Conroy Ryder, 8th Earl of Harrowby

Dudley Adrian Conroy Ryder, 8th Earl of Harrowby (known as Conroy[1][2] born 18 March 1951) is a British peer. He was known by the courtesy title of Viscount Sandon from 1987 until 2007.


Conroy Ryder was born on 18 March 1951. He is the only son of Dudley Ryder, 7th Earl of Harrowby, by his marriage to Jeanette Rosalthe Johnston-Saint. His sister is Lady Rosalthé Frances Rundall.[3]

Harrowby was educated at Eton, the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and Magdalene College, Cambridge. He became a director of Compton Street Securities in 1988.[3]

Harrowby succeeded to the earldom on the death of his father on 9 October 2007. The family seat is Sandon Hall in Staffordshire, England. The family also resides at Burnt Norton House, made famous by T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets.

Marriages & Children

Harrowby was married firstly to Sarah Nichola Hobhouse Payne on 16 July 1977. They had four children:

Harrowby was married secondly to Caroline Marks on 2 May 1998.[4]


  1. Lundy, Darryl. "p. 8048 § 80477 entry". The Peerage.
  2. Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 2, page 1805
  3. 1 2 Burke’s Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, edited by Charles Mosley, Burke’s Peerage, Crans, Switzerland, 1999, ISBN 2-940085-02-1, p. 1326.
  4. The Peerage, entry for 8th Earl of Harrowby


Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Dudley Ryder
Earl of Harrowby
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