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The title was created in 1918 for Ivor Guest, 2nd Baron Wimborne. The Guest family descends from the engineer and businessman John Josiah Guest. On 14 August 1838, he was created a baronet, of Dowlais in the County of Glamorgan, in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom. He was succeeded by his eldest son, the second Baronet. In 1880, he was created Baron Wimborne, of Canford Magna in the County of Dorset, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. On his death, the titles passed to his eldest son, the second Baron. In 1910, four years before he succeeded his father, he had been raised to the Peerage of the United Kingdom in his own right as Baron Ashby St Ledgers, of Ashby St Ledgers in the County of Northampton. Upon his retirement as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1918, he was further honoured when he was made Viscount Wimborne, of Canford Magna in the County of Dorset, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. His son, the second Viscount, represented Breconshire in the House of Commons. As of 2018[update], the titles are held by the latter's grandson, the fourth Viscount, who succeeded his father in 1993.
Several other members of the Guest family have also gained distinction. Montague Guest, third son of the first Baronet, was a Liberal Member of Parliament. Frederick Edward Guest, Henry Guest and Oscar Guest, younger sons of the first Baron, were all prominent politicians. Also, Lady Charlotte Guest was the second wife of the first Baronet.
Guest baronets, of Dowlais (1838)Edit
Barons Wimborne (1880)Edit
Viscounts Wimborne (1918)Edit
- Ivor Churchill Guest, 1st Viscount Wimborne (1873–1939)
- Ivor Grosvenor Guest, 2nd Viscount Wimborne (1903–1967)
- Ivor Fox-Strangways Guest, 3rd Viscount Wimborne (1939–1993)
- Ivor Mervyn Vigors Guest, 4th Viscount Wimborne (born 1968)
The heir presumptive is the present holder's uncle, the Hon. Julian John Guest (born 1945).
The heir presumptive's heir presumptive is his brother, the Hon. Charles James Guest (born 1950).
The heir presumptive's heir presumptive's heir apparent is his son, Henry James Guest (born 1978).