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4th Baron cr 1869, of Aldenham, Salop (Richard Gerald Lyon-Dalberg-Acton) (Baron Acton of Bridgnorth (Life Peer) 2000; Bt 1644; Patrician of Naples, 1802)

Born 30 July 1941; s of 3rd Baron Acton, CMG, MBE, TD and Hon. Daphne, o d of 4th Baron Rayleigh, FRS and Lady Mary Hilda, 2nd d of 4th Earl of Leitrim; m 1st, 1965, Hilary Juliet Sarah (d 1973), d of Dr Osmond Laurence Charles Cookson, Perth, WA; one s; 2nd, 1974, Judith (writer) (marr. diss. 1987), d of Hon. Sir (Reginald Stephen) Garfield Todd; 3rd, 1988, Patricia (Law Professor and writer), o d of late M. Morey Nassif and of Mrs Nassif, Iowa, USA; died 10 Oct. 2010


S father, 1989


s Hon. John Charles Ferdinand Harold Lyon-Dalberg-Acton [b 19 Aug. 1966; m 1998, Lucinda, d of Brig. James Percival]


St George’s Coll., Salisbury, Rhodesia; Trinity Coll., Oxford (BA History 1963, MA 1988)


Mgt trainee, Amalgamated Packaging Industries Ltd, Britain, Rhodesia, USA and S Africa, 1963–66; Trainee Dir, 1967–70, Dir, 1970–74, Coutts & Co. Called to the Bar, Inner Temple, 1976; practising barrister, 1977–81; a Senior Law Officer, Min. of Justice, Legal and Parly Affairs, Zimbabwe, 1981–85. A cross-bencher, H of L, 1989–97; joined Lab. Party, 1997; Member: H of L Refreshment Cttee, 1998–99; H of L Constitution Cttee, 2001–05; Jt Cttee on Consolidation Bills, 2002–05, 2006–; H of L Select Cttee on Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform, 2006–07. Patron: Jubilee Appeal, MIND, 1996–; The Mulberry Bush Sch., 1998–; APEX Trust, 2002–; Frank Longford Trust, 2002–; Hansard Soc., 2003–; Trustee, Old Creamery Th. Co., Iowa, 1995–. Hon. Pres., Assoc. of Amer. Study Abroad Progs in the UK, 2006–. Throne/Aldrich Award, State Historical Soc. of Iowa, 1995. Hon. Citizen of Iowa, 2003


(contrib.) The Spectator Annual, 1993; (with Prof. P. Acton) To Go Free: a treasury of Iowa’s legal heritage, 1995 (Benjamin F. Shambaugh award, 1996); A Brit Among the Hawkeyes, 1998; (contrib.) Outside In: African-American history in Iowa 1838–2000, 2001; (contrib.) The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa, 2008; contribs anthologies and periodicals


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