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The Viscount Blakenham 

In office
18 October 1956 – 6 January 1958
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden
Harold Macmillan
Preceded by Anthony Head
Succeeded by Christopher Soames

In office
6 January 1958 – 27 July 1960
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
Preceded by Derick Heathcoat-Amory
Succeeded by Christopher Soames

In office
27 July 1960 – 20 October 1963
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
Preceded by Edward Heath
Succeeded by Joseph Godber

Born 22 January 1911 (1911-01-22)
Died 7 March 1982 (1982-03-08)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Hon. Nancy Pearson

John Hugh Hare, 1st Viscount Blakenham OBE, PC, DL (22 January 1911–7 March 1982) was a British Conservative politician.


Background and education

Blakenham was the third son of Richard Hare, 4th Earl of Listowel, and the Hon. Freda, daughter of Francis Vanden-Bampde-Johnstone, 2nd Baron Derwent. His elder brother William Hare, 5th Earl of Listowel was a prominent Labour politician. He was educated at Eton.

Political career

Blackenham was an Alderman of London County Council between 1937 and 1952 and fought in the Second World War with the Suffolk Yeomanry in Italy and was awarded the Legion of Honour and appointed an OBE. He sat as Member of Parliament for Woodbridge between 1945 and 1950 and for Sudbury and Woodbridge between 1950 and 1963 and was vice-chairman of the Conservative Party between 1952 and 1955. He served under Sir Anthony Eden as Minister of State for the Colonies between 1955 and 1956 and under Eden and his successor, Harold Macmillan, as Secretary of State for War from 1956 to 1958.

He later held office under Macmillan as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1958 to 1960 and Minister of Labour between 1960 and 1963. He was admitted to the Privy Council in 1955 and in 1963 he was elevated to the peerage as Viscount Blakenham, of Little Blakenham in the County of Suffolk. Blakenham then served under Sir Alec Douglas-Home as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords from 1963 to 1964 and was chairman of the Conservative Party between 1963 and 1965.

Hare received the Victoria Medal of Honour from the Royal Humane Society in 1974.[1]


Lord Blakenham married the Hon. Nancy Pearson, daughter of Weetman Pearson, 2nd Viscount Cowdray, on 31 January 1934. They had three children:

Lord Blakenham died in March 1982, aged 71, and was succeeded in the viscountcy by his only son, Michael. Lady Blakenham died in November 1994, aged 86.


  1. ^ Mosley, Charles (ed.) (2003) "John Hugh Hare, 1st Viscount Blakenham" Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage 107th edition, 3 volumes, Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A., volume 1, page 391.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Walter Ross-Taylor
Member of Parliament for Woodbridge
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Sudbury and Woodbridge
Succeeded by
Keith Stainton
Political offices
Preceded by
Anthony Head
Secretary of State for War
Succeeded by
Christopher Soames
Preceded by
Derick Heathcoat Amory
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Succeeded by
Christopher Soames
Preceded by
Edward Heath
Minister of Labour
Succeeded by
Joseph Godber
Preceded by
Iain Macleod
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Succeeded by
Douglas Houghton
Party political offices
Preceded by
Iain Macleod
Chairman of the Conservative Party
Succeeded by
Edward du Cann
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Viscount Blakenham
Succeeded by
Michael Hare


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