Manuscripts and Special Collections

Biography of Gervas Evelyn Pierrepont, 6th Earl Manvers (1881-1955)

Gervas was the eldest son of Evelyn Henry Pierrepont, brother of the 4th Earl Manvers. He was educated at Winchester and Coopers Hill.

He served in the Army in the First World War from 1914-19, including on the Claims Commission in Belgium from 1916-17, and received the Military Cross, the Order of the Crown of Belgium and the Croix de Guerre.

He was a J.P. for the County of London, and a London County Councillor for Brixton from 1922.

He succeeded his cousin as 6th Earl Manvers in 1940. The title of Earl Manvers became extinct on his death in 1955. His only surviving child, Lady Rozelle Raynes, inherited the Manvers estates.


He married Marie-Louise Roosevelt, daughter of Sir Frederick W.L. Butterfield of Cliffe Castle, Keighley (d 1984), in 1918, and had:

  • Evelyn Louis Butterfield (1924-1928)
  • Mary Helen Venetia (1920-1930)
  • Frederica Rozelle Ridgway (1925-2015), author, m 1stly in 1953, Major Alexander Montgomerie Greaves Beattie (div. 1961), and 2ndly in 1965 Richard Hollings Raynes

Archive Collections

  • Title deeds and estate papers relating to the 6th Earl's ownership of his estates are part of the Manvers Collection held in Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham. A small amount of family and personal papers belonging to the 6th Earl and Countess are in series Ma 9 F in the Manvers Collection.

Published Sources

  • There are no notable published works concerning the 6th Earl

Manuscripts and Special Collections

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