Michael Brudenell-Bruce, 8th Marquess of Ailesbury

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The Marquess of Ailesbury
Coats of Arms of the Marquess of Ailesbury.svg
Born (1926-03-31) 31 March 1926 (age 94)
  • Edwina Sylvia de Winton-Wills
    (m. 1952; div. 1961)
  • Juliet Adrienne Lethbridge Kingsford
    (m. 1963; div. 1974)
  • Caroline Elizabeth Wethered
    (m. 1974; div. 1992)
Children5, including David
Military career
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1945–1959
RankBritish Army OF-2.svg Captain
UnitRoyal Horse Guards

Michael Sydney Cedric Brudenell-Bruce, 8th Marquess of Ailesbury (born 31 March 1926), styled Viscount Savernake until 1961 and Earl of Cardigan[citation needed] between 1961 and 1974, is a British peer.


The Marquess was born the son of Cedric Brudenell-Bruce, 7th Marquess of Ailesbury by his wife, Joan Houlton Salter, the daughter of the architect Stephen Salter. He attended Eton College before serving in the Royal Horse Guards. He received an emergency commission as a second lieutenant on 12 August 1945, only three weeks prior to the end of the Second World War.[1] He was promoted to lieutenant on 1 September 1946,[2] and entered the reserves with the same rank on 1 September 1949, with the honorary rank of captain.[3] He relinquished his reserve commission on 1 July 1959, retaining the honorary rank of captain.[4]

He became a member of the London Stock Exchange in 1954. He joined the stockbrokers Bragg, Stockdale, Hall and Company in the City of London, which was purchased by Fiske and Company in the 1980s and he became a partner.[5] He became a director of Fiske & Co Ltd and remained so when it went public as Fiske plc.

He succeeded his father as 8th Marquess on the latter's death on 15 July 1974.

Marriages and issue[edit]

The Marquess has married three times. His first wife, Edwina Sylvia de Winton-Wills, was the daughter of Lt. Col. Sir Ernest Edward de Winton-Wills, 4th Baronet Wills of Hazelwood, of the W.D. & H.O. Wills tobacco company, by his wife Sylvia Margaret Ogden. They were married on 17 March 1952 and were divorced in 1961. They had three children:

  • David Brudenell-Bruce, Earl of Cardigan (born 1952), heir apparent to the marquessate, and the other titles.
  • Lady Sylvia Davina Brudenell-Bruce (born 1954) who married Peter M. Gould in 1987, and
  • Lady Carina Doune Brudenell-Bruce (born 1956) who married Anthony Le Brun on 26 June 1982.

On 10 July 1963, he married a second time, and the bride was Juliet Adrienne Lethbridge Kingsford, daughter of Edward Hilary Lethbridge Kingsford. The couple were divorced in 1974 after having two children:

  • Lady Louise Brudenell-Bruce (born 1964) and
  • Lady Kathryn Juliet Brudenell-Bruce (born 1965).

On 18 September 1974, shortly after his second divorce, he married for the third time. The bride, Caroline Elizabeth Wethered, was the daughter of Commander Owen Francis MacTier Wethered. They had no children, and although this was the longest-lasting of his marriages, the couple were divorced in 1992.


  1. ^ "No. 37288". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 September 1945. p. 4844.
  2. ^ "No. 37788". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 November 1946. p. 5611.
  3. ^ "No. 38710". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 September 1949. p. 4385.
  4. ^ "No. 42643". The London Gazette (Supplement). 6 April 1962. p. 2921.
  5. ^ http://www.burkespeerage.com/record_to_view.php?book=Burke's Peerage 107th Edition&ref=107th&totalPages=4689&page=187
  • thePeerage.com
  • ‘AILESBURY’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2007; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Chandos Sydney Cedric Brudenell-Bruce
Marquess of Ailesbury
Succeeded by
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Most Hon. The Marquess
The Most Hon. The Marquess of Ailesbury
Succeeded by
The Most Hon. The Marquess
of Bristol