John Grigg


Biography of John Grigg

John Edward Poynder Grigg (15 April 1924 – 31 December 2001) was a British writer, historian and politician. He was the 2nd Baron Altrincham from 1955 until he disclaimed that title under the Peerage Act on the day it received the Royal Assent in 1963.

John Grigg was the son of Edward Grigg, a Times journalist associated with the imperialist circle of Joseph Chamberlain, Conservative MP, Governor of Kenya, and member of Churchill's wartime government, who was created first Baron Altrincham in 1945, and his wife Joan Dickson-Poynder, the daughter of Lord Islington. From Eton, John Grigg joined the army and was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards. While in the army, Grigg served as officer of the Guard at St. James Palace and Windsor Castle and saw action against the Germans in France and Belgium.

After the war Grigg attended New College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. While there, he gained a reputation for academic excellence, winning the University Gladstone Memorial Prize in 1948. Upon graduation, Grigg joined National Review, which was owned and edited by his father. As Altrincham's health failed, his son assumed most of the managerial and editorial duties before formally taking over the editorship of the now-renamed National and English Review in 1954.

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