William Pleydell-Bouverie, 9th Earl of Radnor

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William Pleydell-Bouverie, 9th Earl of Radnor (born 5 January 1955), of Longford Castle, Wiltshire, is an English peer and landowner.

The son of Jacob Pleydell-Bouverie, 8th Earl of Radnor, by his marriage to Anne Garden Seth-Smith, daughter of Donald Farquharson Seth-Smith,[1] whose great grandfather was Seth Smith (property developer) who built large proportions of Mayfair and Belgravia in the early 1800s.

Pleydell-Bouverie was educated at Harrow and the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. Until the death of his father, he was known by the courtesy title of Viscount Folkestone.[2]

In 1996 he married Melissa Stanford, daughter of J. K. E. Stanford,[3] formerly Director-General of the Leonard Cheshire Foundation,[4] and a granddaughter of the author J. K. Stanford. They have four sons and two daughters: Lady Hope (born 1997); Jacob, Viscount Folkestone (born 1999); Luke (born 2000); Dan (born 2002);[3] Edward (born 2004); and a daughter born in 2007.[5] The heir apparent is their eldest son, Jacob Pleydell-Bouverie, Viscount Folkestone.[2]

In 2014, Radnor declined to meet a distant relation, the Dutch architect Jan des Bouvrie, who had found that his ancestor Jehan de le Bouvrie (born about 1480), was also the ancestor of the Earls of Radnor.[6]

In 2015, he declined to be interviewed by the Salisbury Journal about plans to build houses on fields he owned near Salisbury Cathedral, but a statement was issued by his estate office.[7]

The Daily Express reported in May 2016, during the European Union referendum campaign, that in 2014 Radnor's company Longford Farms Limited received £453,618 from the European Union to pay for the upkeep of the Longford Castle estate.[8]


  1. ^ Seth-Smith family tree at seth-smith.org.uk, accessed 5 December 2008
  2. ^ a b Folkestone, Viscount (born 5 Jan. 1955), in Who's Who 2008 (London, A. & C. Black, 2008
  3. ^ a b Burke's Peerage, volume 3 (2003), p. 3,248
  4. ^ Stanford, James Keith Edward, in Who's Who 2008 (London, A. & C. Black, 2008
  5. ^ Notice in The Daily Telegraph dated 27 September 2007
  6. ^ Verborgen Verleden, season 5, episode 6 (Jan des Bouvrie) at npo.nl (in Dutch)
  7. ^ Earl of Radnor refuses interview over controversial plans for 100 homes on meadows dated 17 October 2015, accessed 3 August 2016
  8. ^ Nick Gutteridge, Would EU believe it! Sam Cam’s dad rakes in MILLIONS in Euro subsidies in The Daily Express dated 16 May 2016, accessed 3 August 2016

Further reading[edit]

  • Smith, Amelia (2017). Longford Castle: The Treasures and the Collectors. London: Unicorn. ISBN 978-1-910787-68-7.
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Jacob Pleydell-Bouverie
Earl of Radnor
Succeeded by