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Maurice Egerton, 4th Baron Egerton

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Maurice Egerton, 4th Baron Egerton, in Royal Navy uniform.

Maurice Egerton, 4th Baron Egerton[1] (4 August 1874 – 30 January 1958) was a member of the Egerton family and was the only son of Alan de Tatton Egerton, 3rd Baron Egerton and his wife Lady Anna Louisa.

Maurice was known as an aviation and motor car enthusiast,[2] a friend to the Wright brothers.[3] His name is listed on the Memorial to the Home of Aviation on the Isle of Sheppey, marking him out as a pioneering early aviatior. He served as a lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve[4] during the First World War after which he was granted some land in Ngata area near Nakuru in Kenya under the Soldier Settlement Scheme. He later purchased a further 21,000 acres around the same area from Lord Delamere.[3] On this land, he founded a school in 1939 named Egerton Farm School (now Egerton University).[5] The school was meant to prepare white European youth for careers in agriculture. Also on his land he built Lord Egerton Castle from 1938 to 1954.

Maurice did not marry and on his death in 1958 the barony became extinct, and Tatton Park was given to the National Trust[3] while Lord Egerton Castle was given to Egerton University, who manage it to this day.[6]


  1. ^ "Maurice Egerton, 4th Baron Egerton of Tatton". The Peerage. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  2. ^ Frances Kindon (9 April 2008). "The magnificent Baron and his flying machines". Warrington Guardian. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Kiereini, Douglas (24 September 2015). "Castle that was built for a hard-to-please lover". Business Daily Africa. Nation Media Group. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  4. ^ Pine, L.G. (1972). The New Extinct Peerage 1884-1971: Containing Extinct, Abeyant, Dormant and Suspended Peerages With Genealogies and Arms. London, UK: Genealogical Publishing Company. pp. 112–113. ISBN 0806305215.
  5. ^ James Wilson (9 July 2013). "Foundation calls for backing of link with Kenyan sister school". Knutsford Guardian. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Lord Egerton's magnificent castle". Business Daily. 15 May 2014.
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Baron Egerton

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