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Michael Sydney Cedric Brudenell-Bruce, 8th Marquess of Ailesbury (born 31 March 1926). The son of Chandos Brudenell-Bruce, 7th Marquess of Ailesbury and Joan Houlton Salter, he succeeded his father as 8th Marquess on the latter's death on 15 July 1974. The Heir apparent to the marquessate, and the other titles, is his eldest son.


He attended Eton College, before serving in the Royal Horse Guards. He was a member of the London Stock Exchange in 1954.

He was married three times. Firstly, to Edwina Sylvia de Winton-Wills, daughter of Lt.-Col. Sir Ernest Edward de Winton-Wills, 4th Baronet Wills of Hazelwood and Sylvia Margaret Ogden, on 17 March 1952. The couple were divorced in 1961. They had three children, David Brudenell-Bruce, Earl of Cardigan (born 1952), Lady Sylvia Davina Brudenell-Bruce (born 1954) who married Peter M. Gould in 1987, and Lady Carina Doune Brudenell-Bruce (born 1956) who married Anthony Le Brun on 26 June 1982.

His second marriage was to Juliet Adrienne Lethbridge Kingsford, daughter of Edward Hilary Lethbridge Kingsford, on 10 July 1963. The couple were divorced in 1974 after having two children Lady Louisa Brudenell-Bruce (born 1964) and Lady Kathryn Juliet Brudenell-Bruce (born 1965). Thirdly, he married Caroline Elizabeth Wethered, daughter of Commander Owen Francis MacTier Wethered, on 18 September 1974. The couple were divorced in 1992.


  • ‘AILESBURY’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2007; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Chandos Brudenell-Bruce
Marquess of Ailesbury
Succeeded by


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