Tremayne Rodd, 3rd Baron Rennell

John Adrian Tremayne Rodd, 3rd Baron Rennell (28 June 1935 - 9 December 2006) was a Scottish rugby union player. He succeeded his uncle as 3rd Baron Rennell in 1978, and sat on the Conservative Party benches in the House of Lords.

John Adrian Tremayne Rodd was the younger son of Gustaf Guthrie Rennell Rodd, a Commander in the Royal Navy, and his wife, the former Yvonne Mary Marling, a singing teacher and co-author of "Singing, the Physical Nature of the Vocal Organ". His elder brother (by two years), Saul David Rennell Rodd, predeceased him.

His father was the younger son of the diplomat and Conservative MP Sir Rennell Rodd, who was created Baron Rennell in 1933. His father's elder brother was 2nd Baron Rennell. His uncles and aunts also included the life peer the Baroness Emmet of Amberley, and, through marriage, the artist Simon Elwes and Nancy Mitford. The artist Dominic Elwes was a cousin.

Rodd was evacuated to the United States during the Second World War. On his return, he was educated at Downside School. He followed his father in joining the Royal Navy in 1952, and joined Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. He later served in the Home Fleet, the Mediterranean Fleet and the Far East Fleet. He was the boxing champion of the Home Fleet in 1958, and played rugby for Royal Navy, Combined Services and United Services teams.

As Tremayne Rodd, he won 14 caps as a scrum half for Scotland between 1958 and 1965, battling for his place with Stan Coughtrie and Alex Hastie. He was a member of the Scottish team that shares the Five Nations with Wales in 1964. He also played for the Barbarians. He played most of his rugby in England, for London Scottish, Plymouth, and Hampshire.

In the 1960s he was a key player in the London Scottish rugby sevens team, winning the Middlesex Sevens tournament five times from 1960 to 1965. He started to scale back his rugby-playing activities in 1965 and finally his amateur rugby career was ended by a ban for working as a freelance journalist on a British Lions tour in 1966, writing for "The Observer" and "The Scotsman", which led to a ruling by the International Rugby Board that he had become a professional.

Rodd left the Royal Navy in 1962 with the rank of lieutenant. Until 1966, he worked as a merchant banker at Morgan Grenfell, where his uncle, the 2nd Baron Rennell, was a director. After leaving Morgan Grenfell, he became a director of Marks of Distinction, a company that created sporting medals and trophies and put on sporting and corporate promotional events. He left to run his own trophy and sporting promotions company, Tremayne Limited, from 1978 to 1984.

In 1974, at the funeral of his cousin Dominic Elwes who committed suicide after being ostracised by the Clermont set, after a sententious speech by John Aspinall Rennell infamously "went up and gave Aspinall the most useful punch in the face you have ever seen." [p225, The Hustlers by Douglas Thomas]

He married his Phyllis Neill, in 1977, the marriage produced a son and three daughters.

He succeeded his uncle as 3rd Baron Rennell in 1978, and took the Conservative whip in the House of Lords. Rodd actively participated in many sports including; rugby for several Parliamentary teams cricket, golf, bridge, backgammon and chess. In 2000 he was the team leader for Vladimir Kramnik in London when he won the World Chess Championship from Garry Kasparov. He also played in several backgammon world championships.

He died of cancer in London, aged 71. The title passed to his son, James Rodd, 4th Baron Rennell.

References

* [http://news.independent.co.uk/people/obituaries/article2097794.ece Obituary] , "The Independent", 23 December 2007
* [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,60-2528258,00.html Obituary] , "The Times", 3 January 2007
* [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=TIFODOZBZRTTZQFIQMFSFF4AVCBQ0IV0?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/news/2007/01/13/db1302.xml Obituary] , "The Daily Telegraph", 13 January 2007
* [http://statistics.scrum.com/rugby_stats_05.asp?ID=SRO15 scrum.com statistics]


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