Neil Primrose, 7th Earl of Rosebery

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Neil Archibald Primrose, 7th Earl of Rosebery and 3rd Earl of Midlothian (born 11 February 1929), styled Lord Primrose between 1931 and 1974, is a Scottish nobleman. He was a member of the House of Lords from 1974 to 1999. His son and heir is Harry Primrose, Lord Dalmeny.

Biography[edit]

The eldest surviving son of Harry, Earl of Rosebery, his paternal grandmother was the heiress Hannah, Countess of Rosebery (daughter of Mayer de Rothschild), who was regarded as the richest woman in England in the late 19th century.[1] His grandfather was Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, the Liberal Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1894 to 1895. After the death of his elder brother Archibald in 1931, he became heir apparent to his father and was styled Lord Primrose, as the courtesy title Lord Dalmeny was reserved out of respect for his late elder brother.

During World War II he was evacuated to America, attending the same school as William F. Buckley Jr., who recalled their encounters bitterly in a 1981 article.[2] Afterward, Rosebery was educated at Stowe School and New College, Oxford. He married Alison Mary Deirdre Reid in 1955. He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Midlothian in 1960 and succeeded his father as Earl in 1974.

Rosebery currently resides at the family seat Dalmeny House near Edinburgh with his wife. The Earl and Countess of Rosebery have five children, four daughters and a son. The Countess is a Patroness of the Royal Caledonian Ball.[3] Their son and youngest child, Harry, bears the courtesy title Lord Dalmeny as heir to the Rosebery Earldoms, Viscountcies and Baronies.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cowles, Virginia (1975). The Rothschilds, a Family of Fortune. London: First Futura Publications. ISBN 0-86007-206-1. Page 145
  2. ^ New York Times Magazine article "God and Boys at Millbrook" by Buckley
  3. ^ "Patronesses". Royal Caledonian Ball.

External links[edit]

Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Harry Primrose
Earl of Rosebery
1974 – present
Incumbent
Heir:
Harry Primrose
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Harry Primrose
Earl of Midlothian
1974 – present
Member of the House of Lords
(1974–1999)
Incumbent
Heir:
Harry Primrose