David Lytton-Cobbold, 2nd Baron Cobbold
He was born David Antony Fromanteel Cobbold, the elder son of Cameron Fromanteel "Kim" Cobbold (who would be created 1st Baron Cobbold in 1960) and Lady Hermione Bulwer-Lytton. He changed his surname to "Lytton-Cobbold" by deed poll on 10 January 1961. He was a member of the Lytton family (Earls of Lytton) through his mother. In keeping with family tradition, Cobbold was educated at Eton and read Moral Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge.
David Cobbold was an executive in the International Banking Department of Bank of London and South America (BOLSA) in the late 1960s, under Edward Clifton-Brown. BOLSA was one of the first banks in the Eurodollar market, developed by Sir George Bolton, Chairman of BOLSA. He was increasingly drawn into the management of Knebworth House, for public events, so he left banking and dedicated himself to the house and estate.
House of Lords
Lytton-Cobbold inherited the Cobbold barony upon his father's death on 1 November 1987. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) by the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire on 8 June 1993. He was one of the ninety hereditary peers elected to remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999. A runner-up in the initial election that year, he replaced Myrtle Robertson, 11th Baroness Wharton following her death on 15 October 2000.
Marriage and children
- Henry Fromanteel Lytton-Cobbold, 3rd Baron Cobbold (born 12 May 1962)
- Hon Peter Guy Fromanteel Lytton-Cobbold (born 25 November 1964)
- Hon Richard Stucley Fromanteel Lytton-Cobbold (born 31 July 1968)
- Hon Rosina Kim Lytton-Cobbold (born 14 December 1971)
Lord Cobbold died on 9 May 2022, aged 84, and was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son, Henry.
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