Thomas Lister, 4th Baron Ribblesdale

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The Lord Ribblesdale
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Baron Ribblesdale
In office
Preceded byThomas Lister, 3rd Baron Ribblesdale
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Personal details
Born29 October 1854 (1854-10-29)
Fontainebleau, France
Died21 October 1925 (1925-10-22) (aged 70)
Mayfair, London
Political partyLiberal
Charlotte Monkton Tennant
(m. 1877; died 1911)

(m. 1919)
Parent(s)Thomas Lister
Emma Mure
RelativesWilliam Mure (grandfather)
Residence(s)Gisburne Park

Thomas Lister, 4th Baron Ribblesdale (29 October 1854 – 21 October 1925) was a British Liberal politician.[1]

Early life[edit]

Thomas Lister was born on 29 October 1854 in Fontainebleau, France, the eldest son of Thomas Lister, 3rd Baron Ribblesdale (1828–1876), and his wife Emma (née Mure) (1833–1911), daughter of William Mure.[2] He succeeded his father in the barony in 1876.[1]


Lord Ribblesdale sat on the Liberal benches in the House of Lords and served as a Lord-in-waiting (government whip in the House of Lords) under William Ewart Gladstone from 1880 to 1885 and in 1886 and as Master of the Buckhounds under Gladstone and later Lord Rosebery from 1892 to 1895. Apart from his political career he was also a Captain in the Rifle Brigade and a Trustee of the National Gallery from 1909 to 1925.[1]

His portrait was painted by John Singer Sargent and is said to epitomise the British aristocrat.[3]

Personal life[edit]

On 7 April 1877, Lord Ribblesdale married Charlotte Monkton Tennant (1858–1911), daughter of Sir Charles Tennant, 1st Baronet (1823–1906) and Emma Winsloe (1849–1895), and sister of Margot Tennant, at The Savoy Chapel, London. Lady Ribblesdale died on 2 May 1911. The couple had five children:[4]

On 3 June 1919, Lord Ribblesdale married secondly Ava Lowle Willing, daughter of Edward Shippen Willing and Alice Bell Barton and former wife of John Jacob Astor IV, at St Mary's, Bryanston Square in London.

He died on 21 October 1925, aged 70 at his townhouse in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London, and was buried in the Lister vault at St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Gisburn, Lancashire. With his death the barony became extinct.[1][5] Lady Ribblesdale died on 9 June 1958 in her apartment at 720 Park Avenue in New York City and she was buried in Trinity Church Cemetery.[6]


Among his grandchildren were Simon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat and 4th Baron Lovat (1911–1995), Sir Hugh Fraser (1918–1984), the Secretary of State for Air from 1962 to 1964, David Fane, 15th Earl of Westmorland (1924–1993), Julian Fane (1927–2009), the author.


Coat of arms of Thomas Lister, 4th Baron Ribblesdale
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A stag’s head erased per fess Proper and Gules attired Or differenced with a crescent.
Ermine on a fess Sable three mullets Or.
Dexter a stag regardant Sable attired and hoofed Or charged on the body with an eagle displayed of the last gorged with a collar of SS and portcullises Gold; sinister a bay horse bridled saddled and supporting a staff Proper headed Or with a banner Vert fringed and charged with the letters Y. L. D. Gold meaning York light-dragoons.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Lord Ribblesdale Dead". New York Times. 22 October 1925. Retrieved 11 August 2008. Lord Ribblesdale, who wed in 1919 the late John Jacob Astor's first wife, the former Miss Ava L. Willing, known as Mrs. John Astor after she had divorced the New Yorker, died this morning at his mansion in Grosvener Square at the age of 71. His two sons had been killed in wars, and the barony is now extinct. He gave to the National Gallery as a memorial to his sons a portrait of himself in hunter's costume, done by Sargent.
  2. ^ L. G. Pine, The New Extinct Peerage 1884-1971: Containing Extinct, Abeyant, Dormant and Suspended Peerages With Genealogies and Arms (London, U.K.: Heraldry Today, 1972), page 230.
  3. ^ Weyer, Martin Vander (12 December 2007). "The lord on the board and the gilded rogue | The Spectator". The Spectator. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Thomas Lister, 4th Baron Ribblestone". The Peerage. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Ribblesdale". Time. 2 November 1925. Archived from the original on 19 February 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2008. He was 65 when he married Mr. Astor's wife (Ava Willing, Philadelphia). No children were born. One of the two fine sons of his earlier marriage was killed in Somaliland, one in Gallipoli. His title dies with him.
  6. ^ "Lady Ribblesdale Dead. First Wife of John Jacob Astor IV. Mother of Vincent Astor". New York Times. 11 June 1958. Retrieved 11 August 2008. Ava Willing Ribblesdale, she took up residence here. She continued to be listed in the telephone directory as Lady Ribblesdale. ...
  7. ^ Burke's Peerage. 1909.

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Preceded by Government Chief Whip in the House of Lords
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