Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 6th Marquess of Salisbury

Robert Edward Peter Gascoyne-Cecil, 6th Marquess of Salisbury, DL (24 October 1916 – 11 July 2003), styled Viscount Cranborne from 1947 to 1972, was a British landowner and Conservative politician.

The Marquess of Salisbury

Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
23 February 1972 – 11 November 1999
Hereditary Peerage
Preceded byThe 5th Marquess of Salisbury
Succeeded byseat abolished
Member of Parliament for
Bournemouth West
In office
23 February 1950 – 18 February 1954
Preceded byconstituency established
Succeeded byJohn Eden
Personal details
Robert Edward Peter Gascoyne-Cecil

(1916-10-24)24 October 1916
Died11 July 2003(2003-07-11) (aged 86)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Marjorie Olein Wyndham-Quin
ChildrenRobert Michael James Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury
Lord Richard Valentine Gascoyne-Cecil
Charles Edward Vere
Valentine William
Rose Alice
Michael Hugh
ParentsRobert Gascoyne-Cecil, 5th Marquess of Salibury
Elizabeth Cavendish
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Branch/service British Army
UnitGrenadier Guards
Battles/warsWorld War II

Early lifeEdit

Salisbury was the eldest and only surviving son of Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 5th Marquess of Salisbury, by Elizabeth Vere Cavendish, daughter of Lord Richard Cavendish. During the Second World War he served in the Grenadier Guards. He took part in the invasion of Normandy in 1944 with the 2nd Battalion and was a member of the first British unit to enter Brussels. He was later appointed Military Assistant to Harold Macmillan, then the Resident Minister in North Africa.

He later sat as Conservative Member of Parliament for Bournemouth West from 1950 to 1954. In 1972 he succeeded his father in the marquessate and entered the House of Lords. He also succeeded his father as President of the Conservative Monday Club. He supported the Salisbury Review and was also president of the Anglo-Rhodesian Society and Friends of the Union.


Lord Salisbury ran holdings of 8,500 acres around Hatfield House, and 1,300 acres at Cranborne Manor, Dorset. At the time of his obituary he owned property around Leicester and Leicester Square, London, held by Gascoyne Holdings.[1]

Marriage and childrenEdit

Lord Salisbury married Marjorie "Mollie" Olein Wyndham-Quin (15 July 1922 – 12 December 2016),[2] granddaughter of Windham Wyndham-Quin, 5th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, on 18 December 1945. Lady Salisbury was a noted gardener.

They had seven children:


  • Copping, Robert, The Monday Club – Crisis and After May 1975, pps: 15 & 25, published by the Current Affairs Information Service, Ilford, Essex, (P/B).

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Bournemouth West
Succeeded by
John Eden
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
Marquess of Salisbury
Succeeded by
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil