Biography of Robert Patricius Chaworth-Musters (1923-1992)
Robert, known as 'Bobbie', was the second son of John Neville Chaworth-Musters (1890-1970) and his wife Daphne, née Wilberforce-Bell (d 1973). He was educated at Eton and joined the Coldstream Guards in 1942. He remained in the Army until 1960, rising to the rank of Major. In the Second World War he served in North Africa and Salerno, and was mentioned in dispatches.
In 1960 he returned to Annesley to take over the running of the estate from his father. He served as a magistrate for Nottinghamshire, and was Chairman of Annesley Parish Council. In 1973 he sold Annesley Hall and its contents and moved to nearby Felley Priory on the Annesley estate. They created a garden at Felley Priory which is open to the public, and opened a stud farm.
In 1951 he married Diana Margaret (d 1973), daughter of Colonel Edward Robert Clayton, and had:
Venetia Jane Chaworth-Musters (1954-1993), married Thomas Brudenell and had two daughters
Sophia Davina Chaworth-Musters (1957-1972)
He married 2ndly in 1974 the Hon. Mary V. Monckton-Arundell (1924-2010), daughter of the 8th Viscount Galway, and former wife of David Henry Fetherstonhaugh
Although there are no works dedicated to Robert P. Chaworth-Musters, some biographical details feature in the following publications:
- Patrick T.A. Musters, The Musters : a family gathering, 2nd edn (Oakham, Rutland : P. T. A. Musters, 2001) [King’s Meadow Campus East Midlands Collection Oversize Not 4N.V30 MUS]
- Denis R. Pearson, Annesley through the Ages (Alfreton : Bailey & Sons, 1995) [King’s Meadow Campus East Midlands Collection Not 8.D14 PEA]
- Frank P. Lyons, Hills of Annesley (new edn ed. by Ruth Ansley Grant, Longwood, FL : R. A. Grant, c.1988) [King’s Meadow Campus East Midlands Collection Oversize Not 8.D14 LYO]