Susan Cunliffe-Lister, Dowager Countess of Swinton, Baroness Masham of Ilton, DSG, DL was a British crossbench member of the House of Lords, disability campaigner, and Paralympic athlete.
She was Vice President of the Snowdon Trust, founded by the Earl of Snowdon, which provides grants and scholarships for students with disabilities.
Her 53 years’ membership of the House of Lords was the longest of any female peer.
Susan Sinclair was born on 14 April 1935, as the daughter of Major Sir Ronald Sinclair, 8th Baronet. She was educated at the Heathfield School and London Polytechnic (the Royal Polytechnic Institution).
In 1959 she married David Cunliffe-Lister, Lord Masham (1937–2006), who became Earl of Swinton in 1972.
By this marriage, she became entitled to the honorifics Lady Masham, and, later, Countess of Swinton. She was created a life peer in 1970 as the Baroness Masham of Ilton, of Masham in the North Riding of the County of York.
Lord and Lady Swinton adopted two children, Clare and Jessie. He died in 2006.
Cunliffe-Lister was disabled in a riding accident in 1958, and subsequently became a champion for causes related to disability.
She was the subject of This Is Your Life in February 1976 when she was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in the foyer of the De Vere hotel in Kensington, London.
Cunliffe-Lister was a prominent Roman Catholic convert and a patron of the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology.
She died on 12 March 2023, at the age of 87.
Susan Cunliffe-Lister Parents: Who are Susan Cunliffe-Lister’s parents?
Susan Cunliffe-Lister was born to Sir Ronald Norman John Charles Udny Sinclair of Dunbeath, 8th Bt., and Reba Blair Inglis.
She was educated at the Heathfield School and London Polytechnic (the Royal Polytechnic Institution).