Nicolas Rea, 3rd Baron Rea

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Rea
Member of the House of Lords
Assumed office
11 November 1999
as an excepted hereditary peer
In office
21 April 1982[1] – 11 November 1999
as a hereditary peer
Preceded by Philip Rea, 2nd Baron Rea
Personal details
Born John Nicolas Rea
(1928-06-06) 6 June 1928 (age 88)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Robinson m.1951 div.1991
Judith Mary Powell m.1991
Children 6
Parents James Russell Rea
Betty Marion Bevan
Education MA (Cam), MB BChir, MD, DObst RCOG,
Alma mater Dartington Hall School
Belmont Hill School
Dauntsey's School
Christ's College, Cambridge
University College Hospital
Occupation Doctor
Learned societies Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners
Member of the Royal Society of Medicine
Military service
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Acting Sergeant
Unit Suffolk Regiment

John Nicolas Rea, 3rd Baron Rea, commonly known as Nicolas Rea (born 6 June 1928),[2] a British peer, doctor and politician.

Early life[edit]

Rea was born in 1928 to James Russell Rea and Betty Rea[2] and attended Dartington Hall School in Devon, Belmont Hill School in Massachusetts and Dauntsey's School in Wiltshire. He was further educated at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a Master of Arts in natural sciences, a Bachelor of Medicine, a Bachelor of Surgery in 1951, and became a Doctor of Medicine (MD) in 1969.[2] At University College Hospital, London, he achieved a Diploma in Obstetrics (DObst RCOG), Diploma in Child Health and a Diploma in Public Health in the time from 1956 to 1965. In 1981, he succeeded to the Barony of Rea.


Rea served as Acting Sergeant in the Suffolk Regiment between 1946 and 1948, and held various Junior hospital posts between 1954 and 1957. He was research fellow in paediatrics in Ibadan and Lagos in Nigeria from 1962 to 1965, and lecturer in social medicine at St Thomas's Hospital Medical School in London from 1966 to 1968. From 1957 to 1962, and from 1968 to 1993, he also worked as general practitioner in North London.


Rea is a member of Amicus, Healthlink Worldwide] and the Mary Ward Centre. He supports the Mother and Child Foundation, the Caroline Walker Trust and is Honourable Secretary of the National Heart Forum. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and one of the ninety elected hereditary peers to remain in the House of Lords after the House of Lords Act 1999.[3] In the House of Lords he sits on the Labour benches.

Personal life[edit]

In 1951, Lord Rea married Elizabeth Robinson, with whom he had four sons, Matthew James, Daniel William, Quentin Thomas and John Silas Nathaniel. He later married Judith Mary Powell in 1981, the same year he divorced his first wife, which produced two daughters, Bess Connif and Ella ‘Rosy' Amy Benjamin.[2]


  1. ^ "Lord Rea - UK Parliament". - UK Parliament. Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Darryl Lundy (30 Sep 2012). "Person Page 55680". The Peerage. Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Nizinskyj, Paul (24 November 2013). "John Rea, 3rd Baron Rea". Peers Magazine. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 

External links[edit]

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Philip Rea
Baron Rea
Heir apparent:
Hon. Matthew Rea