Victor Bristol
British noble
Victor Bristol
Victor Frederick Cochrane Hervey, 6th Marquess of Bristol, was a British aristocrat. He was a member of the House of Lords, Chancellor of the International Monarchist League, and an active businessman who later became a tax exile in Monaco. The 6th Marquess of Bristol was the only son of Herbert Arthur Robert Hervey, 5th Marquess of Bristol, and Lady Jean Cochrane, the daughter of the 12th Earl of Dundonald. His godmother was Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain.
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  • 1985
    Age 69
    A two-page obituary for Victor, 6th Marquess of Bristol, appeared in the 1985 edition of The Monarchist, written by Michael Wynne-Parker, who described him as "no fairweather friend, he was staunch, loyal, dependable, with a sense of humour.
    More Details Hide Details Long will I remember his cheerful voice speaking over the telephone from Monaco where he enjoyed his final years. Despite the pressures of life he remained bright of manner and optimistic. His detractors and those who knew him slightly only saw the colourful and flamboyant side of his character; but it was as a thorough and practical man of business that Lord Bristol restored The Monarchist and the Monarchist League to surpass its former glory." In October 2010 his last surviving son, the 8th Marquess of Bristol, repatriated his remains, which were reburied in the family vault at Ickworth Church after a service in St Leonard's Church at Horringer.
  • 1984
    Age 68
    They had one son, Frederick William John Augustus Hervey, 7th Marquess of Bristol (15 September 1954-10 January 1999) who married Francesca Fisher in 1984 (and divorced in 1987).
    More Details Hide Details Lord Bristol was alleged to have been a harsh father to his eldest son, according to friends of the latter. "He treated his son and heir with indifference and contempt," said Anthony Haden-Guest. The Marquess of Blandford summed up the relationship: "Victor created the monster that John became."
  • 1975
    Age 59
    In 1975 he was elected as the League's Chancellor.
    More Details Hide Details He was also a long-standing member of the Conservative Monday Club. The Marquess was a patron of the arts and a collector, an acknowledged authority on Alma Tadema and Tissot, and "a lover of art and beauty in all its forms." He had acquired a substantial amount of 19th-century artwork at the time of his death.
  • 1974
    Age 58
    His third wife was Yvonne Marie Sutton, whom he married on 12 July 1974 at Caxton Hall.
    More Details Hide Details They had a son, Frederick William Augustus Hervey, 8th Marquess of Bristol (19 October 1979), and two daughters: Lady Victoria Hervey (6 October 1976) and Lady Isabella Hervey (9 March 1982) who married Christophe de Pauw. John, by then the Earl Jermyn, did not like Yvonne and was upset about their marriage, and unsuccessfully sued his father along with Lord Nicholas after the Marquess' will named Yvonne and her children as the main beneficiaries. Bristol, his third wife and family moved to Monte Carlo, Monaco, in early 1979 as tax exiles. The Marquess reportedly lowered the Union Flag at his home in Belgravia before leaving, vowing never to set foot on English soil again. He was vice-president of the UK Taxpayers Union, a member of the West India Committee, and an expert on Central American affairs. He was also Vice-President of the English-Speaking Union (East Region), and a generous donor to the Ambulance Corp in Northern Ireland.
  • 1964
    Age 48
    He was a member, until his death, of the International Monarchist League, joining its Grand Council in 1964, from which time he also became a patron.
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  • 1960
    Age 44
    He remarried Lady (Ann) Juliet Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, daughter of Peter Wentworth-FitzWilliam, 8th Earl FitzWilliam on 23 April 1960. The FitzWilliam family were not happy about Juliet's marriage owing to Victor's reputation. They were divorced in 1972 and also had one son, Lord Frederick William Charles Nicholas Wentworth Hervey (26 November 1961-26 January 1998).
    More Details Hide Details In both instances, the marriage failed because of Victor's infidelity; Lady Juliet subsequently saying, "If you want to screw hookers when you are married, you make damn sure you are not caught."
  • 1949
    Age 33
    The Earl married Pauline Bolton on 6 October 1949 and they were divorced in 1959.
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  • 1937
    Age 21
    Prior to receiving his trust income, Victor declared bankruptcy in 1937 with debts of £123,955, (approximately £ today).
    More Details Hide Details He had been selling guns during the Spanish Civil War to both sides, hoping to receive £30,000 as a bribe which failed and led to the debts. He nevertheless continued in his arms-dealing activities and was Franco's principal agent for many years. Bristol went on to amass a fortune, both inherited and earned, estimated to be in excess of £50 million. In 1941, Victor claimed to have been listed in a secret document written by Heinrich Himmler as an enemy of the Third Reich, but this was never proven and there is no evidence such a document ever existed In 1973 he was recorded as having a great many business interests, with estates in Suffolk, Lincolnshire and Essex. He was then Chairman of Sleaford Investments Limited, Eastern Caravan Parks Ltd., Estates Associates Ltd., Ickworth Forestry Contractors Ltd., Cyprus Enterprises Co., V.L.C. Associates Ltd., Marquis of Bristol & Co., The Bristol Publishing Company, Radio Maria Ickworth Automatic Sales Ltd., Bristol International Airways Ltd., Dominca Enterprises Co., World Liberty Plots and other companies. He owned the Ickworth Stud, Suffolk, and the Emerald Hillside Estates in Dominica.
  • 1915
    Victor was born on 6 October 1915 as the only son of Herbert Arthur Robert Hervey, 5th Marquess of Bristol, and Lady Jean Cochrane, the daughter of the 12th Earl of Dundonald.
    More Details Hide Details His godmother was Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain. He held the titles of Earl of Bristol, Earl Jermyn (by which title he was known until inheriting the Marquessate), and Baron Hervey of Ickworth in Suffolk. He was Hereditary High Steward of the Liberty of Bury St Edmunds, was patron of thirty Church of England benefices, and held estates in Suffolk, Essex, Lincolnshire, and Dominica in the West Indies. He was educated at Eton and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, but thrown out of the latter because of bad temperament. He was sometime President of the National Yacht Harbour Association, a member of the House of Lords Yacht Club, the Hurlingham Club, and the East Hill Club, Nassau, Bahamas. Victor became involved in theft and small crime as a young adult; he has been called the Pink Panther of his day and the ringleader of a gang of former public school boys known as the Mayfair Playboys, who assaulted and robbed a jeweller from Cartier, as a result of which two of them (but not Hervey) were sentenced to being flogged with the cat-o'-nine-tails.
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