Marcus Worsley
Sir Marcus John Worsley, 5th Baronet JP
Justice of the Peace
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Master of Arts (postgraduate)
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 (born 6 April 1925) is a former British
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 Conservative Party
Conservative Party (UK)
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 politician and a brother of Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Kent.

Family life

He was born in the family home of Hovingham Hall
Hovingham Hall
Hovingham Hall is a Palladian-style mansion in the village of Hovingham, North Yorkshire, England, the home of the Worsley family and the childhood home of the Duchess of Kent. It was built in the 18th century, and the Worsleys have lived in Hovingham since the 16th century...

, near Malton, North Yorkshire
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, the son of Colonel Sir William Arthington Worsley, 4th Bt
William Worsley
Col. Sir William Arthington Worsley of Hovingham, 4th Baronet was an English amateur first-class cricketer, who captained Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 1928 and 1929, his only seasons of first-class cricket...

 and Joyce Morgan Brunner. He was educated at Eton
Eton College
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 and graduated from New College, Oxford
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 in 1955. On 10 December 1955, he married Hon. Bridget Assheton (1926–2004), a daughter of Ralph Assheton, 1st Baron Clitheroe
Ralph Assheton, 1st Baron Clitheroe
Ralph Assheton, 1st Baron Clitheroe PC was a British Conservative Party politician.He was Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe from 1934 to 1945, for the City of London from 1945 to 1950, and for Blackburn West from 1950 to 1955.In the wartime government under Winston Churchill, he was Minister of...

 and Hon. Sylvia Benita Frances Hotham. They had four children, William Ralph (1956), Sarah Marianne (1958), Giles Arthington
Giles Worsley
Dr Giles Arthington Worsley MA, PhD, FSA was an English architectural historian, author, editor, journalist and critic, specialising in British country houses...

 (1961–2006) and Peter Marcus (1963).


Worsley was a councillor on Malton
Malton, North Yorkshire
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 Rural District
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 Council from 1955, serving as vice-chairman in 1965.

He was an unsuccessful candidate at the 1955 election
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 for the marginal constituency of Keighley
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 in West Yorkshire
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. However, at the 1959 election
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 he defeated the sitting Labour
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 Member of Parliament
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 (MP) Charles Hobson, taking the seat with a majority of only 170.

At the 1964 general election
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, he lost his Keighley seat to Labour's John Binns
John Binns
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, but for the 1966 election
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 he was selected as Conservative candidate for the safe Conservative seat of Chelsea
Chelsea (UK Parliament constituency)
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 in west London
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. He held that seat for three parliaments, before retiring at the October 1974 general election
United Kingdom general election, October 1974
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In 1973, when he inherited the title and estate, he moved back into Hovingham Hall and managed the 3000 acres (12.1 km²) estate, which is now run by his eldest son, William. In 1982 he was appointed High Sheriff of North Yorkshire
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