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Viscount Galway, whose full name is George Vere Arundell MoncktonArundell, is the eighth Viscount of his line and a descendant of an old English family. He was born in 1882, being the eldest son of the seventh Viscount and Vere, oldest daughter.of Mr. Ellis Gosling, of Busbridge Hall, Godalming, Surrey, and was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. In 1900 he joined the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, served in South Africa, and remained in that corps for four years, at the end of which time he was gazetted to the Ist Life Guards. By 1908 he had risen to become adjutant in this regiment, and he held that post for three years, at the end of which time he was promoted, tg captain, Ju &S
first two years of the World War he was a staff captain with the 4th Cavalry Brigade. From 1917 until 1919 he was A.A. and Q.M.G. to the 2nd Cavalry Division, and in the first year after the war became a brevet colonel. His opportunity for further promotion came in 1925, and he was then appointed to command the Life Guards, holding that post until 1929, when he retired. Two years later he succeeded his father. Since last year he has been Colonel Commandant of the Honourable Artillery Company.
Lord Galway holds the titles of Baron Killard, which dates from 1628 but was awarded to his family in 1727, Baron Monckton (a barony of the United Kingdom), which goes back to 1887, as well as the Viscountcy, which also dates to 1727. The first and last are Irish titles, and John Monckton, member of Parliament for Pontefract, but officially connected with Ireland as Receiver-General of Revenue, was awarded these Irish Peerages, the United Kingdom barony falling to the lot of the seventh peer. The family name is Monckton, except for the Peer himself and the direct line of succession, who are named Monckton-Arun-dell, and though the fifth Viscount discarded the name for himself and for the younger children it has since been restored.
Viscount Galway was married in 1922 to the Hon. Lucia Margaret White, once a Maid of Honour to her Majesty Queen Alexandra, and daughter of the third Baron Annaly. There are four children, the Hon. Mary .Victoria Monckton, born in 1924, the Hon. Celia Ella Vere Monckton, born in 1925, the Hon. Isabel Cynthia Monckton, born in 1926, and the Hon. Simon George Robert Monckton-Arundell, heir to the Viscountcy, born in 1929.
Lord Galway has been awarded as honours for war service the D.S.O. (1917) and a Military 0.8. E. (1919). He essayed to enter the political field, contesting the Scarborough seat in the Conservative interest in 1910. but was defeated. He is also a J.P. and Deputy Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire. The principal family residence is at Serlby Hall, near Bawtry, Nottinghamshire, and the family owns 4000 acres in Nottinghamshire and 2700 in Yorkshire, besides a small estate in Cornwall.
Lord Galway's father was a famous politician, and in the House of Commons was known as. "the stormy petrel." He was a famous shot and fisherman, and was Master of the Grove Hunt, and in 1925 set forth some of the secrets of successful mastership in a book "A Pack of Foxhounds." He entered the House of Commons in 1872, and continued to sit in the House of Commons even after he had succeeded to the Viscountcy. This he was able to do on the ground that his peerages were Irish. He took a keen interest in politics, and combined his work in the House with hunting. Sometimes, after a late sitting, he would catch an early morning train north, take his hounds out at 11 o'clock, and; be back at Westminster for the day's debate. He was A.D.C. to Queen Victoria, King Edward, and King George V, and after 1887, when he received his peerage of the United Kingdom, he took his seat in the House of Lords. His wife and the mother of the new Governor-Gen-eral was known as the author of some charming poems, and died, much regretted, in 1921, leaving one son and one daughter.