John Eccles, 2nd Viscount Eccles

John Eccles, 2nd Viscount Eccles

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John Dawson Eccles, 2nd Viscount Eccles CBE (20 April 1931–) is a British peer and businessman. He is one of the ninety hereditary peers elected to remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999.

The son of the 1st Viscount Eccles and Sybil Dawson, he was educated at Winchester College and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, politics and economics in 1954. He served in the 1st Battalion (60th Rifles), King's Royal Rifle Corps, reaching the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

In 1985, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and in 1999, he succeeded to his father's titles. Lord Eccles entered the House of Lords upon his succession in 1999; however, due to the House of Lords Act that came in the same year, he was soon forced to leave the House. He was later elected as one of the 92 remaining hereditary peers in a by-election forced by the death of the 4th Baron Aberdare, and returned to the House in 2005.

Personal life

Since 29 January 1955, he has been married to Diana Catherine Sturge. The couple married in Bletchingley, Surrey, UK, and they have four children:

  • The Hon. Alice Belinda Eccles (15 January 1958–)
  • The Hon. William David Eccles (9 June 1960–); heir apparent to the Viscountcy
  • The Hon. Catherine Sara Eccles (3 March 1963–)
  • The Hon. Emily Frances Eccles (17 November 1970–)The Descendants of Walter Kep (2007), The......
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