Rupert Baring, 4th Baron Revelstoke

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Rupert Alexander Baring

(1911-02-08)8 February 1911
London, England
Died18 July 1994(1994-07-18) (aged 83)
Dublin, Ireland
Hon. Florence Fermor-Hesketh
(m. 1934;div. 1944)
Relations Edward Baring, 1st Baron Revelstoke (grandfather)
Everard Baring (uncle)
Maurice Baring (uncle)
Patrick Pollen (nephew)
Albert Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer (cousin)
Parent(s) Cecil Baring, 3rd Baron Revelstoke
Maude Lorillard Tailer
Education Eton College
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge

Rupert Alexander Baring, 4th Baron Revelstoke (8 February 1911 – 18 July 1994) was a British landowner and peer.


Early life

Baring was born in London on 8 February 1911. He was the only son of Cecil Baring, 3rd Baron Revelstoke [1] and Maude Louise (née Lorillard) Tailer. [2] His parents met in New York, where his father was working for Kidder, Peabody & Co., which led his mother to divorce her first husband, [3] Thomas Suffern Tailer (a son of Edward Neufville Tailer), [4] who was one of his father's business partners. [5] [6] From his parents marriage, he had two sisters, Hon. Daphne Baring (wife of Arthur Joseph Lawrence Pollen, eldest son of Arthur Pollen and grandson of Sir Joseph Lawrence) [7] and the Hon. Calypso Baring (wife of Guy Maynard Liddell). [7] From his mother's first marriage, he had an older half-brother, Lorillard Suffern Tailer, a polo player who married Catherine Harding, daughter of J. Horace Harding and granddaughter of Charles D. Barney, founder of the New York investment firm of Charles D. Barney & Co. (predecessor firm to Smith, Barney & Co.). [8]

His paternal grandparents were the former Louisa Emily Charlotte Bulteel (a daughter of John Crocker Bulteel, MP) and Edward Baring, 1st Baron Revelstoke, the senior partner in the family banking firm of Baring Brothers and Co. Among his large extended paternal family were uncles John Baring, 2nd Baron Revelstoke, the prominent banker, [9] Brigadier-General Everard Baring and novelist and Russophile Maurice Baring. His aunt, Margaret, was the wife of Charles Spencer, 6th Earl Spencer. [7] His maternal grandparents were American tobacco millionaire, Pierre Lorillard IV and Emily (née Taylor) Lorillard. [7] [10]

Baring attended Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. [5]


Revelstoke worked for two years with Baring Brothers in Liverpool and New York, where he socialized with Irving Berlin and Rodgers and Hammerstein. He wrote lyrics and verse, including a project of Aesop's Fables which was admired by his friend, Sir John Betjeman. Another close friend, filmmaker Michael Powell, wrote the screenplay for the film Black Narcissus while staying with Revelstoke at Lambay. [5]

Upon his father's death in 1934, he succeeded as the fourth Baron Revelstoke. [7] In the 1930s. Revelstoke served in the Territorial Army and "masterminded the collection and distribution of Red Cross parcels to be sent to prisoners of war" during World War II. [5]

Lambay Island

In 1904, he father acquired Lambay Island, located in the Irish Sea. Rupert's godfather, Edwin Lutyens, was responsible for the restoration of the castle on the Island when his father owned it. After Rupert inherited the barony, and under his sixty year stewardship of the Island, Lord Revelstoke's established "a sanctuary for seabirds, an enclosed ecology, and largely unspoilt even while the capital has grown northwards, with housing and light industry spreading up into the country opposite Lambay." [5]

Personal life

While an undergraduate at Cambridge, he had a relationship with Angela Joyce, an actress and Miss England of 1930. [11] When he broke off the "engagement", she sued him for breach of promise of marriage. [12] Revelstoke "refused to settle and endured having his love letters read out in court and published in the newspapers." [5] [13] Joyce's suit, which generated significant press interest, was unsuccessful, [14] and led to the law being changed whereby a woman could "not be able to claim damages for not obtaining the position she hoped for as the wife of a rich man." Revelstoke was the last man to be sued in this way. [5]

On 1 March 1934, Lord Revelstoke married Hon. Florence "Flora" Fermor-Hesketh (1913–1971), second daughter of Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, 1st Baron Hesketh and the former Florence Louisa Breckinridge (a daughter of John Witherspoon Breckinridge of San Francisco and granddaughter of John C. Breckinridge, former Vice President of the United States). Before their divorce in 1944, they were the parents of: [7]

After their divorce, Flora was remarried to Lt.-Cmdr. Derek Lawson of Passenham Manor before her death in 1971. [7]

Lord Revelstoke died in Dublin on 18 July 1994 and was succeeded by his eldest son, John. [5]

The lawsuit against Revelstoke by Angela Joyce was depicted in the drama series The Duchess of Duke Street in 1977, where the character based on Revelstoke, Lord Haslemere, was played by the young Christopher Cazenove. [5]

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  1. "LORD REVELSTOKE DIES IN LONDON, 69; Head of Baring Bros. & Co., Banking House, Succeeded to Title in 1929. ONCE WAS RESIDENT HERE His Widow Was Former Maude Lorillard, Daughter of the Late Pierre Lorillard". The New York Times . 26 January 1934. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  2. "Obituary 2". The New York Times . 4 April 1922. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  3. "SEPARATION REPORTED OF SUFFERN TAILERS; Wife Probably Will Ask Divorce, His Secretary Says in Washington". The New York Times . 5 November 1933. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  4. "Wedded Before Many Friends; Miss Maud Lorillard Becomes Mrs. T. Suffern Tailer. Dr. Satterlee Performs a Simple Ceremony in Calvary Church—Wedding Breakfast at the Lorillard Residence—Showered with Rice as They left the House—One Hundred Thousand Dollars' Worth of Presents—To Spend a Few Months at the World's Fair and Then to go Abroad." The New York Times April 16, 1893. p. 10
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "Obituary: Lord Revelstoke". The Independent . 20 July 1994. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  6. "Mrs. M. L. Tailer's Wedding; Will Be, or Has Become, the Bride of the Hon. Cecil Baring, in London, It Is Said." The New York Times April 10, 1902. p. 9
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "Revelstoke, Baron (UK, 1885)". Heraldic Media Limited. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  8. "MISS HARDING WEDS L. SUFFERN TAILER; Granddaughter of the Late C.D. Barney Is a Bride at St. Bartholomew's. CAPT. MATHIS WEDS HERE Aviator and Miss MacConnell Are Married in Church of Transfiguration--Miss Katz a Bride". The New York Times . 7 April 1921. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  9. TIMES, Special Cable to THE NEW YORK (20 April 1929). "BRITAIN MOURNS LOSS OF GREAT FINANCIER; Revelstoke's Services for Nation Were Many--Restored the Firm of Baring Brothers. Well Posted on America. Was Privy Concilor. Compared to J.P. Morgan. Was Member of Privy Council. Brothers Served in War. An Oarsman at Eton". The New York Times . Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  10. "MRS. BARING LEFT $340,145.; Estate Put in Trust to Husband, Noted London Banker". The New York Times . 22 August 1923. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  11. TIMES, Wireless to THE NEW YORK (10 April 1934). "REVELSTOKE SUED BY ANGELA JOYCE; Wealthy Young Peer Accused of Breach of Promise to Wed English Actress. SHE IS NOW IN HOLLYWOOD ' Beauty Queen' of England Says His Marriage on March 2 Was 'Heartbreak.'". The New York Times . Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  12. "Actress Tells of "Heartbreak."". The New York Times . 10 April 1934. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  13. "PEER'S LOVE LETTERS READ IN LONDON SUIT; Rich Lord Revelstoke Denies He Ever Asked Angela Joyce, 'Miss England,' to Marry". The New York Times . 11 May 1935. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  14. "LORD REVELSTOKE IS VICTOR IN SUIT; Jury Tosses Out the Heart Balm Case Brought Against Him by 'Miss England of 1930.'". The New York Times . 15 May 1935. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
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