Family Group Sheet
Family Group Sheet
NameRaymond Benedict Bartholomew Michael ASQUITH OBE 3rd Earl of Oxford and Asquith
EducationAmpleforth and Bailliol College Oxford
MotherAnne PALAIRET (1916-1998)
SpouseMary Clare POLLEN
Notes for Raymond Benedict Bartholomew Michael ASQUITH OBE 3rd Earl of Oxford and Asquith
Diplomat and businessman.

From Wikipedia

Raymond Benedict Bartholomew Michael Asquith, 3rd Earl of Oxford and Asquith, OBE (born 24 August 1952) is a former English diplomat. He was styled Viscount Asquith until he succeeded his father on 16 January 2011. The Earldom of Oxford and Asquith was created for his paternal great-grandfather, H.H. Asquith, a former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Lord Oxford, who was named after his paternal grandfather Raymond Asquith (killed in the First World War) is the elder son of 2nd Earl of Oxford and Asquith. His only son and heir is Mark Julian Asquith, Viscount Asquith (born 13 May 1979).

Oxford was educated at Farleigh School, Ampleforth College and at Balliol College Oxford. He joined Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service in 1980 and remained a serving diplomat until 1997.
Career Highlights
1980-1983 Foreign Office
1983-1985 First Secretary, Moscow
1985-1992 Cabinet Office, and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
1992-1997 Counsellor, Kiev, Ukraine

Oxford was made Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1992. Other members of his family to have served as British diplomats include his father, his brother Dominic Asquith (currently British Ambassador to Egypt), and his maternal grandfather Sir Michael Palairet.

Asquith is now a company director, and is also active in various organizations that work or promote charitable activities in the Ukraine.


Oxford has been married since 1978 to author and independent scholar Clare Asquith (the former Mary Clare Pollen b. 2 June 1951), ] eldest daughter of Francis Anthony Baring Pollen (1926–1987), by his wife Marie Therese Sheridan (later Viscountess Sidmouth, wife of the 7th peer). Lord and Lady Asquith have five children, including one son.[2][3] Their son Mark Julian Asquith (b. 13 May 1979 Frome, Somerset) attended Ampleforth College and then St Andrew's University.

The senior branch of the Asquith family has been Roman Catholic since Katherine Asquith (mother of the 2nd Earl) converted after the death of her husband. Oxford's mother was a Roman Catholic, as is his wife.
Notes for Mary Clare POLLEN
Clare Asquith, the Countess of Oxford and Asquith (born 2 June 1951) is an independent scholar and author of Shadowplay: the Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare, which has posited that Shakespeare was a recusant Roman Catholic whose works contain code which was used by the Catholic underground, particularly the Jesuits, in Reformation-era England, but also appealed to the monarchy in a plea for toleration. Her book was the first to note the existence of the code as a subtext in Shakespeare.

Her work was hailed by some, including the Catholic writer Piers Paul Read as "dramatic, important" and "painstaking scholarship". It was, however, reviewed unfavourably by Dr David Womersley, Professor of English Literature at Oxford University, who deemed it "a ridiculous book".

She has lectured on Shakespeare in both the UK and North America. Her ideas about sixteenth-century code were first raised while observing coded messages in Russian dissident plays while her husband served as a diplomat in Moscow during the Cold War, and were first published in The Shakespeare Newsletter and The Times Literary Supplement.[citation needed]

Personal life

Lady Oxford was born Mary Clare Pollen, the eldest of the five children of Francis Anthony Baring Pollen (2 December 1926 — 1987) and Marie Therese Sheridan (later Viscountess Sidmouth, wife of the 7th peer).
She lives in Somerset with her husband, former diplomat Raymond Asquith, 3rd Earl of Oxford and Asquith (whom she married in 1978) and their five children.
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