John Hervey, 7th Marquess of Bristol

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The Marquess of Bristol
John Hervey, 7th Marquess of Bristol (1954–1999) was an hereditary peer and businessman. He was related to the 18th century courtier John Hervey, 2nd Baron Hervey.

Hervey was born at Ickworth, the family seat, where he lived for much of his life. He was educated at Harrow School and the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland.[1] He modelled himself on Oscar Wilde[2] and began to use drugs and alcohol; the Dictionary of National Biography designates him a "wastrel".[3] He inherited a million pounds when he was 16 years old, and another four million five years later.[2] He eventually acquired a personal fortune worth up to £35 million,[4]

Hervey was married for three years, despite being homosexual. He died aged 44 as a result of drug addiction, and possibly HIV.


  1. Claudia Joseph, "Marquess of Bristol found dead in bed", The Times, 16 September 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Anthony Haden-Guest, "The end of the peer", The Observer, 22 January 2006.
  3. Peter Mandler, "Hervey, Frederick William John Augustus, seventh marquess of Bristol (1954–1999)", Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004).
  4. Joanna Bale, "Junkie marquess died penniless after spending millions on drugs", The Times, 23 September 2005.