Chris de Burgh
(born Christopher John Davison
, 15 October 1948) is a British/Irish <!--please do not change this without a talk page comment. The "Early life" section mentions that his father is British and his mother is Irish, and the lead section is meant to summarise the article.-->singer-songwriter. He is most famous for his 1986 love song "The Lady in Red
De Burgh was born in Venado Tuerto
, to Colonel
Charles Davison, a British diplomat
, and Maeve Emily de Burgh, an Irish secretary
. His father had substantial farming interests, and he spent much of his early years in Malta
, as he, his mother and brother accompanied Colonel Davison on his diplomatic and engineering work.
The Davisons finally settled in Bargy Castle
, County Wexford
, a twelfth-century castle in Ireland bought by his maternal grandfather, General
Sir Eric de Burgh
, a former Chief of the General Staff
, British Indian Army
, and from a distinguished Hiberno-Norman
family. The castle was converted into a hotel where Chris gained much early experience performing to the guests and he later assumed de Burgh as his stage name.
After attending Marlborough College
in Wiltshire, England, de Burgh went on to graduate from Trinity College, Dublin
with a Master of Arts degree in French, English and History. He took his mother's maiden name as his professional stage name.
Chris de Burgh signed his first contract with A&M Records
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