Nigel Trench, 7th Baron Ashtown

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Nigel Clive Cosby Trench, 7th Baron Ashtown, KCMG (27 October 1916 – 6 March 2010) was a British peer and diplomat.

Trench was the son of Clive Newcome Trench and Kathleen Maud Marion McIvor. He was educated at Eton and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

After rising to the rank of Major in the King's Royal Rifle Corps during the Second World War, Trench spent some thirty years in the British foreign service, with postings which included Tokyo and Washington D.C., before serving as British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (1969–71) and then to Portugal (1974–76).

In 1990, after his retirement, he inherited from a cousin the Irish peerage of Baron Ashtown, which did not give him a seat in the House of Lords.


In 1976 he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.

Personal life[edit]

He married Marcelle Catherine Clotterbooke Patijn van Kloetinge in 1939, with whom he had one son, Roderick Trench, 8th Baron Ashtown. He succeeded a cousin as Baron Ashtown in 1990. His wife died in 1994. Lord Ashtown then married Dorothea Mary Elizabeth Minchin, former wife of Hans Heinrich XVII, 4th Prince of Pless, in 1997.[1]

He was succeeded as Baron Ashtown by his son Roderick.


  • Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 volumes (Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999), volume 1, page 123.
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Christopher Oliver Trench
Baron Ashtown
Succeeded by
Roderick Trench