John Wodehouse, 5th Earl of Kimberley

Eton College

John Armine Wodehouse, 5th Earl of Kimberley (born 15 January 1951), is the eldest of four sons of John Wodehouse, 4th Earl of Kimberley, but only child with Carmel Maguire, daughter of Mickey Maguire, welterweight champion of Australia. He succeeded to the earldom and barony in 2002.

Following an education at Eton College and the University of East Anglia where he took BSc and MSc degrees, he married the Hon. Carol Palmer (daughter of the 3rd Baron Palmer) in 1973.[1] Together they have two children: Lady Katherine Frances Wodehouse and David Simon John Wodehouse, Lord Wodehouse (born 1978), heir-apparent to the earldom.[2]

Lord Kimberley is a chemist and computer systems programmer, and a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, member of the British Computer Society and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Lord Kimberley worked for GlaxoSmithKline starting in 1974 and retired in 2012. In 2008, he was licensed as a lay reader in the Church of England.

Lady Kimberley is a priest in the Church of England. She was made a canon at St Alban's Abbey in 2010 and is the first and only "Revd Canon Countess" in British history.


  1. Debrett's People of Today. Debrett's Ltd. 2009. ISBN 1-870520-51-3.
  2. Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003; volume 2, page 2163.
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Wodehouse
Earl of Kimberley
Heir apparent:
David Simon John Wodehouse,
Lord Wodehouse
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