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John Hunt, Baron Hunt of Tanworth


John Hunt, Baron Hunt of Tanworth

The Lord Hunt of Tanworth
Born (1919-10-23)23 October 1919
Minehead, Somerset, UK
Died 17 July 2008(2008-07-17) (aged 88)
Nationality British
Occupation Civil servant
Known for Cabinet Secretary, Life Peer and member of HoL
Title Baron Hunt of Tanworth

John Joseph Benedict Hunt, Baron Hunt of Tanworth, GCB, KCPO (23 October 1919 – 17 July 2008) was a British civil servant.[1]

Born in Minehead, Somerset to Major A. L. Hunt MC by his wife Daphne née Ashton Case, he was educated at Downside School and Magdalene College, Cambridge before joining the Civil Service in 1946.

Hunt became Cabinet Secretary from 1973 to 1979, being the first Roman Catholic to hold this post since its creation in 1916.

Lord Hunt of Tanworth married firstly in 1941 The Hon. Mary Robinson (died 1971) and, by his second wife Madeleine, Lady Charles (née Hume), was a brother-in-law of the late Basil Hume, Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster.[2]

GCB insignia

Honours and awards

Hunt was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1968 and promoted Knight Commander (KCB) in 1973.

Created a Life Peer with the title Baron Hunt of Tanworth, of Stratford-on-Avon in the County of Warwickshire on 8 February 1980, he was also advanced as Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in the same year.

Lord Hunt was also appointed Officier de la Légion d'honneur by President François Mitterrand and Knight Commander of the Order of Pius IX by Pope John Paul II.[3]


  1. ^ Lord Hunt of Tanworth: Secretary of the Cabinet
  2. ^ Mosley, Charles ( 
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Preceded by
Sir Burke Trend

Cabinet Secretary

Succeeded by
Sir Robert Armstrong

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