Reading University philosophy student Viscount Newport, better
known to his fellow undergrads as plain Alexander Newport, will
be astonished to learn that someone else appears to be using the
He is one Gary, Baron of Richecourt, who also calls himself Lord
Newport on his e-mail address - a fact discovered by Alexander's
father, the Earl of Bradford.
Says Richard Bradford, owner of Porters in Covent Garden: "A friend
drew my attention to this chap's website. I think it is appalling,
and I have e-mailed him, asking what claim he has to the title.
"Even if he bought himself a lordship of a manor, he can't call
himself Lord Newport. There is only one person entitled to do
that, my son - although, ironically, Alexander never actually
uses his title." Alexander will eventually inherit his father's
12,000-acre estate in Shropshire, but not the family's Palladian
stately home, Weston Park. That was placed in the hands of a charitable
foundation to secure the house following £8 million in death duties
owed when his grandfather, the 6th Earl, died in 1991.
The other "Lord Newport", I discover, is computer expert Gary
Beaver, who was born in sylvan Surrey at Walton-on-Thames, but
who now lives in Belgium.
However, his telephone number in Brussels is a spare line, and
a website he set up, which charged surfers £300-a-year to join
his self-styled order of chivalry, has been shut down following
complaints by the Manorial Society.
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