Raymond Jolliffe, 5th Baron Hylton

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Hylton
Raymond Jolliffe, 5th Baron Hylton at a UK parliamentary event on Turkish politics.jpg
Member of the House of Lords
Assumed office
11 November 1999
as an excepted hereditary peer
In office
14 November 1967 – 11 November 1999
as a hereditary peer
Preceded by William Jolliffe, 4th Baron Hylton
Personal details
Born Raymond Jolliffe
(1932-06-13) 13 June 1932 (age 85)
Nationality British
Political party Crossbench
Alma mater Eton College
Trinity College, Oxford

Raymond Hervey Jolliffe, 5th Baron Hylton, ARICS, DL (born 13 June 1932) is a British peer and landowner. He is one of 92 hereditary peers elected to remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, sitting as a crossbencher. He is currently the longest serving Crossbench member of the House of Lords.

Early life[edit]

He is the elder son of the 4th Baron Hylton and Lady Perdita Rose Mary Asquith (d. 1996; daughter of the late Raymond Asquith and sister of Julian Asquith, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Asquith and thus the granddaughter of former Prime Minister H.H. Asquith). He was educated at Eton College in Berkshire and Trinity College, Oxford, where he graduated with a Master of Arts in History in 1955. In 1951 and 1952, he served in the Coldstream Guards, and in 1967, he succeeded to his father's title.


Jolliffe was Assistant Private Secretary to the Governor-General of Canada between 1960 and 1962. Since 1962, he was member of the Abbeyfield Society, the Catholic Housing Aid Society, the London Housing Aid Centre, the National Federation of Housing Associations, Mencap, the Foundation for Alternatives, the Hugh of Witham Foundation, and the Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability (ABCD). He has worked for Age Concern, L'Arche Ltd as well as the Mendip Wansdyke Local Enterprise Group. Since 1988, he is further president of the Northern Ireland Association for Care and Resettlement of Offenders. He is a member of the Housing Associations Charitable Trust and of Forward Thinking.

As a member of the House of Lords, he opposed same-sex marriage, adding that he regretted "very much that the fine old English and French word ‘gay’ has, in my lifetime, been appropriated by a small but vocal minority of the population. The result is that it can no longer be used in its original and rather delightful meaning."[1]


Hylton is a trustee of the Acorn Christian Healing Trust and vice-chairman of Partners in Hope. From 1993-2001, he was chairman of the St Francis and St Sergius Trust Fund. For the Ammerdown Study Centre at Ammerdown House, Kilmersdon, near Bath, he is trustee and governor. In 1960 he was appointed an Associate of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and in 1994, he received an honorary doctorate of the University of Southampton.

Personal life[edit]

Since 1966, he has been married to Joanna de Bertodano, granddaughter of the 6th Earl of Mexborough. They have a daughter and four sons:

  • Hon. William Henry Martin Jolliffe (b.1967), heir apparent
  • Hon. Andrew Thomas Peter Jolliffe (b.1969)
  • Hon. Alexander John Charles Martin Jolliffe (b.1973)
  • Hon. Emily Sylvia Rose Elizabeth Jolliffe (b.1975)
  • Hon. John Edward Arthur Jolliffe (b.1977)


Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Hylton
Baron Hylton