Obituary: Lord Mowbray

Lord Mowbray, Segrave and Stourton, who has died at 67 following a fall at home, was part of the family which runs the annual Allerton Park Horse Trials at Knaresborough.

Edward Stourton, Lord Mowbray

Lord Mowbray, Segrave and Stourton, who has died at 67 following a fall at home, was part of the family which runs the annual Allerton Park Horse Trials at Knaresborough.

The event, now into its third decade, typically attracts more than 500 riders from the four higher levels of national eventing, as well as around 2,500 visitors.

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Edward Stourton was born in April 1953. His father was Charles Stourton, 23rd Baron Stourton, 27th Baron Segrave and 26th Baron Mowbray – a Wodehousian figure who was head of one of the oldest Roman Catholic families in the country. His mother was the Hon Jane Faith de Yarburgh-Bateson, daughter of Stephen de Yarburgh-Bateson, 5th Baron Deramore.

The Stourton title has descended through an unbroken male line since it was established in 1448, and Edward was thought to be the sole direct descendant of one of the 25 signatories of the Magna Carta.

Educated at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire, he inherited his father’s titles upon his death in 2006.

He gained control of the family estate on his 30th birthday, and soon afterwards sold Allerton Castle, the family’s 19th century Gothic house, to an American businessman, whose foundation renovated it. The castle now forms an impressive backdrop to the lakeside eventing venue.

In July 1980, Lord Mowbray married Penelope (Nell) Lucy Brunet, now Lady Mowbray, in the chapel of St Aloysius, Oxford. She survives him, with their five children, Louise, Isabel, Camilla, Francesca and James.