Lord Richard Cecil

Lord Richard Cecil

Lord Richard Cecil

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Lord Richard Valentine Gascoyne-Cecil (26 January 1948 – 20 April 1978) was the son of Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 6th Marquess of Salisbury.

The Salisbury family had well established links with the country of Rhodesia. Rhodesia's capital city was named after the third Marquess. The family had extensive land holdings in the country and the fifth Marquess (Lord Richard's grandfather) was a leading British supporter of the white minority UDI government that ran Rhodesia from 1965 to 1979.

Education and early career

Lord Richard was educated at Eton College and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. After graduating from Sandhurst, he was commissioned in the Grenadier Guards. After three tours of duty in Northern Ireland (mentioned in dispatches in 1973) he attained the rank of Captain. He decided not to pursue a career in the military and resigned his commission with a view to pursuing a career in politics.

He enrolled on a degree course in politics at the University of Sussex in 1973, although it is believed that he rarely attended classes and never graduated. In July 1974 he was adopted as the Conservative candidate for Barrow-in-Furness and contested the seat in the October 1974 general...
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