Sale 63
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    Auction of the Lord Cornwallis Collection of Australia with Gambia, Gibraltar and Malta
    Thursday 17th March 2011 at 11 am

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    Pages 1-8 Terms and conditions etc
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    Lots 1 - 111
    Lots 112 - 206
    Lots 207 - 306
    Lots 307 - 433
    Lots 434 - 533

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    Fiennes Neil Wykeham Cornwallis OBE DL FRPSL
    3rd Baron Cornwallis of Linton
    29th June 1921 – 6th March 2010
    Fiennes Cornwallis was born into a distinguished family with a long tradition of public service which could be traced back to around the year 1225. He was brought up at Linton, a fine family house in Kent, educated at Eton, and commissioned into the Coldstream Guards, serving during the Second World War.

    In the late 1940s he turned his attention to agriculture and fruit farming, and built a
    prize-winning herd of Guernsey cattle. He was a driving force for British produce,
    especially bacon and lamb. He was a member of the Country Land Owners Executive.
    After the death of his father in 1982 he entered the House of Lords, taking up several briefs for the CLA. He was appointed a Trustee of the Chevening Estate (by Mrs Thatcher) in 1979; he always thought that the re-establishment of Chevening under his chairmanship was the best achievement of his life. He was a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent. One of his other great interests was Freemasonry. He rose through the ranks to become Pro Grand Master, second only to His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, who is Grand Master.

    Fiennes’s other many interests included fishing and shooting. Since his youth he had been a stamp collector. He always considering himself a collector
    rather than a philatelist. He had inherited mint and used British Commonwealth
    collections from members of his close family who had been collectors. But it was a chance purchase of an Australian collection that led to his forming the highly specialised material now being auctioned. When he realised that additional material was becoming harder to find, he turned his attention to forming specialised collections of Gambia, Gibraltar and Malta. In later years he was never happier than when he was able to fill a gap or to locate a better copy of something he already had, more often than not from Club books from the Royal Tunbridge Wells Philatelic Society, where, at the time of his death, he was President elect. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London in 1988.

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