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Richard Geoffrey Gordon Byron
Born 3 November 1899
Died 15 June 1989 (age 89)
Title 12th Baron Byron
Spouse(s) Margaret Mary Steuart; Dorigen Margaret Esdaile
Children Richard Noel Byron; Robert James Byron, 13th Baron Byron
Parents Col. Richard Byron, Mabel Mackenzie Winter

Lt.Col. Richard Geoffrey Gordon Byron, 12th Baron Byron DSO (3 November 1899 – 15 June 1989) was a British peer and army officer. He was a descendant of a cousin of Romantic poet and writer, George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron.


Early life and education

Byron was born to Colonel Richard Byron and Mabel Mackenzie Winter. He was educated at Eton College in Eton, UK.

Professional life

Byron was Aide-de-Camp to the Governor of Bombay between 1921 and 1922, and Military Secretary to the Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of New Zealand in 1937. He fought in the Second World War. He was Lieutenant-Colonel of the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards in 1941. He was decorated with the award of Companion, Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in 1944.

Family life

Byron married Margaret Mary Steuart in 1926, but they were divorced in 1946. He married Dorigen Margaret Esdaile later in 1946, and this couple had two sons:

Byron succeeded to the title of 12th Baron Byron in 1983 upon the death of his fifth cousin Rupert Frederick George Byron, in Australia. Lord Byron died on 15 June 1989 at age 89, whereupon his surviving son Robert became the 13th Baron.


Peerage of England
Preceded by
Rupert Byron
Baron Byron
Succeeded by
Robert Byron


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