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Lord Clitheroe

banker , industrialist

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.


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.

Sir Ralph Assheton

Mildred (Master) Assheton

Sylvia Hotham

Bridget Clitheroe (Mistress Marcus Worsley)

Ralph John Clitheroe

Nicholas Clitheroe