Montagu Towneley-Bertie, 13th Earl of Lindsey

Montagu Henry Edmund Cecil Towneley-Bertie, 13th Earl of Lindsey and 8th Earl of Abingdon (2 November 1887 – 11 September 1963), styled Lord Norreys between 1919 and 1928 and known as The 8th Earl of Abingdon from 1928 onwards, was an English peer.

The grave of Montagu Towneley-Bertie, 13th Earl of Lindsey and 8th Earl of Abingdon in Brookwood Cemetery


Towneley-Bertie was the son of Montagu Charles Francis Towneley-Bertie, Lord Norreys and the Honourable Rose Riversdale Glyn. His father died in 1919, during his grandfather's lifetime, and Towneley-Bertie was thereafter styled Lord Norreys until he succeeded his grandfather, Montagu Bertie, 7th Earl of Abingdon, as Earl of Abingdon on 10 March 1928.


He was a family trustee of the British Museum, and High Steward of Abingdon. Upon the death on 2 January 1938 of his kinsman, Montague Bertie, 12th Earl of Lindsey, a fifth cousin thrice removed, he succeeded as 13th Earl of Lindsey. On his death in 1963 he was succeeded in his titles by his half-cousin, Richard Bertie, 14th Earl of Lindsey.

He was on the governing body of Abingdon School from 1928 to 1949 and was the Chairman of the Governors from 1935 to 1937.[1]


He married Elizabeth ('Bettine') Valetta Montagu-Stuart-Wortley, daughter of Major-General the Hon. Edward James Montagu-Stuart-Wortley and Violet Hunter Guthrie, on 11 August 1928.[2] The marriage produced no children. When the Countess died in 1978, she left all her possessions- with a value of over £1.5 million- to her lifelong friend, Joyce, the wife of BBC television news editor Tahu Hole. They were later bequeathed to the Victoria and Albert Museum.[3] The couple are buried in Brookwood Cemetery.


  1. ^ "School Notes" (PDF). The Abingdonian.
  2. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 2003, vol. 2, p. 2349
  3. ^ The Bettine, Lady Abingdon Collection, the bequest of Mrs T. R. P. Hole: a Handbook, Sarah Medlam, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996, pp 12-13, 71, 81, 84
  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (2003 edition). London: Pan Macmillan, 2003.
  • 'LINDSEY', Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2007; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007

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Peerage of England
Preceded by
Montagu Arthur Bertie
Earl of Abingdon
Succeeded by
Richard Henry Rupert Bertie
Preceded by
Montague Peregrine Albemarle Bertie
Earl of Lindsey