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Newcastle property company Grainger is now worth £13m, down from £62m at the start of 2007. The 10th Earl of Portsmouth, 54, is the largest shareholder, and does not have any other significant directorships. His assets, however, include a 3,000-acre country pile near Basingstoke.
Earl of Portsmouth Mystery peer with the money - Quentin Gerard Carew Wallop
Hamilton, Al Fayed libel trial
* Vikram Dodd and Michael White
* The Guardian, Thursday 23 December 1999 01.39 GMT
The mystery peer who gave money for Neil Hamilton's failed libel action is the earl of Portsmouth, Quentin Gerrard Carew Wallop.
It is not the first time the 10th earl of Portsmouth has given money to the losing party in a libel case.
He bankrolled Nikolai Tolstoy to the tune of £376,000 for his libel trial following an action brought by Lord Aldington, who had been falsely accused by the author of sending thousands of cossacks to their death.
Yesterday Tolstoy said he was surprised at the earl's generosity, and had only met him twice before receiving a cheque for £350,000 followed by one for £26,000 in 1988.
Another Hamilton backer said the earl had contributed several thousand pounds towards the disgraced former minister's libel action - below the £5,000 limit which Fayed's lawyers will target - because he felt the Downey inquiry into Neil Hamilton had been a "kangaroo court".
The earl is a non-executive director of Grainger trust plc, whose principal activity is property investment and trading. He is the firm's largest shareholder, owning 16.55% . The company last year made £8.4 million on turnover of £44 million.
The earl was married for three years to the author Candia McWilliam. He has one son and daughter from that marriage which ended in 1984, and another daughter from his second marriage.
Mr Tolstoy yesterday said that the earl's £376,000 came completely out of the blue. His help followed a lunch on the earl's Hampshire estate, but Tolstoy says the he still does know why the money was donated: "He is very difficult to understand. There's this amazingly generous streak. But he never took the slightest interest in the court case. He is very laconical. He's not clever, he definitely isn't."
The 54-year-old The Earl of Portsmouth - Quentin Gerard Carew Wallop
asked no recorded questions and uttered just 52 tentative words in the 1997 parliament. He became chairman of the Basingstoke Conservative Association in 1992.
His letter in today's Daily Telegraph is one of several he has written to that newspaper, plus one to the Guardian.
The earl went to Eton but not to university. Friends said he will not pay up if asked to foot Mohamed al Fayed's legal bill. "He's prepared to go to court to resist being made to pay more," said another of the Hamilton donors, who are confident that the law is on their side.
Earl of Portsmouth - Quentin Gerard Carew Wallop - wikipedia
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Earl of Portsmouth is a title in the Peerage of Great Britain. It was created in 1743 for John Wallop, Viscount Lymington, who had previously represented Hampshire in the House of Commons. He had already been created Baron Wallop, of Farleigh Wallop in Hampshire in the County of Southampton, and Viscount Lymington, in 1720, also in the Peerage of Great Britain. His great-grandson, the fourth Earl (who succeeded his elder brother in 1853, who in his turn had succeeded his father in 1797, who in his turn had succeeded his grandfather the first Earl), represented Andover and Devonshire North in Parliament. In 1794 he assumed by Royal license for himself and his issue the surname and arms of Fellowes only.
He was succeeded by his son, the fifth Earl. He resumed, without Royal license, the family surname and arms of Wallop. His son, the sixth Earl, represented Barnstaple in Parliament as a Liberal. His nephew, the ninth Earl (who succeeded his father, who had succeeded his elder brother who in his turn had succeeded his elder brother, the sixth Earl), sat as Conservative Member of Parliament for Basingstoke. As of 2007 the titles are held by his grandson, the tenth Earl, who succeeded in 1984. He is the only son of Oliver Kintzing Wallop, Viscount Lymington (1923-1984).
The family seat is Farleigh House in Hampshire.
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'Q' - news.bbc.co.uk- The Earl of Portsmouth - Quentin Gerard Carew Wallop
Less is known about the Earl of Portsmouth, or "Q" as Lord Harris at first cryptically referred to him. His family name is Quentin Gerard Carew Wallop.
In a letter to the Telegraph newspaper on Thursday, the 54-year-old earl confirmed he had made a "substantial contribution" to the Hamilton fighting fund.
His financial support for Mr Hamilton is not the first occasion the 10th earl of Portsmouth - the title dates back to 1743 - has bankrolled an individual who goes on to lose a high-profile libel case.
The peer gave generously - Ł376,000 - to the historian Nikolai Tolstoy for his libel trial after he falsely accused Lord Aldington of sending Cossacks to their death at the end of the second world war.
But the earl can easily afford to dole out the cash in this way. Estimates put the family wealth at around Ł120m, including Farleigh House and 3,500 acres near Basingstoke.
He was educated at Eton and Millfield. Since 1992 he has been president of the Basingstoke Conservative Association.
He is a non-executive director of and the largest shareholder in Grainger Trust plc, the family property company. Last year the firm registered a profit of Ł8.4m.
Between 1981 and 1984 he was married to the author Candia McWilliam, with whom he had two children. He remarried in 1990, and had another daughter.
In the House of Lords, where the earl no longer has the right to sit and vote following the ejection from the second chamber of most hereditary peers, he kept a low profile. He asked no questions and spoke a mere 52 words in the 1997 parliamentary session.
Candia McWilliam Biography - The Earl of Portsmouth - Quentin Gerard Carew Wallop
Given away by Lord Strathcona, she wed Quentin Gerard Carew Wallop, with whom she had her first two children, son Oliver Henry Rufus (born 1981) and daughter Clementine Violet Rohais (born 1983). Upon his grandfather's death in 1984 Wallop became tenth earl of Portsmouth; the following year he and McWilliam divorced. In 1986 McWilliam and Fram Eduljee Dinshaw, a Bombay-born English teacher and administrator at St. Catharine's College of Oxford University, were married. In 1989 the couple had a son, McWilliam's third child, Minocher Framroze Eduljee (Minoo). She and Dinshaw are currently separated. Although happy with her roles as writer and mother, McWilliam senses a competitive relationship between literature and motherhood, as she remarked to Joanna Coles in a Guardian (5 May 1993) interview: "With the birth of each child, you lose two novels."
In 1988 McWilliam published her first novel, A Case of Knives, its title and ethos reflecting lines from George Herbert's poem "Affliction (IV)" (1633): "My thoughts are all a case of knives, / Wounding my heart / With scattered smart." Filled with food imagery, literary allusions, and topical political undercurrents, A Case of Knives is the story of four people whose lives are interwoven but each one remains a virtual mystery to the other three.
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Kim Sengupta - independent.co.uk
HIS CODENAME is "Q", Lord Harris of High Cross said in a conspiratorial voice. "He is a peer of the realm, an independent and outstanding chap..." He is also, it emerged, one of the main contributors to the Hamilton legal fund.
The mystery, such as it is, can be solved. "Q" is Quentin Gerard Carew Wallop, the 10th Earl of Portsmouth, a Tory backwoodsman who can be sighted today at a habitat much favoured by his type, the letters column of The Daily Telegraph.
Writing from his home in Farleigh Wallop, Hampshire, the Earl will explain why he feels it was right to support the former Conservative minister for corporate affairs in the libel case against Mohamed Al Fayed that went so disastrously wrong at the High Court, leaving him and other benefactors facing a possible pounds 2.5m legal bill.
Others who contributed to the fund, run by Lord Harris, the 75-year-old founding president of the Institute of Economic Affairs, and the former Guinness Book of Records chief Norris McWhirter, include the Greek socialite Taki Theodoracopulos, the former MP and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth and the political columnist Simon Heffer, as well as three wealthy right-wing Americans whose identities remain unknown. Others such as Lord Bell, Baroness Thatcher's former PR advisor, have pledged sums but are yet to pay. Some of the same people are said to have contributed to the fund for Augusto Pinochet, the former Chilean dictator now under house arrest in Surrey on charges of human rights abuse.
This is the second time such a fund had been set up by Lord Harris to help out Neil Hamilton in a legal case. In the mid-Eighties a similar support group was organised when the former MP for Tatton successfully sued the BBC over a Panorama programme, Maggie's Militant Tendency.
The contributions, some for as little as pounds 5, for the Fayed action have come from more than 500 people, raising around pounds 410,000. Mr Theodoracopulos paid pounds 50,000, and Lord Harris and Mr McWhirter are said to have given five-figure sums each. Mr Heffer had donated pounds 5,000.
Little is known about the 45-year-old The Earl of Portsmouth - Quentin Gerard Carew Wallop
except that he is very rich and has taken an interest in defamation cases in the past. He spent about pounds 500,000 supporting Count Tolstoy in his unsuccessful fight against Lord Aldingon over the count's allegations that Cossack prisoners of war were sent back to Stalin against their wishes by the British army at the end of the Second World War.
The Earl then published a controversial book on the subject by Ian Mitchell, leaving himself open to the possibility of legal action. He said at the time: "That is something I have taken into account.... Should anyone contemplate suing on this book, I have access to the means to fund the very best legal advice, and I will see them in court."
The Earl of Portsmouth - Quentin Gerard Carew Wallop