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Robin Rathmore Plunket, 8th Baron Plunket

Captain Robin Rathmore Plunket, 8th Baron Plunket, (b. 3 December 1925) is a descendent of prominent Irish lawyer and Whig politician William Conyngham Plunket for whom the Peerage of the United Kingdom (not of Ireland) was created in 1827.

He is the second son of Terence Conyngham Plunket, 6th Baron Plunket of Newton and his wife, the former Dorothé Mabel Lewis, widow of Capt. Jack Barnato and the illegitimate daughter of Charles Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 7th Marquess of Londonderry and actress Fannie Ward. Lord and Lady Plunket were killed in an aircraft crash in 1938, and their three sons (including Patrick Plunket, 7th Baron Plunket and Hon. Shaun Plunket), were brought up by their father's sister, the Hon. Helen Rhodes.

Plunket was christened on 1 February 1926 at St Saviour's church, Walton Street, London. His godmother was his parents' friend, HRH The Duchess of York (later HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother), who was represented on this occasion by Mabell Ogilvy, Countess of Airlie.[1]

Plunket was educated at Eton College and served in the Army.

He married Jennifer Southwell, daughter of Bailey Southwell and his wife, the former Erica Barry, on 8 November 1951. The Plunkets, who have no children, live in London.

Plunket became 8th baron in 1975 on the death of his elder brother. He has sat in the House of Lords on various occasions.[2]

The Heir Presumptive is the present holder's nephew, Tyrone Shaun Terence Plunket (b. 1966), only son of Lord Plunket's youngest brother, the Hon. Shaun Albert Frederick Sheridan Plunket (1931—2012).

See also


  • The Peerage #66576
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Patrick Plunket, 7th Baron
Baron Plunket
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