David Hennessy, 3rd Baron Windlesham

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Lord Windlesham

Lord Windlesham 1995.jpg
Leader of the House of Lords
Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal
In office
23 May 1973 – 4 March 1974
Prime MinisterEdward Heath
Preceded byThe Earl Jellicoe
Succeeded byThe Lord Shepherd
Minister of State for Northern Ireland
In office
26 March 1972 – 5 June 1973
Prime MinisterEdward Heath
Preceded byoffice established
Succeeded byThe Lord Belstead (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State)
Minister of State for Home Affairs
In office
23 June 1970 – 26 March 1972
Prime MinisterEdward Heath
Preceded byShirley Williams
Succeeded byThe Viscount Colville
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
17 November 1999 – 21 December 2010
Life Peerage
In office
20 February 1963 – 11 November 1999
Hereditary Peerage
Preceded byThe 3rd Baron Windlesham
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Personal details
Born23 January 1932
Died21 December 2010
Aged 78
Alma materTrinity College, Oxford

David James George Hennessy, 3rd Baron Windlesham and Baron Hennessy, CVO, PC, FBA (28 January 1932 – 21 December 2010[1]) was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom who held visiting professorships at various universities.

Early life[edit]

Hennessy, an Anglo-Irish peer, was educated at Ampleforth College and Trinity College, Oxford, earning a Master of Arts in Jurisprudence in 1957.[2] He did his National Service with the Grenadier Guards in Tripoli.[2] His father James Hennessy, baron Windlesham was a Lieutenant General in the Grenadier Guards. They are closely related to the Franco-Irish Cognac Hennessy family.

Political career[edit]

He was elected to Westminster City Council in 1958 to 1962,[2] unsuccessfully contested Tottenham in 1959, and entered the House of Lords as the 3rd Baron Windlesham upon his father James' death in 1962, who had been a brigadier in the Grenadier Guards and died in a helicopter accident at sea. He joined the Government as Minister of State in the Home Office in 1970 to 1972; and from 1972 to 1973, in the Northern Ireland Office, after which he became Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords in June 1973 until October 1974.[2] He was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 1981 New Year's Honours.[3] On 16 November 1999, he was created Baron Hennessy, of Windlesham in the County of Surrey[4] after the House of Lords Act 1999, so that he could continue sitting in the Lords.


He worked for Associated-Rediffusion and was involved in This Week. He later joined the board of Rediffusion as Chief Programme Executive.[2] His TV career continued as Managing Director of Grampian (1967–70) and Managing Director of the ATV network (1974-1981).[2] He was a director of The Observer from 1981 to 1989.[2]


He returned to Oxford where he earned a DLitt[citation needed] and was principal of Brasenose College from 1989 to 2002.[2] He had also been a visiting professor at Princeton University in 1997 and 2002 to 2003.[2]


Baron Windlesham married the fashion journalist and author Prudence Glynn in 1965. She died in 1986; he is survived by a son and a daughter.[2]


  1. ^ "Politics obituaries: Lord Windlesham". The Daily Telegraph. London. 23 December 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j The Ampleforth Journal. 115: 88–89. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "No. 48467". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1980. p. 4.
  4. ^ "No. 55672". The London Gazette. 19 November 1999. p. 12349.

External links[edit]

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Hennessy
Baron Windlesham
Succeeded by
James Hennessy
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl Jellicoe
Lord Privy Seal
Succeeded by
The Lord Shepherd
Leader of the House of Lords
Party political offices
Preceded by
The Earl Jellicoe
Leader of the Conservative Party in the House of Lords
Succeeded by
The Lord Carrington
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Keiran Barry Moylan Nicholas
Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Roger Cashmore