Richard Byron, 12th Baron Byron

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The Right Honourable

The Lord Byron
Born 3 November 1899
Died 15 June 1989 (age 89)
Title 12th Baron Byron
Spouse(s) Margaret Mary Steuart, Dorigen Margaret Esdaile
Children Hon. Richard Noel Byron
Robert Byron, 13th Baron Byron
Parent(s) Col. Richard Byron
Mabel Mackenzie Winter
Military career
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1918–1947
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Service number 27613
Unit 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards
4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards

First World War
Second World War

Awards Distinguished Service Order

Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Geoffrey Gordon Byron, 12th Baron Byron DSO (3 November 1899 – 15 June 1989) was a British nobleman, peer, politician, and army officer. He was a descendant of a cousin of Romantic poet and writer, George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron.

Early life and education[edit]

Byron was the son of Col. Richard Byron and Mabel Mackenzie Winter. He was educated at Eton College in Eton, UK.

Professional life[edit]

After passing out from the Royal Military College, Byron was commissioned into the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards as a second lieutenant on 21 August 1918, barely three months before the end of the First World War.[1] He was promoted to lieutenant on 21 February 1920.[2] Byron was Aide-de-Camp to the Governor of Bombay, Sir George Lloyd, from 1921 to September 1923.[3] On 1 March 1929, Byron was seconded to the Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry, a Territorial Army regiment, as its adjutant with the temporary rank of captain.[4] He was promoted to the substantive rank of captain in the Regular Army on 25 March 1933,[5] and vacated his appointment as adjutant in the yeomanry on 14 November.[6]

Byron served as Military Secretary to the Governor-General of New Zealand, the Viscount Galway, from December 1937 to October 1939.[7][8] He fought in the Second World War, during which he was Lieutenant-Colonel of the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards in 1941. As a temporary lieutenant-colonel, Byron was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in August 1944, for heroism during Operation Overlord.[9] He was promoted to the substantive rank of lieutenant-colonel on 1 August 1945,[10] and retired from active service on 27 August 1947.[11]

Family life[edit]

Byron married Margaret Mary Steuart in 1926, but they were divorced in 1946, and later that same year, he married Dorigen Margaret Esdaile, and had two sons by her:

Byron succeeded to the title of 12th Baron Byron in 1983 upon the death of his fifth cousin Rupert Frederick George Byron, 11th Baron Byron, in Australia. Lord Byron died on 15 June 1989 at age 89, whereupon his surviving son Robert Byron became the 13th Baron.

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1899–1929: Mr Richard Byron
  • 1929–1938: Captain Richard Byron
  • 1938–1941: Major Richard Byron
  • 1941–1944: Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Byron
  • 1944–1983: Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Byron DSO
  • 1983–1989: Lieutenant-Colonel The Rt Hon The Lord Byron DSO



  1. ^ "No. 30893". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 September 1918. p. 10720. 
  2. ^ "No. 31797". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 February 1920. p. 2324. 
  3. ^ "No. 32885". The London Gazette. 4 December 1923. p. 8447. 
  4. ^ "No. 33478". The London Gazette. 19 March 1929. p. 1897. 
  5. ^ "No. 33935". The London Gazette. 28 April 1933. p. 2857. 
  6. ^ "No. 34000". The London Gazette. 1 December 1933. p. 7769. 
  7. ^ "No. 34470". The London Gazette. 4 January 1938. p. 34. 
  8. ^ "No. 34722". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 October 1939. p. 7393. 
  9. ^ "No. 36679". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 August 1944. p. 4043. 
  10. ^ "No. 37344". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 November 1945. p. 5513. 
  11. ^ "No. 38053". The London Gazette (Supplement). 22 August 1947. p. 4021. 
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Rupert Byron
Baron Byron
Succeeded by
Robert Byron