Davina Ingrams, 18th Baroness Darcy de Knayth

Davina Ingrams, 18th Baroness Darcy De Knayth

Davina Ingrams, 18th Baroness Darcy de Knayth

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Davina Marcia Herbert Ingrams, 18th Baroness Darcy de Knayth, DBE (10 July 1938 – 24 February 2008) was a crossbench member of the House of Lords, continuing to sit after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999 as an elected peer.


Ingrams was the daughter of Mervyn Herbert, 17th Baron Darcy de Knayth (also known as Viscount Clive, his courtesy title as son of the Earl of Powis). The barony had been created in 1332 for John Darcy, and revived twice after falling into abeyance. Through her grandfather, George Herbert, 4th Earl of Powis, she was descended from Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive. She inherited the barony in 1943, when her father was killed in action during the Second World War, flying a Mosquito as a squadron leader in the RAF.

She was educated at St Mary's School, Wantage, and later in Florence and the Sorbonne. She married publisher Rupert Ingrams (brother of the Private Eye editor Richard Ingrams) in 1960. They had three children.

She and her husband were involved in a serious accident in 1964, returning from a dance, when their car hit a tree. Her husband was killed outright, and she was paralysed from the neck down. She was treated at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, and later recovered some movement in her upper body. She became a wheelchair user, and took up table tennis and archery. She was a leading voice in the campaign that led to the creation of the Paralympic Games.

She won a gold medal in swimming at the 1968 Summer Paralympics in Israel, and a...
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