Petty-Fitzmaurice, 8th Marquess of Lansdowne, George John Charles Mercer Nairne
British, born 1912
Lansdowne George John C.M.N., 8th Marquess of
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The Marquess' many other titles in England and Ireland include: Lord Wycombe, Baron of Chipping Wycombe, Earl Wycombe, Viscount Calne and Calstone, in Great Britain; Earl of Kerry and Earl of Shelbourne, Viscount Clanmaurice and Fitzmaurice, Baron of Kerry, Lixnaw and Dunkeron, in Ireland. He succeeded his cousin as 8th Marquess in 1944, the same year during which he acted as Private Secretary to the British Ambassador in Paris. In 1950, he served as Justice of the Peace for Perthshire, Scotland. He was Lord in Waiting to the Queen from 1957-58, Joint Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign Office, from 1958-62, and Minister of State for Colonial Affairs from 1962-64. King George V was sponsor at the Marquess' baptism. Educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, Petty-Fitzmaurice was a Major in the Royal Scots Greys, and formerly 2nd Lieutenant in the Scottish Horse (Territorial Army). He served in WWII, receiving the Legion of Honour and Croix de Guerre of France. In 1938, he married Barbara Chase, daughter of Harold Stuart and Gertrude (Boyer) Chase, of Santa Barbara, California. They had two sons and two daughters.