Charles Lyell, 3rd Baron Lyell

Charles Lyell, 3rd Baron Lyell, DL (27 March 1939 – 11 January 2017) was a British politician and Conservative member of the House of Lords.

The Lord Lyell

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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
In office
12 April 1984 – 25 July 1989
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byThe Earl of Mansfield
(Minister of State)
Succeeded byThe Lord Skelmersdale
Government Whip
In office
9 May 1979 – 12 April 1984
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byThe Lord Leonard
Succeeded byThe Earl of Caithness
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
16 December 1960 – 11 January 2017
Hereditary Peerage
Preceded byThe 2nd Baron Lyell
Succeeded byThe 4th Baron Colgrain
Personal details
Born(1939-03-27)27 March 1939
Died11 January 2017(2017-01-11) (aged 77)
Political partyConservative
Alma materEton College
Christ Church, Oxford

Lord Lyell was the son of Charles Lyell, 2nd Baron Lyell and Sophie Mary Trafford (1916–2012).

He succeeded to the peerage in 1943 at the age of 4 when his father was killed in action during the Second World War and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford. On the formation of a Conservative government after the 1979 general election, Lord Lyell was made a House of Lords whip, serving until 1984. He was then moved to the Northern Ireland Office as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State where he remained until he left the government in 1989.

With the passage of the House of Lords Act 1999, Lord Lyell along with almost all other hereditary peers lost his automatic right to sit in the House of Lords. He was however elected as one of the 92 elected hereditary peers to remain in the House of Lords pending completion of House of Lords reform.

He was a supporter of Everton Football Club and a shareholder. He said

"I have been a great supporter, all round the world, of Everton Football Club. I am 200 miles from there now and 300 miles away when I am in Scotland. But thanks to the BBC World Service, when I have been in, for example, Seattle or elsewhere around the world, great happiness, or perhaps sometimes sadness, has been caused by Everton's results. I declare an interest also in that I am a shareholder."[1]

However, his true football love was Forfar Athletic F.C. He was Honorary Patron of the Angus League Two side and had been a supporter since a young age. He was a regular visitor to Station Park, always sponsoring the last home game of the season.

He died on 11 January 2017.[2] At that time, he was the third longest serving member of the House of Lords, after Lord Carrington and Lord Denham. The barony became extinct on his death.


  1. ^ "Daily Hansard". February 2000. Retrieved 21 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Lord Lyell – UK Parliament".

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Lyell
Baron Lyell