Sir Benjamin Slade, 7th Baronet

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Sir Benjamin Julian Alfred Slade, 7th Baronet (born 22 May 1946), is a right-wing businessman and self-publicist.[1]

Life[edit]

Sir Benjamin Julian Alfred Slade was the son of Sir Michael Nial Slade and Angela Clare Rosalind Chichester. Slade inherited his baronetcy from his father in 1962, and is usually known as Sir Ben Slade. His older brother, Robert, predeceased their father. Sir Ben was educated at Millfield School. He lives at Maunsel House in Bridgwater, Somerset.[2] Slade is childless and has said he is looking for a male heir who has genetic similarity to one of his further paternal ancestors, who will take an interest in running the estate and to whom he will leave it in trust.[3][4]

He was married (from the late 1970s to 1991) to Pauline Myburgh (daughter of Major Claude Myburgh) and divorced, claiming that her 17 cats were an impediment to the marriage.[5] He had a relationship with Fiona Aitken (currently wife of the Earl of Carnarvon) for a few years in the 1990s. His partner was Kirsten Hughes,[6] star of Jane and the Lost City, until she "ran off with the handyman".[1][7] Slade was later accused by a neighbour of having abused Hughes; however Slade successfully sued for libel, and the neighbour admitted to fabricating the allegations in an attempt to sabotage Slade's planned music festival.[8]

In 2017 Slade separated from partner Bridget Convey because at age 50 she was too old to supply him with an heir. In the same year he advertised for a wife citing that she should have a shotgun licence, a driving licence, a coat of arms and be young enough to have sons. He rejected candidates from countries beginning with an 'I' or with green in the flag (except Italian and northern Indian women), Scots, lesbians and communists. [5]

Sir Benjamin has starred in The Guest Wing, a television programme about owners of country houses, which was shown on Sky Atlantic in April 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Independent
  2. ^ "Maunsell House". Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  3. ^ "'My ancestors were frisky – swarms of Slades are everywhere'". The Observer. 19 February 2006. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  4. ^ Chalmers, Robert (27 April 2008). "Sir Benjamin Slade: 'I am going to be a mega, mega-star'". The Independent. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  5. ^ a b 'Wanted: Baby-maker for eccentric toff, 70' - Daily Express 19 April 2017 pg 24
  6. ^ "£1m stately mansion up for grabs". BBC. 22 December 2005. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  7. ^ Kay, Richard (9 April 2012). "Baronet's lady and the handyman". The Daily Mail.
  8. ^ "Baronet in libel victory after council posted letter on a website falsely claiming he beat his actress ex-girlfriend". The Daily Mail. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2015.

External links[edit]

Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Michael Nial Slade
Baronet
(of Maunsell Grange)
1962 – currently
Succeeded by
Incumbent
(no heir)