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18-02-2012, 08:31 PM
Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan (born 18 December 1934[1]), popularly known as Lord Lucan, as Lord Bingham before 1964, and sometimes colloquially called "Lucky" Lucan, was a British peer, who disappeared in the early hours of 8 November 1974, following the murder of Sandra Rivett, his children's nanny, the previous evening. There has been no verified sighting of him since then .... until now:

According to the BBC: Evidence that missing aristocrat Lord Lucan was smuggled out of the UK to a secret life abroad has come from two new witnesses. An ex-detective said there was a credible sighting of Lucan in Africa. And a woman who worked for Lucan's friend John Aspinall told the BBC she arranged for his children to fly to Africa where the peer could view them "from a distance".

Source (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-17076512)

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Earl of Lucan was a title in the Peerage of Ireland which has been possessed by two related Irish families in creations of 1691 and 1795. The current holder is presumed to be Richard Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan, who vanished in 1974. The subsidiary titles associated with the Earldom are: Baron Lucan, of Castlebar in the County of Mayo (created 1776), and Baron Bingham, of Melcombe Bingham in the County of Dorset (1934). The first is in the Peerage of Ireland, the second in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, and therefore allowed Earls of Lucan to sit in the House of Lords after the practice of electing representative peers from Ireland ceased. The Earl of Lucan also has a Baronetcy (of Castlebar, Co Mayo) created in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia 7 June 1634.

In 1691, Patrick Sarsfield, who had been one of King James II's senior Irish commanders during his battles in Ireland with William of Orange for the English, Scottish and Irish thrones (see Glorious Revolution), was given the title of Earl of Lucan. Sarsfield's son James Sarsfield died without an heir in 1719 and the title became extinct.

Patrick Sarsfield's great-nephew, Charles Bingham, had the title re-created in 1795.[1][2] Since this was a re-created title, despite the family connection, Charles Bingham was (as usual) called the 1st Earl of Lucan of the "second creation". The title became notorious when George Bingham, 3rd Earl of Lucan, as cavalry commander in the Crimean War, was one of the men involved in the ill-fated Charge of the Light Brigade.

Its notoriety was renewed after the disappearance in 1974 of the 7th Earl. In June 1975, in his absence, a Coroner's Jury decided that Lord Lucan had murdered Mrs Sandra Rivett who at the time was his children's Nanny.

C. Flower
18-02-2012, 08:33 PM
Landlord of quite a bit of land and property in Ireland, is he not ?

Surely the occupiers must have "Adverse possession" by now ?

18-02-2012, 08:37 PM
Landlord of quite a bit of land and property in Ireland, is he not ?

Surely the occupiers must have "Adverse possession" by now ?

I think it was ground rents : ground rents in Castlebar, County Mayo have been withheld following the controversial disappearance of Lord Lucan in 1974. Source - 2004 (http://www.ruthdudleyedwards.co.uk/journalism04/IrInd04020.html)

19-02-2012, 04:36 PM
I've seen a few documentaries on this subject, there is a line of thought that he was a big gambler and drinker and in alot of debt and hired someone to kill his wife, (presumably for the insurance) this theory goes that the hired killer didn't know his wife and mistook the Nanny for her and killed her.
Who knows the truth but the English aristocracy are noted for closing ranks around each other and this seems to be the case with Lord Lucan. His alleged last note to a friend, said that would he would be "lying doggo for a while". It was unthinkable that a "Lord" would end up in prison like a "commoner" he would have got help from many quarters with out a doubt.:rolleyes: