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The Lord Ashcombe (4th Baron): Henry Edward Cubitt. Address: Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Conservative.

Educated: Eton. Succeeded his father in 1962. Married three times. Career: Consul-General for the Principality of Monaco in London 1961-1968; Chairman, Cubitt Estates Limited. Clubs: White's. Heir: His kinsman, Mark Edward Cubitt, born 1964.

The Lord Ashton of Hyde (3rd Baron): Thomas John Ashton. Address: Fir Farm, Upper Slaughter, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Cross-bencher.

Educated: Eton and New College, Oxford (MA). Succeeded his father 1983. Married. Career: Former director: Barclays Bank plc, Barclays Merchant Bank Ltd, Barclays Bank of Canada; (Formerly senior executive local director, Barclays Bank Manchester and chairman local board); Member, Goldsmiths' Company. Clubs: Boodle's. Heir: His son, Hon Thomas Henry Ashton, born 1958.

The Earl of Aylesford (11th Earl): Charles Ian Finch-Knightley. Address: Packington Old Hall, Coventry. Conservative.

Educated: Oundle; Hon LLD, University of Birmingham 1989. Succeeded his father 1958. One marriage. Career: Lord Lieutenant West Midlands County, 1974-1994; Warwickshire County Commissioner, Boy Scouts Association 1949-1974; Advisory committee, World Wildlife Fund. Clubs: Flyfishers'. Heir: His son, Lord Guernsey, born 1947.

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley (4th Earl): Edward Alfred Alexander Baldwin. Address: Manor Farm House, Godstow Road, Upper Wolvercote, Oxford. Conservative.

Educated: Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge (MA CertEd). Succeeded his father 1976. Married. Career: Schoolmaster 1970-1977; Education officer 1978-1987; Chairman British Acupuncture Accreditation Board. Clubs: MCC. Heir: His son, Viscount Corvedale, born 1973.

The Earl Bathurst (8th Earl): Henry Allen John Bathurst. Address: Manor Farm, Sapperton, Near Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Conservative.

Educated: Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. Succeeded his grandfather 1943. Married twice. Career: Director, Forestor Ltd, 1987-1992. Clubs: White's, Calvary and Guards. Heir: His son, Lord Apsley, born 1961.

The Earl of Bradford (7th Earl): Richard Thomas Orlando Bridgeman. Address: The Bradford Estate Office, Shifnal, Shropshire. Conservative.

Educated: Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge. Married. Succeeded his father 1981. Career: Proprietor of Porters Restaurant, Covent Garden; Published Stately Secrets, 1994. Heir: His son, Viscount Newport, born 1980.

The Viscount Cobham (11th Viscount): John William Leonard Lyttelton. Address: Hagley Hall, Near Stourbridge. Cross-bencher.

Educated: Eton, Christ's College, New Zealand, Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. Succeeded his father 1977. Married twice. Clubs: MCC. Heir: His brother, Hon Christopher Charles Lyttelton, born 1947.

The Most Hon. the Marquess of Cholmondeley (7th Marquess): David George Philip Cholmondeley. Address: Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, Cheshire. Cross-bencher.

Educated: Eton and Sorbonne. Succeeded his father 1990. Career: Film-maker; Joint Hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain of England (acting for the Reign of Queen Elizabeth II) since 1990. Clubs: White's, Vanderbilt, Champney's, Cercle de l'Union Interallee (Paris). Heir: His kinsman Charles George Cholmondeley, born 1959.

The Earl of Dudley (4th Earl): William Humble David Ward. Address: London. Conservative.

Educated: Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. Succeeded his father 1969. Married twice. Career: Company director; Former chairman British Federal Welder and Machine Co Ltd: Deputy chairman, Baggeridge Brick Co; Director, Tribune Investment Trust. Clubs: White's, Pratt's, Royal Yacht Squadron (Cowes). Heir: His son Viscount Ednam, born 1947.

The Lady Dudley (Baroness, 14th in line): Barbara Amy Felicity Hamilton. Address: Hill House, Kempsey, Worcestershire. Conservative.

Succeeded brother 1972. Married twice. Recreations: Gardening, floral watercolours. Heir: Her son, Hon Jim Anthony Hill Wallace, born 1930.

The Viscount Hereford (18th Viscount): Robert Milo Leicester Devereux. Address: USA. Conservative.

Educated: Eton. Succeeded grandfather 1952. One marriage. Career: Served Royal Horse Guards 1950-1953; Premier Viscount of England. Heir: His son, Hon Charles Robin de Bohun Devereux, born 1975.

The Marquess of Hertford (9th Marquess): Henry Jocelyn Seymour. Address: Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire.

Educated: Harrow and Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. Succeeded his father 1997. Married. Career: Farm Manager. Heir: His son, Earl of Yarmouth, born 1993.

The Earl of Lichfield (5th Earl): Thomas Patrick John Anson. Address: Shugborough, Stafford. Conservative.

Educated: Harrow and Sandhurst. Succeeded grandfather 1960. Married once. Career: Photographer; Fellow, Royal Photographic Society; Published Lichfield - The Most Beautiful Women, 1981; Not the Whole Truth (autobiography), 1986. Clubs: White's. Heir: His son, Viscount Anson, born 1978.

The Viscount Malvern (3rd Viscount): Ashley Kevin Godfrey Huggins. Address: Zimbabwe.

Succeeded father 1978. Heir: His uncle, Hon Martin James Huggins, born 1928.

The Countess of Mar (31st in line): Margaret of Mar. Address: St Michael's Farm, Great Witley, Worcester. Cross-bencher.

Educated: Kenya High School for Girls, Nairobi; Lewes County Grammar School for Girls. Succeeded her father 1975. Married three times. Career: Civil Service clerical officer 1959-1963; PO/BT sales superintendent 1969-1982; Patron Gulf Veterans' Association. Heir: Her daughter, Lady Susan Helen of Mar, Mistress of Mar, born 1963.

The Earl of Shrewsbury and Waterford (22nd Earl): Charles Henry John Benedict Crofton Chetwynd Chetwynd-Talbot. Address: Wanfield Hall, Kingstone, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. Cross-bencher.

Educated: Harrow; Hon. LLD, Wolverhampton University 1994. Succeeded his father 1980. Married. Career: Joint deputy chairman, Britannia Building Society 1987-1992; Chairman, Firearms Consultative Committee 1994; Chancellor Wolverhampton University, since 1993. Clubs: Farmers. Heir: His son, Viscount Ingestre, born 1978.
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