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Lord Montagu of Beaulieu: 1926-2015

Edward, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, aged 88, died on Monday after a short illness.


Lord Montagu was best-known as the creator in 1952 of the Montagu Motor Museum, which started as a selection of vintage and veteran cars in the entrance hall of Palace House. This became the National Motor Museum in 1972 and is run by a charitable trust.

The National Motor Museum played a key role in lighting the petrolhead fire in the DSC Editor, an early childhood visit there with my dad is remembered clearly and very fondly indeed.


Lord Montagu was the founder and editor of Veteran and Vintage Magazine between 1956 and 1979; President of the Federation Internationale de Voitures Anciennes between 1980 and 1983 and president of the Federation of British Historic Vehicles Clubs, Historic Commercial Vehicle Society and the Disabled Drivers’ Motor Club.

An active campaigner on all things related to motoring, he was a prominent member of the All-Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Club.

It is understood that his last journey will be made in his father’s 1909 Rolls-Royce, which the Beaulieu workshop team are preparing for this purpose.


An estate funeral will be held at Beaulieu, followed by a memorial service at St Margaret’s, Westminster, the date of which will be advised later.

Lord Montagu is survived by his wife Fiona, Lady Montagu; his son and heir Ralph; daughter Mary and second son Jonathan.

(With grateful thanks to the Guild of Motoring Writers for much of the detail above on a life well lived)