Philip William Bryce Lever (1915 - d.) MP

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About Philip William Bryce Lever

Philip William Bryce Lever, 3rd Viscount Leverhulme, KG

From WIkipedia,_3rd_Viscount_Leverhulme

(1 July 1915 – 4 July 2000) was a British peer.

Education and Career

Lever was the only son of William Lever, 2nd Viscount Leverhulme and his first wife, Marion.

He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, and during the Second World War served in the Middle East with the Cheshire Yeomanry, of which he later became Honorary Colonel.

After the war, he managed his father's estates at Thornton Manor. [1] In 1954 he bought the Badanloch estate, in Sutherland, Scotland.

In 1949 he inherited his father's titles and was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire that year, a post he held until 1990, making him the longest serving Lord Lieutenant in the country. [2]

His lifelong passion was horse racing, the subject of his 1976 maiden speech in the House of Lords. A race horse owner, he served as Chairman of Chester Racecourse and as a senior steward of the Jockey Club. He was a supporter of the Animal Health Trust, the veterinary research establishment at Lanwades Hall, near Newmarket. [3]

He was also Chancellor of the University of Liverpool from 1980-93 and appointed a Knight of the Garter in 1988.

Marriage and children

On 1 July 1937, Leverhulme had married Margaret Ann Moon (died 1973) and they had three daughters:

Hon. Susan Elizabeth Moon (born 1938), married (Hercules) Michael Pakenham. Hon. Victoria Marion Ann (born 1945), married (1) Sir Richard Pole, 13th Baronet, (2) Gordon Apsion, (3) Peter Tower. Hon. (Margaret) Jane (born 1947), married Algernon Heber-Percy.


As Leverhulme was the last male descendant of the 1st Viscount and died without male heirs in 2000, his titles became extinct.


Burke's Peerage


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