Philip Lever, 3rd Viscount Leverhulme

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The Viscount Leverhulme
The Viscount Leverhulme KG.jpg
Born (1915-07-01)1 July 1915
Died 4 July 2000(2000-07-04) (aged 85)
Nationality British
Occupation Hotelier
Parent(s) William Lever, 2nd Viscount Leverhulme
Marion Lever

Philip William Bryce Lever, 3rd Viscount Leverhulme KG TD (1 July 1915 – 4 July 2000) was a British peer.


Early life[edit]

Philip Lever was the only son of William Lever, 2nd Viscount Leverhulme and his first wife, Marion. He was born on 1 July 1915. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge.


During the Second World War he served in the Middle East with the Cheshire Yeomanry, of which he later became honorary colonel.

After the war, he managed his father's estates at Thornton Manor.[1] In 1954 he bought the Badanloch estate, in Sutherland, Scotland.

In 1949 he inherited his father's titles and was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire that year, a post he held until 1990, making him the longest serving Lord Lieutenant in the country.[2]

His lifelong passion was horse racing, the subject of his 1976 maiden speech in the House of Lords. A race horse owner, he served as Chairman of Chester Racecourse and as a senior steward of the Jockey Club. He was a supporter of the Animal Health Trust, the veterinary research establishment at Lanwades Hall, near Newmarket.[3]

He was also Chancellor of the University of Liverpool from 1980–93 and appointed a Knight of the Garter in 1988.

Personal life[edit]

On 1 July 1937, Leverhulme married Margaret Ann Moon (died 1973) and they had three daughters:

  • Hon. Susan Elizabeth Moon (born 1938), married (Hercules) Michael Pakenham.
  • Hon. Victoria Marion Ann (born 1945), married (1) Sir Richard Pole, 13th Baronet, (2) Gordon Apsion, (3) Peter Tower.
  • Hon. (Margaret) Jane (born 1947), married Algernon Heber-Percy.

He died on 4 July 2000.


As Leverhulme was the last male descendant of the 1st Viscount and died without male heirs in 2000, his titles became extinct.

Honours and Decorations[edit]

Order of the Garter UK ribbon.png Order of St John (UK) ribbon.png
Ribbon - 1939-45 Star.png Ribbon - Africa Star.png Ribbon - France and Germany Star.png Ribbon - Defence Medal.png
Ribbon - War Medal.png Ribbon - QE II Coronation Medal.png QEII Silver Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Territorial Decoration (UK) ribbon.PNG

Ribbon Description Notes
Order of the Garter UK ribbon.png Order of the Garter (KG)
  • Knight
  • 1988
Order of St John (UK) ribbon.png Order of St John (K.stJ)
  • Knight of Justice
Ribbon - 1939-45 Star.png 1939-1945 Star
Ribbon - Africa Star.png Africa Star
Ribbon - France and Germany Star.png France and Germany Star
Ribbon - Defence Medal.png Defence Medal
Ribbon - War Medal.png War Medal
Ribbon - QE II Coronation Medal.png Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal
  • 1953
QEII Silver Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
  • 1977
  • UK Version of this Medal
Territorial Decoration (UK) ribbon.PNG Territorial Decoration (TD)



Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir William Bromley-Davenport
Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire
Succeeded by
William Bromley-Davenport
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Hulme Lever
Viscount Leverhulme