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Ivor Bertie Guest, 1st Baron Wimborne (29 August 1835 – 22 February 1914) was a Welsh industrialist.

Sir Ivor Bertie Guest was born at Dowlais, near Merthyr Tydfil, the son of Lady Charlotte Guest, translator of the Mabinogion, and Sir John Josiah Guest, owner of the world's largest iron foundry. Educated at Harrow School in Middlesex, he went on to gain a Master of Arts degree from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1856.[1]

Guest married Lady Cornelia Henrietta Maria Spencer-Churchill, daughter of John Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough, and was thus an uncle-by-marriage of Sir Winston Churchill. His middle name (Bertie) was from his mother's family, the Earls of Abingdon, descended from a Tudor courtier who married the Dowager Duchess of Suffolk, and herself suo jure Baroness Willoughby de Eresby.

He was regarded as a snob and social climber so much so that he was lampooned in Vanity Fair as "the paying Guest".[2]

He held the office of High Sheriff of Glamorgan in 1862. He was the mayor of Poole from 1896-1897.

Guest succeeded his father to his baronetcy following his death in 1852. He was elevated to the peerage in 1880 as Baron Wimborne, of Canford Magna in the County of Dorset.[3]

He died at the age of 78 at Canford Manor in Dorset and was succeeded by his son, Ivor Churchill Guest, 2nd Baron Wimborne, 1st Baron Ashby St Ledgers, who was later created Viscount Wimborne. His will was probated in April 1914, provisionally at £250,000.


  1. ^ Guest, Ivor Bertie in Venn, J. & J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University Press, 10 vols, 1922–1958.
  2. ^ David Cannadine, The Aristocratic Adventurer Penguin 2003 p 15
  3. ^ London Gazette: no. 24838, p. 2725, 27 April 1880. Retrieved on 2008-12-11.

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Wimborne
Succeeded by
Ivor Churchill Guest
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Josiah John Guest
(of Dowlais) 
Succeeded by
Ivor Churchill Guest


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