Samuel Vestey, 3rd Baron Vestey

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The Lord Vestey
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Lord Vestey, Master of the Horse, riding to The Queen's Birthday Parade in 2009
Born (1941-03-19) 19 March 1941 (age 76)
Residence Stowell Park, Gloucestershire
Nationality  United Kingdom
Education Eton College; RMAS
Occupation Chairman, Vestey Group
Title 3rd Baron Vestey;
Master of the Horse
Predecessor Samuel, 2nd Baron Vestey
Political party Conservative
Children 5
Parent(s) The Hon. William Vestey, Captain, Scots Guards
(kia 1944) and Pamela, Lady Vestey (née Armstrong - d. 2011), the granddaughter of Dame Nellie Melba.[1]

Samuel George Armstrong Vestey, 3rd Baron Vestey Bt KCVO GCStJ DL (born 19 March 1941) is a British peer, landowner, philanthropist and businessman.

Lord Vestey currently serves as Master of the Horse to the Royal Household.[2]

Early life[edit]

Samuel Vestey was born on 19 March 1941, the son of Captain Hon. William Howarth Vestey, who was killed in action in 1944 during the Second World War, he is a great-grandson of the celebrated opera singer Dame Nellie Melba. He was educated at Eton College, before attending Sandhurst and serving as a Lieutenant in the Scots Guards.

Business career[edit]

Lord Vestey has served as the Chairman of the Vestey Group since 1995 and was Chairman of the Meat Training Council[3] from 1991–95, he is also a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Butchers. In 1980, A Sunday Times investigation revealed that he and his cousin, Edmund, were found to have paid just £10 in tax on the family business’s £2.3m profit made by the Dewhurst chain. [4][5]

In popular culture[edit]

Vestey's battle with the native Australian Gurindji people over working conditions and native land claims was chronicled in Paul Kelly's song "From Little Things Big Things Grow", originally released on his 1991 album Comedy. Vestey also features in Ted Egan's song "Gurindji Blues", which is about the land rights and working conditions of Australian aboriginal people at Wave Hill Cattle Station in the Northern Territory.[6]

Public service[edit]

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In 1954 Vestey succeeded his grandfather in the peerage title at the age of thirteen, his family seat is Stowell Park Estate in Gloucestershire, where his father is buried. [7] [8]

He was Chancellor (1988–91) and Lord Prior of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem (1991–2002) having been appointed Bailiff Grand Cross (GCStJ) in 1987.[9] He became a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire in 1982.

Lord Vestey has served as Master of the Horse to the Royal Household, to the Sovereign of the United Kingdom since 1999, who appointed him Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in the 2009 Birthday Honours.[10]

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Personal life[edit]

On 11 September 1970 Vestey married Kathryn Mary Eccles. [11] They had two daughters, then divorced. Vestey married his current wife, Celia Elizabeth Knight, on 22 December 1981. [12] They have three children.

His elder son, The Hon. William Guy Vestey,[13] served as a Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II from 1995 to 1998.[14][15]

The Vestey family's combined wealth (Lord Vestey, with his cousin, Edmund Hoyle Vestey) amounts to approximately £1.2 billion according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2013.[16]



  1. ^ Profile,; accessed 29 August 2015.
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed 29 August 2015. Archived 25 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Profile,; accessed 29 August 2015. Archived 5 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Gurindji Blues". Collaborating for Indigenous Rights. The National Museum of Australia. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "CPT William Howarth Vestey" July 17, 2017
  8. ^ Profile,; accessed 29 August 2015.
  9. ^ Profile,; accessed 29 August 2015.
  10. ^ "No. 59090". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 2009. p. 3. 
  11. ^ "Samuel George Armstrong Vestey, 3rd Baron Vestey" July 17, 2017
  12. ^ "Vestey, Baron (UK, 1922)" Cracroft's Peerage July 17, 2017
  13. ^ Mosley, Charles (ed.) (2003). Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 107th edn. London: Burke's Peerage & Gentry Ltd. p. 4004 (VESTEY, B). ISBN 0-9711966-2-1. 
  14. ^ "No. 54036". The London Gazette. 16 May 1995. p. 6949. 
  15. ^ Profile,; accessed 29 August 2015.
  16. ^ Profile,; accessed 29 August 2015.

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Samuel Vestey
(2nd Baron)
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Baron Vestey

Heir apparent:
The Hon. William Vestey
Court offices
Preceded by
The Lord Somerleyton
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Master of the Horse

Other offices
Preceded by
The Lord Grey of Naunton
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Lord Prior of St John

Succeeded by
Colonel Eric Barry
Order of precedence in England and Wales
Preceded by
The Earl Peel
as Lord Chamberlain
Master of the Horse
Succeeded by
The Duke of Somerset