Piers Wedgwood, 4th Baron Wedgwood

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Piers Wedgwood, 4th Baron Wedgwood.

Piers Anthony Weymouth Wedgwood, 4th Baron Wedgwood (20 September 1954 – 29 January 2014[1]) was the fourth Baron Wedgwood of the pottery dynasty. After initially following a military career, he later worked as an international ambassador for the Wedgwood company.[2][3]

Biography[edit]

He was the son of Hugh Wedgwood, later 3rd Baron Wedgwood, and his wife Jane Weymouth (née Poulton), daughter of W. J. Poulton, of Kenjockety, Molo, Kenya. He was the great-great-great-great-great-grandson of the potter Josiah Wedgwood. He was educated at Marlborough College. Upon the early death of his father, from a heart attack aged 45 in 1970, Wedgwood succeeded to the title of Baron Wedgwood as the fourth Baron, aged only 15.

After military training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Scots in 1973 (personal no. 496342),[4][5] was promoted to Lieutenant in 1975[6] and Captain in 1980,[7] resigning his commission shortly thereafter. He received the General Service Medal for Northern Ireland in 1976.

In 1985 he married Mary Regina Margaret Kavanagh Quinn, daughter of Judge Edward Thomas Quinn and of Helen Marie Buchanan Quinn of Philadelphia. They have one daughter, The Hon. Alexandra Mary Kavanagh Wedgwood, known as Sandra, (born 3 October 1987).

Wedgwood was an active member of the House of Lords, with special interest in defence and heritage. In 1999, the House of Lords Bill proposed to remove the right of hereditary peers to sit in the House of Lords. Wedgwood spoke out against the Bill,[8] and when it passed he was not elected as one of the 92 hereditary peers who remained. Wedgwood therefore left the House of Lords in November 1999. He became a Freeman of the City of London in 2006.

Wedgwood died of cardiac failure, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, West Philadelphia on Wednesday 29 January 2014.

Until 2007 the heir presumptive to the Barony was Wedgwood's uncle John Wedgwood. After John Wedgwood's death the heir presumptive became John Wedgwood's son, the 4th Baron's cousin, Antony Wedgwood, who succeeded to the Barony as the 5th Baron.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Piers Wedgwood, Scion of Luxury Ceramics Makers, Remembered". Art Fix Daily. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Lord Wedgwood; Obituaries Flamboyant descendant of the founder of Wedgwood who was the ceramic company's global ambassador. The Times (London, England). (Feb. 7, 2014): News: p49.
  3. ^ Carreño, Richard (29 October 2008). "Lord of China". weeklypress.com. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "(Supplement) no. 46056". The London Gazette. 21 August 1973. p. 10052. 
  5. ^ "(Supplement) no. 46143". The London Gazette. 4 December 1973. p. 14388. 
  6. ^ "(Supplement) no. 46621". The London Gazette. 1 July 1975. p. 8374. 
  7. ^ "(Supplement) no. 48080". The London Gazette. 21 January 1980. p. 1441. 
  8. ^ http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld199899/ldhansrd/vo991026/text/91026-30.htm
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hugh Everard Wedgwood
Baron Wedgwood
1970–2014
Succeeded by
Antony John Wedgwood