Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 6th Marquess of Salisbury

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The Most Honourable
The Marquess of Salisbury
Member of Parliament for Bournemouth West
In office
1950 – 1954
Personal details
Born Robert Edward Peter Gascoyne-Cecil
(1916-10-24)24 October 1916
Died 11 July 2003(2003-07-11) (aged 86)
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Marjorie Olein Wyndham-Quin
Children 6 sons, 1 daughter
Parents 5th Marquess of Salibury
Elizabeth Cavendish
Military service
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Unit Grenadier Guards

World War II

Robert Edward Peter Gascoyne-Cecil, 6th Marquess of Salisbury DL (24 October 1916 – 11 July 2003), styled Viscount Cranborne from 1947 to 1972, was a British landowner and Conservative politician.

Salisbury was the eldest and only surviving son of Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 5th Marquess of Salisbury, by Elizabeth Vere Cavendish, daughter of Lord Richard Cavendish. During the Second World War he served in the Grenadier Guards. He took part in the invasion of Normandy in 1944 with the 2nd Battalion and was a member of the first British unit to enter Brussels. He was later appointed Military Assistant to Harold Macmillan, then the Resident Minister in North Africa.

He later sat as Conservative Member of Parliament for Bournemouth West from 1950 to 1954. In 1972 he succeeded his father in the marquessate and entered the House of Lords. He also succeeded his father as President of the Conservative Monday Club. He supported the Salisbury Review and was also president of the Anglo-Rhodesian Society and Friends of the Union.

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1916-1947: The Hon. Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
  • 1947-1950: Viscount Cranborne
  • 1950-1954: Viscount Cranborne MP
  • 1954-1972: Viscount Cranborne
  • 1972-2003: The Most Honourable The Marquess of Salisbury

Marriage and children[edit]

Lord Salisbury married Marjorie Olein Wyndham-Quin (b. 15 July 1922), granddaughter of Windham Wyndham-Quin, 5th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, on 18 December 1945. Lady Salisbury is a noted gardener.

They had seven children:


  • Copping, Robert, The Monday Club – Crisis and After May 1975, pps: 15 & 25, published by the Current Affairs Information Service, Ilford, Essex, (P/B).

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Bournemouth West
Succeeded by
John Eden
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
Marquess of Salisbury
Succeeded by
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil