David Hennessy, 3rd Baron Windlesham

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Windlesham
Lord Privy Seal & Leader of the House of Lords
In office
23 May 1973 – 4 March 1974
Preceded by The Earl Jellicoe
Succeeded by The Lord Shepherd
Personal details
Born 23 January 1932
Died 21 December 2010
Aged 78
Alma mater Trinity College, Oxford

David James George Hennessy, 3rd Baron Windlesham and Baron Hennessy, CVO, PC, FBA (28 January 1932 – 21 December 2010[1]) was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom who held visiting professorships at various universities.

Early life

Hennessy, an Anglo-Irish peer, was educated at Ampleforth College and Trinity College, Oxford, earning a Master of Arts in Jurisprudence in 1957.[2] He did his National Service with the Grenadier Guards in Tripoli.[2]

Political career

He was elected to Westminster City Council in 1958 to 1962[2] and entered the House of Lords as the 3rd Baron Windlesham upon his father's death in 1962. He joined the Government as Minister of State in the Home Office in 1970 to 1972; and from 1972 to 1973, in the Northern Ireland Office, after which he became Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords in June 1973 until October 1974.[2] He was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 1981 New Year's Honours.[3] On 16 November 1999, he was created Baron Hennessy, of Windlesham in the County of Surrey[4] after the House of Lords Act 1999, so that he could continue sitting in the Lords.


He worked for Associated-Rediffusion and was involved in This Week. He later joined the board of Rediffusion as Chief Programme Executive.[2] His TV career continued as Managing Director of Grampian (1967–70) and Managing Director of the ATV network (1974-1981).[2] He was a director of The Observer from 1981 to 1989.[2]


He returned to Oxford where he earned a DLitt[citation needed] and was principal of Brasenose College from 1989 to 2002.[2] He had also been a visiting professor at Princeton University in 1997 and 2002 to 2003.[2]


Baron Windlesham married Prudence Glynn in 1965. She died in 1986; he is survived by a son and a daughter.[2]


  1. "Politics obituaries: Lord Windlesham". The Daily Telegraph. London. 23 December 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 The Ampleforth Journal. 115: 88–89. Missing or empty |title= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 48467. p. 4. 31 December 1980.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 55672. p. 12349. 19 November 1999.

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Hennessy
Baron Windlesham
Succeeded by
James Hennessy
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl Jellicoe
Lord Privy Seal
Succeeded by
The Lord Shepherd
Leader of the House of Lords
Party political offices
Preceded by
The Earl Jellicoe
Leader of the Conservative Party in the House of Lords
Succeeded by
The Lord Carrington
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Keiran Barry Moylan Nicholas
Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Roger Cashmore