John Eden, Baron Eden of Winton

The Lord Eden of Winton

Member of Parliament
for Bournemouth West
In office
18 February 1954 β€“ 13 May 1983
Preceded by Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
Succeeded by John Butterfill
Member of the House of Lords
In office
3 October 1983 β€“ 11 June 2015
Life Peerage
Personal details
John Benedict Eden

(1925-09-15)15 September 1925
Died 23 May 2020(2020-05-23) (aged 94)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
  • Belinda Jane Pascoe (m. 1954; div. 1974)
  • Margaret Ann Gordon (1977-2020)
Children 4
Education Eton College
St. Paul's School (NH)

John Benedict Eden, Baron Eden of Winton, Bt, PC (15 September 1925 – 23 May 2020)[1] was a British Conservative politician who was the Member of Parliament for Bournemouth West from 1954 to 1983.[2][3]


Eden was educated at Eton College and St Paul's School, New Hampshire, USA. He served as a Lieutenant with the Rifle Brigade, 2nd Gurkha Rifles and the Gilgit Scouts during the Second World War. He was a nephew of Sir Anthony Eden (1897–1977), who served as prime minister from 1955 to 1957, and he succeeded his father Sir Timothy Calvert Eden to his baronetcies in 1963. He was the 9th Baronet of West Auckland and the 7th Baronet of Maryland.


After an unsuccessful attempt to contest the 1953 Paddington North by-election, Eden was the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Bournemouth West from 1954 until 1983. When first elected at by-election in February 1954, he was the youngest member of the House of Commons. He was appointed to the Privy Council on 10 April 1972 and was created a life peer as Baron Eden of Winton, of Rushyford in the County of Durham on 3 October 1983,[4] following his retirement from the House of Commons. He retired from the House of Lords on 11 June 2015 under the provisions of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014.[5] Following the death of Lord Healey on 3 October 2015, Eden became the oldest surviving former MP with the earliest date of first election.


  • Member of the House of Commons Estimates committee (1960–1964)
  • Delegate to Council of Europe and West European Union (1960–1962)
  • Delegate to NATO Technology (June–October 1970)
  • Minister of State for Industry (1970–1972)
  • Minister of State for Posts and Telecommunications (1972–1974)
  • Member of the House of Commons Expenditure committee (1974–1976)
  • Chairman of the Select Committee on EEC Legislation (1976–1979)
  • Chairman of the Select Committee on Home Affairs (1980–1983)
  • Chairman of the British Lebanese Association (1990–1998)
  • Chairman of the Royal Armouries Association (1986–1994)
  • Member of Timken Company International Advisory Board
  • Chairman of Lady Eden's Schools Ltd

Family life

He was twice married:

  • 1) Belinda Jane Pascoe (1954 – divorced 1974); four children
  • 2) Margaret Ann Gordon (1977 – his death 2020). A former wife of the Earl of Perth.


Coat of arms of John Eden, Baron Eden of Winton
Coronet of a British Baron.svg
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A Coronet of a Baron
A dexter Arms embowed in Armour couped at the shoulder proper and grasping a Garb fesswise as in the Arms banded Vert
Gules on a Chevron Argent between three Garbs Or banded Vert as many Escallops Sable
On either side a Lion rampant guardant Gules about the mane of each a Chain pendant therefrom a Portcullis Or that on the dexter side holding by the interior paw a Cross Patonce also Or and that on the sinister side holding by the interior paw a Rose Branch proper having three Double Roses Argent and Gules barbed and seeded proper, the Compartment comprising a Mount rising in the centre and growing therefrom Fir Trees and Beech Trees in the foreground a Bay with Cliffs proper and a Rivulet wavy Azure running across a Sandy Beach also proper into the Sea barry wavy of four Azure and Argent
Si Sit Prudentia


  1. ^ "eden - Deaths Announcements". Telegraph Announcements. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  2. ^ "John Benedict Eden". the peerage. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Sir John Benedict EDEN (Baron Eden of Winton)". Council of Europe. Archived from the original on 15 May 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  4. ^ "No. 49500". The London Gazette. 6 October 1983. p. 13057.
  5. ^ "House of Lords Minute of Proceedings for 11 June 2015".

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