Rupert Mackeson

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Sir Rupert Mackeson, 2nd Baronet (born 16 November 1941) is a British author and former soldier.

Background and education[edit]

Mackeson is the son of Sir Harry Mackeson, 1st Baronet, and his wife Alethea Cecil Chetwynd-Talbot. His grandfather Henry Mackeson was the founder of the Mackeson brewery.

He was educated at Harrow School, Trinity College, Dublin and Sandhurst.

Career[edit]

After serving four years in the Royal Horse Guards, Mackeson went into the City of London. When he left the army, Mackeson found employment running a London bank with strong ties to the Mafia,[1] which Mackeson freely admits. "I ran a Mafia controlled financial institution," he declared in the Guardian.[2] Since he "did not want to end up under Blackfriars Bridge,"[3] when the "aggravation"[4] of running a "mobbed up" bank became too much for him, Mackeson relocated to present day Zimbabwe, which was at the time called Rhodesia and under the control of a white-minority government.[5] There, Mackeson began a career in smuggling. In order to "curry favor with Mrs.Thatcher", the Rhodesian authorities arrested him and imprisoned him in the Khami prison camp.[6] Within a day, Mackeson was removed from the prison for inciting a riot.[7] When the Rhodesian authorities attempted to extradite him to the UK, Mackeson punched his guard in the nose while on board a plane, forcing the plane to land.[8] When he was finally transported back to the UK, the judge presiding over the case ruled that it was an illegal extradition—a kidnapping, in essence—and had him freed.[9]

Since release, Mackeson has become a writer of books about racing, writing under his own name and also as Rupert Collens. Bet Like a Man (2001) is a novel about the cloning of a Derby winner. He also writes for the Racing Post and runs a mobile bookshop and art gallery which operates on British racecourses.

Books as Rupert Mackeson[edit]

Books as Rupert Collens[edit]

  • 50 Cheltenham Gold Cups
  • Cecil Aldin's Dogs and Hounds
  • 25 Legal Luminaries from Vanity Fair
  • Snaffles: His Life and Works (with John Welcome)
  • Snaffles on Racing and Point to Pointing (with John Welcome)
  • Snaffles on Hunting (with John Welcome)

References[edit]

Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Harry Mackeson
Baronet
(of Hythe)
1964–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent