Nicholas Lowther, 2nd Viscount Ullswater

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The Right Honourable
The Viscount Ullswater
LVO PC
Chief Whip in the House of Lords
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms
In office
16 September 1993 – 20 July 1994
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by The Lord Hesketh
Succeeded by The Lord Strathclyde
Member of the House of Lords
Assumed office
2003
as an excepted hereditary peer
Preceded by The Viscount of Oxfuird
In office
9 January 1963 – 11 November 1999
as a hereditary peer
Preceded by James Lowther, 1st Viscount Ullswater
Succeeded by House of Lords Act 1999
Personal details
Born (1942-01-09) 9 January 1942 (age 75)
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge

Nicholas James Christopher Lowther, 2nd Viscount Ullswater LVO PC (born 9 January 1942), succeeded his great-grandfather in the Viscountcy of Ullswater in 1949, sitting in the House of Lords as a Conservative. He is one of very few peers to have succeeded a great-grandfather in a title.

Education[edit]

He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge.

Political career[edit]

Lord Ullswater was made a Lord-in-Waiting (whip) in January 1989 by Margaret Thatcher before becoming Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Employment in July 1990. He was retained by John Major in that role until 1993, when he became Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms (Government Chief Whip in the House of Lords). He remained in this role for a year when he became Minister of State for the Environment in 1994 (as well as a Privy Counsellor) in 1994, but he left the Government in a 1995 reshuffle.

Princess Margaret[edit]

In 1998, he became the Private Secretary to Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and continued in this office until her death in 2002. He was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in the special Honours List issued by the Queen after Princess Margaret's demise.

Return to politics[edit]

As a member of a Royal Household he could not take part in partisan politics and did not seek to remain in the House of Lords when the House of Lords Act 1999 was passed. But after the death of the Viscount of Oxfuird in January 2003, he won the all-house by-election, enabling him to return to the House of Lords.

On 22 May 2006, Lord Ullswater was nominated for the newly created post of Lord Speaker, and in the election held on 28 June 2006 emerged in third place out of nine candidates. His great-grandfather, James Lowther, served as Speaker of the House of Commons 1905–1921.

Titles and Styles and Arms[edit]

  • 1942: Mr Nicholas Lowther
  • 1942–1949: The Hon Nicholas Lowther
  • 1949–1994: The Rt Hon The Viscount Ullswater
  • 1992–2002: The Rt Hon The Viscount Ullswater PC
  • 2002–: The Rt Hon The Viscount Ullswater LVO PC

Arms[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Lord Ullswater was an amateur jockey in his youth. He has two sons and two daughters:

  • Hon. Emma Mary Lowther, (b. 1968)
  • Hon. Clare Priscilla Lowther, (b. 1970)
  • Hon. Benjamin James Lowther (b. 1975)
  • Hon. Edward John Lowther (b. 1981)

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Hesketh
Chief Whip in the House of Lords
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms

1993–1994
Succeeded by
The Lord Strathclyde
Party political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Hesketh
Conservative Chief Whip in the House of Lords
1993–1994
Succeeded by
The Lord Strathclyde
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Lowther
Viscount Ullswater
1949–present
Incumbent