John Fremantle, 4th Baron Cottesloe

John Walgrave Halford Fremantle, 4th Baron Cottesloe, 5th Baron Fremantle, GBE, TD (2 March 1900 – 21 April 1994) was a British aristocrat and public official. He served as the Chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain and the South Bank Theatre Board.

The Lord Cottesloe

Born(1900-03-02)2 March 1900
Died21 April 1994(1994-04-21) (aged 94)
Kingston, England
EducationEton College
Trinity College, Cambridge
OccupationPublic official
  • Elizabeth Harris
  • Gloria Jean Irene Dunn
ChildrenJohn Fremantle, 5th Baron Cottesloe
Parent(s)Thomas Fremantle, 3rd Baron Cottesloe
Frances Tapling

Biography edit

Early life edit

John Fremantle was born at Holton Park, Oxfordshire, on 2 March 1900.[1] He was the son of Colonel Thomas Fremantle, 3rd Baron Cottesloe and his wife Frances Tapling, the daughter of industrialist Thomas Tapling Senior and sister of MP Thomas Keay Tapling Jr. He was educated at New Beacon, Eton, and Trinity College, Cambridge.[2] At Cambridge, he was a member of the University Pitt Club.[3] He rowed for the Cambridge University Boat Club in both the Boat Race of 1921 and the Boat Race of 1922, winning both times, and graduated from Cambridge in 1925 with a Master of Arts (M.A.).

Career edit

He served as Lieutenant-Colonel of the 21st LAA Regiment, Royal Artillery from 1939 to 1965 and served in World War II, being awarded the Territorial Decoration.

He was a Conservative Party member of the London County Council representing Hampstead from 1945 until 1955.[4]

He succeeded to the title Baron Fremantle and Baron Cottesloe on the death of his father on 19 July 1956. He was a Deputy Lieutenant of London from 1951 to 1976 and was invested as a Knight Grand Cross, Order of the British Empire (G.B.E.) in 1960. He was Chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1960 to 1965.

The Cottesloe, one of the three theatres at the National Theatre complex in London, was named in his honour.

Personal life edit

He married, firstly, Lady Elizabeth Harris, daughter of James Edward Harris, 5th Earl of Malmesbury and Dorothy Gough-Calthorpe, on 16 February 1926. Lady Harris was a distant cousin of Fremantle through their shared British North American ancestry - both were descendant of different members of the Dutch American Schuyler family who were Loyalists during the American Revolutionary War.

They had two children:

Lord Cottesloe and Lady Elizabeth divorced in 1944.

He married, secondly, Gloria Jean Irene Dunn,[5] daughter of W. E. Hill, on 26 March 1959. They had three children:

  • Hon. Edward Fremantle
  • Hon. Elizabeth Fremantle
  • Hon. Flora Fremantle.

He died in 1994.

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Births". The Times. No. 36082. London. 6 March 1900. p. 1.
  2. ^ the
  3. ^ Fletcher, Walter Morley (2011) [1935]. The University Pitt Club: 1835–1935 (First Paperback ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 99. ISBN 978-1-107-60006-5.
  4. ^ W Eric Jackson (1965). Achievement. A Short History of the London County Council. Longmans. p. 259.
  5. ^ "Gloria Jean Irene Dunn". National Portrait Gallery.

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