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Victor Warrender, 1st Baron Bruntisfield

Victor Alexander George Anthony Warrender, 1st Baron Bruntisfield, MC (23 June 1899 – 14 January 1993), known as Sir Victor Warrender, Bt, between 1917 and 1942, was a British Conservative politician. He held minor political office between 1928 and 1945, notably as Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty from 1940 to 1945 in Winston Churchill's war-time coalition government. In 1942 he was ennobled as Baron Bruntisfield.


The Lord Bruntisfield

Lord Bruntisfield.jpg
Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty
In office
18 June 1935 – 28 November 1935
MonarchGeorge V
Prime MinisterStanley Baldwin
Preceded byLord Stanley
Succeeded byLord Stanley
In office
3 April 1940 – 26 July 1945
MonarchGeorge VI
Prime MinisterNeville Chamberlain
Winston Churchill
Preceded byGeoffrey Shakespeare
Succeeded byJohn Dugdale
Financial Secretary to the War Office
In office
28 November 1935 – 3 April 1940
MonarchGeorge V
Edward VIII
George VI
Prime MinisterStanley Baldwin
Neville Chamberlain
Preceded byDouglas Hacking
Succeeded bySir Edward Grigg
Personal details
Born(1899-06-23)23 June 1899
Died14 January 1993(1993-01-14) (aged 93)
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)(1) Dorothy Rawson
(d. 1975)
(2) Tania Kolin
(d. 2007)

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Background and educationEdit

Warrender was the eldest son of Vice-Admiral Sir George Warrender, 7th Baronet, by Lady Ethel Maud Ashley-Cooper, daughter of Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 8th Earl of Shaftesbury.[1] He was baptised with Queen Victoria as one of his godparents and was educated at Eton. His younger brother was the actor Harold Warrender. He served as a Lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards in the First World War and was awarded the Military Cross.[1]

Political careerEdit

Warrender was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Grantham in 1923, a seat he held until 1942.[1][2] He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Under-Secretary of State for India, Lord Winterton, from 1924 to 1928 and entered the government as an Assistant Government Whip under Stanley Baldwin in 1928, a post he held until the government fell in 1929.[3] He was appointed a Lord of the Treasury (government whip) in 1931 under Ramsay MacDonald,[4] was promoted to Vice-Chamberlain of the Household in 1932[5] and to Comptroller of the Household in May 1935.[6]

After Baldwin became prime minister for the third time in June 1935, Warrender was made Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty.[7] Then in November 1935 he exchanged this office for that of Financial Secretary to the War Office. He continued in this post when Neville Chamberlain became prime minister in 1937. When Chamberlain reshuffled his government in early April 1940, Warrender once again became Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty. He retained this office when Winston Churchill became prime minister in May 1940, and continued in it until Churchill resigned in July 1945.[1] On 10 March 1942 Warrender was elevated to the peerage as Baron Bruntisfield, of Boroughmuir in the City of Edinburgh.[8]

FamilyEdit

Lord Bruntisfield married Dorothy Rawson (d. 1975), daughter of Col Richard Hamilton Rawson, MP for Reigate, on 1 June 1920. They had three children:

  • John Warrender, 2nd Baron Bruntisfield (7 February 1921 – 14 July 2007)
  • Hon. Simon George Warrender (11 August 1922 – 8 May 2011), married Pamela Myer and had issue.[9]
  • Hon. Robin Hugh Warrender (24 December 1927 – 8 April 2004), married Gillian ("Gilly") Elizabeth Rossiter, daughter of Leonard and Elsie Rose (née Oppenheimer) Rossiter. They had three children, Carolyn Robin Warrender, Annabel Rose Warrender and Hugh Mark Warrender.

Lord and Lady Bruntisfield were divorced in 1945. Lady Bruntisfield was later invested as an Officer, Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem (O.St.J.). She died in July 1975. Lord Bruntisfield married secondly, Tania, daughter of Dr Michael Kolin, on 22 June 1948. They had two children:

  • Hon. Anthony Michael Warrender (b. 17 July 1950), married (1) Christine Semenenko, (2) Patricia Connors and had issue.
  • Hon. Victoria Isabella Warrender (b. 27 March 1952), married Hugh Mackay, 14th Lord Reay as his second wife on 20 June 1980 and has issue, two daughters.

Lord Bruntisfield died in January 1993, aged 93, and was succeeded by his eldest son, John. Lady Bruntisfield died in June 2007.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e thepeerage.com Victor Alexander George Anthony Warrender, 1st Baron Bruntisfield
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 2)
  3. ^ Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
  4. ^ "No. 33774". The London Gazette. 24 November 1931. p. 7577.
  5. ^ "No. 33871". The London Gazette. 7 October 1932. p. 6326.
  6. ^ "No. 34158". The London Gazette. 7 May 1935. p. 2978.
  7. ^ "No. 34174". The London Gazette. 25 June 1935. p. 4086.
  8. ^ "No. 35483". The London Gazette. 10 March 1942. p. 1116.
  9. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/military-obituaries/naval-obituaries/8702850/Simon-Warrender.html

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