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Rowland Baring, 3rd Earl of Cromer

The Right Honourable
The Earl of Cromer
British Ambassador to the United States
In office
Preceded by John Freeman
Succeeded by Sir Peter Ramsbotham
Governor of the Bank of England
In office
Preceded by The Lord Cobbold
Succeeded by Sir Leslie O'Brien
Personal details
Born George Rowland Stanley Baring
(1918-07-28)28 July 1918
Died 16 March 1991(1991-03-16) (aged 72)
London, England
Nationality British
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Occupation Banker, diplomat

GCMG MBE PC (28 July 1918 – 16 March 1991), styled Viscount Errington before 1953, was a British banker and diplomat. After serving during the Second World War, he was Governor of the Bank of England (1961–1966) and British Ambassador to the United States (1971–1974).


  • Early life and military career 1
  • Banking and diplomatic career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Footnotes 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life and military career

The eldest son of the 2nd Earl of Cromer and his wife Ruby Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, he was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he left after a year. He served with the Grenadier Guards during the Second World War, where he gained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and became a Member of the Order of the British Empire.[1]

Banking and diplomatic career

After serving as private secretary to the Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon in 1938, he joined Barings Bank, founded by his ancestor Sir Francis Baring, as a clerk. After military service during the war, he was managing director of Barings between 1949 and 1959 He then served as Economic Minister at the British Embassy in Washington as well as holding executive directorships at the International Monetary Fund, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the International Finance Corporation.

In 1961, he was appointed Governor of the Bank of England, a position he held until 1966. During his governorship, he clashed with the incoming Labour Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, over Cromer's desire to see government spending contained, which may have contributed to his decision not to seek a second term. He was subsequently appointed to the Privy Council. He was responsible for the Cromer Report into Lloyd's of London.

From 1971 to 1974 he served as British Ambassador to the United States. Following his appointment he became a Knight Commander of the

Court offices
Preceded by
Jock Colville
Page of Honour
Succeeded by
George Seymour
Government offices
Preceded by
The Lord Cobbold
Governor of the Bank of England
Succeeded by
Sir Leslie O'Brien
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John Freeman
British Ambassador to the United States
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Ramsbotham
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Rowland Baring
Earl of Cromer
Succeeded by
Evelyn Baring
  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Cromer

External links


  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36917. p. 673. 30 January 1945. Retrieved 4 November 2009.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 45308. p. 1527. 19 February 1971. Retrieved 4 November 2009.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 46162. p. 3. 28 December 1973. Retrieved 4 November 2009.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 47207. p. 5631. 26 April 1977. Retrieved 4 November 2009.
  5. ^ Wilkes, David (9 June 2011). "Esme, Dowager Countess of Cromer, dies". Daily Mail (London). 
  6. ^
  7. ^ https:/


The 3rd Earl died on 16 March 1991 in London. Esme remarried in 1993 to Gerrit van der Woude.

In 1964, during the period he was at the Bank of England, Cromer purchased a Fairey Huntsman 28 sports cruiser from Fairey Marine, Hamble. Bearing the name Le Reve, the vessel was taken to France. The boat still exists and details can be seen on the Fairey Owners Club[7] website.

Both the Countess of Cromer and her daughter-in-law were royal attendants. Esme Harmsworth was a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II, while Lavinia Baring was a Lady-in-Waiting to Diana, Princess of Wales.[6]

  • Lana Mary Gabriel (1943–1974)
  • Evelyn Rowland Esmond (born 1946), who succeeded as 4th Earl of Cromer
  • Vivian John Rowland (born 1950), married his second cousin Lavinia Baring.

Cromer married Esmé Mary Gabriel Harmsworth (1922–2011) in 1942, daughter of Esmond Harmsworth, 2nd Viscount Rothermere. At their wedding, she walked barefoot down the aisle to avoid appearing taller than her husband.[5] They had three children:

Personal life

In 1977, he was made a Knight of the Garter.[4]

executive committee. Pilgrims Society, and a member of the Atlantic Institute He was a Governor of the pro-NATO [3] and was raised to the rank of Knight Grand Cross in 1974.[2]

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