Stormont Mancroft, 2nd Baron Mancroft

Stormont Mancroft Samuel Mancroft, 2nd Baron Mancroft KBE TD (27 July 1914 – 14 September 1987), born Stormont Mancroft Samuel,[1] was a British Conservative politician.

The Lord Mancroft
Lord Mancroft in 1963.jpg
Lord Mancroft in 1963
Minister without Portfolio
In office
11 June 1957 – 23 October 1958
Prime MinisterHarold Macmillan
Preceded byThe Earl of Munster
Succeeded byThe Earl of Dundee
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence
In office
10 January 1957 – 11 June 1957
Prime MinisterHarold Macmillan
Preceded byThe Earl of Gosford
Succeeded byOffice vacant
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Home Affairs
In office
18 October 1954 – 9 January 1957
Prime MinisterWinston Churchill
Anthony Eden
Preceded byThe Lord Lloyd
Succeeded byPatricia Hornsby-Smith
Government Whip
In office
15 December 1952 – 18 October 1954
Prime MinisterWinston Churchill
Preceded byThe Lord Lloyd
Succeeded byThe Lord Fairfax of Cameron
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
15 August 1942 – 14 September 1987
Hereditary peerage
Preceded byThe 1st Baron Mancroft
Succeeded byThe 3rd Baron Mancroft
Personal details
Born27 July 1914
Died14 September 1987 (aged 73)
Political partyConservative

Early lifeEdit

Mancroft was the son of Arthur Samuel, 1st Baron Mancroft, and Phoebe Fletcher. In 1925 he assumed by deed poll the surname "Mancroft". He was educated at Winchester College, Kingsgate House (K), Christ Church, Oxford, obtaining a law degree, and Bonn University, where he studied music. In 1938 he became a barrister at the Inner Temple.[2] He served in the Second World War as a Lieutenant-Colonel in the British Army, was twice Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the Croix de Guerre.

Political careerEdit

After the war, he served in the Conservative administrations of Winston Churchill and Anthony Eden as a government whip from 1952 to 1954 and as Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department from 1954 to 1957. When Harold Macmillan became Prime Minister in January 1957, Mancroft was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence, Duncan Sandys, a post he held until June the same year, and was then Minister without Portfolio from 1957 to 1958.


He was a frequent contributor of humorous articles to Punch magazine and other publications. Three books of his articles have been published:

  • "Booking the Cooks", 1969.[3]
  • "A Chinaman in My Bath, and Other Pieces", 1974.[4]
  • "Bees in some Bonnets", 1979.[5]

Over half of the third book consists of material published in the previous two books.


Lord Mancroft married Diana Lloyd, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Horace Lloyd, on 8 May 1951. They have three children:

  • Hon. Victoria Lucinda Mancroft (7 March 1952), married Prince Frederick Nicholas of Prussia (son of Prince Frederick of Prussia) on 27 February 1980.
  • Hon. Jessica Rosetta Mancroft (10 May 1954), married Simon Dickinson on 15 October 1983.
  • Benjamin Mancroft, 3rd Baron Mancroft (16 May 1957), married Emma Louisa Peart on 20 September 1990.

Diana Lloyd was married before to Richard Bridges St. John Quarry. They have two daughters : Miranda, Countess of Stockton (1947–2020), and Venetia, Mrs Frederick Barker, then Viscountess Wimborne [6]


Coat of arms of Stormont Mancroft, 2nd Baron Mancroft
In front of a representation of Norwich Castle with three cupolas issuant from each a staff Proper flying therefrom a banner Argent charged with a cross Gules a sword sheathed Gules garnished Or pommelled and hilted Or and a mace Gold in saltire (i.e. a representation of the ancient Crystal Mace and the Sword in the Regalia of the Corporation of the City of Norwich).
Gules a chevron chequy Argent and Sable between in chief two portcullises chained Or and in base a representation of Farnham Castle triple towered Or on a chief Or a lion passant guardant Sable.
On either side a whiffler of the Corporation of the City of Norwich Proper.[7]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 May 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Old Wykehamist Register 1974, page 213
  3. ^ Stormont Mancroft (1969). Booking the Cooks. K. Mason. p. 135.
  4. ^ Stormont Mancroft (1974). A Chinaman in My Bath, and Other Pieces. Bachman & Turner. p. 188. ISBN 9780859740104.
  5. ^ Stormont Mancroft (1979). Bees in some Bonnets. Bachman & Turner. p. 214.
  6. ^ Template:Https:// prod strat=description&pr rec id=ab73123e2&pr rec pid=6706349670460&pr ref pid=6734760673340&pr seq=uniform
  7. ^ Debrett's Peerage. 2019. p. 3534.
  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.

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Political offices
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Succeeded by
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
Succeeded by
Peerage of the United Kingdom
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