The Marquess of Normanby
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
30 January 1994 – 11 November 1999
Hereditary Peerage
Preceded byThe 4th Marquess of Normanby
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Personal details
Born (1954-02-24) 24 February 1954 (age 69)
Spouse(s)Sophie McCormick
Nicola Shulman
Parent(s)The 4th Marquess of Normanby
Grania Guinness
EducationEton College
Alma materWorcester College, Oxford (BA)
City University London
OccupationLandowner, novelist, poet

Constantine Edmund Walter Phipps, 5th Marquess of Normanby (born 24 February 1954), is a British peer, novelist, poet, and entrepreneur.

Early life

Lord Normanby is the son of Oswald Phipps, 4th Marquess of Normanby and The Honourable Grania Guinness, daughter of the 1st Baron Moyne.

He was educated at Eton College, Worcester College, Oxford and City University of London.


He is the author of three novels under the name Constantine Phipps: Careful with the Sharks (1985), Among the Thin Ghosts (1989), and What You Want (2014).

Business interests

He is the owner of the Mulgrave Estate and Mulgrave Castle, near Whitby, in North Yorkshire. He is the founder of Mulgrave Properties LLP, a residential developer in Yorkshire. His indirect wealth includes a sizeable interest in property in West Vancouver, Canada, via British Pacific Properties Ltd of which he is a director. In 1998 he sold the 10,600-acre (43 km2) Warter Priory estate, near Pocklington, East Riding of Yorkshire, to businessman Malcolm Healey.


Lord Normanby is chairman of the Normanby Charitable Trust which has a North Yorkshire focus. The trust has also supported Trinity College, Dublin, and Oxford University.

Personal life

With Sophie McCormick he has a daughter, the actress Pandora McCormick (b. 12 December 1984).

In 1990, he married the journalist and author Nicola Shulman (daughter of theatre critic Milton Shulman and sister of British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman) and had three children:[1]

He succeeded his father in the Marquessate in 1994 and entered the House of Lords as a crossbencher. He lost his seat under the House of Lords Act 1999.[2]

Lord Normanby lives in London and at Mulgrave Castle.


  1. ^ "World of Nicola Shulman, writer". The Daily Telegraph. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  2. ^ "House of Lords". Retrieved 29 July 2012.[permanent dead link]
Peerage of the United Kingdom Preceded byOswald Phipps Marquess of Normanby 1994–present Incumbent Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom Preceded byThe Most Hon. The Marquess of Ailsa Gentlemen Succeeded byThe Most Hon. The Marquess of Abergavenny