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Urban Huttleston Broughton, 1st Baron Fairhaven

Lieutenant Huttleston Broughton in full dress uniform of the First Life Guards in 1921.

Urban Huttleston Rogers Broughton, 1st Baron Fairhaven (31 August 1896 – 20 August 1966), was a British peer, born at Fairhaven, Massachusetts, in the United States, who was usually known as Huttleston Broughton.

Early lifeEdit

He was the son of Urban Hanlon Broughton, who made a fortune in the United States around the turn of the twentieth century from mining, railways, and sewer systems. His mother was Cara Leland Rogers Broughton (also born in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, in 1867), an American heiress and daughter of Abbie Gifford Rogers and Henry Huttleston Rogers, one of the world's wealthiest men.[1]

Educated in America and at Harrow, Huttleston Broughton served in the 1st Life Guards during World War I, and, upon his father's death in 1929, he was granted the barony, named for his mother's beloved hometown, that had been destined for his father.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

He did not marry, and, in 1961, a second barony was conferred on him, with the remainder to his brother, Henry Rogers Broughton.[2]

The Broughton brothers bought the Anglesey Abbey estate in 1926 because its position, conveniently close to Newmarket, where they owned the Barton Stud, enabled them to indulge their interest in horseracing, while the surrounding countryside provided very good partridge shooting.[2]

Much of the American fortune, which Lord Fairhaven inherited, was energetically deployed in the collection of works of art, and the abbey is now the permanent home of an outstandingly rich collection of furniture, pictures, and objets d'art. Fairhaven also laid out one of the largest British gardens of the 20th century. He left the abbey to the National Trust.[3]


  1. ^ a b MacColl, Gail; Wallace, Carol McD (2012). To Marry an English Lord: Tales of Wealth and Marriage, Sex and Snobbery in the Gilded Age. Workman Publishing. p. 347. ISBN 9780761171980. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b Harland, Gail (2016). Snowdrop. Reaktion Books. p. 162. ISBN 9781780236285. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  3. ^ Desmond, Ray (1994). Dictionary Of British And Irish Botanists And Horticulturists Including plant collectors, flower painters and garden designers. CRC Press. p. 105. ISBN 9780850668438. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
New creation
Baron Fairhaven
(of Lode in the County of Cambridge)

Succeeded by
Preceded by
New creation
Baron Fairhaven
(of Anglesey Abbey in the County of Cambridge)

Succeeded by
Henry Broughton