Thomas Trenchard, 2nd Viscount Trenchard

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The Viscount Trenchard
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Minister for Defence Procurement
In office
5 January 1981 6 January 1983
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Lord Strathcona
Succeeded by Geoffrey Pattie
Minister of State for Industry
In office
4 May 1979 5 January 1981
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Eric Heffer
Succeeded by Kenneth Baker
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
10 February 1956 29 April 1987
Hereditary Peerage
Preceded by The 1st Viscount Trenchard
Succeeded by The 3rd Viscount Trenchard
Personal details
Born15 December 1923
Died29 April 1987
Political party Conservative

Thomas Trenchard, 2nd Viscount Trenchard MC (15 December 1923 – 29 April 1987) was a hereditary peer and junior minister in Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government from 1979 to 1983.

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On 19 June 1948, Thomas Trenchard married Patricia Bailey, the daughter of Admiral Sir Sidney Robert Bailey. [1]

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They had three children:

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Lord Trenchard died on 29 Apr 1987 and was succeeded by his eldest son Hugh. Lady Trenchard died in 2016 at the age of 90. [2] They are buried together in the churchyard at North Mymms, Hertfordshire.

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Coat of arms of Thomas Trenchard, 2nd Viscount Trenchard
Crest
A cubit arm erect vested Azure cuffed Argent holding in the hand a cinquedea sword both Proper.
Escutcheon
Per pale Argent and Azure in the first three pallets Sable all within a bordure of the last.
Supporters
On either side an eagle Gules the dexter charged with a thistle leaved and slipped and the sinister with a truncheon Or.
Motto
Nosce Teipsum [3]

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  3. Burke's Peerage. 1949.
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hugh Montague Trenchard
Viscount Trenchard
1956–1987
Succeeded by
Hugh Trenchard