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Rainford park history

Edward Stanley, 19th Earl of Derby was born on 10th October 1962. Continuing a long family tradition, Lord Derby was educated at Eton and was then commissioned into the Grenadier Guards (1981 – 1985) before attending the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.

In November 1994, he succeeded his uncle as the 19th Earl of Derby and, the following October, married the Hon. Caroline Neville, daughter of The Lord Braybrooke. They have three children: Henrietta, Edward and Oliver. He joined Robert Fleming & Co Ltd in 1987 where he worked in the private client investment management business and became Head of Private Banking. He still spends some time in London, where he continues his investment banking interests on a part-time basis, having recently been appointed Chairman of Fleming Family & Partners Trustee Company Limited.

Most of his time is spent running the Knowsley Estate which is part agricultural and part commercial. It also includes Knowsley Safari Park, home to the largest herd of African elephants in Europe; and Knowsley Hall, a stately home which, following its restoration is now an established venue for private and corporate entertainment with a very high quality catering operation. It is Liverpool’s only 5 Star accommodation and the only stately home in the country to be so graded.

Lord Derby was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside in 1999 and has become increasingly involved in recent years with some 100 organisations predominantly in the North West.