Robert Methuen, 7th Baron Methuen

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Methuen
Personal details
Born (1931-07-22)22 July 1931
Corsham, Wiltshire, England
Died 9 July 2014(2014-07-09) (aged 82)
Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrat
Children 2 daughters
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Occupation Politician
Religion Anglican

Robert Alexander Holt Methuen, 7th Baron Methuen (22 July 1931 – 9 July 2014) was a British Liberal Democrat peer. He was one of the ninety hereditary peers elected to remain in the House of Lords after the House of Lords Act 1999.


Methuen was the third and youngest son of Anthony Methuen, 5th Baron Methuen, by his wife Grace Durning, daughter of Sir Richard Durning Holt, 1st Bt.[1] He was educated at Shrewsbury School before going up to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Engineering.

Methuen worked as design engineer for Westinghouse Brake and Signal Company from 1957 to 1967, and then as computer systems engineer for IBM UK Ltd from 1968 to 1975 and for Rolls-Royce plc from 1975 to 1994. In 1994, he succeeded his elder brother to the title. In the House of Lords he served on the Science and Technology Select Committee and other committees.

Lord Methuen married firstly Mary Catherine Jane Hooper in 1958; they divorced in 1993. He married secondly Margrit Andrea Hadwiger one year later. He has two daughters by his first wife: Charlotte Methuen (born 1964) and Henrietta Christian Methuen-Jones (born 1965). Christian is married to Robert Jones (who took the surname Methuen-Jones) and has three daughters: Teresa Methuen-Jones (born 1990), Keziah Methuen-Jones (born 1992) and Miriam Methuen-Jones (born 1997).

He died after a short illness on 9 July 2014. He was succeeded in the title by his first cousin once removed: James Methuen-Campbell (born 1952).[2]



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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Anthony John Methuen
Baron Methuen
Succeeded by
James Methuen-Campbell