Charles Gordon-Lennox, 11th Duke of Richmond

Last updated on 19 November 2017

Charles Gordon-Lennox, 11th Duke of Richmond, 11th Duke of Lennox, 11th Duke of Aubigny, 6th Duke of Gordon DL (born 8 January 1955) is a British aristocrat and owner of Goodwood Estate in West Sussex.[1] He is the founder of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival.

He is President of the British Automobile Racing Club, Patron of the TT Riders Association and an honorary member of the British Racing Drivers Club, the Guild of Motoring Writers and the 500 Owners Club.

The Duke of Richmond
Lord March.JPG
The Duke in 2011
Born Charles Gordon-Lennox
(1955-01-08) 8 January 1955
Spouse(s) Sally Clayton (divorced)
Janet Elizabeth Astor (1991–present)
Issue 5
Parents Charles Gordon-Lennox, 10th Duke of Richmond
Susan Grenville-Grey

Photography

Having had a passion for film and photography since the age of 10, the Duke left Eton College at the first possible opportunity and at 17 worked for the film director Stanley Kubrick on the film Barry Lyndon.[1]

In 2012, a major exhibition of his recent photographic work, 'Nature Translated', was staged at the Bermondsey Project Space in London. The exhibition was shown at the Marble Palace, part of the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg, in January 2014 and in Moscow as part of the Moscow Photography Biennale in April 2014. Two new exhibitions of the Duke's photographs were held in early 2015: 'Wood Land' which was held at Venus Over Manhattan Gallery in New York City, and 'Abstract and Intentional' which was held at Hamiltons Gallery in London.

Goodwood

The Duke moved from London to the family seat Goodwood to take over management of the estate, following the family tradition of the duke handing over management of the estate to the heir apparent when the latter turns forty.[1]

Motor sport at Goodwood was started by his grandfather, Freddie Richmond, who opened the Goodwood Motor Circuit in 1948. March established the Festival of Speed at Goodwood House in 1993. He then brought motor racing back to the circuit, which had closed in 1966, with the creation of the Goodwood Revival in 1998. Both events have since become recognised [2] as some of the most unusual, exciting and creative events in the world.

The Goodwood Estate covers 12,000 acres to the north of Chichester. The Goodwood Estate Company is a diverse portfolio of businesses which includes: Goodwood Racecourse, a 4,000 acre organic farm, two eighteen hole golf courses, Goodwood Aerodrome and Flying School, and a 91 bedroom hotel. The Group employs over 550 people and attracts 800,000 visitors to the Estate each year. The headquarters of Rolls Royce Motor Cars is also on the Estate.

Family

The Duke lives in Goodwood House with his wife, Janet (née Astor), and their four children.

He has been married twice, and has three sons and two daughters:

  • 1) Sally Clayton; one daughter
    • I) Lady Alexandra Gordon-Lennox (born 1985)
  • 2) The Honourable Janet Elizabeth Astor (born 1 December 1961), daughter of the 3rd Viscount Astor (30 November 1991 to date); one daughter and three sons
    • II) Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March and Kinrara (born 20 December 1994), is the Duke's heir apparent
    • III) Lord William Rupert Charles Gordon-Lennox (born 29 November 1996)
    • IV) Lady Eloise Cordelia Gordon-Lennox (born 10 March 2000)
    • V) Lord Frederick Lysander Gordon-Lennox (born 10 March 2000)

In January 2016 he and the Duchess (then Earl and Countess of March) were attacked and tied up in a major jewel robbery at Goodwood.[3]

Titles

  • Lord Settrington (1955–1989)
  • Earl of March and Kinrara (1989–2017)
  • His Grace, The Duke of Richmond, Lennox, Aubigny, and Gordon (2017–present)

In popular culture

March's name appears in the video game Gran Turismo 6, when he sends players an invitation related to the Goodwood Festival of Speed.[4]

Ancestry

Ancestors of Charles Gordon-Lennox, 11th Duke of Richmond
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16. Charles Gordon-Lennox, 7th Duke of Richmond
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8. Charles Gordon-Lennox, 8th Duke of Richmond
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17. Amy Ricardo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Frederick Gordon-Lennox, 9th Duke of Richmond
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
18. Henry Brassey
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9. Hilda Brassey
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
19. Anna Stevenson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Charles Gordon-Lennox, 10th Duke of Richmond
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
20.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10. Thomas Hudson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
21.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Elizabeth Hudson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
22. Charles Matheson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11. Alethea Matheson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
23. Alethea Hayter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Charles Gordon-Lennox, 11th Duke of Richmond
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12. Grenville Grenville-Grey
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6. Lt. Col. (Cecil) Everard Montague Grenville-Grey
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
26. Gurney Hanbury
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
13. Ellinor Sophia Hanbury
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
27. Emma Rosa Johnstone
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Susan Grenville-Grey
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
28. Sir Charles William Morrison, later Morrison-Bell (1905), 1st Bt.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
14. Ernest Fitzroy Morrison-Bell OBE, MP 1908–1910, 1910–1918
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
29. Louisa Maria Dawes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. (Louise) Monica Morrison-Bell
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
30. Lt. Col. Francis Henry
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
15. Maud Henry
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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References

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Peerage of England
Preceded by
Charles Gordon-Lennox
Duke of Richmond
3rd creation
2017–present
Incumbent
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Charles Gordon-Lennox
Duke of Lennox
2nd creation
2017–present
Incumbent
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Gordon-Lennox
Duke of Gordon
2nd creation
2017–present
Incumbent
French nobility
Preceded by
Charles Gordon-Lennox
Duke of Aubigny
2017–present
Incumbent
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Duke of Somerset
Gentlemen
The Duke of Richmond
Succeeded by
The Duke of Grafton

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