Vivian Smith, 1st Baron Bicester

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Vivian Hugh Smith, 1st Baron Bicester
Born 9 December 1867
Died 17 February 1956
Education Eton College
Trinity College, Cambridge
Occupation Banker
Spouse(s) Lady Sybil Mary McDonnell
Children Randal Smith, 2nd Baron Bicester
Victoria Alexandrina Vivian Smith
Mary Constance Vivian Smith
Stephen Edward Vivian Smith
Joyce Sybil Vivian Smith
Honor Mildred Vivian Smith
Hugh Adeane Vivian Smith
Parent(s) Hugh Colin Smith
Constance Maria Josepha (Adeane) Smith
Relatives John Abel Smith (paternal grandfather)
William Randal McDonnell, 6th Earl of Antrim (father-in-law)

Vivian Hugh Smith, 1st Baron Bicester (9 December 1867 – 17 February 1956) was a British merchant banker.


Vivian Hugh Smith was born on 9 December 1867. He was the elder son of Hugh Colin Smith and Constance Maria Josepha (née Adeane), and grandson of John Abel Smith. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] His brother Aubrey followed the different path of joining the Royal Navy at the age of eleven and later rose to be an admiral.


Smith served as the Chairman of Yule Catto & Company Ltd, Governor of the Royal Exchange Assurance Corporation from 1914 to 1956, and a Director of Morgan Grenfell & Co. Between 1934 and 1956, he also held the honorary position of Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. On 29 June 1938 Smith was raised to the peerage as Baron Bicester, of Tusmore in the County of Oxford.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He married Lady Sybil Mary McDonnell, daughter of William Randal McDonnell, 6th Earl of Antrim, in 1897. They had seven children:


He died in February 1956, at the age of eighty-eight, and was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son Randall. His wife died in 1959.


  1. ^ "Smith, Vivian Hugh (SMT887VH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ "No. 34528". The London Gazette. 5 July 1938. p. 4327. 

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Marlborough
Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire
Succeeded by
The Earl of Macclesfield
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Bicester
Succeeded by
Randal Hugh Vivian Smith