Stormont Mancroft, 2nd Baron Mancroft

Lord Mancroft in 1963

Stormont Mancroft Samuel Mancroft, 2nd Baron Mancroft KBE TD (27 July 1914 – 14 September 1987), born Stormont Mancroft Samuel,[1] was a British Conservative politician.

Early life

Mancroft was the son of Arthur Michael Samuel, 1st Baron Mancroft, and Phoebe Fletcher. In 1925 he assumed by deed poll the surname "Mancroft." He was educated at Winchester College, Christ Church, Oxford, obtaining a law degree, and Bonn University, where he studied music. In 1938 he became a barrister at the Inner Temple.[2] He served in the Second World War as a Lieutenant-Colonel in the British Army, was twice Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the Croix de Guerre.

Political career

After the war, he served in the Conservative administrations of Winston Churchill and Anthony Eden as a government whip from 1952 to 1954 and as Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department from 1954 to 1957. When Harold Macmillan became Prime Minister in January 1957, Mancroft was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence, Duncan Sandys, a post he held until June the same year, and was then Minister without Portfolio from 1957 to 1958.


He was also the author of the humorous book "A Chinaman in My Bath, and Other Pieces", published in 1974.[3]


Lord Mancroft married Diana Elizabeth Lloyd, daughter of Lt-Col Horace Lloyd, in 1951. By her first husband, she was the mother of Miranda, Countess of Stockton. The couple had one son and two daughters. Their daughter, the Hon. Victoria Lucinda Mancroft, married Prince Frederick Nicholas (born 3 May 1946), son of Prince Frederick of Prussia and his wife, Lady Brigid Guinness. Lord Mancroft died 14 September 1987 at the age of 73, and was succeeded by his only son, Benjamin.

Styles of address

  1. Although The Lord Mancroft was a baronet, by custom the post-nominal of "Bt" is omitted, as Peers of the Realm do not list subsidiary hereditary titles.


  2. Old Wykehamist Register 1974, page 213
  3. Stormont Mancroft (1974). A Chinaman in My Bath, and Other Pieces. Bachman & Turner. p. 188. ISBN 9780859740104.
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Lloyd
1952 1954
Succeeded by
The Lord Fairfax of Cameron
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
1954 1957
Succeeded by
Patricia Hornsby-Smith
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Arthur Samuel
Baron Mancroft
1942 1987
Succeeded by
Benjamin Mancroft
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