FORMER Marling pupil Peter Hennessy was ennobled at the House of Lords as Baron Hennessy of Nympsfield today, Thursday, November 25.

The House of Lords Appointments Commission announced last month that the former Cambridge graduate and journalist would become a non-political peer in the house, meaning he will sit on the cross benches.

Lord Hennessy, 63, lived with his family in Nympsfield from 1959 to 1964 while attending Marling.

After graduating from Cambridge he became a Kennedy Memorial Scholar at Harvard University in the US before working as a journalist for The Times Higher Education Supplement from 1972-74.

He later wrote for The Financial Times and The Economist, and is a published historian, former radio presenter and occasional lecturer at London’s Gresham College.

Since 1992 he has held the prestigious role of Atlee Professor of Contemporary British History at the University of London’s Queen Mary College.