Hugh van Cutsem

English landowner, banker, businessman and horse-breeder

Hugh van Cutsem
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Born
Hugh Bernard Edward van Cutsem

(1941-07-21)21 July 1941
Died2 September 2013(2013-09-02) (aged 72)
NationalityEnglish
EducationAmpleforth College
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
OccupationLandowner
Banker
Businessman
Horsebreeder
Spouse
Emilie Quarles van Ufford
(m. 1971)
Children4
Parent(s)Bernard van Cutsem
Mary Compton
RelativesJonkheer Pieter Quarles van Ufford (father-in-law)

Hugh Bernard Edward van Cutsem (21 July 1941 – 2 September 2013) was an English banker, businessman, landowner and horse-breeder.

Early life

Hugh Bernard Edward van Cutsem was born on 21 July 1941.[1][2][3] His father Bernard van Cutsem (1916–1975) was a millionaire horse-trainer and -breeder.[2][3] His mother was Mary Compton, a descendant of the chiefly line of Clan Farquharson.[2][3] The van Cutsems were Roman Catholics of Belgian origin[4] who had moved to England in the nineteenth century.[2] He was educated at Sunningdale School and Ampleforth College,[5] a Roman Catholic boarding school in Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, and graduated from the University of Cambridge.[2][3][6] He then served as an officer in the Life Guards.[2]

Business career

Van Cutsem worked as an investment banker at Hambros Bank.[2] Later he began his own company and purchased further companies, including a data storage company.[2]

Land ownership

Van Cutsem inherited his father's stud Northmore Farm in Exning near Newmarket, Suffolk, in 1976.[2] He also owned a 4,000-acre estate in Norfolk, best known for its private wild game shoots.[2] In 2001, the estate had thirty-five pairs of stone-curlews, a very rare bird.[2] In addition he owned a hunting lodge and grouse moor managed for shooting interest on the North Yorkshire-Cumbria border.[2] In the 1990s, he sold his father's farm in Exning and purchased the Hilborough estate in Norfolk, whence he transferred his horse-breeding operations.[2] In 1994, he won a Country Landowners' Association award for his restoration of an old barn on the Hilborough estate; the Prince of Wales (now Charles III) presented the award.[2]

He was a founding member of the Countryside Movement, a non-profit organization which later became the Countryside Alliance, focussed on shooting.[2] He was also a significant fundraiser for the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, a British charity promoting game promoting game and wildlife management whilst working with the shooting and hunting community.[2] Moreover, he served as Chairman of the Countryside Business Trust.[2] He was also elected to the Council of the National Trust.[2]

Marriage and issue

On 10 June 1971, he married Emilie Quarles van Ufford, who was born in the Netherlands and a daughter of Jonkheer Pieter Quarles van Ufford, at Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks.[1][2][3] They had four sons:[2][3]

For ten years the family rented Anmer Hall in Anmer, Norfolk, on the Queen's Sandringham estate.[2][3] They later moved into a neo-Palladian mansion designed by architect Francis Johnson in Hilborough, on their estate.[2][3]

A devout Roman Catholic, he built a chapel near his Hilborough residence for family occasions, and arranged for priests to visit.[2] However, he also regularly attended Mass at Our Lady of Pity in Swaffham with his family.[2] In 1993, he was appointed a Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.[2][3]

From the Prince's university days Hugh van Cutsem was a friend of Charles III.[2] The King is godfather to his son Edward, who was a pageboy at the King's wedding to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.[2]

Funeral

Van Cutsem died on 2 September 2013, aged 72.[1][3] His funeral took place in Brentwood Cathedral in Essex and was conducted by Thomas McMahon, Bishop of Brentwood. Each of his four sons also gave a reading; Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor read the prayer of commendation; the choir sang "Pie Jesu". It was attended by the then Prince of Wales; his sons, the Prince William and Prince Harry; and his wife, Camilla, then-Duchess of Cornwall; together with Andrew Parker Bowles; Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester; Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester; the Prince and Princess of Liechtenstein; Ralph Percy, 12th Duke of Northumberland; Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster; Natalia Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster; and Lady Tamara Grosvenor.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b c Gordon Cramb, Hugh van Cutsem, countryman, 1941-2013, Financial Times, 6 September 2013
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa Hugh van Cutsem, The Daily Telegraph, 3 September 2013
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "The Peerage: Hugh Bernard Edward van Cutsem". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  4. ^ COLIN, Eugène. (1924). La Famille van Cutsem. Fragment généalogique. [With plates, including portraits.]. BIbliothèque Nationale de France. OCLC 558096576.
  5. ^ ‘van CUTSEM, Hugh Bernard Edward’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016
  6. ^ a b Josh Duboff, William and Harry Join Prince Charles at Funeral of His Closest Friend, Vanity Fair, 11 September 2013
  7. ^ Foster, Peter. "Has the puppet-master of St James's finally pulled one string too many?". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  8. ^ Stephens, Felix, ed. (Spring 1996). "1995 Graduates". The Ampleforth Journal. 101 (1): 124.
  9. ^ "The Peerage: Edward Bernard Charles van Cutsem". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  10. ^ "The Peerage: Hugh Ralph van Cutsem". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  11. ^ "The Peerage: Nicholas Peter Geoffrey van Cutsem". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  12. ^ "Meghan Markle bridesmaids: Benita Litt's daughters Remi and Rylan, Princess Charlotte, Florence van Cutsem and others announced as bridesmaids as Prince Harry's bride takes after Kate Middleton". OK!. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  13. ^ "The Peerage: William Henry van Cutsem". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  14. ^ "Pigeon Management Team website". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  15. ^ Gordon Rayner, Prince George christening: profiles of the godparents, The Daily Telegraph, 23 October 2013