Henry Thynne

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Person.png Henry Thynne  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(British aristocrat)
6th Marquess of Bath 2 Allan Warren (cropped).jpg
Born26 January 1905
Died30 June 1992 (Age 87)
Alma materHarrow School, Christ Church (Oxford)
PartyConservative Party (UK)
British aristocrat, landowner, and Conservative Party politician. Amassed what would become the largest collection of paintings by Adolf Hitler,

Employment.png Marquess of Bath

In office
9 June 1946 - 30 June 1992

Henry Frederick Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath, styled Lord Henry Thynne until 1916 and Viscount Weymouth between 1916 and 1946, was a British aristocrat, landowner, and Conservative Party politician. His son died in his home in what was labeled a suicide, in a party hosted by Ghislaine Maxwell.

Background and education

Lord Bath was the second son of Thomas Thynne, 5th Marquess of Bath, and Violet Mordaunt, the illegitimate daughter of Harriet Mordaunt and Lowry Cole, 4th Earl of Enniskillen. He was educated at the New Beacon School, Sevenoaks, Harrow, and Christ Church, Oxford. In 1916 he became the heir apparent to his father’s estates and peerages after his elder brother, John, was killed in action in the First World War.

At Oxford, Thynne was part of the Railway Club, which included: Henry Yorke, Roy Harrod, David Plunket Greene, Harry Fox-Strangways, Brian Howard, Michael Rosse, John Sutro, Hugh Lygon, Harold Acton, Bryan Guinness, Patrick Balfour, Mark Ogilvie-Grant, and John Drury-Lowe.[1]

In the 1920s the tabloid press considered him one of the Bright Young Things.

Political and military careers

As Viscount Weymouth, he was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Frome between 1931 and 1935, and served as a member of the Council of the Duchy of Cornwall from 1933 to 1936 and Justice of the Peace for Wiltshire in 1938.

He gained the rank of major in the service of the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, fought in the Second World War, and was awarded the Bronze Star.[2]

Thynne succeeded his father as Marquess of Bath in 1946. He was noted for his forestry work on the ancestral estate of Longleat. It was he who developed the safari park and opened the house to the public in 1949.[3]

From 1960 onwards he amassed what would become the largest collection of paintings by Adolf Hitler, numbering sixty by 1983.[4] To some extent an admirer of Hitler, the Marquess is quoted as saying “Hitler did a hell of a lot for his country”.[4]


On 27 October 1927, Lord Weymouth married, first, Daphne Vivian, daughter of George Vivian, 4th Baron Vivian. Before divorcing, in 1953, they had five children:

After becoming Lord Bath he married, secondly, Virginia Penelope Parsons (1917-2003), on 15 July 1953, following her divorce earlier that year from David Tennant.[5] They had one daughter:

  • Lady Silvy Cerne Thynne (b. 22 December 1958); married Iain McQuiston and has issue. A sister-in-law of the current Marchioness of Bath.[6]

Ghislaine Maxwell

In 1985, Ghislaine Maxwell took part in a “Disney day out for kids” and benefit dinner on behalf of her father Robert Maxwell and his Mirror Group for the Save the Children[7]. Part of the event took place at Longleat, the home of the Marquess and Lady of Bath. The gala was attended by members of the British royal family. The same evening that the Ghislaine-hosted bash concluded, the Marquess of Bath’s son[Who?][clarification needed] was found hanging from a bedspread tied to an oak beam at the Bath Arms bar in what was labeled a suicide.[8]

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