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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The 7th Baron Sandys 1931-2013

_.Lord Sandys, the 7th Baron, sometime Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Lords (Captain of the Yeoman of the Guard) in the administration of Margaret Thatcher, died at his home, 11 February, 2013. He was 81.

Richard Michael Oliver Hill was born 21 July, 1931, descends from Mary Sandys, wife of the 2nd Marquess of Downshire, who was raised to the peerage of the UK in 1802, as Baroness Sandys, with a special remainder allowing the title to pass, on her demise, to her second son.

Lord Sandys was a son of Arthur, 6th Baron (1876-1961), by his wife (and 3rd cousin) the former Cynthia Trench-Gascoigne (d 1990), and he succeeded to the peerage on his father's death, 24 Nov, 1961.

Lord Sandys was appointed a Lord in Waiting in 1974, was a Tory Whip in the Upper House 1974-9, then Deputy Chief Whip and Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard, 1979-83.

He married in 1961, Patricia Simpson Hall, daughter of  Capt Lionel Hall, of Lower Beeding, Sussex. There were no children of the union. The barony now devolves, under the terms of the special remainder, upon his distant cousin, the 9th Marquess of Downshire (who was born 4 Feb, 1959).

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