Samuel Vestey, 3rd Baron Vestey

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Vestey
Trooping the Colour, senior offices.JPG
Lord Vestey, Master of the Horse, riding to the Queen's Birthday Parade, 2009
Born (1941-03-19) 19 March 1941 (age 74)
Residence Stowell Park Estate
Nationality  United Kingdom
Education Eton College; RMAS
Occupation Chairman, Vestey Group
Title UK Baron;
Master of the Horse
Predecessor Samuel, 2nd Baron Vestey
Political party Conservative
Religion Christian
Children 3 daus, 2 sons
Parent(s) The Hon. William Vestey, Captain, Scots Guards
(killed 1944)[1]
Insignia of Baronet

Samuel George Armstrong Vestey, 3rd Baron Vestey, BtKCVODL (born 19 March 1941) is a British peer, landowner, philanthropist and businessman. He serves as Master of the Horse in the Royal Household.[2]

Early life[edit]

Samuel Vestey was born on 19 March 1941. He was educated at Eton College, before attending Sandhurst. He served as a Lieutenant in the Scots Guards. He is a great-grandson of the celebrated opera singer Dame Nellie Melba.

Business career[edit]

He has served as the Chairman of the Vestey Group since 1995 and was Chairman of the Meat Training Council[3] from 1991 to 1995. He is also a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Butchers.

In popular culture[edit]

Vestey's battle with the native Australian Gurindji people over working conditions and native land claims was chronicled in Paul Kelly's song, "From Little Things Big Things Grow" originally released on his 1991 album Comedy. Vestey also features in Ted Egan's song Gurindji Blues, which is about the land rights and working conditions of Australian aboriginal people at Wave Hill Cattle Station in the Northern Territory.

Public service[edit]

In 1954 he succeeded his grandfather in the peerage title at the age of thirteen. His family seat is Stowell Park Estate in Gloucestershire, purchased in 1954.[4]

He was Chancellor (1988–1991) and Lord Prior of Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem (1991–2002) having been appointed Bailiff Grand Cross (GCStJ) in 1987.[5] He became a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire in 1982.

Lord Vestey has served as Master of the Horse in the Royal Household, to the Sovereign of the United Kingdom since 1999. He was appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in the 2009 Birthday Honours.[6]

Personal life[edit]

His grandson, the Hon. William Guy Vestey, served as a Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II from 1995 to 1998. [7]

Lord Vestey, along with his cousin Sir Edmund Vestey, are worth £1.2 billion according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2013.[8]


Arms of Samuel Vestey, 3rd Baron Vestey
Baron's coronet
In front of a Springbok's Head couped at the neck Proper three Mullets fesswise Azure
Azure in base barry wavy of four Argent and of the First an Iceberg issuant Proper on a Chief of the Second three Eggs also Proper
Dexter: a Sheep Proper; Sinister: a Bull Argent
"E Labore Stabilitas" (Out of hard work comes stability)


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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Samuel Vestey
Baron Vestey
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Rt Hon The Earl Peel
(Lord Chamberlain of The Household)
Master of the Horse
Succeeded by
The Earl of Shrewsbury
Court offices
Preceded by
The Lord Somerleyton
Master of the Horse
Other offices
Preceded by
Ralph, Baron Grey of Naunton
Lord Prior of Saint John
1991 to 2002
Succeeded by
Colonel Eric Barry