Henry Crichton, 6th Earl Erne, British peer, Died at 78

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Henry George Victor John Crichton, 6th Earl Erne was born on July 9, 1937, and died on December 23, 2015.

He was an Anglo-Irish peer and a Lord Lieutenant of Fermanagh.

Henry was known to his family and friends as Harry Erne.

Henry was the eldest son of John Crichton, 5th Earl Erne, and his wife Davina (Davidema Katharine Cynthia Mary Millicent Bulwer-Lytton), a younger daughter of the 2nd Earl of Lytton, and was a godchild of King George VI.

He inherited his father’s titles in 1940, a few weeks before his third birthday, when his father was killed in the Second World War.

In 1945, Henry gained a stepfather, when his mother married, secondly Montague Woodhouse, a Conservative member of Parliament who later became Baron Terrington.

In due course he gained two half-brothers, Christopher, now 6th Lord Terrington, and Nicholas, and a half-sister, Emma Davinia Mary.

Henry was educated at Eton. In 1952, he was briefly a Page of honor to George VI and continued in the same capacity after Elizabeth II came to the throne, until 1954.

From 1960-68, he was a junior officer in the North Irish Horse.

On 5 November 1958, Henry married Camilla Roberts, a great-granddaughter of wealthy American businessman Marshall Owen Roberts, and they had five children.

In 1980, Henry was divorced from his first wife and on 21 June 1980 married Anna Bjorck.

Henry was a member of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society and the Royal Forestry Society and was Lord Lieutenant of Fermanagh from 1986 to 2012.

He was appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in the 2012 New Year Honours List, for his services as Lord-Lieutenant.

Henry Crichton, 6th Earl Erne, passed away on December 23, 2015, aged 78.