Hugh Cholmondeley, 6th Marquess of Cholmondeley

The Most Honourable
The Marquess of Cholmondeley
Lord Great Chamberlain of England
In office
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by George Cholmondeley, 5th Marquess
Succeeded by David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess
Personal details
Born George Hugh Cholmondeley
(1919-04-24)24 April 1919
St George Hanover Square, London[1]
Died 13 March 1990(1990-03-13) (aged 70)[2]
Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire
Nationality English
Spouse(s) Lavinia Margaret Leslie (1921–2015)
Children 4
Residence Houghton Hall
Cholmondeley Castle
Alma mater Cambridge University
Lord Cholmondeley's coat of arms
Houghton Hall, ancestral home of the Marquess of Cholmondeley since the establishment of the title in 1815, has now opened some of its rooms to the public.

George Hugh Cholmondeley, 6th Marquess of Cholmondeley GCVO MC DL (/ˈʌmli/; 24 April 1919 – 13 March 1990), styled Earl of Rocksavage from 1923 until 1968, was a British peer and Lord Great Chamberlain of England between 1968 and 1990.

Life and work

Cholmondeley was born in 1919 in St George Hanover Square, London, a descendant of Sir Robert Walpole, the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. He was the son of George Cholmondeley, 5th Marquess of Cholmondeley and Sybil Sassoon, of the Sassoon and Rothschild family. His mother was Jewish (from a family from Iraq, India, Germany, and France). Like his great-great-grandfather, his great-granduncle, his great-grandfather, his grandfather, his father and his son, Cholmondeley was educated at Eton. He studied at Magdalene College, Cambridge University.

Cholmondeley served in the British army, initially in the Grenadier Guards and later in the 1st Royal Dragoons. During the Second World War, he saw action in the Middle East, in Italy, in France and in Germany. In 1943, he was decorated with the Military Cross (MC).[3] When Cholmondeley retired from the military in 1949, he had attained the rank of Major.[4]

Cholmondeley succeeded to his father's land, estates and title in 1968. He died at Cholmondeley Castle in 1990.[5]

Marriage and children

Cholmondeley married Lavinia Margaret Leslie (born 9 September 1921, died 7 November 2015), daughter of Colonel John Leslie, on 14 June 1947.[6] The children of that marriage were:

Lavinia, Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley lived at Cholmondeley Castle.[7]

His grandson is actor Jack Huston, son of his daughter Margot.

Lands and estates

The family seats are Houghton Hall, Norfolk, and Cholmondeley Castle, which is surrounded by a 7,500 acres (30 km2) estate near Malpas, Cheshire.[8]

Position at court

One moiety part of the ancient office of Lord Great Chamberlain is a Cholmondeley inheritance.[9] This hereditary honour came into the Cholmondeley family through the marriage of the first Marquess of Cholmondeley to Lady Georgiana Charlotte Bertie, daughter of Peregrine Bertie, 3rd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven.[10] The second, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh holders of the marquessate have all held this office.

Further reading


  1. England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837–2008
  2. England and Wales, Death Registration Index 1837–2007
  3. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 35917. p. 965. 25 February 1943. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  4. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 38747. p. 5173. 1 November 1949. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  5. Midgley, Carol. "The Cholmondeley people," The Times (UK). 5 July 2003.
  6. The Daily Telegraph, Obituary, published 20 November 2015
  7. Lacy, Stephen. "Unforgettable fire," The Telegraph (UK). 31 December 2001; excerpt, "The dramatic gardens at Cholmondeley Castle have been her special project for half a century, but Lady Cholmondeley's passion for hands-on horticulture is showing no sign of waning;" Lagonda Club, 5–9 June 2011; excerpt, "An iInvitation from Lavinia, Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley to a private early afternoon tea ...."
  8. Caroline, Donald. "The new garden at Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn, Norfolk," The Times (UK). 11 May 2008.
  9. Notes and Queries (1883 Jan–Jun), p. 42.
  10. Portcullis: Deed of Covenant and Agreement between Lord Willoughby de Eresby, The Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley and the Marquis of Cholmondeley re the exercise of the Office of Hereditary Great Chamberlain (16 May 1829).


Court offices
Preceded by
The 5th Marquess of Cholmondeley
Lord Great Chamberlain

Succeeded by
Preceded by
as Deputy
Lord Great Chamberlain
Succeeded by
The 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Cholmondeley
Marquess of Cholmondeley
Succeeded by
David Cholmondeley
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