Charles Tryon, 2nd Baron Tryon

Brigadier Charles George Vivian Tryon, 2nd Baron Tryon, GCVO, KCB, DSO, DL (24 May 1906 – 9 November 1976) was a British peer, British Army officer, and a member of the Royal Household.

The Lord Tryon

Keeper of the Privy Purse
Treasurer to HM The Queen
In office
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
Preceded bySir Rennie Maudsley
Succeeded bySir Ulick Alexander
Personal details
Born(1906-05-24)24 May 1906
Died9 November 1976(1976-11-09) (aged 70)
Alma materRoyal Military College, Sandhurst
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/serviceBritish Army
Years of service1926–1949
UnitGrenadier Guards
Battles/warsSecond World War
AwardsDistinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches

Early life and military careerEdit

Elder son of George, 1st Baron Tryon, on 3 August 1939, he married Etheldreda Josephine Burrell (1909–2002), known as Dreda;[1] she was a daughter of Sir Merrik Burrell, Bt, CBE (1877–1957).

Tryon graduated from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards in 1926.[2]

Tryon succeeded to his father's title in 1940. The family seat was the Manor House at Great Durnford, Wiltshire; Dreda ran a boarding preparatory school there from 1942 until 1992.[3]

Promoted to major in 1943,[4] by the end of the Second World War he was a war substantive lieutenant colonel, with permanent promotion in 1948.[5] He retired in 1949 and was granted the honorary rank of brigadier.[6]

Career in the Royal HouseholdEdit

Lord Tryon began his career in the Royal Household as the Assistant Keeper of the Privy Purse to King George VI in 1949.[7] Still the Assistant Keeper of the Privy Purse upon the ascension of Queen Elizabeth II,[8] Lord Tryon was appointed Keeper of the Privy Purse and Treasurer to the Queen on 16 October 1952.[9] Lord Tryon served as Keeper of the Privy Purse and Treasurer to the Queen until 1 November 1971, being appointed a Permanent Lord-in-Waiting upon his retirement.[10]

Later life and deathEdit

In 1972, Lord Tryon was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in the County of Wilts.[11] Lord Tryon died in 1976, aged 70, and was succeeded by his only son, Anthony Tryon.


During his military career Lord Tryon was mentioned in despatches, later being awarded the Distinguished Service Order.[12][13] Lord Tryon was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1953,[14] and promoted to Knight Grand Cross in 1968.[15] Appointed a Knight Commander in the Civil Division of the Order of the Bath in 1962,[16] he was also an Officer of the Order of St John.[17]

Coat of armsEdit

Coat of arms of Charles Tryon, 2nd Baron Tryon
A coronet of a Baron
Issuant from a Coronet composed of four Roses set upon a Rim Or a Bear's Head Sable charged with seven Stars in the form of the Constellation Ursa Major Or
Azure a Fess embattled between in chief three Estoiles and in base a Portcullis chained Or
Dexter: an Army Pensioner in hospital uniform;
Sinister: a Postman holding with the exterior hand a Letter Sack over his shoulder Proper
Do Right and Fear Not


  1. ^ Obit. of Dreda, Lady Tryon @
  2. ^ "No. 33130". The London Gazette. 5 February 1926. p. 886.
  3. ^ "Obituary: Dreda Lady Tryon". The Telegraph. 11 May 2002. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  4. ^ "No. 35890". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 February 1943. p. 639.
  5. ^ "No. 38457". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 November 1948. p. 6011.
  6. ^ "No. 38701". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 August 1949. p. 4182.
  7. ^ "No. 38681". The London Gazette. 2 August 1949. p. 3759.
  8. ^ "No. 39616". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 August 1952. p. 4197.
  9. ^ "No. 39672". The London Gazette. 17 October 1952. p. 5459.
  10. ^ "No. 45512". The London Gazette. 2 November 1971. p. 11863.
  11. ^ "No. 45618". The London Gazette. 9 March 1972. p. 2929.
  12. ^ "No. 37072". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 May 1945. p. 2461.
  13. ^ "No. 37072". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 May 1945. p. 2451.
  14. ^ "No. 39732". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1952. p. 6.
  15. ^ "No. 44740". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 December 1968. p. 4.
  16. ^ "No. 42683". The London Gazette (Supplement). 25 May 1962. p. 4309.
  17. ^ "No. 45601". The London Gazette. 17 February 1972. p. 2006.
Court offices
Preceded by
Sir Ulick Alexander
Keeper of the Privy Purse
Succeeded by
Sir Rennie Maudslay
Treasurer to the Queen
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Tryon
Baron Tryon
Succeeded by
Anthony Tryon