 2016.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir James Fitzjames Duff
Lord Lieutenant of Durham
Succeeded by
David James Grant
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Christopher Vane
Baron Barnard
Succeeded by
Henry Vane