The Marquess of Ailesbury
Coats of Arms of the Marquess of Ailesbury.svg
Born (1926-03-31) 31 March 1926 (age 96)
EducationEton College
  • Edwina Sylvia de Winton-Wills
    (m. 1952; div. 1961)
  • Juliet Adrienne Lethbridge Kingsford
    (m. 1963; div. 1974)
  • Caroline Elizabeth Wethered
    (m. 1974; div. 1992)
Children5, including David
Military career
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1945–1959
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UnitRoyal Horse Guards

Michael Sydney Cedric Brudenell-Bruce, 8th Marquess of Ailesbury (born 31 March 1926), styled Viscount Savernake until 1961 and Earl of Cardigan between 1961 and 1974, is a Scottish peer.


The Marquess was born the son of Cedric Brudenell-Bruce, 7th Marquess of Ailesbury by his wife, Joan Houlton Salter, the daughter of the architect Stephen Salter. He attended Eton College before serving in the Royal Horse Guards. He received an emergency commission as a second lieutenant on 12 August 1945, only three weeks prior to the end of the Second World War.[1] He was promoted to lieutenant on 1 September 1946,[2] and entered the reserves with the same rank on 1 September 1949, with the honorary rank of captain.[3] He relinquished his reserve commission on 1 July 1959, retaining the honorary rank of captain.[4]

He became a member of the London Stock Exchange in 1954. He joined the stockbrokers Bragg, Stockdale, Hall & Co, founded in 1819, in the City of London, which merged with Fiske & Co in 1975 and he became a partner of Fiske.[5] He became a director of Fiske & Co when it became a limited company, and remained so when it went public as Fiske plc.[6]

He succeeded his father as 8th Marquess on the latter's death on 15 July 1974.

The family seat is Tottenham House, in Savernake Forest, Wiltshire, but they ceased to live there in 1946 when it became Hawtreys school. The Marquess owned Avebury Manor, also in Wiltshire, from 1976[7] to 1981.[8]

Marriages and issue

The Marquess has married three times. His first wife, Edwina Sylvia de Winton-Wills, was the daughter of Lt. Col. Sir Ernest Edward de Winton-Wills, 4th Baronet Wills of Hazelwood, of the W.D. & H.O. Wills tobacco company, by his wife Sylvia Margaret Ogden. They were married on 17 March 1952 and were divorced in 1961. They had three children:

On 10 July 1963, he married a second time, and the bride was Juliet Adrienne Lethbridge Kingsford, daughter of Edward Hilary Lethbridge Kingsford. The couple were divorced in 1974 after having two children:

On 18 September 1974, shortly after his second divorce, he married for the third time. The bride, Caroline Elizabeth Wethered, was the daughter of Commander Owen Francis MacTier Wethered. They had no children, and although this was the longest-lasting of his marriages, the couple were divorced in 1992.


  1. ^ "No. 37288". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 September 1945. p. 4844.
  2. ^ "No. 37788". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 November 1946. p. 5611.
  3. ^ "No. 38710". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 September 1949. p. 4385.
  4. ^ "No. 42643". The London Gazette (Supplement). 6 April 1962. p. 2921.
  5. ^'s Peerage 107th Edition&ref=107th&totalPages=4689&page=187
  6. ^ 'Stockbroking merger', The Times. 17 October 1975
  7. ^ Baggs, A. P.; Freeman, Jane; Stevenson, Janet H. (1983). "Parishes: Avebury". In Crowley, D. A. (ed.). A History of the County of Wiltshire, Volume 12. Victoria County History. University of London. pp. 86–105. Retrieved 8 August 2021 – via British History Online.
  8. ^ "Avebury Manor Timeline". Avebury Manor and Gardens. 28 July 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)