Alexander Baring, 6th Baron Ashburton

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Lord Ashburton's banner of a Knight of the Order of the Garter (KG), now on display in Winchester Cathedral.

Alexander Francis St Vincent Baring, 6th Baron Ashburton KG KCVO KStJ DL (7 April 1898 – 12 June 1991) was a British businessman and politician.


Baring was the son of German Baring family member Francis Baring, 5th Baron Ashburton, a descendant of American statesman William Bingham, and Claire Hortense, daughter of French statesman Hugues-Bernard Maret, duc de Bassano.

He was educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, seeing active service during the First World War in the Royal Scots Greys.

In the Second World War, he served in the Auxiliary Air Force, before returning to his career in the City of London, as a director of the family bank.

Ashburton and his family lived in Hampshire, where he was active in public life, serving as a member of Hampshire County Council and later as Lord Lieutenant of the county.

He was appointed to be a Knight of the Garter in 1969. Since his death, his Garter banner has been on display at Winchester Cathedral.

He died in 1991, leaving two sons. The title passed to his elder son, John.


Doris Mary Therese Harcourt
Garter-encircled arms of Alexander Baring, 6th Baron Ashburton, KG, as displayed on his Order of the Garter stall plate in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle - viz. Azure a fess or, in chief a bear's head couped at the shoulder proper, muzzled and ringed or.

In 1924, he married Doris Mary Thérèse Harcourt (1900-1981), daughter of the 1st Viscount Harcourt. Through her, the family acquired the famous 'Harcourt emeralds'. [1]

Awards and decorations

Styles of address

  • 1898-1938: The Honourable Alexander Baring
  • 1938-1951: The Right Honourable The Lord Ashburton
  • 1951-1961: The Right Honourable The Lord Ashburton DL
  • 1961-1969: The Right Honourable The Lord Ashburton KCVO DL
  • 1969-1991: The Right Honourable The Lord Ashburton KG KCVO DL


  1. ^ "Magnificent antique emerald and diamond tiara". Retrieved 2015-03-07. 
  2. ^ "No. 42148". The London Gazette. 20 September 1960. p. 6420. 
  3. ^ "No. 42370". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 June 1961. p. 4147. 
  4. ^ "No. 44834". The London Gazette. 25 April 1969. p. 4373. 

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Wellington
Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire
Succeeded by
The Earl of Malmesbury
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Francis Denzil Edward Baring
Baron Ashburton
Succeeded by
John Francis Harcourt Baring
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