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Lord Clitheroe

Lord Clitheroe, banker, industrialist. member House of Lords, 1955-1984; Fellow Society of Antiquaries.


  • Clitheroe, Lord was born on February 24, 1901 in near Clitheroe, England. Son of Sir Ralph and Mildred (Master) Assheton.

  • Education

    • Master of Arts with honours in history, Christ Church, University of Oxford, 1923.


    • Called to bar Inner Temple, 1925. Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe, City of London, Blackburn, 1934-1955. Member House of Lords, 1955-1984.

      Privy counsellor, 1944-1984. Financial secretary Treasury Department, 1942-1944. Chairman Borax Holdings, 1958-1984, Mercantile Investment Trust, 1956-1984.

      Vice chairman John Brown & Company, 1959-1984, Tube Investments. Deputy chairman National Westminster Bank. Director of the United States Borax and Chemical Corporation, also Coutts & Company, National Mutual Life Association Australia, English & Calddonian Investment Trust, Union Miniere, National Westminster Bank, Ltd., Rio Tinto Zinc Corporation, Ltd., National Provincial & Rothschild (International) Ltd., others.

      Vice-Lieutenant County Lancashire, 1956-1984. Justice of peace, 1934-1984. Created Lord Clitheroe, 1955.

      High Steward of Westminster, 1962.


    Member House of Lords, 1955-1984. Fellow Society of Antiquaries.


    • Married Sylvia Hotham, January 24, 1924. Children: Bridget (Mistress Marcus Worsley), Ralph John, Nicholas.
    • father: Sir Ralph Assheton
    • mother: Mildred (Master) Assheton
    • spouse: Sylvia Hotham
    • children: Bridget Clitheroe (Mistress Marcus Worsley)
    • Ralph John Clitheroe
    • Nicholas Clitheroe
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    Born February 24, 1901
    Died September 18, 1984
    (aged 83)