Richard Herschell, 2nd Baron Herschell

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Richard Farrer Herschell, 2nd Baron Herschell GCVO (22 May 1878 – 14 October 1929), was a British Liberal politician.

Background and early life[edit]

Herschell was the only son of the Lord Chancellor, Farrer Herschell, 1st Baron Herschell, and his wife Agnes Adela (née Kindersley), and succeeded in the barony in 1899.

Political career[edit]

He was private secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland the Earl of Aberdeen from 1905 to 1907 and served in the Liberal administrations of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman and later H. H. Asquith as a Lord-in-Waiting (government whip in the House of Lords) from 1907 to 1915.

Military career[edit]

In the First World War he served in the Royal Navy's code breaking section "Room 40" as a Commander RNVR.


Lord Herschell married Annie Vera Violet, daughter of Sir Arthur Thomas Bennett Nicolson, 10th Baronet, in 1919. The wedding took place at the Nicolson property of Brough Lodge on Fetlar, Shetland.[1] He died in October 1929, aged 51, and was succeeded in the barony by his son Rognvald. Lady Herschell died in 1961.

Honours and styles of address[edit]


In 1907, Herschell was appointed to the Royal Victorian Order as a Member (MVO).[2] In 1917, he was promoted within the same Order to be a Knight Commander (KCVO).[3] In the 1919 New Year Honours, he was promoted again to be a Knight Grand Cross (GCVO).[4]

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1878–1886: Mr Richard Herschell
  • 1886–1899: The Honourable Richard Herschell
  • 1899–1907: The Right Honourable The Lord Herschell
  • 1907–1917: The Right Honourable The Lord Herschell MVO
  • 1917–1919: The Right Honourable The Lord Herschell KCVO
  • 1919–1929: The Right Honourable The Lord Herschell GCVO


  1. ^ "A brief history of Brough Lodge and the Nicolson family". Brough Lodge Trust. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28042. p. 4940. 19 July 1907.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 29938. p. 1460. 9 February 1917.
  4. ^ The Edinburgh Gazette: no. 13376. p. 56. 2 January 1919.


Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Farrer Herschell
Baron Herschell
Succeeded by
Rognvald Richard Farrer Herschell