Sir Joshua Rowley, 7th Baronet

Joshua Francis Rowley, M.A., JP, DCL (31 December 1920 – 21 February 1997), was a soldier and landowner, and Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk from 1978 to 1994.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

He was the son of Colonel Sir Charles Rowley, 6th Baronet. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge. He served in the Grenadier Guards from 1940 to 1946.

In 1959 he married The Hon. Celia Ella Vere Monckton (1925-1997), 2nd daughter of the 8th Viscount Galway:[2] they had one daughter, Susan Emily (who married the art expert Robert Holden [3]) and two grandchildren. Lady Rowley served as a magistrate and a lady in waiting to Princess Alexandra. [4]

On 19 January 1962 he inherited the baronetcy from his father.[5]

He died in 1997 and is buried in the churchyard of St Mary in Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk.

The grave of Sir Joshua Rowley in Stoke-by-Nayland churchyard

Public serviceEdit

Rowley was Deputy Secretary of the National Trust from 1950 to 1955. He served as Chairman of West Suffolk County Council from 1971 to 1974; and of Suffolk County Council from 1976 to 1978.

He was successively Deputy Lieutenant, High Sheriff, and Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk before his appointment as Lord-Lieutenant.[6] He was appointed a JP in 1978 and Honorary DCL by UEA in 1991.[7]


  1. ^ Independent obituary
  2. ^ Marriages. The Times (London, England), Monday, Jun 15, 1959; pg. 12; Issue 54487
  3. ^ "Robert Holden obituary". Telegraph.
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  5. ^ Sir Charles Rowley The Times (London, England), Saturday, Jan 20, 1962; pg. 10; Issue 55294
  6. ^ Latest appointments. The Times (London, England), Thursday, Mar 23, 1978; pg. 19; Issue 60264
  7. ^ ‘ROWLEY, Sir Joshua Francis’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 accessed 16 Aug 2016
Honorary titles
Preceded by
John Rous, 4th Earl of Stradbroke
Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk
Succeeded by
John Ganzoni, 2nd Baron Belstead