The Lord Camoys
1 January 1998 –31 May 2000
|Preceded by||The Earl of Airlie|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Luce|
Ralph Thomas Campion George Sherman Stonor
16 April 1940
|Spouse||Elisabeth Mary Hyde Parker|
|Parent(s)|| Sherman Stonor,6th Baron Camoys |
Mary Jeanne Stourton
|Education||MA (Oxford),DLitt (Sheffield)|
Ralph Thomas Campion George Sherman Stonor,7th Baron Camoys(born 16 April 1940),is a British peer and banker who served as Lord Chamberlain of the United Kingdom from 1998 to 2000,and the first Roman Catholic Lord Chamberlain since the Reformation.
The 7th Baron Camoys is the son of Sherman Stonor,6th Baron Camoys and Mary Jeanne,daughter of Herbert Marmaduke Stourton. On his father's side,he is a descendant of the Talbot Earls of Shrewsbury,the Nevills of Abergavenny and,through an illegitimate line,the de la Pole Dukes of Suffolk. He is a direct descendant of British Prime Minister Robert Peel whose daughter Eliza married The Hon. Francis Stonor. Through his father's side he is a descendant of the family that founded Brown University in Rhode Island in the United States. On his mother's side,he is descended from Charles II of England and Scotland through that monarch's illegitimate daughter,Charlotte Lee,Countess of Lichfield. [ citation needed ]
Lord Camoys was educated at Eton College and Balliol College of the University of Oxford,graduating with an MA Honours degree in Modern History.
Lord Camoys' main career was in banking. He was General Manager/Director of National Provincial and Rothschild (London) Ltd. in 1968,and Managing Director of Rothschild Intercontinental Bank Ltd. in 1969. After the purchase of Rothschild Intercontinental Bank by American Express in 1975,he was named CEO and Managing Director of Amex Bank Ltd,1975–77,and Chairman between 1977–78. Lord Camoys was Managing Director of Barclays Merchant Bank from 1978–84,and Executive Vice-Chairman from 1984–86.
After the widespread reforms of the City of London's financial structures in 1986 (Big Bang). Barclays Merchant Bank became Barclays de Zoete Wedd (BZW),of which Lord Camoys was the first Chief Executive from 1986 to 1988,and Deputy Chairman from 1988 to 1998. BZW later became Barclays Capital. He was a Director of Barclays Bank International Ltd between 1980–84,and Barclays Bank Plc between 1984–94. [ citation needed ]
Lord Camoys was Chairman of Jacksons of Piccadilly from 1968 to 1985. He was Deputy Chairman of Sotheby's from 1993–97. He was a director of Mercantile Credit Co Ltd from 1980–84,National Provident Institution from 1982–93,the Administrative Staff College from 1989 –2000,3i Group Plc from 1991–2002,and Perpetual from 1994–2000. He was President of the Mail Users Association from 1977 to 1984. He has been a member of the Court of Assistants of the Fishmongers Company since 1980. He served the latter livery company as Prime Warden from 1992–93. He has been a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta since 1978,and President of The River and Rowing Museum since 1997. [ citation needed ]
Following the death of his father,he became the 7th Lord Camoys as well as a member of the House of Lords on 8 March 1976. He was a member of the select committee on the European Economic Community (EEC) between 1979 and 1981,and a member of the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England from 1985 to 1987 (now English Heritage) and the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts from 1987 to 1994.
He was a Lord in Waiting from 1992–97 to Queen Elizabeth II,and has been a Permanent Lord in Waiting since 2000. He was Lord Chamberlain of the United Kingdom from 1998 to 2000,when he retired due to ill health. He followed David George Patrick Coke Ogilvy,13th Earl of Airlie and was succeeded by Baron Luce. He was the first Roman Catholic Lord Chamberlain since the Reformation.
He was a consultor of the Extraordinary Session of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See from 1991 until 2006. Lord Camoys was appointed Chairman of The Tablet Trust in June 2009.
The seventh Baron married Elisabeth Mary Hyde Parker,daughter of Sir William Hyde Parker,11th Bt. of Melford Hall,Suffolk,in 1966. The couple has the following issue:
Lord Camoys' ancestral home is Stonor Park,Henley-on-Thames,Oxfordshire.
The barony of Camoys was created twice. From 26 November 1313 to 1 April 1335 Ralph de Camoys (d.1336) was summoned to Parliament by writ,and is thereby held to have become Baron Camoys of the first creation. Ralph de Camoys (d.1336) married firstly,Margaret de Brewes,daughter of William de Brewes,1st Lord Brewes (d.1291),and secondly,Elizabeth le Despenser,daughter of Hugh le Despenser,1st Earl of Winchester.
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