Michael Knatchbull, 5th Baron Brabourne

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His Excellency The Right Honourable
The Lord Brabourne
1929 Michael Knatchbull.jpg
Michael Knatchbull in 1929
Member of Parliament for Ashford
In office
27 October 1931 – 17 March 1933
Preceded by Roderick Kedward
Succeeded by Sir Patrick Spens
Governor of Bombay
In office
Preceded by Sir Frederick Sykes
Succeeded by Sir Lawrence Lumley
Governor of Bengal
In office
Preceded by Sir John Anderson
Succeeded by John Arthur Herbert
Personal details
Born (1895-05-08)8 May 1895
Died 23 February 1939(1939-02-23) (aged 43)
Spouse(s) Lady Doreen Browne

Michael Herbert Rudolf Knatchbull, 5th Baron Brabourne GCSI GCIE MC (8 May 1895 – 23 February 1939) was a British peer and soldier, the son of The 4th Baron Brabourne.

Early life[edit]

Baptised Michael Herbert Rudolf Knatchbull-Hugessen, he dropped the Hugessen part of his surname by deed poll in 1919.[1] Knatchbull was educated at Wellington College and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.

Military career[edit]

He served in the Royal Artillery, rising to the rank of Lieutenant and in the RAF, rising to Captain. He fought in the First World War (where he was mentioned in dispatches three times) and was awarded the Military Cross.

The grave of The 5th Baron Brabourne at St. John's Churchyard, Kolkata, India.

House of Commons[edit]

Knatchbull was elected Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Ashford in 1931 and served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Samuel Hoare, Secretary of State for India, from 1932 to 1933.

House of Lords[edit]

In 1933, upon his father's death, he succeeded as Baron Brabourne following which he was made Governor of Bombay and was invested as a Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire.[2]

Governor of Bombay[edit]

While Governor of Bombay he laid the foundation stone at the historic Brabourne Stadium cricket ground in 1936 after conducting negotiations for the land with Anthony de Mello of the Cricket Club of India (CCI).

Governor of Bengal[edit]

In 1937 he also became a Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India[3] and served as Governor of Bengal until 1939, the year he died.


On 22 January 1919, he married Lady Doreen Browne, daughter of the 6th Marquess of Sligo and they had two children:

His widow, The Dowager Lady Brabourne, was murdered in the 1979 bombing by the Provisional Irish Republican Army of The 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma's boat. One of their grandsons also died in the bombing.

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1895-1915: Mr Michael Knatchbull-Hugessen
  • 1915-1919: The Honourable Michael Knatchbull-Hugessen
  • 1919-1931: The Honourable Michael Knatchbull
  • 1931-1933: The Honourable Michael Knatchbull MP
  • 1933: The Right Honourable The Lord Brabourne[a]
  • 1933-1937: His Excellency The Right Honourable The Lord Brabourne GCIE
  • 1937-1939: His Excellency The Right Honourable The Lord Brabourne GCSI GCIE
  1. ^ Although The Lord Brabourne was a baronet, by custom the post-nominal of "Bt" is omitted, as Peers of the Realm do not list subsidiary hereditary titles.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Roderick Kedward
Member of Parliament for Ashford
Succeeded by
Sir Patrick Spens
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Frederick Sykes
Governor of Bombay
Succeeded by
Sir Lawrence Lumley
Preceded by
Sir John Anderson
Governor of Bengal
Succeeded by
John Arthur Herbert
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Cecil Knatchbull-Hugessen
Baron Brabourne
Succeeded by
Norton Knatchbull