Giles Goschen, 4th Viscount Goschen

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The Viscount Goschen
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Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport
In office
20 July 1994 – 2 May 1997
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byThe Lord MacKay of Ardbrecknish
Succeeded byGavin Strang (as minister of state)
Government Whip
In office
22 April 1992 – 20 July 1994
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byThe Earl Howe
Succeeded byThe Lord Lucas of Crudwell
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
15 July 1988 – 11 November 1999
as a hereditary peer
Preceded byThe 3rd Viscount Goschen
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Assumed office
11 November 1999
as an elected hereditary peer
Preceded bySeat created
Personal details
Born (1965-11-16) 16 November 1965 (age 56)
Political partyConservative

Giles John Harry Goschen, 4th Viscount Goschen (born 16 November 1965),[1] is a British Conservative politician.

Goschen is the son of John Goschen, 3rd Viscount Goschen, by his second wife Alvin England. He was educated at Heatherdown School, near Ascot in Berkshire,[2] and Eton. He succeeded his father in the viscountcy in 1977 at the age of eleven.[2] After a brief stint as a city stockbroker he spent time in Zambia with his future wife Sarah Horsnail to work for a conservation agency, but returned to Britain.[3]

Goschen served under John Major as a Lord-in-waiting from 1992 to 1994 and as Under-Secretary of State for Transport from 1994[4] to 1997.[citation needed] In 1999 he was among the Conservative hereditary peers elected to remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, the youngest chosen by any party group.[5]

In 2010, he lived in Sussex with his wife and three children.[2]

Coat of arms of Goschen family
COA of Goschen, Viscounts Goschen.svg
A coronet of a Viscount
On an Arrow fesswise a Dove wings endorsed all proper
Argent a Heart fired and transfixed with an Arrow bendwise and point upwards Gules in chief two Anchors erect Sable
Dexter: A Sailor; Sinister: a Private of the Royal Marines, both proper; each holding in the exterior hand a Flagstaff of the last therefrom flowing a Banner Argent charged with a Pale Gules thereon an Anchor cabled and erect Or
Pacem ("For peace")


  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. 15 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Blake, Heidi; Wardrop, Murray (27 February 2010). "Heatherdown Prep: the exclusive school that taught David Cameron his ambition". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 21 August 2021. Retrieved 21 August 2021.
  3. ^ Thomson, Alice (22 February 1996). "Labour aims to torpedo `boy scout' on the bridge - Accident". The Times. Times Newspapers Limited.
  4. ^ Batchelor, Charles (24 February 1996). "Mopping up after a maritime disaster: Lord Goschen presents a robust defence of the government's policy on tanker safety". Financial Times. The Financial Times Ltd.
  5. ^ Verkaik, Robert (2018). Posh boys : how the English public schools ruin Britain. London: Oneworld Publications. ISBN 9781786073846.

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Political offices
Preceded by Under-Secretary of State for Transport
with Steven Norris 1994–1996
John Bowis 1996–1997

Succeeded by
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Viscount Goschen
Member of the House of Lords
Heir apparent:
Hon. Alexander Goschen
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New office
Elected hereditary peer to the House of Lords
under the House of Lords Act 1999