David Fane, 15th Earl of Westmorland

David Anthony Thomas Fane, 15th Earl of Westmorland GCVO, DL (31 March 1924 – 8 September 1993), styled Lord Burghersh until 1948, was a British courtier.

Styled Lord Burghersh from birth, he was the eldest son of Vere Fane, 14th Earl of Westmorland, by the Honourable Diana, daughter of Thomas Lister, 4th Baron Ribblesdale. The author Julian Fane was his younger brother. He was educated at Eton. He fought in the Second World War as a lieutenant in the Royal Horse Guards and was wounded.[1]

In 1948 he succeeded in the earldom on the death of his father. He was a Lord-in-Waiting to Queen Elizabeth II between 1955 and 1978 and again between 1990 and 1993 and served as Master of the Horse from 1978 to 1991. He was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in 1970 and a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) in 1991. The latter year he was also appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.[1]

Lord Westmorland married Jane Barbara Findlay, daughter of Sir Roland Findlay, 3rd Baronet, on 20 June 1950. They had three children:

  • Anthony David Francis Henry Fane, 16th Earl of Westmorland (b. 1 August 1951)
  • Hon. Harry St. Clair Fane (b. 19 March 1953)
  • Lady Camilla Diana Fane (b. 26 December 1957)

Lord Westmorland died in September 1993, aged 69, and was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, Anthony.[1]


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Court offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Beaufort
Master of the Horse
Succeeded by
The Lord Somerleyton
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Vere Fane
Earl of Westmorland
Succeeded by
Anthony Fane

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