Robert Grimston, 1st Baron Grimston of Westbury

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Grimston in 1962

Robert Villiers Grimston, 1st Baron Grimston of Westbury (8 June 1897 – 8 December 1979) was a British Conservative politician.

The eldest son of the Rev. and Hon. Robert Grimston, Canon of St Albans, and grandson of James Grimston, 2nd Earl of Verulam, Grimston was educated at Repton School, the City and Guilds Engineering College, and the University of London. During World War I, he was commissioned into the RGA (6th Howitzers) in 1916 and served in Thessaloniki and Palestine from 1916–1919.

Grimston was elected as Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Westbury, Wiltshire in 1931, holding the seat until 1964. He served as a Junior Lord of the Treasury and Assistant Whip (unpaid) in 1937, Vice-Chamberlain of the Household from 1938–1939, Treasurer of the Household from 1939–1942. He then held junior ministerial office as Assistant Postmaster-General from 1942–1945 and as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply in 1945.

He was later Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means from 1962–1964, and was a member of the UK Delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1960.

Grimston was created a Baronet on 11 March 1952[1] and was raised to the peerage being created Baron Grimston of Westbury, of Westbury in the County of Wiltshire on 11 December 1964.[2]


  1. ^ "No. 39491". The London Gazette. 14 March 1952. p. 1468. 
  2. ^ "No. 43516". The London Gazette. 15 December 1964. p. 10659. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Richard Long
Member of Parliament for Westbury
Succeeded by
Dennis Walters
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Preceded by
Ronald Cross
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
Succeeded by
Sir James Edmondson
Preceded by
Charles Waterhouse
Treasurer of the Household
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Grimston of Westbury
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Robert Grimston
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Westbury, Wiltshire)
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