William Fletcher-Vane, 1st Baron Inglewood

William Morgan Fletcher-Vane, 1st Baron Inglewood, TD (12 April 1909 – 22 June 1989), was a British Conservative Party politician.[1]

The Lord Inglewood

William Fletcher-Vane in 1949.jpg
Fletcher-Vane in 1949
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
In office
28 October 1960 – 16 July 1962
Prime MinisterHarold Macmillan
Preceded byJoseph Godber
Succeeded byJames Scott-Hopkins
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Pensions
In office
14 April 1958 – 20 October 1960
Prime MinisterHarold Macmillan
Preceded byRichard Wood
Succeeded byPatricia Hornsby-Smith
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
30 June 1964 – 22 June 1989
Hereditary Peerage
Preceded bypeerage created
Succeeded byThe 2nd Baron Inglewood
Member of Parliament
for Westmorland
In office
5 July 1945 – 30 June 1964
Preceded byOliver Stanley
Succeeded byMichael Jopling
Personal details
Born12 April 1909
Died22 June 1989
Political partyConservative


Inglewood was the son of Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon. William Lyonel Vane, a descendant of Gilbert Vane, 2nd Baron Barnard. His uncle Henry de Vere Vane had succeeded as ninth Baron Barnard in 1891 on the death of his distant relative Harry George Powlett, 4th Duke of Cleveland and 8th Baron Barnard. Inglewood's mother was Lady Katherine Louisa Pakenham, daughter of William Lygon Pakenham, 4th Earl of Longford (hence Francis Aungier Pakenham, 7th Earl of Longford, was his first cousin). He was educated at Charterhouse and at Trinity College, Cambridge.[1]

On 9 April 1931, shortly before his 22nd birthday, he assumed by deed poll the additional surname of Fletcher,[2] and subsequently inherited the estates of Hutton that were then in the possession of the Fletcher-Vane baronets under the control of trustees.[3] Inglewood was a distant cousin of the Fletcher-Vane baronets (they shared descent from Sir Henry Vane the Elder (1589-1655)) but Sir Francis Fletcher-Vane, 5th and last of the Fletcher-Vane Baronets of Hutton, was still alive in 1931 when Inglewood inherited.[4] In 1883, the estate of the Fletcher-Vane baronets comprised some 7,194 acres,[5] yet Sir Francis died in a nursing home in Lambeth in 1934.[4] After the death of Sir Francis, the Fletcher-Vane baronetcy became extinct.

Inglewood served in the Second World War in France and the Middle East as a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Durham Light Infantry, and was mentioned in despatches. He was elected at the 1945 general election as Member of Parliament for Westmorland, and held the seat until his retirement from the House of Commons at the 1964 general election. He held ministerial office twice, in Anthony Eden and Harold Macmillan's 1957–1964 government: as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Pensions from 1958 to 1960, and as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1960 to 1962. He was also Leader of the United Kingdom Delegation to the World Food Congress in Washington D.C. in 1963. On 30 June 1964, he was ennobled as Baron Inglewood, of Hutton in the Forest in the County of Cumberland.

Lord Inglewood married Mary Proby, daughter of Sir Richard George Proby, 1st Baronet, in 1949. He died in June 1989, aged 80, and was succeeded in the barony by his son Richard, who also became a Conservative politician.


  1. ^ a b "Inglewood, 1st Baron, (William Morgan Fletcher-Vane) (12 April 1909–22 June 1989) - WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO". www.ukwhoswho.com. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540891.001.0001/ww-9780199540884-e-165665. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  2. ^ The London Gazette, April 23, 1875, p.2259
  3. ^ Hutton in the Forest Guide Book, no date
  4. ^ a b "Sir Francis Patrick Fletcher Vane - oi". oxfordindex.oup.com. doi:10.1093/oi/authority.20110803115159787. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  5. ^ The Great Landowners of Great Britain and Ireland. A List of all Landowners of 3,000 acres and upwards, by John Bateman FRGS. Published London, by Harrison of 59 Pall Mall, S.W., 1883

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Oliver Stanley
Member of Parliament for Westmorland
Succeeded by
Michael Jopling
Political offices
Preceded by
Edith Pitt and
Richard Wood
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Pensions
With: Edith Pitt, to 1959
Patricia Hornsby-Smith, from 1959
Succeeded by
Patricia Hornsby-Smith and
Bernard Braine
Preceded by
Joseph Godber and
The Earl Waldegrave
Parliamentary Secretary to the
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

With: The Earl Waldegrave
Succeeded by
James Scott-Hopkins and
The Lord St Oswald
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
(new creation)
Baron Inglewood
Succeeded by
Richard Fletcher-Vane